Gillie Trewlove knows what a stranger’s kindness can mean, having been abandoned on a doorstep as a baby and raised by the woman who found her there. So, when suddenly faced with a soul in need at her door—or the alleyway by her tavern—Gillie doesn’t hesitate. But he’s no infant. He’s a grievously injured, distractingly handsome gentleman who doesn’t belong in Whitechapel, much less recuperating in Gillie’s bed . . .
Being left at the altar is humiliating; being rescued from thugs by a woman—albeit a brave and beautiful one—is the pièce de résistance to the Duke of Thornley’s extraordinarily bad day. After nursing him back from the brink, Gillie agrees to help him comb London’s darker corners for his wayward bride. But every moment together is edged with desire and has Thorne rethinking his choice of wife. Yet Gillie knows the aristocracy would never accept a duchess born in sin. Thorne, however, is determined to prove to her that no obstacle is insurmountable when a duke loves a woman.
In the enjoyable second Sin for All Seasons novel (after Beyond Scandal and Desire), Heath explores Victorian class and wealth disparities. Fiercely independent tavern owner Gillie Trewlove doesn't hesitate to save a man who's mugged by a young gang. She doesn't recognize the handsome stranger as Antony Coventry, Duke of Thornley, who was searching the poverty-stricken and dangerous Whitechapel area of London for his no-show bride. Having been raised in Whitechapel alongside her four adoptive brothers, Gillie agrees to help Thorne find his fianc e and ensure her safety. Unfeminine Gillie is surprised and pleased that Thorne finds her attractive, but they both know their different social stations will prevent them from having more than a heated affair. Gillie's sweet and successful brothers try to protect her from scandal, and deserve their matches in future books. This is a believable and winning romance between two people who don't know how much they need love.