Falling into Bed with a Duke by Lorraine Heath
Series: Hellions of Havisham #1
Also in this series: The Earl Takes All, The Earl Takes All, The Viscount and the Vixen, When the Marquess Falls
Publisher: Avon, Harper Collins
Publication Date: October 27, 2015
Genres: Historical Romance
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In the first in a dazzling new series, New York Times bestselling author Lorraine Heath introduces the Hellions of Havisham—three charismatic rogues destined to lose their hearts...
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?
What a great freaking book. I know that I can pretty much count on Lorraine Heath to deliver the goods but I’m never prepared for how much I will enjoy her books.
I really enjoyed this book.
Minerva Dodger is filthy rich and has been through six seasons. She comes from a family who married for love and she doesn’t want to settle for less than that in her own life. Her dowry has brought in marriage proposal after marriage proposal but none of the guys that have proposed marriage to her can say that they like her. No, what they really like is all of the money that she’ll bring to the marriage. She knows that she’s not the prettiest girl in London because everyone has said as much about her and to her face but none of that changes the fact that she refuses to marry someone for money.
She’s grown used to the fact that she’ll probably never marry since nobody seems to like her and she’s mighty curious about relations between the sexes so with the help of her best friend (and sister in law), she goes about having an adventure just for herself and the guy she loses her virginity to and that’s when she meets the Duke of Ashebury.
Ashe is one of the Hellions of Havisham. When his parents were killed in an accident, Ashe and two other orphans (Grey and Edward) were shipped to live with their fathers friend, the Marquess of Marsden. Once they got there, they met the Marquess’ son, Locke and together, they became little hellions that ran wild because the Marsden was grieving his late wife (Locke’s Mom). He was rumored to have gone crazy when his wife died and it was true. He kept to himself, let the boys run wild and raise themselves and he stayed close to home and just missed his wife.
Once the boys were old enough to go out on their own, they did and they continued their hellraising. They traveled to different places, had exotic adventures and they did as they pleased.
Now, they’re back from a safari in Africa and looking for a bit of sexy time fun at Nightingale and that is where Ashe meets the mysterious Lady V. It was her legs that caught his attention but it was her personality once he got her alone that intrigued the hell out of him.
Watching the two of these guys come together was such a treat. I adored the both of them. I loved how strong and fierce Minerva was and I absolutely loved seeing Ashe fall for her. Their romance was sweet and it was passionate and it was everything that lovers of romance novels love. This book had great characters (old and new) and it was funny, it was sweet and I ate every word up.
Minerva’s insecurities about her looks was very believable but her innate kindness even to those who hurt her feelings made me really like her character. One of my favorite scenes in this book was between Lord Sheridan and Ashe in their club. I loved that Ashe took exception to what Lord Sheridan said and didn’t let him get away with it. I loved that even though he didn’t know Minerva, he still took up for her.
I thought it was interesting to see a historical hero have a passion for the arts. I loved seeing him so invested in his photography. I loved how honest his feelings for Minerva were and he made me absolutely melt when he met with Minerva’s parents in the end.
This book was good and I’m mighty interested in the books that will follow this one. I’m wondering if Grey will get a book, if the incident concerning Edward will come out and what will happen with that story and I’m very interested in getting to know Locke some more. I seriously can’t wait for more from this series.
Dear Lorraine Heath, MORE PLEASE??!!
I definitely recommend this one.
4.5 out of 5