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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 bedmate 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 . . . ?
Heath's first Hellions of Havisham Victorian romance is wonderfully entertaining. The unexpected demise of the Duke and Duchess of Ashbury left their three sons all now saddled with hefty titles in the care of an indifferent guardian mourning the long-ago death of his wife. Alarmed by this display of romantic grief, the oldest brother, Nicholas, opts to skip getting married and instead spends his nights at the Nightingale Club, where society's women find lovers anonymously and with no strings attached. Minerva Dodger (whom dedicated fans will recognize as the daughter of Jack Dodger, from 2008's Between the Devil and Desire) has spent six years on the marriage mart without finding love, and the outspoken heiress is ready to experience sex; she gleefully turns to the club and to Nick. But she has second thoughts when he asks her to pose for a risqu photograph, still a new art form. Meanwhile, he's wondering how to court her when she's already graced his bed. Heath adeptly juggles numerous new and familiar characters as she sweeps fans of her Regency novels into the Victorian era.