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

3.92 of 5 stars 3.92  ·  rating details  ·  2,408 ratings  ·  168 reviews
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 b...more
Paperback, 355 pages
Published January 31st 2012 by Avon
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Beanbag Love
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...more
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
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...more
Jen (Red Hot Books)
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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 experiences...more
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...more
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....more

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...more
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
Cynthia (aka Artemis)
Mar 19, 2012 Cynthia (aka Artemis) rated it 4 of 5 stars
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...more
May Mostly Romance
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พล็อตเรื่องน้ำเน่ามาก ชนิดเลียนแบบนิยายไทยมาเลย เมื่อเด็กชายสามคน ลูกชายของดยุคที่เพิ่งเสียชีวิตไป ถูกอาจับตัวไปขังไว้ พร้อมกับแผนการร้ายที่ต้องการฆ่าหลานชายทั้งสาม เพื่อที่ตัวเองจะได้ครอบครองบรรดาศักดิ์ และทรัพย์สมบัติของดยุค แต่ก่อนที่ทั้งหมดจะเป็นอันตราย แมรี่ เด็กหญิงเพื่อน...more
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...more
Lady Wesley
I wanted to love the book, but it just didn't grab me.

What I Liked

Sebastian is a compelling tortured hero, so scarred in the Battle of Balaclava that he considers himself a monster. We get glimpses of his two colorful brothers (thus setting up the next two books), and they have their own demons. The opening scene, in which the three of them burst, pistols drawn, into a ball being given by their uncle, is quite exciting.

Bill Graves, from the Scoundrels of St. James series, and the Duke of Ainsle...more
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 BUTshe 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-think I see that all he series have the same style but s...more
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...more
Kathie (katmom)
I loved this! Lorraine Heath has done it again. And it tickles me that this one was published on my birthday, last year! Happy Birthday to me!

This is the first in "The Lost Lords of Pembook" series. And what a start it is.

We begin with three boys, who have just lost their father. They've been locked in the tower and the eldest, Sebastian, the new Duke of Pembrook, coming to the conclusion that he, his twin Tristan and their younger brother Rafe are going to be killed. He suspects that his father...more
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...more
Review originally posted here:

Publisher: Avon
Publish Date: Out Now!
How I got this book: NetGalley

I’m a big fan of Heath, and when her newest book in her newest series was announced, I couldn’t wait to read it. I’ve always loved Heath’s voice and am glad to announce that she has another winner with this release.

Sebastian is the true heir to the Dukedom of Keswick, but he and his younger brothers ran away as children to escape the greedy uncle that wanted t...more
This is no doubt a Lorraine Heath's work. This is the best so far among all her books. It really depicted how good she was. The story is dark, stirring and gloomy. What I really like about this book is that I can really feel each emotions that the characters have. It made me cried when I hardly cried while reading a book.
After they escaped from death their uncle planned, three young lads that were supposed to be enjoying their lives TOGETHER, grew up with no one even each other by their side, t...more
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The benefits of reading She Tempts the Duke:

1. It’s Lorraine Heath.

I cannot say enough good things about Lorraine Heath. I have been reading her books since Amelia and the Outlaw, a historical teen romance she wrote back in 2002, published by HarperTeen. It was part of the Avon Teen Romance series that filled my bedside table when I was a wee lass (reviews on books in the series to come!), and I fell head over heels for her writing. Her plotlines are simple but carefully crafted; her characters...more

This book was kind of back and forth for me. The romance is based off of a childhood friendship between Mary and Sebastian, which I thought was cute. After 12-year-old Mary saved the brothers from their crazy uncle's imprisonment, they disappeared for over 10 years before they came home to claim their titles. Sebastian, the oldest and the rightful heir to the dukedom, returned scarred from war both emotionally and physically. Mary was a very strong, loyal character who refused to give up on...more
I loved this book up until the very end. I have to agree with other reviewers that there was a pretty moronic moment on the heroine's part and the reconciliation of Sebastian's feelings felt a little rushed. This is a real shame, because I was OBSESSED with this book up to that part. I couldn't put it down! The slow building of tension and the way Heath portrays Mary's and the brothers' pasts is so poignant, and then it just got kind of weird. One moment, Sebastian is referring to Mary as a stup...more
Aly is so frigging bored
Buddy read with Jo
I loved it! Me and Jo will continue with the other 2 :>
This was a first book in a new series and I really liked it. Sebastian and Mary were both strong characters and I am really looking forward to Tristan's book.
Kerrelyn Sparks
I really enjoyed this one! I can't wait to read about the two brothers!
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