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Though set in 1818 London, Kent's debut lacks any real period feel, but it does include a refreshing romantic dynamic: honesty. Violet, Lady Carrington, is a thrice-widowed beauty of 31 who values her freedom as well as her sensual affair with the younger Lord Peter St. Johns. Peter wants marriage, but Violet refuses. She cannot readily admit emotion, and her past relationships justify her caution. Violet suspects her mercenary older brother has pushed their 19-year-old sister, Isabella, to seek a husband, and she determines to protect Isabella even at the cost of driving Peter away. Violet's failure to communicate this plan to Isabella predictably leads to problems, but her conversations with Peter are as articulate and open as their limited self-awareness allows, and this realistic bluntness helps to balance out some otherwise implausible plot twists. (June)
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About the Author

Most days Lavinia Kent loves her life and knows that she has found her own happily-ever-after with her husband and three children But on those other days (you know which ones!), she is very glad for the wonderful romances, sensuous gowns, and tall, sexy men that fill her mind – and then her computer.

Lavinia lives in Washington, DC, with her family and an ever-changing menagerie of pets. She attended Wellesley College as an undergraduate and holds an MBA from Georgetown University.

What a Duke Wants is Lavinia’s fourth book from Avon Romance. She also has a fun and sexy serial of e-novellas, The Real Duchesses of London, available from Avon Impulse.

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Avon; First Edition edition (May 26, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006173408X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061734083
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,166,870 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Lavinia Kent never knew that most people don't make up stories in their heads to pass the time. She still has a hard time understanding how those who don't survive the doctor's waiting room or a grocery store line without another world to escape into.

As the mother of three, Lavinia finds "leisure time" to be ever-elusive, but when she is not reading romance novels, she watches far too much HBO and reality television. It must also be noted that she has an encyclopedic knowledge of all things Buffy and the new Doctor Who.

One of her latest passion is CW's Arrow which she discusses weekly on USA Today's Happy Ever After blog with NYT bestseller, Allison Brennan. http://www.usatoday.com/blog/happyeverafter/

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Katie Babs VINE VOICE on May 29, 2009
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When I read the synopsis for A Talent For Sin, I was hooked. It is about a thirty-one year old three times married widow who is having a luscious love affair with a man seven years younger than she is. I am all for the older woman/younger man love stories. And what makes this one even better is that that the younger man, Lord Peter St. Johns loves Lady Violet Carrington desperately that nothing else but marriage will do for him.

Violet doesn't want to get married. She has been there three times and all these marriages were less than ideal. She also can't have children and to marry a man like Peter who is younger and needs heirs is unacceptable. Violet has quite the reputation for taking lovers and living life by her own rules. But Peter won't be denied and will have Violet as his wife.

Can we saw swoon? This is exactly the type of romance I want to read! I was riveted for the first one-hundred pages, but then the story quickly changed to one that made me go "huh?". A Talent for Sin became clichéd. Violet has a brother who owes money to a nasty fellow. He was the reason Violet ended up marrying her much older first husband because of the debts he owed. Violet has a younger sister who is a twit and tries to seduce Peter. Violet keeps telling Peter to lay off the marriage proposals, but she still wants his body. Peter walks around moping because his love won't marry him. But they still have some hot sex everywhere they can. Violet decides to sacrifice herself to save her sister from a horrible marriage because her brother is a dimwit with money and feels he is owed something. My last straw was when Violet decides the only way to save her family's good name is for Peter to marry her twit of a sister! UGH.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 29, 2009
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This is the first historical noel by Lavina Kent, and I think it's a great start. She has a slightly unusual premise, the love affair of a young man with an older woman, which I really enjoyed.I would have liked to have given it three and a half stars but the story fell a little short because firstly, I would liked to have known how the affair first started. And secondly, the second half of the book fell in melodrama which didn't quite sit well with me - the story lost an intensity and ended as a damp squid. I never got my head around the brother's behavior and or why/how he was being black-mailed. It was as if Kent ran out of ideas for how she'd bring the main protagonists together. None the less, I am really looking forward to reading other books by Kent.
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Even though I bought this book as soon as it came out, I was for some reason very reluctant to read it, so I waited for the second one in the Series to come out to read them both at the same time. Then the second one came out, and I still could not get myself to read this new author. Finally, in July of this year, I got around to it. This is book one in Masters Family Series. Second one in the series is "Bound by Temptation" (Johnathan Masters' story) and the third one "Taken by Desire" (Anna Steele's story).

When I read the synopsis for "A Talent for Sin", it intrigued me, for no other reason, but that it was about a 31-year-old widow who is having a love affair with a 24-year-old man. I am all for the older woman/younger man love stories, since my love story falls into this category. I met my husband when he was 24, and I soon to be divorced at the "ripe" old age of 36.

The book starts with Violet and Peter already in a relationship. They are lovers; however Peter is ready for more. He has fallen in love with her. Violet on the other hand is not of the same mind, and she refuses his proposal.

Peter does not give up that easily, and here is where the story, for me, starts to get interesting. We see the back-and-forth of this wonderful couple that are torn by their desire for one another, as well as their feelings of frustration with each other. She has been married three times (to older men), and all these marriages were less than ideal.

She went through a pregnancy that ended in early child-birth, which ended in death of her little boy. Afterwards she was told that she can't have children. To marry Peter, who is younger and needs heirs is totally unacceptable to her.
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Lady Violet Carrington isn't your usual Victorian shrinking Violet. Neither is she the cougar that the entire ton believes her to be. What she is a woman who knows her own mind and will not be order about. After three marriages, Violet is finally free to do what she likes and when she wants. She's not about to be dictated by her young lover, Lord Peter St. John, no matter how devilishly handsome he is in and out of her bed. Why can't she make Peter understand that what they have is perfect? Why does he keep persisting in wanting to bind her to him with a marriage certificate? She will give him everything he wants but just not the one thing he desires most.

Lord Peter St. Johns on the other hand, is not taking no for an answer from his very erotic and beautiful lover. Since the moment they met Violet has driven the young Lord insane. There had always been a strong current of desire but now Peter wants more from his lovely widow. He tells her of his devote love but she throws it back in his face. Tired of being treated like a boy he has set out to prove to Violet that he is the only man for her. He'll be damned if he'll let their seven year age gap interfere with what he desires most.

Her hand, in marriage. Marriage to this wild red-head certainly won't be boring or controllable, but past hurts have given Lady Carrington the impression as to how marriage life will be with any man. Peter wants to show her that not all husbands will abuse their wives or turn to another woman. Peter is willing to sacrifice anything and everything to make Violet feel secure in their union.

Everything goes awry once Lady Carrington's eldest brother, Master and their younger strong willed sister, Isabella come to town.
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