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Codinome Lady V
(And, yes, this review is really long. Because this book just annoyed me to no end.)
As I was reading, I thought that Lorraine Heath had to be trolling her readers or something. Ashebury hears about his parents dying and develops a foot fetish as a result. How i ...more
I adore the way Lorraine Heath tells a story! Falling Into Bed with a Duke is the first book in the Hellions of Havisham series and it's romantic, it's passionate, it's heartbreaking, it's uplifting... it's everything I want in my historical romance reading!!
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 ...more
Well, that's a new one - a historical romance that features a guy who likes to take semi-nude photos of women in order to help him get over his tragic past. I am not even making that up.
Ignoring that random subplot, overall this was pretty much a slightly less interesting version of another book I have read, Suddenly You. Both books share the same basic premise - an 'on the shelf' woman decides that marriage is obviously not going to happen and so she resolves to rid herself of her vir ...more
Don't ask me how I landed up reading a historical romance lol! Although I think it may have had something to do with the dreaded book slump that always catches me unawares. This book was exactly what I needed, a strong heroine who wasn't beautiful in the classic sense (and she really was a normal looking gal not astoundingly beautiful with no idea.) It was really refreshing to read about a heroine who didn't meet society's expectations yet didn't feel bad about it.
Miss Minerva Dodger i ...more
I don’t know how she does it, but there is something about Lorraine Heath’s books – those that I’ve read, anyway, which is by no means all of them – that gets me “right there”. The emotions and thought-processes of many of her heroines have such resonance that they are timeless; whether it’s the cancer survivor who worries she is no longer attractive (When the Duke Was Wicked), or the loving sister desperate to do the best for ...more
Orphaned when their parents are killed in a train crash, the Duke of Ashebury, the Duke of Greyling and his twin brother, Edward, are taken under the guardianship of the Marquess of Marsden in the forbidding Havisham Castle. Since losing his belove ...more
In the prologue we are introduced to a very young Duke of Ashebury who lost his parents recently in a train accident. He travels with two other orphans, the Earl of Grayling and his twin brother, to their new guardian, a very unstable man, destroyed by grief after his wife's passing. The guardian's madness leaves a strong impression on Ash, and he starts fearing loving a woman.
Some twenty years later, we find Miss Minerva Dodger, a spinster by choice. She is ...more
I love a spinster who has placed herself firmly on the shelf and flips the rest of the world off. She's a keeper.
NOTE: read this as part of a word challenge in the Historical Romance reading group. Book that started with the letter F.
Setting / Time / Genre: Regency
Sexy times: Tame stuff in comparison to say, a Kerrigan Byrne historical. But let it be said, our heroine is down with the OP. That should give you enough of a clue.
Plan on re ...more
Miss Minerva Dodger, has watched six full seasons go by without many good offers for her unless its from fortune hunters. She wants what her parents have found and is set on not marrying. She wants adventure and passion. When she hears about a club, The Nightingale, that hosts exclusive sensual parties, she attends. She knows it will be exactly what she needs. Upon arrival, she meets the Duke of Ashebury who shows her true desire ...more
I can’t remember the last time I was so disappointed in a book. I was quite hesitant to read this one, because anonymous sex isn’t romantic to me, but one thing I’ve learned is that Lorraine Heath likes to write unconventional HRs. And sometimes they really work, like Once More, My Darling Rogue, which I really liked. Still my expectations with this book was relatively low when I started it. And much to my surprise and delight the more I read the more I loved it. And I was so hap...more
This was my first book by Lorraine Heath and it won't be my last. I liked it a lot and I really, really wanted to give this book a higher rating. The story is engaging, the characters - including the secondary characters - lovable, the chemistry between Minerva and Ashe well done. But nope, I couldn't.
I guess it's because, all in all, it was too formulaic. Or because I had read Rose Lerner's In For a Penny only recently which had a similar outset. Rich heroine, impoverished aristocrat ...more
i edited my review because I'm going through and looking at the ones I'm proud of !!
Wow, first book of mine by this author and I really, reallllyyyy liked it. I remember trying a book from her Devil series, or whatever the hell it's called, but it wasn't really doing it for me. This one was sitting on my tbr, lost in a sea of unread books, until it was recommended to me by a lovely human called Paris . I'm really glad I gave Lorraine Heath another chance, and loo ...more
The Duke of Ashebury is a very handsome man. His passion in life is taking brilliant photographs, and it all stems from a very devastating childhood. His parents were killed in a railway accident, leaving him behind to deal with immense grief. Along with twins who also lost their parents, these three are shipped to the Marquess of Marsden's estate, to be raised. Marsden lost his wif ...more
I'm the pickiest reader and I can't find fault with this book!
It was so, so delightful!
Minerva has had six seasons to catch the attention of a potential suitor and, while she's had many, all of them were fortune hunters. She's not a beauty, and even her money can't make men bear such an opinionated miss who suffers no fools.
Having decided she'll embrace spinsterhood, Minerva finds it perfectly logical that she should get to know the pleasures of the flesh: gentlemen do it all the time, why sho ...more
I loved Minerva and her level-headed (almost too much) behaviour! She's a woman who knows what she wants and isn't afraid to reach and grab it!
She's aware of how other view her and she cares, but only marginally so. She's not ready to change to conform to the society.
Ashe doesn't know who she is at the beginning, but he's intelligent enough to recognize her after a bit. Still he's also stubborn (or maybe stupid) enough not to recognize his own feelings towards Minerva.
I can't help but think that these stories would be even more successful (not that they need it) if the titles weren't of I-can't-think-of-anything-at-the-moment variety. One can find lovely characters and wonderful stories in books with shallow titles. Yes, there are duds too.
This isn't one though.
This book reminds me of Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake a bit, but with less humour (not a bad thing, just different). Both Ashe and Minerva are great characters and necessary conflict ...more
In this novel we meet Minerva Dodger and the Duke of Ashebury in Falling Into Bed With a Duke, the first in The Hellions of Ha ...more
1. Ladies going undercover with their lady boners is a thing I am into.
2. Ashe photographing legs was a little--OK, but at least it was actually a bit surprising? When he was moping around at the beginning about his ~strange needs and desires, I was prepa ...more
This is the first in a new series and some of the feel of the story does get lost because of the set up with the other two hellions who will have stories to follow. However, Heath has a talent for setting up unique and intriguing characters so even though I recognized the plot seeds, I was still excited to read their stories.
While I really didn't care for the title of this sto ...more
Minerva snags entrance i ...more
I just adore Lorraine Heath's books because they are not afraid to dive into serious topics and also have characters who gain emotional strength along with their happy ending. Falling into Bed with a Duke is the first in a series that is a spin-off of Heath's Scoundrels of St. James and Scandalous Gentleman of St. James books. It focuses on a group of young aristocrats who grew up together in the dark and mysterious Havisham Castle under the lax guidance of the Marquess of Marsden.
I really enjoyed the first half to two-thirds of this book. The setup was very steamy, more so than I'm used to from Heath, and in a very good way.
Minerva, appreciated for her dowry rather than her looks, is 24 and has decided she's not going to get married. But you know what? She's got hormones and fantasies and things. (It was bizarrely refreshing for a historical romance to suggest it might not be easy for a woman to be a virgin at 24.) So Minerva goes to an exclusive club, wearing ...more
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® durin ...more
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(De la traducción castellana, por Amparo Sánchez)”