BEYOND SCANDAL AND DESIRE by Lorraine Heath

BEYOND SCANDAL AND DESIRE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Should he take his revenge or take her as his wife?

Mick Trewlove, the bastard son of the Duke of Hedley, was abandoned to a baby farmer the day he was born. Even though he survived to become one of London’s most successful businessmen, he’s been scheming for years to be “paid what he was owed” by destroying his half brother, the future Duke of Hedley, and stealing his fiancee. That fiancee, Lady Aslyn Hastings, hasn’t the slightest idea what Mick has planned for her when they first meet in the Cremorne Gardens—she only knows that his company causes “riots in her imagination and body” and that he’s the most unsuitable man she’s ever met. Mick slowly seduces her, in word and deed, but when he succeeds, finds that he doesn’t feel the triumph he hoped for. So as he chooses between sweet revenge and true love, she must choose whether their love is worth ruining her reputation over. As the first book in the new Sins for All Seasons series, Heath's (Gentlemen Prefer Heiresses, 2017, etc.) latest sets the stage for a continued exploration of the fates of illegitimate children in the Victorian era, with mixed results. The author's talent for chemistry is as bold as the fireworks that explode in the first chapter. For all the passion between Mick and Aslyn, however, the plot is meandering, and the conflict between the two is a bit of a fizzle. Mick’s adopted sister Gillie is a bright spot, however, and readers will look forward to reading her story in the next volume.

An early Victorian romance more notable for its climaxes than its climax.

Pub Date: Jan. 30th, 2018
ISBN: 978-0-06-267600-9
Page count: 384pp
Publisher: Avon/HarperCollins
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 15th, 2017




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