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Beyond Scandal and Desire

(Sins for All Seasons #1)

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  3,277 ratings  ·  417 reviews
At birth, Mick Trewlove, the illegitimate son of a duke, was handed over to a commoner. Despite his lowly upbringing, Mick has become a successful businessman, but all his wealth hasn’t satisfied his need for revenge against the man who still won’t acknowledge him. What else can Mick do but destroy the duke’s legitimate son—and woo the heir’s betrothed into his own unlovin ...more
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Published January 30th 2018 by Avon
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Jan 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical, series
3.5 stars

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Mick grew up knowing he was illegitimate and experienced all the society pitfalls because of it. All he has ever wanted is for his father to publicly acknowledge him but when his father refuses, he decides to ruin his half-brother heir.
Aslyn has been the Duke of Hedley's ward for most of her life after her parents died. With it understood that she woul
Feb 12, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
Lately, I have problems with HR... Here they were not big, but I was still annoyed occasionally while reading.

What I have problem with is the insta-part, being it insta-lust or love or attraction. I like my MCs to become attracted, yes, but not blindly. There should be some developing, some growth…

Here we have a very sheltered heroine, Aslyn, who never ventured beyond the gilded cage here guardians have set for her. I cannot believe that a woman of 21 never had any hint of rebellion, but meekly

Title: Beyond Scandal and Desire
Series: Sins for All Seasons #1
Author: Lorraine Heath
Release date: January 30, 2018
Cliffhanger: No
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She was no longer the means to an end, but had become the end itself.

This is my first book by Lorraine Heath, and right out of the starting gate, she landed herself a spot on my auto-read author list. I was so impressed that I'm now on a mission to get through some of her backlist this year, to explore what I've been missing out o
Jun 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lorraine Heath kicks off her new  Sins for All Seasons  series with Beyond Scandal and Desire, the story of a man intent on revenge upon the father who abandoned him and the young woman he intends to use as part of the scheme he has concocted in order to achieve that end.  I’m not a great lover of the heroine-as-instrument-of-revenge trope, but I trust Lorraine Heath to deliver an engaging and emotionally rich story and know that she has the writing chops to turn a hackneyed plotline into some ...more
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This was a fantastic start to a new series and now I'm excited for the rest books!I enjoyed a lot this one,the premise was great and there was a twist that I wasn't expected!

Mick and Aslyn’s romance was fun and flirty! I fell in love with Mick , He wanted the best for Aslyn!I like them together, and they make me smile a lot!

Overall it was a great story , There was so much to love about the story and the characters were lovable!


Lover of Romance
This review was originally posted on Addicted To RomanceI received this book for free from Avon in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Lorraine Heath introduces us to a sensual love affair that takes us back in time to the spicy Victorian Era in London, England. A time of growth in the sciences, politics, and human rights. These two people come together and learn to fight with having all of society against them being together...

ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Review to come.

Enjoyable read. Great character development, storyline and pacing.
Lady Wesley
Deliver me from revenge plots! I usually find them unpleasant and unbelievable. In the capable hands of Lorraine Heath, however, Mick Trewlove's desire for revenge against his noble father becomes a moving story of love and courage, leading not only to his redemption but also the deliverance of those who have wronged him.

Mick is the bastard son of the Duke of Hedley, given away at birth to a “baby farmer.” (This was the dreadful practice of impoverished women taking in by-blows for money and ca
2.5/5. This took me a relatively long time to finish, but I was determined not to DNF a Lorraine Heath book. It's not the worst of hers that I have read, but damn, it came a close second. Let me say it loud and clear: I detest insta-lust in HRs, especially when an extremely sheltered, virginal girl suddenly has sexual awakening at first glance and immediately starts to have lubricious fantasies of a touchy-feely nature, she could not possibly have any knowledge of. Of course women are entitled t ...more
Feb 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Very strong 4 stars!!!!
Will review soon.
May 01, 2018 rated it it was ok
Mick Trewlove, bastard, wants REVENGE and/or Lady Aslyn Hastings. So he sets about wooing her and ends up wooing himself? And then there's a confrontation with his bio father and setup for what will probably be a bunch more books including one about some guy named BEAST???

1. This wasn't very well edited and it felt like a rush job. I guess my feeling is that just because you can release multiple books a year is...should you release multiple books a year?

2. Mick was your stereo-typical "rich comm
Lisa (Remarkablylisa)
I just didn't get the chemistry i wanted nor did I get the fluffy parts I really crave from lorraine! ...more
Book Wonderland
Oct 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
I love Lorraine Heath's books a lot, I prefered the Hellions of Havisham Hall series a little better, but this one was really good too.
Mick and Aslyn are both great and lovable characters, and I even liked Kip too.
I didn't expected that twist in the end of the story.
Jan 24, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: historical
First of a new series, and I always love to try out new series but I might not continue with this one. Beyond Scandal and Desire has a great set-up, but it fell flat for me.

In the prologue, we have a  gut wrenching seen as our hero takes his newborn son, born to his mistress, away in the middle of the night to a common woman who for a small payment, who will  raise him in a good home. Or as good enough as she can provide. This woman takes in several children this way, supporting herself with the
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This was a most unusual Regency Romance-yes, there's the requisite lady, but her lover isn't a member of the aristocracy-in fact, he is quite literally a bastard, and he's not above using others to get his father to acknowledge him.

Lady Aslyn Hastings is betrothed to the son of the Duke who took her in and raised her after she was orphaned-but she feels that there must be something more out there than the tepid interest he takes in her- and definitely more than the life she lives as the sheltere
Tracy Emro
Jan 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
WOW, Just WOW! Anyone who follows my reviews knows I read A LOT of books, but rarely do I want to cry at the end of book as much I as did this one - not because it was sad, but because it was over! I LOVED, LOVED, LOVED this book! Ms. Heath has a way with words, she has the ability to draw a reader in and force them to become invested in her characters - their joy is your joy, their pain is your pain, their troubles become your troubles - it is a rare treat to find an author who has this talent ...more
Mar 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.75 Stars

I would like to rate this book in two parts.

The first part - 5 stars , when everything that occurred was meticulously planned by Mick to seek revenge and to be acknowledged by the Duke. However, he didn't expect to start feeling something for Lady Aslyn.

I love how he came to be successful in life. How he love his brothers and sisters even if they really weren't blood related. How he makes effort for every illegitimate child to be well taken care off.

I can't say that Lady Aslyn has
Feb 16, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a plain offer from Lorraine Heath.

Lorraine Heath's new series centers around a group of by-blows. This is a very similar setting to her famous series of the Scoundrels of St. James. The first book is about the oldest brother of this group, Mick Trewlove, who was given away as a newborn baby by his father, who thought Mick was going to meet a certain demise, because this was what happened when you "farmed out a baby" back then. The reason of him doing so was revealed later in the book,
Bambi Unbridled

Beyond Scandal and Desire kicks off a new series from Lorraine Heath, Sins for All Seasons, featuring a family of unwanted by-blows sent off to a baby farmer as infants. I love that Lorraine has taken this sad and tragic historical detail and given it a lighter spin, while staying true to the life that faced bastards and the lower classes of the day.

Historically and most notoriously in the Victorian era, baby farmers would accept custody of unwanted children, usually by-blows, in exchange for a
“She loved him. It was that simple, that complex. Their road would not be an easy one, but all the same she wanted to travel it.”

3.5 stars

Beyond Scandal and Desire marked my first time reading a full length Lorraine Heath book and it contained A LOT of tropes I often despise: revenge plot, deceitful hero, heroine is engaged to someone else, etc. And yet, every time I put the book down, I couldn’t wait to pick it back up again. There was even a day I had to go without because I had a migraine and
Carol Cork *Young at Heart Oldie*
This is the first book in Lorraine Heath’s new Sins for All Seasons series and she weaves an emotional, captivating and sensual love story with a totally unexpected twist at the end.

There’d never been anything gentle in his life. Everything he’d experienced had been hard, harsh and challenging.

Raised in poverty in the Rookeries, Mick had clawed his way up to become wealthy, successful, self-assured and powerful. He is stubbornly obsessed with wreaking revenge on his father, the Duke of Hedley, f
Lisa - (Aussie Girl)
The first in a new series (Sins for all Seasons) by veteran historical romance writer Lorraine Heath reminds me a lot of her earlier series Scoundrels of St James. Apparently born on the "wrong side of the blanket", successful business man Mick Trewlove has a vendetta against his aristocrat father who left him with a notorious baby farmer specialising in callously getting rid of the evidence so to speak! Luckily for Mick the widow down on her luck had a pang of conscience and raised the unfortun ...more
Christy W
Jan 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I found a new series!! Put everything else aside..

Soon after starting this story it showed potential of being a new favorite. It continued to get better and better even when a part of me expected to be disappointed at any point halfway through then on.
“She’d never seen anyone look so marvelously masculine... He looked up and pierced her with his blue gaze. It was like the one time she dared to climb a tree, fallen from her perch, and hit the ground HARD. She struggled to draw in breath; thought
Nov 26, 2020 rated it liked it
Good twist but I just can't get behind the actions of the duke and duchess, nor their justifications. So something terrible is done to you and then you turn around and do something even worse? To the weakest person of them all? There were like a million ways for that to have been handled that didn't require them to go to those extremes.

One thing I like about the book is that showcase how difficult illegitimate children had it back then. Sometimes you read a historical romance with illegimate chi
May 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: loved-it
An angry H wanting justice where there none can be found, and a very nice h who falls in love where she shouldn't. She had a lot to learn and saw each experience as an opportunity to understand ore about life beyond the too sweet 'prison' of her life. I really liked that no-one was perfect, they had all made mistakes, often weak and foolish. The final reveals felt right and I was absorbed into the story and the characters, that I was happy that I hadn't worked it out before the end. I really lik ...more
Ashton Reads
Mar 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
My first Lorraine Heath novel, but it definitely won’t be my last! I absolutely loved the heroine; she was strong yet compassionate, and stood up for herself. I wish more historical romance heroines were like her. And Mick was 😍
Jen Davis
Jan 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
One of my favorite tropes in romance is with a lower class hero/higher class heroine… especially when the lady in question isn’t a snob. That was one of the reasons I was so excited to pick up this first installment in Lorraine Heath’s new Sins for All Seasons series.

Mick Trewlowe is a successful businessman who built his own fortune from the ground up. He’s also a bastard. His father, a duke, gave him to a poor widow at birth, and though Mick knows who the man is, the duke refuses to acknowledg
Amy ~ Love At 1st Read
Dec 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love reading a romance that completely sweeps me away. And when that romance is by a new to me author, it’s even better because then I know there’s a whole new world of stories out there for me to get lost in. I was especially excited to realize Lorraine Heath’s Beyond Scandal and Desire is the first in a new series. I fell in love with Mick and Aslyn, two people who thought they knew what would bring them happiness in life, but realized none of it mattered without each other. I was so immers ...more
Jacqueline's Reads
Sep 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical, v-card
4 Stars

This was my first Lorraine Heath read. I’m not sure why I picked this one up. There are plenty of books to pick from. Maybe because it was recently published? Do not be fooled by the cover! This is not a smutty book. If you want a slow burn read, then this one is for you.

I would say this book would be great in audio format, only because it’s so long and it’s so detailed and the steam is pretty low. I like to listen to those kind of books.

When you start to the book you are hit with a bang.
Emilia Barnes
I only read like 5% but couldn't handle the writing. My God, this is some of the most awkward writing I have ever seen! I'm returning it now, so I'll just have to bite my nails without ever finding out what might happen between Mick and Aslyn (seriously?? That's the name of your Victorian upper-class heroine Heath???). They desire each other as soon as they lay eyes on each other, so really I mean anything could happen!

P.S. The book uses the expression "ten and seven" to mean seventeen. As far a
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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

Other books in the series

Sins for All Seasons (6 books)
  • When a Duke Loves a Woman (Sins for All Seasons, #2)
  • The Scoundrel in Her Bed (Sins for All Seasons, #3)
  • The Duchess in His Bed (Sins for All Seasons, #4)
  • The Earl Takes a Fancy (Sins for All Seasons, #5)
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