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The Duchess in His Bed: A Sins for All Seasons Novel (edition 2019)
by Lorraine Heath (Author)
The Duchess in His Bed by Lorraine Heath
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Aiden Trewlove runs the Elysium Club, a club that caters for women and their whims, he's had some dalliances but he's never been as drawn to a woman as he has to Selina Sheffield, when she walks in his doors he can't ignore her. She's recently widowed and in order for her to support her familly, particularly her sisters, she has to be pregnant. She has a narrow window to achieve this aim and she hopes that someone in Elysium may help. But Aiden is too attractive, she's too drawn to him and how can she resolve all the issues. It's not an easy or straightforward path to love but I enjoyed being on it. ( )
3.5 maybe, but rounded up. I disagreed with some of the actions of the main characters, but I cared about them anyway, and felt pleased with their happily ever after. A couple slower spots, but overall I was engaged.
This was a hard book to read - not because it was bad but because it hurt so much to see how these two lovers were facing separation when they had just found each other. Selena, the recently widowed Duchess of Lushing needs to produce an heir or the whole estate will be lost and she will not be able to care for her sisters. She goes to Aidan Trewlove, owner of the Elysium, a sanctuary for women to do what men have always had available to them a chance to enjoy themselves.
As a bastard, one thing Aiden knows how to do is prevent creating more bastards so when Selena presents him with her problem he isn't happy with the idea. If he would give her a son, it would be raised as a Duke but he would forever never know who his true father would be.
There were many tears throughout this book and while you understand why Selena is doing what she does it is hard to see two hearts broken by placing responsibility over love. The last few chapters provide the happy ending that these two lovers deserve and make the whole heart-wrenching read worth it in the end.
I received an ARC of this book to read through Edelweiss+ in exchange for a fair review. The Duchess in His Bed is the 4th book in Lorraine Heathâ€™s Sins for All Seasons Series. It can be read as a stand-alone but itâ€™s an excellent series and I highly recommend all of the books in the series. I have to confess that at first, I struggled with this book, I didnâ€™t trust the author to do right by the hero and that was a big mistake, Lorraine Heath had never let me down before and she does not do so in this book. Selena Sheffield, the recently widowed Duchess of Lushing has a problem. If she is not carrying the late dukeâ€™s heir the title will become extinct, with no heir the lands and monies will revert to the crown leaving Selena with only her dower house and a small annuity not enough to enough to ensure that her sisters will be able to make respectable marriages. Aiden Trewlove owner of the Elysium Club finds himself fascinated by the beautiful, mysterious masked woman who shows up at his club one night looking to be bedded, but as the bastard son of an earl he can never seek to move in her circles and the passion that grows between them cannot bring lasting happiness. How these two are able to find their way to HEA despite the odds stacked against it makes for a very enjoyable read and I do recommend this story highly. Medium Steam. Publishing Date August 20, 2019 #Edelweissplus #TheDuchessInHisBed #LorraineHeath #AvonBooks #AvonRomance #HarperCollinsCanada #HarperCollinsPublishers #HistoricalRomance #Bookstagram
I thoroughly enjoyed this addition to the Sins for All Seasons series. Of the six Trewlove children, I was most interested in reading Aidenâ€™s story and Beastâ€™s story. Aiden has intrigued me from the beginning, so I was happy to see his story. Next up is Fancyâ€™s and maybe finally Iâ€™ll get to read Beastâ€™s story.
Aiden is everything I thought heâ€™d be â€“ hard on the outside and soft in the center. He protects what is his and assures that there is no way he ever produces a bastard like himself. Heâ€™d never cause any child to have that sort of fate. I had a harder time warming up to Selena â€˜Lenaâ€™ Sheffield, Duchess of Lushing. The reason Iâ€™m giving a 4-star review rather than a 5-star review is because of my problems with the duchess. Yes, I understood her dilemma, but rather than telling her brother to man up and telling her sisters the true status of their finances, she chose to ask a man like Aiden to do the unthinkable. She wanted it even after she learned his story and his strong objections. She even intended to trick him, and just the fact that she fully intended to do that said a lot about her whether she carried through or not.
Selenaâ€™s father wasnâ€™t a very good manager of his earldom nor of his funds. So, when both of her parents were killed and her brother Winslow inherited the earldom, their financial circumstances were dire. For the good of her brother and her three sisters, she married the Duke of Lushing. She loved him but wasnâ€™t in love with him. Their marriage was a passionless one and his only reason for the marriage was to produce an heir since he was the last of his line anywhere and his titles and estates would forfeit to the crown when he died. After seven years and no children, the duke died. Without him, there would be no dowry for her sisters and no way to financially help her brother. So, Winslow came up with a solution â€“ Selena would quickly get pregnant and pass the child off as the dukes. ** Just as an additional comment -- I REALLY disliked Winslow. **
Aiden Trewlove is one of six bastard children raised by Hettie Trewlove. Hettie was a remarkable woman who raised six remarkable children â€“ five of whom werenâ€™t even hers. She taught them respect, love, caring for others and how to be successful. Aiden owns two very successful clubs â€“ The Cerberus Club, a gaming hell for men and the Elysium Club, recently given to him by his brother Finn, which caters to women. I saw one reviewer refer to it as a brothel for women, but I didnâ€™t get that. Yes, there were a few of the men who worked there who would provide that service if the women wanted it, but the focus of the club was more pampering and caring for the women, giving them a place where they can feel beautiful, respected, and cared about.
Aiden was immediately drawn to the woman who entered his Elysium club. He couldnâ€™t even see her face, but he felt the invisible thread pulling him in. After showing her around the club, she told him she wanted to be bedded and he told here that the servers with the red dots on their uniforms would accommodate her. Then, she told him that she wanted him only.
All it required of him was a few nights of being lost in mad, passionate lovemaking â€“ not a hardship at all â€“ And then walking away, never, ever, to look back.
I absolutely LOVED that the villain got his just desserts! It was the absolute perfect punishment for him. I also loved the Countess of Elverton â€“ although you see little of her until toward the end of the book. I think she might be one of my favorite people in the entire series just for her one small role.
I voluntarily read and reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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For a duchess with practical desires, falling in love is an inconceivable part of her plan...
As owner of the Elysium Club which caters to women's fantasies, Aiden Trewlove is accustomed to introducing adventurous ladies to sin and vice. But he is uncharacteristically intrigued by the mysterious beauty who visits his club one night, yearning to indulge in the forbiddenâ??with him. Drawn to her indomitable spirit, he breaks his rule of never becoming personally involved with his clientele and is determined to fully awaken her desires.
A recent widow, Selena Sheffield, Duchess of Lushing, has never known passion, not until Aiden's slow, sensual seduction leads her on a journey of discovery and incredible pleasure. But her reasons for visiting the notorious club are not all that they seem.
As Selena's motives become complicated by love, she finds herself with a most unexpected choice: forge ahead with a secret plan that could secure her futureâ??or follow her heart which could prove ruinous
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Melvil Decimal System (DDC)813.54Literature English (North America) American fiction 20th Century 1945-1999
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