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She Tempts the Duke (The Lost Lords of Pembrook #1)

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Three young heirs, imprisoned by an unscrupulous uncle, escaped—to the sea, to the streets, to faraway battle—awaiting the day when they would return to reclaim their birthright.

Sebastian Easton always vowed he would avenge his stolen youth and title. Now back in London, the rightful Duke of Keswick—returning from battle a wounded, hardened, changed man—cannot forget the
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Published January 31st 2012 by Avon
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Feb 04, 2012 Beanbag Love rated it really liked it
This is a solid Lorraine Heath story. Angsty, romantic, poignant, and funny in some places. A great hero and a very likable heroine are hallmarks of my favorite Heath books and they're definitely here.

A couple of things keep this from being a five star. First, the villain is a crazy ass mofo. I get a little tired of the crazy greedy guy villain in historicals. Kind of two-dimensional and really overdone. I don't know what else could have been the motivation, but I'm definitely open to other poss
Quizás sea más de 3.75 pero me ha gustado mucho así que le doy las 4.
No tiene nada especial. Un protagonista atormentado, huraño y un poco amargado al que la culpa lo devora que encuentra la luz al reencontrarse la amiga de su infancia.
Esta autora gusta de personajes que les cuesta encajar en la sociedad y a mí me encantan
Una chica que perdió su rebeldía y que ahora la reencuentra.
La parte romántica queda un poco apagada frente al tormentoso carácter del protagonista marcado por la usurpación d
4 stars – Historical/Victorian Romance

Not my favorite Lorraine Heath read...her terrific Scoundrels of St. James series still has the bar raised rather high for me...but a solid 4 star historical romance nonetheless. I’m looking forward to Tristan’s and Rafe’s stories.
Jo ★The Book Sloth★
BR with Aly!!

5 Beauty and the Beast Stars

I love reunion stories in Historicals, I absolutely adore them. This one did not disappoint. I didn't want it to end.

Sebastian, Tristan and Rafe Easton are forced to run after their father is murdered by their uncle and it becomes obvious that the same fate awaits them if they stay at their home. With the help of 12 year old Mary, the run and promise to be back in 10 years to claim what their uncle wishes to steal from them.

12 years later the lost lords o
Apr 11, 2016 Caz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've given this a B for narration and a B- for content at AAR.

There’s something about Lorraine Heath’s writing that strikes a real chord with me and pushes all the right emotional buttons; so much so that’s she’s now on my auto-buy list. Given that I am someone who likes listening to audio versions of books I’ve enjoyed, I’ve been keen to listen to Ms Heath’s work in audio format, but have been put off because her most recent series ( The Scandalous Gentlemen of St. James ) and her current one (

I am a fan of Heath. Her tortured/scarred/tormented heros have been unsurpassed by any other book I have read. Until this one.

I purchased this with high expectations, curious and hopeful that Heath would be different, like in her western romances. What I got was disappointment. This could have been written by anyone. There was no signature "Heath" in this at all.

I'm not going to retell the story in my review, especailly since the theme is one I have read so many times.

The story was
Jen (Red Hot Books)
Jan 30, 2012 Jen (Red Hot Books) rated it really liked it
When his father died, 14 year-old Sebastian was next in line to become the Duke of Keswick. But his power-hungry uncle locked him and his brothers away in the tower, with plans to kill them. He would have succeeded, if young Mary had not overheard his plans and set her young friends free. The boys ran for their lives. Now, more than a decade later, they are back --and ready to reclaim the birthright their uncle thought to steal.

Sebastian spent much of his time away as a soldier and is now horrib
It looks like it's going to be another great series by Lorraine Heath.
The story was a bit dark and also a bit predictable, but still a great read, bonus points if you love scarred and tormented hero's. Of the 3 brothers that this series will revolve around, Sebastian, the hero for this book, is scarred by far the worst.
The heroine in this story, Mary, was his childhood friend and she had saved the 3 brothers from certain death by their uncles hands. They felt they had no choice but to separ
Carol *Young at Heart Oldie*
She Tempts the Duke is the first book in Lorraine Heath's new Lost Lords of Pembrook series. An intriguing storyline, a scarred, tormented hero and a spirited heroine - this book had all the elements for being another winner from one of my favourite authors but it didn't quite live up to my expectations.

"Comparisons are odious" I know, but I couldn't help comparing Sebastian with Houston, the hero from another of Ms Heath's books, Texas Destiny . Both are scarred from their wartime experience
Jan 31, 2012 Jess rated it it was amazing
Review posted: Happily Ever After - Reads
Blog rating: 4.5/5

They had become the stuff of legends – the lost lords of Pembrook.

Three brothers are all being held prisoner by their Uncle following their father’s mysterious death. The fourteen year old twins, Sebastian and Tristan, and ten year old Rafe are scared, hungry, cold and Sebastian is convinced that they’ll be killed if they don’t find a way to escape. When they hear a key in the door, he and Tristan are ready to attack, but Sebastian’s clo
Jan 13, 2012 Lisa rated it really liked it
Well, this book grabbed my attention from the very first page and never let go!

Sebastian Easton, Duke of Keswick, has had a very hard life. Nearly killed alongwith his two brothers as a young lad, he escapes unharmed to only have to split up from his brothers to protect them. Sebastian takes off to the war and in the process, he becomes quite scarred inside and out but the one thing that keeps him going is that he must seek revenge against his vile uncle. Life finally allows the three brothers t
Apr 22, 2016 Bj rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks, arc
*I gave this audiobook a B for both the story and narration at AudioGals*

Lovers of romances premised on destiny (childhood friends to lovers) and beauty and the beast tropes will be the most eager to listen to this one. She Tempts a Duke also features a common secondary suspense plot focused around the struggle for a dukedom and the inevitable hero’s fascination on seeking revenge for nearly being sabotaged of his birthright. While these themes are not always intermixed in one story, their use e
4.00 to 4.50 Stars - Historical/Victorian Romance.

Driven by their evil uncle’s intention of murder, Sebastian Easton, the Duke of Keswick was forced to run away along with his little brothers when he was just fourteen with the help of childhood friend Lady Mary Wynne-Jones. Twelve years later, he is back to reclaim his dukedom and his life after spending a horrendous time in battles under the Queen’s army. He encounters Mary, whom he remembers once saved his and his brothers’ lives. But Mary is
Nov 09, 2015 Zoe rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I don't know what I missed; I think there is no chemistry between Sebastian and Mary. I have the impression that they were just childhood friends and there is nothing more. There is no pull or yearning. Sebastian was bent on retribution, the plots about bringing his uncle down were kind of boring. The romantic relationship was lacking for me. I didn't feel that either of them wanted to be with each other or was fighting attraction. Very odd feelings.

The 3 brothers running from an evil uncle tro
Sebastian Easton has spent the last 12 years striving towards one goal. To take back his rightful title as the 8th Duke of Keswick, stolen from him by his murderous and power hungry uncle. Upon the death of their father he and his two brothers had been locked away in a tower awaiting certain death until his friend Mary daringly set them free.

The three boys then ran for their lives, spending the next decade apart, with one of the brothers going to sea and another forced to a life on the streets.
Feb 26, 2014 Bukcrz rated it it was ok
Let me say first that hands down, Ms. Heath can write very well. Unfortunately, like in this story, she turns a character she first introduced as a feisty woman with a mind of her own, into a ninny when the battle is at its fiercest – when it matters.
In ‘She Tempts The Duke’, the story started great that I cannot put the book down. Imagine three ghosts crashing a usurper’s party. Man the work that would give those waggling tongues. I love my first glimpse of the hero – he did have great entrance
No one can write a tortured hero like Lorraine Heath, and she doesn't disappoint with her newest book. The entire trilogy looks to be great and it's going to be hard to wait for the next installments.

Sebastian, Tristan, and Rafe are brothers that are victims of a Richard III-esque villian. When the boys are orphaned in their early teens, their Uncle locks them up with the intent to do them in to inherit the Dukedom. Sebastian's childhood sweetheart Mary risks her life to steal the key and let th
Apr 27, 2015 Christine rated it it was ok
Lorraine Heath is a good writer. I will not fault her stories. What annoys the ever loving crap out of me is how authors like her (and there are others) have perfected the art of R-E-P-I-T-I-T-I-O-N. Ms. Heath always has interesting characters BUT she manages to drag out one or two plot points to interminable ends until I end up wishing she'd hurry the fuck up already. This affectation in her writing has become so tedious that after some re-thinking I see that all the books in the series she has ...more
Great book. Mary was a great heroine. I struggled with thinking she deserved better than Sebastian as he could be driven and hard but considering what happened to him and his brothers.... You can't help but hurt for all that happened to all of them. Great book!

I Lorraine Heath!!!
May 26, 2016 Maria rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pues casi un 3,5...Conocí a esta escritora con su serie de los huérfanos, después de leer la reseña de este de Pepa, fui a por él...y mas sabiendo que no soy nada dada al genero en el que esta ambientada....y me lo encontré a manos llenas(la actitud, las normas, los bailes...) y me sature de ellos...La historia romántica creo que paso a un segundo plano en deferencia de él, de su pasado, de sus hermanos....así y todo...No estuvo mal....De los hermanos,Rafe, fue el que me llamo mas la atencion...
Edwina " I LoveBooks" "Deb"
I loved She Tempts the Duke!! I could not put it down and only stop reading for a few hours to close my eyes. This is a true Historical Romance between childhood friends and unconditional friendship.

The story starts in 1844 with there young boys sons of the Duke of Keswick are lead to the tower at there ancestral home Pembrook on orders of there uncle David Easton. Sebastian is the older of the 14 year old twins Tristan is the second twin and Rafe was the third and youngest brother at 10 years.
Nov 24, 2015 Jane rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

What a riveting opening...but fizzled out so quickly. Sebastian, Duke of Keswick, and his two brothers are orphaned after the tragic death of their father. Their Evil Uncle decides to rid himself of the 3 orphans so that he could become duke. Twelve year old Lady Mary (Sebastian's BFF) comes to the rescue and the boys escape, leaving Mary to wonder about what happened to them. Fast forward 12 years. Evil Uncle throws a huge ball in preparation of becoming duke. Guess who shows up uninvi
Feb 06, 2012 Minesweeper rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, fiction

The book's premise was so interesting (three kids run away from their murderous uncle, determined to come back later and get their heritage back). I was giddy with anticipation about the scene in which the duke and his brothers show up again, especially because the heroine was strong and useful up until this point without being annoying. The scene was as awesome as I was hoping I would be ...

... and then went bland from there. It wasn't that it was bad, exactly, but it was just about what y
Apr 16, 2012 Barbara rated it liked it
3 1/2 stars

It just didn't have the same impact on me as Heath's Waking Up with the Duke.

The plot line in this one was good but there was just something missing. I think perhaps I just didn't connect with the characters to the extent I would have liked.

The hero was tortured, but I never truly felt the depth of his emotions. I'm thinking it's because there is such a large amount of time that passes before the hero returns to seek vengeance. I needed to know more about that time, maybe? I don't k
Mar 05, 2012 babyfishmouth rated it it was ok
I love Lorraine Heath but this book just didn't grab me liked I hoped it would.

The premise reminded me a lot of her western historical Texas Destiny in that a facially scarred, eye patch wearing hero who thinks he's unworthy of love falls in love with a sweet and loyal woman who is betrothed to another while a one dimensional villain tries to ruin their happiness. Texas Glory was fabulous because the angst, tension and conflict was superbly done.

She Tempts the Duke didn't have that same combina
Dec 12, 2012 Arshia rated it really liked it
I read "Deck the Halls With Love" for a review and after reading that story I knew I had to pick up the rest of the books. A crazy, power hungry uncle wants to kill his nephews to get a Dukedom. A young Mary saves the lives of the three brothers and hopes to see them again when they run away. However years have passed and there is no word, when the boys do return they have grown up into very harsh men. Sebastian, the eldest, has suffered physically and emotionally and now all he wants is his bir ...more
May 13, 2015 TJ rated it really liked it
Very enjoyable, really looking forward to reading the rest of this trilogy!
Mar 19, 2012 Cynthia rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: If you're looking for damaged, beyond, almost repair, Heroes
I like it! A spunky heroine who isn't afraid to step out of the norm of societal etiquette and help a friend in need. Lady Mary will follow for only so long until she's had enough.

And these Easton brothers: Sebastian, Duke of Keswick; his twin and Sea Captain, Lord Tristan Easton: and the youngest and proprietor of the best gambling den (and other pursuits) in London, Lord Rafe Easton. The story focuses on Mary and Sebastian, but Ms. Heath gives just enough story to deliciously tease and have yo
Sep 22, 2014 kris marked it as gave-it-a-shot
Over-written, poorly constructed prose; a hero who BATHES in angst; and a heroine who is so red-headed it needs to be mentioned in every chapter.

Aly is so frigging bored
Jun 27, 2014 Aly is so frigging bored rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical
Buddy read with Jo
I loved it! Me and Jo will continue with the other 2 :>
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 3 Mar 02, 2015 10:19AM  
  • Always a Temptress (Drake's Rakes #3)
  • Between the Duke and the Deep Blue Sea (Royal Entourage, #1)
  • Pride & Passion (The Brethren Guardians, #2)
  • Tempted by His Kiss (The Byrons of Braebourne, #1)
  • One Night Is Never Enough (Secrets, #2)
  • Scandal of the Year (Abandoned at the Altar, #2)
  • When You Give a Duke a Diamond (Jewels of the Ton, #1)
  • How the Marquess Was Won (Pennyroyal Green, #6)
  • How to Tame Your Duke (A Princess In Hiding, #1)
  • Too Wicked to Wed (Lords of Midnight, #1)
  • Taming an Impossible Rogue (Scandalous Brides, #2)
  • The Duke's Perfect Wife (MacKenzies & McBrides, #4)
  • Blame It on Bath (The Truth About the Duke, #2)
  • A Lady by Midnight (Spindle Cove, #3)
  • How to Dance with a Duke (Ugly Ducklings, #1)
  • Romancing the Countess (Romancing, #1)
  • To Wed a Wicked Earl (Devine & Friends, #2)
Also writes Young Adult under Rachel Hawthorne, Jade Parker, and with her son as J.A. London)

Lorraine Heath has always had a soft spot for emotional love stories. No doubt because growing up, watching movies with her mom, she was taught that the best movies "won't half make you cry."

She is the daughter of a British beauty (her mom won second place in a beauty contest sponsored by Max Factor during
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