PASSIONS OF A WICKED EARL
- Pub. Date: October 2010
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
- ISBN-13: 9780061922961
- ISBN: 006192296X
From the Publisher
Known throughout for his prowess in the bedroom, Morgan Lyons, the eighth Earl of Westcliffe, cannot forgive an unpardonable affront to his honor. Discovering his young bride in the arms of his brother was a staggering blow—so he banished the beautiful deceiver to the country and devoted himself to the pursuit of carnal pleasure.
Claire Lyons was an innocent, frightened girl on her wedding day, seeking chaste comfort from a childhood friend. Now, years later, she has blossomed magnificently and has returned to London with one goal in mind: the seduction of her notorious husband. Unskilled in the sensual arts, she burns nonetheless for the kisses too long denied her. And she has but one Season to win back the heart of the rogue she betrayed.They are masters of seduction, London’s greatest lovers. Living for pleasure, they will give their hearts to no one . . . until love takes them by surprise.
SOURCE: THIS BOOK WAS RECEIVED FOR THE PURPOSE OF REVIEW FROM NET GALLEY AND DOES NOT EFFECT THIS REVIEW!
PASSIONS OF A WICKED EARL by Lorraine Heath is a wonderful exciting historical romance set in 1853 London. It is the beginning of a new series “The Notorious Gentlemen”.It is well written with depth,details, fast paced and page turning. It has romance, suspense,sweet sensuality, family,misunderstandings, fear,trust issues, pride,responsibility, bad judgment, betrayal, deceit, and love. The hero, Morgan, the Earl of Westcliffe, is handsome, a cad, wicked, has a quick temper, and has a wife he exiled to his country estate three years earlier for her betrayal on their wedding night.He is the oldest of three brothers. One of which is by his step father and is also a titled Duke. The heroine, Claire, is beautiful, naive, marries young, innocent, laughs often, makes a bad judgment call on her wedding night, returns fully grown and determined to make Morgan, her estranged husband,love her again. Claire, was married at a young age, and terrified of her wedding night,for she feared Morgan. They where betrothed before Claire was even born. She grow up around him and his brothers, but didn’t know him. Morgan felt he had responsibilities, for his father had died and he didn’t have time for play and fun. But he had always noticed the young Claire. On their wedding night, young Stephan, Morgan’s youngest brother and friend to Claire finds her crying in her bedchamber. She tells him she is terrified of her wedding night, so he decides to help him. He jumps into bed with her, while fully clothed, when Morgan comes to the bedchamber and finds them. Morgan’s temper flies. He doesn’t listen to anything either has to say, especially Claire. He sends her to his country estate.She stays their for three years, fixing up the estate. Until her younger sister needs a Season in London. Then she goes to Morgan for his help in presenting her to society. Claire has heard of his infidelities,while she has had none, she is still a virgin, but is determined to make their marriage work. After three years she has grown up and become a beautiful, self assured woman. Sparks fly between Claire and Morgan for she is no longer the scared young lady of him and can stand up for herself. In the meantime, Morgan’s mistress, can’t stand to lose him and she knows she is. She creates trouble between them and once again Morgan will not listen to Claire, and she is carted off to the country estate where tragedy happens. Claire and Morgan learn to trust one another again and Morgan learns he does have a heart and is capable of love after all. I would recommend this book especially if you enjoy Regency England, the twists and turns of life, the joy of being loved and the complex relationship between husband and wife. This book was received from Net Galley for review and details can be found a Harper Collins Publishers.
REVIEWED BY: April Renn