Friday, August 12, 2016


Falling Into Bed with a Duke (Hellions of Havisham) by [Heath, Lorraine]
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 Seasons, Miss Minerva Dodger chooses spinsterhood over fortune-hungry suitors. But thanks to the Nightingale Club, she can at least enjoy one night of pleasure. At that notorious establishment, ladies don masks before choosing a lover. The sinfully handsome Duke of Ashebury is more than willing to satisfy the secretive lady's desires—and draws Minerva into an exquisite, increasingly intimate affair.
A man of remarkable talents, Ashe soon deduces that his bed mate is the unconventional Miss Dodger. Intrigued by her wit and daring, he sets out to woo her in earnest. Yet Minerva refuses to trust him. How to court a woman he has already thoroughly seduced? And how to prove that the passion unleashed in darkness is only the beginning of a lifetime's pleasure . . . ?   AMAZON   4.5 stars

I really liked this book.  I absolutely adored Minerva!  Smart, creative, skilled in many things and so overlooked.  Well, except for her huge dowry.  How insulting the gentlemen were to her as they supposedly "courted" her.  I winced a time or two when they said such honest but outrageous things to her.  AND most of them expected her to be grateful for their marriage proposals.  Yikes.    She'd had enough and so she is prepared to do this scandalous thing.  The Duke, Ashe was someone who grew on me fairly quickly, because there was so much more to him than most people thought.  He had his work cut out for him and I enjoyed the challenges that he encountered with Minerva, and she with him.  OK, there was a spot or two where I though the story slowed down a bit but not enough to make me want to stop reading.  And I liked that an Epilogue is included. 
Dyscalculia plays an interesting smaller part of the story.  And no I'm not going to tell you the who, what or why of it.  Why would I ruin the story for you? 
Just as a finishing comment it would be interesting to me to read the rest of the stories of the men called, "the Hellions of Havisham."

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