Review: The Scoundrel in Her Bed by Lorraine Heath

Reviewed by Jen

This latest installment in Lorraine Heath’s Sins for All Seasons series was such a hit for me. It was full of angst and heartbreak and I could not help but root for this couple to reconcile, from the beginning of the book to the end.

This is a second chance at love story, centering on Finn Trewlove and Lady Lavinia Kent. Lavinia was the woman who was supposed to marry the hero of the last book, but ran away before they could tie the knot. She bailed because she saw Finn at his brother’s wedding, and it reminded her of how it felt to have a relationship based on love rather than duty.

The first half of this book was told in alternating timelines, between the present day and the past where Livinia and Finn first fell in love. Back then, Lavinia was just a teenager and Finn a 21-year-old horse slaughterer who she met when her father called him to dispose of her horse. She begged Finn to spare the animal, and from there an unlikely, very secret, friendship formed. One which, over the years, ended up becoming something more. Until something drove them apart.

There are so many secrets and lies between these two. But honestly, they were both victims of Lavinia’s powerful parents who put them both through hell rather than let them have a life together. It takes them a while to come to this truth, but after the midway point, they each understand where the other is coming from. There is just still so much sadness and heartbreak, it’s hard for them to get past it.

There’s more, obviously, but I don’t want to spoil everything. Suffice it to say I felt like the author put me through the wringer along with these characters. It was more than just a forced break up. Finn and Lavinia both suffered greatly over her parents’ choices, and it’s just so sad because they clearly loved each other then and even now.

I’ll admit, in one scene I cried.

Finn’s backstory of being a bastard sold to a baby farmer by his father plays prominently in his character development. But baby farming is also a big issue for Lavinia and it really becomes her cause. There’s a great juxtaposition of the innocent young lady she was in her past versus the woman she is today. And poor Finn, despite everything, the first chance he gets to allow himself to love her again, he jumps on it and grabs it with both hands.

There is one thread that was resolved differently than my heart wanted. I understood it, but I was sad too. Well, two threads–although the second one hurt me a little less than the first.

I enjoyed revisiting the Trewlove clan. Finn seemed a bit younger, maybe more innocent than his siblings. But he was a solid hero and this was a couple I really rooted hard for. Looking forward to the next installment in the series.

Rating: A

*ARC provided by publisher

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The Scoundrel in Her Bed
by Lorraine Heath
Release Date: February 26, 2018
Publisher: Avon

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