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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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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.
I am fan of historic romance novels, and this is one I am glad to have in my growing collection! Lavinia Kent is a wonderful author, and I am looking forward to reading her other... Read morePublished on February 21, 2013 by Julie
I wanted to like this book. I really really did. I had high hopes for it since I am such a sucker for a young man in love with the older woman. Read morePublished on February 6, 2011 by J. H. Majeran
I saw this book at the local supermarket and picked it up, didn't know anything about this author until I read this book and researched her. Read morePublished on January 16, 2011 by Vanetta Quintana
I loved this book so much, I couldn't put it down. It was well written, engaging, and a new take on historicals. An older women/younger man. Strong heroine and a yummy hero. Read morePublished on June 18, 2010 by Annonymous
I love reading a Regency that has a strong, independent, fabulously wealthy and sensual "somewhat" older woman as a heroine. Read morePublished on March 25, 2010 by LOVER OF BOOKS
horrible. everyone has psycological problems and nothing is really resolved by the end of the story. Read morePublished on February 19, 2010 by digruntled reader
I can't think of the last time I read a historical romance where the heroine is much older than the hero; perhaps I haven't read one before. Read morePublished on February 19, 2010 by Helen Hancox
Highly sensuous without a cliche in sight! A Talent for Sin reminded me of the great romances Susan Wiggs, Kathleen Woodiwiss, and Laura Kinsale used to write, with a refreshingly... Read morePublished on July 13, 2009 by That Girl
I wonder if this is Kent's first book of if she's written under another name? I'd love to get everything she's written. Read morePublished on July 13, 2009 by Book Lover