Monday, October 26, 2015

REVIEW: "Falling into Bed with a Duke" by Lorraine Heath

Falling Into Bed with a Duke (The Hellions of Havisham, #1)
(The Hellions of Havisham #1)

For Ages 18+ (Language, Sensuality)
Historical Romance -- Victorian England

Avon -- Published on October 27, 2015
eARC, 384 pages
Read in October 2015
Received from Edelweiss


Artist Hero, Spinster Heroine

After six unsuccessful Seasons, Miss Minerva Dodger chooses spinsterhood over fortune-hungry suitors. But thanks to the Nightingale Club, she can at least enjoy one night of pleasure. At that notorious establishment, ladies don masks before choosing a lover. The sinfully handsome Duke of Ashebury is more than willing to satisfy the secretive lady's desires—and draws Minerva into an exquisite, increasingly intimate affair.

A man of remarkable talents, Ashe soon deduces that his bedmate is the unconventional Miss Dodger. Intrigued by her wit and daring, he sets out to woo her in earnest. Yet Minerva refuses to trust him. How to court a woman he has already thoroughly seduced? And how to prove that the passion unleashed in darkness is only the beginning of a lifetime's pleasure . . . ?

"On the night of November 15, one of the most horrific disasters in British railway history occurred when a passenger train collided head-on with a train transporting flammable good."

I received a free copy of this book from Avon via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

I just adore Lorraine Heath's books because they are not afraid to dive into serious topics and also have characters who gain emotional strength along with their happy ending.  Falling into Bed with a Duke is the first in a series that is a spin-off of Heath's Scoundrels of St. James and Scandalous Gentleman of St. James books.  It focuses on a group of young aristocrats who grew up together in the dark and mysterious Havisham Castle under the lax guidance of the Marquess of Marsden.

Minerva Dodger is another in a long line of admirable heroines from this author.  She is the daughter of Jack Dodger whose love story was told in Between the Devil and Desire.  Minerva has been out in society for six Seasons and has given up on ever finding someone that she loves enough to marry.  Thankfully, her parents have provided enough for her to live as an independent woman of means.  I adored her intelligence, confidence, and desire to only settle for someone she loves.  That is a difficult decision for a woman of this era to make and I appreciated the thought that was given to it.  It was great to see her finally find a man who understands her and appreciates how amazing she is.

Ashe was a great hero for many reasons.  The first reason that I fell for him was how attractive he found Minerva's heart and mind.  He never felt intimidated by her and had a great deal of respect for her personality.  I also enjoyed his ability to deal with the darkness of his childhood.  His parents were killed in a train accident when he was young and he is dealing with guilt over his last encounter with them.  I was pleasantly surprised at him turning his nightmares into art through photography rather than just moping around.  An artistic-minded aristocrat is different for me to find and I thought it was a nice addition to Ashe's character.

I thought Ashe and Minerva were just a fabulous couple.  They came from two different backgrounds, but seemed to really understand one another. Their physical chemistry is obvious from the moment they met in the Nightingale Club (inspired by the real-life Parrot Club which I really want to research now) yet they also took the time to really talk to one another.  There was one time where Ashe kept something from Minerva which was a plot point that I could have done without, but, overall, I enjoyed the pacing of the romance.

Falling into Bed with a Duke was another successful romance by, in my opinion, one of the most consistently entertaining historical romance authors writing today.  The characters are enjoyable to read about and easy to root for while the world of Victorian London comes alive.  I am definitely looking forward to seeing the rest of the hellions get their stories soon.

"You talk about how beautiful the body is and how we shouldn't hide it.  Why should what passes between a man and woman be shrouded in whispers and only talked about in dark corners?  Why must women repress their natural urges?"
1. Falling into Bed with a Duke
2. The Earl Takes All (Coming 2016)

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  1. Great review hun!! I am super excited to read this one. I am planning on reading it tomorrow or wednesday, so I can't wait. Love Heath, and I agree she always writes the characters with great emotional depth. LOVE that.

  2. I really do want to try out Lorraine Heath, but this type of storyline doesn't really call to me. However, I'm super glad you enjoyed this!


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