Review: The Viscount and the Vixen by Lorraine Heath

viscount-and-vixenReviewed by Jen

I enjoyed this third installment in the Hellions of Havisham series where we finally go inside the home of the Mad Marquess of Marsden. This is his son, Locke’s story, but Marsden plays a pivotal part. The old Marquess arranged a marriage for himself with a total stranger. The only way his son can get him out of it is to take his place.

Portia is a woman with a secret. We know that from the very beginning, but the particulars take time to unfold. She answered the Marquess’s ad because it was the only way to protect herself from her past. She didn’t reveal everything about herself, but she tried to be honest when she could, and she really did plan to be a good wife to the old man. At least he wouldn’t beat her like her father did, or repeat the experience she had with the last man in her life. He couldn’t break her heart if she never fell in love with him. [Read more…]

Review: The Earl Takes All by Lorraine Heath

earl takes allReviewed by Jen

I remember thinking at the end of the last book that something like this might happen. (No, I really did.)  Edward and Julia had such a connection, I figured they had to end up together. Yet her love for his twin was too real to thwart with any impediment short of death. I was ok with the idea of Albert dying. But what I wasn’t prepared for was that Edward would assume his brother’s identity and live a lie for more than half the book. Yes, he really loves Julia, and yes, his heart is in the right place. But –A– that’s a lot of deceit to swallow and –B– it goes on for far too long. [Read more…]

Carrie’s Favorite Books of 2015

To be honest, this year was a difficult one, both personally and reading-wise.  I found it harder to connect to characters and had little patience for plots to roll out. Thankfully, this year is ending on a high note and I very much look forward to 2016!  Listed are a few of my favorite books this year…. [Read more…]

Jen’s Favorite Books of 2015

It’s hard to believe we’re leaving another great year of reading behind us. In 2015, I found it more difficult to find books that suit my taste. I don’t care to read about billionaire bachelors, rock stars, step-brothers, biker gangs, or BDSM. Take a minute and think about how many titles fell into those categories last year.  I did a lot of backlist reading to fill in the gaps.

There were some really good new releases that I did enjoy; they were just more scarce. Here’s a look at some of the 2015 releases that really satisfied. [Read more…]

Review: Falling in Bed With a Duke by Lorraine Heath

falling in bed with a dukeReviewed by Jen

One of the things I enjoy about Lorraine Heath is that she is so good at crafting characters I can care about. In this case, it’s the heroine, Minerva. She is quickly reaching spinster status, but not for lack of offers. She has received plenty of proposals. The problem is that men only want her for her dowry. No one has ever wanted her for herself. She’s never been touched… never even been kissed… and now she is ready to change that, by taking matters into her own hands. [Read more…]

Review: The Duke and the Lady in Red by Lorraine Heath

duke and the lady in redReviewed by Jen

I can’t remember the last time I cried this much reading a book.  It says so much about Lorraine Heath’s ability to craft her characters that she made me care for them so much.  I expected a light story about about a rich rake, falling for a canny con artist.  But what I got was so much more.  Rosalind is a swindler, but that is the tip of the iceberg for her character; and it’s her backstory and its impact on the present that kept me reading, cover to cover, without putting it down once. [Read more…]

Review: Once More, My Darling Rouge by Lorraine Heath

once more my darling rogueReviewed by Jen

Let me tell you a little bit about my reading experience with this book.

Chapter 1: I hate this heroine.

Chapter 2: I really, really hate this heroine.

Chapter 3: Should I keep reading this book?

Chapter 4: Oh crap, am I going to hate the hero too?

Chapter 5: How will this romance have any chance of succeeding?  Will this be like Overboard? That movie had a happy ending, didn’t it? [Read more…]

Review: When the Duke Was Wicked by Lorraine Heath

when the duke was wickedReviewed by Jen

Lady Grace has been in love with the Duke of Lovington since she was a young girl. Nine years older, he was the object of her childish dreams. Then he married and moved on to his happy ever after. Lovington was madly in love with his wife, and the addition of a daughter only painted a happier picture. Until illness took them both and crushed him. Now, years later, he is a shell of the man he once was. He has removed himself from society, choosing instead to live a life of detachment and debauchery. [Read more…]

Review: The Last Wicked Scoundrel by Lorraine Heath

last wicked scoundrelReviewed by Jen

This novella was just what I needed to break me out of my reading slump. It hooked me from the very beginning and I didn’t put it down until it was over. It’s the last story in the Scoundrels of St James series, and even though I didn’t read the earlier installments, I was able to jump right in without feeling the lack.

Winnie, the Duchess of Avendale, is only starting to reclaim her life three years after the death of her husband. [Read more…]

Review: Lord of Wicked Intentions

Reviewed by Jen

I have to say that I have liked all three installments of the Lost Lords of Pembrook.  And while this book wasn’t my favorite of the three, I still enjoyed it.  As with the books featuring his brothers, Rafe’s story delivers on the recurring elements of a tortured hero and a love that helps him find peace and redemption.

Rafe is the youngest Easton brother, the one who was left behind in a workhouse after his uncle killed his father.  His life there –and later, on the streets– has turned him into a very hard man.  He never got over his brothers’ desertion and as a result, he has never allowed himself to care for anyone since.  Add to that a severe aversion to being touched and he’s not exactly a knight in shining armor.

He meets Evelyn when her jerkwad of a half-brother tried to auction her off to be a mistress for a nobleman.  Rafe’s not in the market for a mistress, but he is drawn to Eve and he can’t bear the thought of her belonging to someone else.  So he takes her for his own.

When Eve’s brother set up the party that night, she thought he was trying to find her a husband.  It wasn’t until she was delivered to Rafe’s door that she found out what was intended for her.  And then she had a choice to make: give up her virtue or be turned out on the streets.

Before you get too mad at Rafe, know he never forces himself on her. He’s not a fraction of the monster he thinks he is. Generally, I am all over the tortured hero with an underdeveloped sense of self-worth.  And it wasn’t that I disliked him, it’s just there were times he was little too emo.  On top of that, I wasn’t really satisfied with explanation on the touching thing.  I don’t want to give it away, but his reaction seemed like it was perhaps an issue of a sexual nature.  For what it turned out to be, claustrophobia would have been a more reasonable reaction than an aversion to hugs, sheets, or clothing.

All that being said, I did enjoy watching his losing battle with himself as he fought not to fall in love with Eve. How he lies to himself about his feelings from the very beginning.  It’s easy to see why he connects with Eve.  He empathizes with her plight; he knows what it’s like to be left with only horrible choices to survive. Yet she doesn’t break. In fact, she becomes someone he can lean on. (The sexy times are really good too.)

We’re treated to time spent with the couples from the previous books, which I liked. But this can easily work as a standalone.

Rating: B

*ARC Provided by Avon

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Lord of Wicked Intentions
by Lorraine Heath
Release Date: April 30, 2013
Publisher: Avon