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 . . . ?
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.
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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.
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Falling into bed with a Duke
Love this book the characters are great loved Minerva and Ashe -and Edward his character is a hoot. Loved the previous books of her parents especially Jack Dodger was so glad to hear them mentioned. Cannot wait for the next book !
Interesting Characters and Story “Falling in Bed with a Duke”
I enjoyed the book. Read it for the first time in 2015 and read it again in 2019. I don’t usually re-read books unless it’s been five or more years between readings. The fact that I read it again, speaks volumes about the writing and the characters. Minerva is not shallow; she’s insecure, pragmatic and used to being viewed as a bank account (rather than a human being) by single men, who do appear to be quite shallow. I recommend it. Look forward to reading about Edward.
Minerva is a shallow jerk who, by her own assessment, looks like a Neanderthal. She is supposedly “kind” yet routinely thinks of no one else but herself and her own wants and feelings. And oh good grief she never missed a chance to lecture whoever was unfortunate to be within hearing distance about how magnificent and brilliant women are. She has so much empathy/sympathy for Ashebury that she can’t even be bothered to communicate with him and makes every assumption possible due to her own inferiority complex. What a pompous, whiny, judgey twit. Ugh.