Author: Lorraine Heath

SHE TEMPTS THE DUKE by Lorraine Heath

SHE TEMPTS THE DUKE by Lorraine Heath

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
SHE TEMPTS THE DUKE by Lorraine HeathShe Tempts the Duke by Lorraine Heath
Series: The Lost Lords of Pembrook #1
Published by HarperCollins on 2012-01-31
Genres: Historical
Pages: 384
Reviewed by Miranda

Three young heirs, imprisoned by an unscrupulous uncle, escaped—to the sea, to the streets, to faraway battle—awaiting the day when they would return to reclaim their birthright.Sebastian Easton always vowed he would avenge his stolen youth and title. Now back in London, the rightful Duke of Keswick—returning from battle a wounded, hardened, changed man—cannot forget the brave girl who once rescued him and his brothers from certain death.Lady Mary Wynne-Jones paid dearly for helping the imprisoned young Lords of Pembrook, and she remembers well the promise she made to Sebastian all those years ago: to meet him once more in the abbey ruins where they shared a bold, forbidden kiss. While Mary is now betrothed to another, a friendship forged with dark secrets cannot be ignored. Unexpected passion soon burns dangerously between them, tempting Sebastian to abandon his quest for retribution and fight for a love that could once again set him free.

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The Lost Lords of Pembrook disappeared twelve years ago after fleeing their dastardly uncle in the middle of the night. If it weren’t for the help of their good friend Mary, Sebastian, Tristan and Rafe would have been killed for the dukedom just like their father. Now they have come back to claim the title that is rightfully theirs.

Sebastian Easton has been forced to make some very hard decisions in his life. After the death of his father and the attempt on him and his brothers, Sebastian took on the role of protector and avenger. He has worked tirelessly to get to a place where he can claim the Duke of Keswick title and get his revenge on his uncle. His life has left little time for thoughts of love and since his stint as a soldier left him horribly disfigured Sebastian does not entertain thoughts of finding love. There is however, a young woman that makes him burn with desire but it is not meant to be.

Lady Mary Wynne-Jones never stopped thinking about her best friend Sebastian or his brothers. It is thought among London society that The Lost Lords of Pembrook are long dead but Mary has always held hope they will one day return. That day arrives shortly after Lady Mary becomes betrothed. Mary cannot stop the feelings that come raging back at the sight of Sebastian. His disfigurement means nothing to her and Mary is determined to make sure society welcomes the brothers back and honors their rightful place within. However, her sensitivity to the brothers’ plight does not sit well with her betrothed. 

Will Sebastian and Mary be able to deny the fire burning brightly between them? 

Lorraine Heath’s She Tempts the Duke is one temptation you will be ecstatic to have indulged in. The story starts off with intrigue and builds on inextinguishable passion. Sebastian and Mary are now one of my favorite couples! I cannot get enough of these two. Sebastian is a driven man who has had one goal his entire life: claiming his dukedom. Unseating his uncle and returning to Pembrook has been his concentration for years. When Mary enters the equation, Sebastian is thrown off guard because of his feelings for her and because of his own doubts surrounding his disfigurement. He feels that it is not possible for a woman to love him the way he looks. Mary is forced to deal with her dual feelings of responsibility and possible love. She is betrothed to another but she cannot deny the blossoming romantic feelings for Sebastian or her fierce loyalty to her childhood friends. She has a responsibility to her betrothed and he wants her to have nothing to do with the Duke of Keswick. Mary deals with this impossible situation with poise. I like the fact that Mary follows her own path. She doesn’t cave completely to the whims of others. I love it when she stands up to Sebastian. 

I find myself comparing Mary and Sebastian to beauty and the beast. She is very much his beauty and he thinks himself a beast, while Mary only sees the good in Sebastian. Mary handles his feels toward his disfigurement with grace. I love the way these two come together and adore what happens after. Ms. Heath gives her reader a thoroughly stunning story. The scenes that occur once Sebastian returns to Pembrook are full of heady emotions and they really explore the depth of hurt he has experienced and how his one track mind affects everything. There is one scene that truly surprised me with tears. 

The brother’s relationship is complex and fills me with curiosity. There are lots of hurt feelings and resentment among them because of their past. I cannot wait to find out what happens next to the Lost Lords of Pembrook. She Tempts the Duke is a standout in the historical genre! You do not want to miss it!

LORD OF WICKED INTENTIONS by Lorraine Heath

LORD OF WICKED INTENTIONS by Lorraine Heath

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This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
LORD OF WICKED INTENTIONS by Lorraine HeathLord of Wicked Intentions by Lorraine Heath
Series: Lost Lords of Pembrook #3
Published by HarperCollins on 2013-04-30
Genres: Historical
Pages: 384
Reviewed by Miranda

Three young heirs, imprisoned by anunscrupulous uncle, escaped—to the sea,to the streets, to faraway battle—awaiting the day when they wouldreturn to reclaim their birthright . . .Lord Rafe Easton may be of noble blood, but survival taughthim to rely only on himself and to love no one. Yet when he setseyes on Miss Evelyn Chambers, an earl's illegitimate daughter,he is determined to have her, if only as his mistress . . .After her father's death, Evelyn Chambers never imaginedshe would be sold to the highest bidder, yet circumstancesgive her little choice but to accept the lord's indecent proposal. Rafe is wealthy, as well as ruthless. Yet his coldnessbelies deep passion and deeper secrets. If she must be his,Evelyn intends to lay bare everything the Lord of Pembrookis hiding. But dark discoveries threaten to destroythem both until unexpected love leadsthe last lost lord home . . .

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Evelyn Chambers recently lost the father she always adored. She may have been his bastard but she loved him dearly.  Now her brother is in charge of the rest of her life and all he cares about is selling her to the highest bidder, but she doesn’t know that.  When Evelyn is escorted amid a room full of men she has no idea she is the item up for sale.  Most of the men give her chills but there is one that sparks her interest…too bad he’s the only one determined never to love.

Lord Rafe Easton is the youngest of the famous Lost Lords of Pembrook.  He resents the title and does everything he can to distance himself from his brothers.  They’ve tried but have yet to manage to break through Rafe’s steely exterior.  When one of his debtors invites him to his home with the assurance that by the end of the night Rafe will have his money, Rafe is surprised to find himself going home with extra baggage.

While Rafe would like Evelyn to be his Mistress she has other ideas.  Evelyn wants a husband to love her but isn’t sure Rafe is capable of real emotion, much less love.  However, she has little say in her future any longer and Rafe is used to getting his way.  Will she be the woman to light a fire in the heart of the last Lord of Pembrook? 

Wow! Lorraine Heath’s conclusion to The Lost Lords of Pembrook series, Lord of Wicked Intentions is scintillating! Rafe is the brother I was worried the most about. There was no doubt he had been traumatized as a child after he was separated from his brothers.  Any woman that entered his life was going to need to be made of stern stuff.  Evelyn seems pretty wimpy at first but she grows up really fast, proves that she has a heart made of gold and the strength to go after what she wants.

The connection between Rafe and Evelyn is instantaneous and beautiful.  I could not put this book down! I had to find out what happened with this couple before I could do anything else!  Lord of Wicked Intentions haunts the reader with the overwhelming emotional connections Ms. Heath makes with her characters and readers and then makes us melt with a romance to be remembered. Rafe and Evelyn will forever stick in my mind as an all-time favorite couple.  Lord of Wicked Intentions is a definite Joyfully Recommended Read! Grab your copy today and savor it!

 

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