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Peek Inside Heart's Desire

Faking a courtship to avoid the lady’s ruination from a scandalous wager, Lord Markham and Lady Clarissa fight the passion but all bets are off when lust becomes love.

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Lady Clarissa has decided to live life on her terms. After the end of a ten-year betrothal, she wants nothing to do with marriage or the men of the ton. Least of all her friend’s brother, the very charming Lord Markham, or Hearts, as many ladies call the oh-so-handsome earl.

Markham pursues relationships with no ties that bind. Acting the rake leaves everyone satisfied...until he overhears a wager that could lead to Clarissa’s ruin. He can’t help but step in and claim she’s his intended bride.

Clarissa is appalled. She did not need to be saved. Reluctantly, she agrees to the fake courtship, if only to experience what the rakish Markham can offer. But when lust becomes love, Clarissa must make up her own terms and bet it all on Hearts.

Each book in the Lords of Chance series is STANDALONE:
* Scandal in Spades
* Heart’s Desire


“Definitely swoon-worthy!” -S.H., Goodreads

“I absolutely loved Clarissa and Markham's story!! I think it is probably my favorite of the year!!” -Amy A., NetGalley

“When I pick up one of Wendy La Capra’s book I’m never disappointed, her writing is so descriptive so passionate and emotionally stimulating , I can’t get enough.” – Maggie W., NetGalley

A deeply captivating tale with a refreshingly dominant heroine.” -Pages Book Blog

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781640637962
Series: Lords of Chance, Book 2
Release Date: May 13, 2019
Page Count: 324
Imprint: scandalous
Genre: historical, historical regency
Tropes: best friend's little sister, bet/dare/wager, fake relationship

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By Elodie August 12, 2019

This book is my introduction to Mrs Wendy LaCapra talent, and for sure it won’t be my last.
By reading the blurb, I thought it would be an easy read of two persons getting to know another and falling in love but it was a bit like this but so much more too.
Because despite the facade they show to so... ...more

By Maggie May 03, 2019

Who knew that Markham was such a genuinely deep and emotional character.
Loving , thoughtful, a man who was in effect self made , one who loves to distraction, who values his sisters as he does.

In Scandal I Spades ,book 1 in the series, he’s a rake , a man who gambles his sister away in a... ...more

By Rose May 13, 2019

Heart’s Desire is the second book in the Lords of Chance series by author Wendy LaCapra. After reading Mrs. Sartin’s Secretary and catching a glimpse of Lord Markham, I was intrigued to learn more about him!

Percival Stanley the Earl of Markham is a rake and everyone knows it… except for Markham.... ...more

By SH April 26, 2019

Lord Markham is everything that Lady Clarissa desires, except she has decided that marriage is not for her. After her betrothal of ten years ends with Lord Bromton marrying another, Clarissa decides that she will do as she pleases. When her brother Rayne leaves without hardly a word of correspond... ...more

By Cheryl May 13, 2019

This was a very good read, quite emotional at times. I did like the character of Markham, he was essentially a very caring person. He did have a set of rules he tried to abide by. There were times in this story that I wondered if I liked Clarissa. I could see where she was coming from, in that sh... ...more

By Pj June 29, 2019

LaCapra takes the hero/heroine dynamic and turns it on its head in this newest addition to her Lords of Chance series. One might reasonably expect Markham, a rakish favorite among London's wives and widows, to hold the reins in this relationship but Lady Clarissa is not at all what he expects. Sh... ...more

By Lori May 13, 2019

After reading the first book in this series, it was wonderful to see Percival (yes I love that name!) Stanley, Earl of Markham, because he had seemed such a rake and had even gamble his sister away! But an encounter in the first few pages made him think, "I hadn't realized...I mean, I never inten... ...more

By Cynthia May 14, 2019

I received an advanced reader’s copy of this book.

Markham is an interesting character. When he learns how he is seen by some women, an unflattering fact about himself, he decides he wants to change. He comes up with some rules of conduct and does his best to follow them. Markham is kind and when... ...more

By Jamie Lee May 14, 2019

Heart's Desire is the second book in the Lords of Chance serie and my first book by Wendy LaCapra. I really loved this book. The characters had so much dept en felt so real. I loved the writing style. I loved Markham, he was an amazing character. I loved him and Clarissa together. ...more

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Must say, I’m quite surprised by this new installment of Lords of Chance series by Wendy LaCapra. No, it wasn’t Wendy's beautiful storytelling that always hooks me right into the story. I already knew of it. It’s beca... ...more

By Niki May 06, 2019

After the man her father betrothed her to ten years ago fails to actually offer for her, and then her brother abandons her for a trip to New York, Lady Clarissa Laithe has decided she's done conforming to the demands and expectations of others. She's decided to claim independence instead of marri... ...more

By Brenda May 04, 2019

Lady Clarissa has decided to live life on her terms. After the end of a ten-year betrothal, she wants nothing to do with marriage or the men of the ton. Least of all her friend’s brother, the very charming Lord Markham, or Hearts, as many ladies call the oh-so-handsome earl.

Markham pursues relati... ...more

By Debra May 02, 2019

After being rejected by Lord Bromton at the end of their ten-year betrothal, Lady Clarissa has decided that she never wants to be under the whims of a man and decides to reject marriage. When she refuses a request by the cruel Lord Moultonbury, he places a scandalous bet at the gentlemen's club.... ...more

By Lenna May 26, 2019

This is the first book of Ms. LaCapra I’ve read and I will look forward to reading more. It started a bit slow since this is a new writing style but after the first couple of chapters I was hooked. The reason it was slow was I was hesitant when Markham followed one of his widowed lovers and usual... ...more

Heart's Desire by Wendy LaCapra is book Two in the Lords of Chance Series. This is the story of Percival Stanley, Earl of Markham and Clarissa Laithe. Markham played a part in the first book 'Scandal in Spades' but I still feel this book could be made into a standalone book if you wish to do so.... ...more

By Synergy_Quest May 03, 2019

Overall, I really enjoyed this read. If you like good historical romances with a bit of steam, this checks those boxes.

The hero, Markham, is darn near perfect. The heroine takes some getting used to. She’s an excellent friend, and kind to those who rightly deserve her ire. Yet, to those people sh... ...more

By Carole May 07, 2019

Lady Clarissa has only one wish and that is to have freedom and do as she wishes. She vows never to marry, especially not her friend's brother, Lord Markham!!!! She believes he's a rake and every time they meet, she has only unkind words and glowering stares for him.

Lord Markham has always thoug... ...more

By Fizza May 13, 2019

I loved Clarissa and Markham's story. I enjoyed the way this story is written and Markham has redeemed himself beautifully. His character is one of my favorites in this series. He loves his sisters, knows when he is wrong and willing to change his ways, and he is caring as well as a passionate pe... ...more

By Marissa July 06, 2019

Clarissa ends up in a fake courtship with Lord Percy Markham...

Clarissa does not want to be saved though. She wants to be in control of her own life and make her own decisions. Even though she reluctantly agrees to Markham’s fake courtship, she is not too happy about it. Not to mention, the two d... ...more

By Amy April 22, 2019

I absolutely loved Clarissa and Markham's story!! I think it is probably my favorite of the year!!

Clarissa was raised knowing who she was going to marry, but when he suddenly changes his mind, she made the decision to never marry. But when a mean spirited man makes a wager, Markham steps up in he... ...more

By Kristen May 24, 2019

Heart’s (Hearts’) Desire— LaCapra delivers again!

LaCapra is an auto-buy for me and this book lived up to my expectations! It wasn’t quite what I was expecting premise-wise, but I trust this author and I was NOT disappointed with a great read, fully fleshed-out characters and a solid story with he... ...more

By Sara July 04, 2019

I received a free copy from netgalley in exchange for an honest review. hearts desire is the end book in this series and while it is not necessary to read the first book it is worthwhile. this book was really good. Markham in the last book wagered his sister in a bet among friends in which each w... ...more

By P Sanchez August 21, 2019


I enjoyed the first book Spades. Heart was good just to much submissive.... Looking forward to the next one just hoping it moves away from the edgy. ...more

By Julie May 17, 2019

Historical romance readers are going to lap up Wendy LaCapra’s enjoyable and enthralling tale of forbidden attraction and illicit passion, Heart’s Desire.

Lady Clarissa has had enough. She is sick and tired of letting men control every aspect of her life and wants to live life on her own terms and... ...more

By Cosima May 14, 2019

i actually enjoyed this book more than I thought I would.
Yes, it was predictable but in the very best way. The villain was clear from the outset and, although there was mention of previous heroines, it didn't matter that I hadn't read the previous books in the series.
I did call the majority of t... ...more

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Wendy LaCapra

About the author

Wendy LaCapra

Wendy LaCapra has been reading romance since she sneaked into the adult section at the library and discovered Victoria Holt & Jane Aiken Hodge. From that point on, she dreamed of creating fictional worlds with as much richness, intrigue and passion as she found within those books. Her stories have placed in several contests, including the 2012 Golden Heart. She lives in NYC with her husband and loves to hear from readers. If you'd like to be informed when a Wendy releases a new book, sign up for her mailing list at (never shared!)

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