The Viscount and the Vixen book review

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The last of the Hellions of Havisham is the hero of The Viscount and the Vixen by Lorraine Heath.

Actually, I wouldn’t exactly call Portia, the heroine, a vixen. When I think of that term, I think of an overly flirtatious young miss. Portia is way too knowledgeable and overtly provocative to qualify as merely a vixen.

She also is hiding a whopper of a secret. She arrives to marry Locke’s father, some decades her senior. Locke decides to protect his father and marries her himself. After all, he does need an heir, but he has no intention of loving anyone as much as his father loved his late mother. Her loss only led his father to madness. There’s no chance Locke will fall in love with this little gold digger.

But apparently dear old dad wasn’t so crazy after all. He engineered the whole thing, somehow knowing the two would be ideal for each other.

This book is rather racy for me, but the pair are hard-working, kind, and most importantly forgiving.

Is he or isn’t he?

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How well do you really know your spouse? Are you sure about that? Stories about identical twins pretending to be each other are not uncommon. They usually find it easy enough to convince friends, even parents. But could a wife be fooled?

In The Earl Takes All, Lorraine Heath says that could happen. Edward returns home from an exotic trip, bringing back the body of his late brother. Before dying, Albert, the Earl, extracted a promise.  Edward agrees not to stress his pregnant sister-in-law by revealing which twin actually died until after the baby arrives.

The other two nobles Heath introduced us to as the Hellions of Havisham in her previous book, Falling into Bed with a Duke catch on immediately. Yet somehow the widow Julia doesn’t. Albert has been away for several months. She’s become more independent in his absence.  Blah, blah. I’m not convinced.

In spite of my inability to suspend disbelief, I liked the book. Heath handles the growing attraction skillfully while not dissing the dead brother. It’s certainly possible to love more than once, just in different ways.

Falling Into Bed with a Duke book review

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Falling Into Bed with a Duke by Lorraine Heath has a couple of plot devices that could have lapsed into kinky in the hands of a lesser writer. Minerva, the heroine, visits a private club concealed by a mask for the express purpose of losing her virginity while Ashe, the hero, frequents the same place because it gives him the opportunity to take photos of ladies’ legs. Have I unwittingly stumbled into the wrong century?

This book is the first of Heath’s new series, Hellions of Havisham. Ashe and two other boys were left in the care of the Marquess of Marsden after a tragedy touched their young lives. They grow up in Havisham Hall as pseudo-brothers along with Havisham’s own son. As men, they have earned the title of hellions since they do what they wish without censure from society. They are given a pass on their misbehavior out of sympathy for what occurred in their past. Besides, they are all so very handsome.

Minerva, on the other hand, doesn’t get any sympathy from society. She is well on her way to spinsterhood. Men are interested only in her very hefty dowry and can’t seem to see beyond her straightforward ways and plain face to the vibrant woman beneath. She’s washed her hands of the idea of marriage but wants to find out just once what it’s like to be desired.

This unlikely pair in the unlikely setting click immediately, of course. I’m looking forward to Books Two, Three, and Four.

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About LORRAINE HEATH

Lorraine Heath always dreamed of being a writer. After graduating from the University of Texas, she wrote training manuals, press releases, articles, and computer code, but something was always missing. When she read a romance novel, she not only became hooked on the genre, but quickly realized what her writing lacked: rebels, scoundrels, and rogues. She’s been writing about them ever since. Her work has been recognized with numerous industry awards, including RWA’s prestigious RITA. Her novels have appeared on the USA Today and New York Times bestseller lists.