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Peek Inside When a Lady Desires a Wicked Lord

Alexandra Quinn is stunned when the man who’d shattered her young heart rescues her from an intruder at the last minute. Forced to work with the rakish viscount, Alex knows better than to trust Benedict, but the wicked promise in his kiss tempts her...

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Alexandra Quinn has spent her life uncovering and studying ancient relics. But when her own past resurfaces, she isn’t prepared. The man who shattered her young heart is the last person she’d expect to rescue her from an intruder just in the nick of time.

To solve a string of murders from Cairo to London, she’ll have to work with the rakish Benedict Weston, Viscount Marlsbrook. Alex knows better than to trust Benedict, but it’s impossible to forget his kiss and the wicked promise it holds.

Benedict never wanted to be a hero. Actually, he’s plundered antiquities for years – it seems the only way to restore his family’s debt-ridden estate to glory. But now, a ruthless killer has targeted Alex, the only woman he’s ever loved – the woman he craves with a soul-deep hunger. He’ll do whatever it takes to protect her… even from himself.

Each book in the Her Majesty’s Most Secret Service series is a standalone story that can be enjoyed out of order.
Series Order:
Book #1 When a Lady Deceives
Book #2 When a Lady Dares
Book #3 When a Lady Desires a Wicked Lord
Book #4 When a Lady Kisses a Scot


“Ms. Kingston has delivered a story that delivers it all-mystery, murder, betrayal (more than one) and a story of the fear of opening your heart. The plot immediately draws you in and you’ll want to finish in one sitting!” –Dawn H., NetGalley

“This was an entertaining read, with great characters and plenty of action!” –S.H., Goodreads

Benedict and Alexandra are EVERTYTHING!” –Erika C., NetGalley

A brilliant mystery in a unique historical setting. I loved it!” –Shannon B., NetGalley

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781640635562
Series: Her Majesty's Most Secret Service, Book 3
Release Date: Apr 23, 2018
Page Count: 337
Imprint: amara next
Genre: historical, historical victorian
Tropes: mistaken identity, older brother's best friend, political scandal, second chance

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By eyes.2c April 23, 2018

'A rare gift'

Intrigue and secrets in the cut and thrust 19th century world of the antiquity hunter. What was it about? It was a time when Egyptologists went in droves to ancient sites risking life and limb to unlock the mysteries of the Pharos with their discoveries of ancient tombs and cities. Jeal ...more

By Brenda April 13, 2018

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Brilliant Egyptologist Alexandra Quinn is stunned when the man who’d shattered her young heart rescues her from an intruder at the last minute. Forced to work with the rakish Lord, they must identify a cunning murderer who’s left a blood-drenched trail from Cairo t ...more

By Nicole April 03, 2018

I received this novel from net galley and the publisher for an honest review. Thank you!!
This novel was an enjoyable read. It brings together romance and mystery. Alexandra Quinn is an Egyptologist and believes artifacts found should be placed in a museum. She fell in love with Benedict Weston, Visc ...more

By Maria April 23, 2018

Well all I can say is that I’m NEVER disappointed in Tara Kingston’s writing! She captivated my attention from the first words on the page!

I loved Alexandra Quinn she’s not only beautiful she’s smart and in my opinion for a woman in that time fearless!
Intrigue and murder set the pace for Alexandra ...more

By Amy April 12, 2018

I really enjoyed Alex and Benedict's story! It was a reunion story, which is always one of my favorites.

Benedict had broken Alex's heart years ago, but when they must work together to find a killer, Alex heart can't seem to remember all the heartache it went through all those years ago. Even though ...more

By Jill April 12, 2018

I voluntarily read a copy of this book through Netgalley. The book involved the murder of several individuals that were made to appear as if they were natural or suicidal in cause. The book involved the search for hidden Egyptian tombs that contained artifacts that were extremely valuable. Two peopl ...more

By Heather April 11, 2018

Benedict could be honest, “jealousy is a shallow, transient emotion. What I am experiencing is far more complicated than that.” His mouth brushed hers. “I want you , Alexandra. More than I thought possible.” Benedict could be quite smoldering when he wanted to be, “that he is. But I want to get you ...more

By Susan April 14, 2018

Ten years after he broke her heart Egyptologist Alexandra Quinn is saved from an intruder by Lord Benedict Marlsbrook. But it is a map that he has come for, but together with the Colton Agency they must stop a cunning murderer.
An enjoyable mystery story set in the Victorian era with likeable charact ...more

By Dawn April 24, 2018

Romance, intrigue, mystery, passion all in one well written book. Love the hero, love the plot, the characters. Very skillful, and fabulous fun read. ...more

By Kim April 02, 2018

I enjoyed, When a Lady Desires a Wicked Lord. The only thing that could have made it better, is if Alex and Benedict actually tried to find the treasure. ...more

By books are love May 06, 2018

Received in exchange for a honest review.

this was a great addition to the series. I enjoyed the suspense aspect while seeing Benedict admit he is in love and questioning himself and his ways. He had reasons for doing what he did that Alex didn’t like but it did put a drift in their relationship.

Bene ...more

By KriisGaia April 25, 2018

Confronting intruders with a revolver is not something most young ladies of the “ton” would be expected to do. But in When a Lady Desires a Wicked Lord by Tara Kingston, Alexandra Quinn does just that. Unfortunately, the small revolver is no match for the man’s body armor.

A noted Egyptologist, Alex ...more

By Fizza April 22, 2018

This is such an interesting historical novel with touch of mystery and intrigue. I really enjoyed it. The story is about a mystical map that leads to hidden treasure. Someone is willing to kill a lot of people to get to that map and they won't stop until they find it. Consequently Miss Quinn is in g ...more

By Janet April 19, 2018

Brilliant Egyptologist Alexandra Quinn is stunned when the man who’d shattered her young heart rescues her from an intruder at her home. Forced to work with the rakish Lord, they must identify a cunning murderer who’s left a blood-drenched trail from Cairo to London. Alex knows better than to trust ...more

By Candy April 16, 2018

This very good novel starts off with her in the study, she starts to hear noises and knows she is not alone. He stalks her and she is forced to shoot him, he is wearing body armor. Benedict Weston, Lord Marlsbrook, came to her assistance when she is attacked in her house. Benedict and Alexandra had ...more

By Patrica April 21, 2018

I was given a copy of this book through NetGalley and the publishers for an honest review.
This book contained many of my favourite subjects which are, Mystery, Egypt, a second chance at romance and a villain that gets revealed and gets his punishment from the Hero. The Hero and heroine are a great p ...more

When a Lady Desires a Wicked Lord by Tara Kingston is book Three in the Her Majesty's Most Secret Service series. This is the story of Benedict Weston, Viscount Marlsbrook and Alexandra Quinn. I have read the previous books but feel this can easily be a standalone book.
Alexandra and Benedict has a ...more

By Anna May 02, 2018

its a buy buy buy book!
What more can you want then a book that has love, romance, intrigue, laughter as well as mystery? In this one you have it all. I so enjoy this series and this author. I like the way the story unfolds and the characters have so many depths. A wonderful second chance at love boo ...more

By Denise April 25, 2018

Having read this author once before I wanted to try another. This is a interesting series with the story being the tempter also. Suspense and romance are in this set back in time. This one is centered around Alexandra and Benedict. With murder a factor of the mystery it gives the thrill you want in ...more

By Mickey October 20, 2019


Very good who dunit romance featuring two former lovers who discover that their feelings for each other have survived their years apart however, the issues that caused the initial separation might still exist. Coupled with this weighty dilemma, Alexandra and Benedict are the targets of a m ...more

By Petula May 04, 2018

Alexandra Quinnis an expert in translating hieroglyphics. Someone thinks she has been sent a map that will lead to treasure in Egypt. That puts her in grave danger. Her problem is, who is the bad guy that has been killing people for the map???.
Among the suspects is the man she was once engaged to. ...more

By Wendy March 20, 2019

Benedict had always loved Alexandra but his need to replenish his coffers out weighed his love. When he realized a decade later that her life was in danger he rushed back to England to save her. Alexandra was in her study when an unknown assailant broke in and threatened her life. He wanted a map sh ...more

By Cheryl April 19, 2018

What an excellent read this was! Alexandra Quinn was such an intelligent and brave lady. Benedict Weston, Viscount Marlsbrook loves Alexandra but feels unworthy. There follows an intriguing story of trying to identify the person behind the menace. I loved the ironic quips of Roderick, Marlsbrook’s b ...more

By merilie Gonzales October 22, 2019

When a Lady Desires a Wicked Lord

Not my favorite book by this author. The plot was good and kept me turning pages. I really couldn't feel a lot of emotional pull for the main characters. They didn't resonate with each other well. I just couldn't get into this story. Maybe it's just me. ...more

By Janet Russell November 19, 2018

Good mystery

And plenty of steam. It flowed well and led o e o. A bit of a chase figuring out who dunnit ...more

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Tara Kingston

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Tara Kingston

Award-winning author Tara Kingston writes romance laced with intrigue, danger, and adventures of the heart. A Southern Navy brat transplanted to a quaint Pennsylvania town, she lives her own love story with her real-life hero in a cozy Victorian. The mother of two sons, Tara’s a former librarian whose love of books is evident in her popping-at-the-seams bookcases and collection of unusual bookmarks. It goes without saying that Tara’s husband is thankful for the invention of digital books, thereby eliminating the need for yet another bookcase. When she’s not writing, reading, or burning dinner, Tara enjoys cycling, hiking, and cheering on her favorite football team. Learn more about Tara at

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