Book Review

‘She Tempts the Duke’ by Loraine Heath

STTD LHSTORY: 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 brave girl who once rescued him and his brothers from certain death.

Lady Mary Wynne-Jones paid dearly for helping the imprisoned young Lords of Pembrook, and she remembers well the promise she made to Sebastian all those years ago: to meet him once more in the abbey ruins where they shared a bold, forbidden kiss. While Mary is now betrothed to another, a friendship forged with dark secrets cannot be ignored. Unexpected passion soon burns dangerously between them, tempting Sebastian to abandon his quest for retribution and fight for a love that could once again set him free.

REVIEW: It is a given that the genre I read most, which is romance, requires me to suspend my belief to a certain extent, and I am very happy to do so.

When I run into a story that has me in a permanent state of disbelief, I tend to be a bit disappointed because of it. I was hoping for an element of surprise at the least, but none was had and that’s what made this story only good and not extraordinary, which I’ve always gotten reading Ms. Heath.

Here it is in a nutshell: well written, decently paced but too predictable. Will I read the other two books in the series? YOU BET! As Ms. Heaths fan I can’t pass it up, but I do hope that the upcoming books will have more of Ms. Heath’s ‘passion’ in them.

*Book provided by Avon through Edelweiss.


4 thoughts on “‘She Tempts the Duke’ by Loraine Heath”

  1. You know what? Sometimes, predictable is good because it makes the reader feel that they are reading a novel and even though they know the ending, it’s comforting. It’s like Cinderella. Who could ever get tired of that book? We read a lot of novels rather like that every day and love them. I’m looking forward to reading this novel. Thanks for your great review and honest opinion.

    1. Hey Con!

      I do agree with you, but sometimes even if predictable, I want just a bit of that ‘curve ball’ that I always got from Loraine. I liked the book and like I said, will read the other two [have them on my Kindle already] and usually I would jump and read the other two ASAP, but I think it’ll be better to read them in a month or so….Come back and tell me what you think…

  2. The blurb on this book has me really wanting to read this. Even though we know what may happen at the end, each author always has a different way of getting us there. The story line just grabbed me on this one and I look forward to reading it. 🙂

  3. The cover is very pretty & I would most likely pick this up if I saw it in the store, based on that & the story line. Thanks for your review. I am OK with predictability! I will give this a try.

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