Review: When a Duke Loves a Woman by Lorraine Heath

Reviewed by Jen

Lorraine Heath follows up the first book in her Sins For All Seasons series with this story, featuring another one of the Trewlove siblings. This is Gillie’s story. She is a tall, independent, self-made woman, who owns her own tavern. She has never needed or even wanted a man. She can take care of herself and she likes it that way.

But everything changes when she stumbles on the duke of Thornley, moments after he is attacked by a band of the thieves. The only reason Thorne was in the seedier part of town is because his fiancée left him at the altar and he had a tip she was hiding out there. But instead of finding her, he met the wrong end of a knife.

 

Gillie rescued him, bringing him into her home and nursing him back to health. And in that time, a friendship was born. Of course, they had a bit of attraction toward each other, but neither believed it could go anywhere. How could it? Their stations were so different. But even after he was well enough to go home, Thorne kept coming back. Yes, he said he was still looking for his wayward bride, but it was more than that. The more time he and Gillie spent together, the more they craved. But where could they take their growing feelings?

I liked Gillie. Though it was probably all wrong, in my head I pictured her nothing like the woman on the cover of the book, but more like Gwendoline Christie as Brienne of Tarth. She never tried to be feminine. She kept her hair short and bound her breasts. She was a warrior in her own way. I loved her deep sense of self and her unapologetic independence.

I loved that Thorne could see the beauty in her, that he could appreciate her as a woman. But I have to admit, I felt like he was almost too OK with it all. After all, the man is a duke, and yes, he recognizes the difficulty marriage to her would bring, but he was never put off in anyway by the way she lived her life. It made him more likable, but it didn’t ring true. He’s a pretty chill guy, a beta hero. He didn’t even really seem that upset about being left at the altar. I think maybe I would’ve liked a little bit more oomph to him, though I know in my heart I would’ve hated him if he ever thought less of Gillie for who or what she was. I guess that makes me fickle.

Still, I liked the way Thorne made Gillie feel. Usually, in romances I am all about the hero, but the heroine was really the main event of this book and the hero, the means to give her an HEA. And with that, the author gave me what I was looking for. Gillie got everything I wanted her to have.. which let me walk away from this book, satisfied.

Rating: B

*ARC provided by publisher

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When a Duke Loves a Woman
by Lorraine Heath
Release Date: August 21, 2018
Publisher: Avon

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