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She Tempts the Duke [Kindle Edition]

Lorraine Heath
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)

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Book Description

“Heath steals your heart, then takes you on a journey that will leave you torn between tears and joy.”
—Christina Dodd

New York Times bestselling author Lorraine Heath writes sweet temptations—richly, deliciously passionate, high concept historical romance in the vein of Lisa Kleypas and Liz Carlyle. With She Tempts the Duke, Heath kicks off another enthralling series, this time following the fortunes of the Lost Lords of Pembrook—three dark and dangerous noble brothers imprisoned and robbed of their inheritance, but free now and determined to reclaim their birthright. Set in England during Victoria’s reign, She Tempts the Duke is the enthrallingly romantic story of Sebastian, who fled to battle, and his return to London, a hardened soldier, drawn to the beautiful, brave lady who helped him and his brothers escape their captivity.



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Three young heirs, imprisoned by an unscrupulous uncle, escaped—to the sea, to the streets, to faraway battle—awaiting the day when they would return to reclaim their birthright.

Sebastian Easton always vowed he would avenge his stolen youth and title. Now back in London, the rightful Duke of Keswick—returning from battle a wounded, hardened, changed man—cannot forget the brave girl who once rescued him and his brothers from certain death.

Lady Mary Wynne-Jones paid dearly for helping the imprisoned young Lords of Pembrook, and she remembers well the promise she made to Sebastian all those years ago: to meet him once more in the abbey ruins where they shared a bold, forbidden kiss. While Mary is now betrothed to another, a friendship forged with dark secrets cannot be ignored. Unexpected passion soon burns dangerously between them, tempting Sebastian to abandon his quest for retribution and fight for a love that could once again set him free.

About the Author

Lorraine Heath wrote her first story at seven, and it involved a fisherman who fell in love with a mermaid. She has since moved on to writing about sexy cowboys and dashing English lords (and sometimes, cleverly, in the same book!). Publishers Weekly says she is a "master of her craft." She is, indeed, and along with being a New York Times and USA Today bestseller, she has won the RITA® Award, three Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Awards, and a Career Achievement Award.


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  • File Size: 795 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Avon; Original edition (January 31, 2012)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005FFW78S
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,462 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful romance January 31, 2012
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Well, this book grabbed my attention from the very first page and never let go!

Sebastian Easton, Duke of Keswick, has had a very hard life. Nearly killed alongwith his two brothers as a young lad, he escapes unharmed to only have to split up from his brothers to protect them. Sebastian takes off to the war and in the process, he becomes quite scarred inside and out but the one thing that keeps him going is that he must seek revenge against his vile uncle. Life finally allows the three brothers to gather together in London and they find a quite dramatic way to announce their arrival back in society and Sebastian's proper place as the duke. And no one is more shocked by their arrival than Lady Mary Wynne-Jones....the young girl who freed the brothers and has been waiting twelve long years for any word of them.

Mary is overjoyed to see her best friend from childhood is back but is a bit shaken by her grown up attraction to Sebastian. After all, she is engaged to another, perfectly acceptable man. But that quiet, proper man is not quite the right fit for Mary who is strong, bold and cares deeply for those she cares about. And it is that deep, abiding caring that keeps her coming back to Sebastian and helping him try to find his new place in society. This causes a few burned bridges for Mary but allows this destined-to-be couple to find happiness together.

I adored this book! It is a wonderful, heart pleasing romance of childhood friends to lovers but mixed with enough danger that you will breeze through it and end with a happy smile on your face. I was not expecting the slight 'Beauty and the Beast' theme but it played out very well.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Read February 2, 2012
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Lorraine Heath's, She Tempts the Duke is a remarkable tale of a young friendship that stands the test of time and circumstance and transforms into a riveting love story. I was unable to put this book down until I had read the last page, it had a tortured hero, a tenacious and loyal heroine and an incredible love story that captivated me.

Ms. Heath's prologue to this story sets up the premise of this book beautifully while hooking her readers in right of way. We are introduced to the three lords of Pembrook during their escape for their lives, with the help of courageous twelve-year-old Mary Wynne-Jones, their neighbor. Skip ahead a dozen years and the boys are now grown up and have returned to reclaim their birthright -- more specifically, Sebastian and the title of Duke of Keswick -- and to get retribution from the uncle who wanted them dead so he could claim the title.

Sebastian Easton has returned to London to claim his birthright as the Duke of Keswick, however he has not returned as a civilized gentleman. He has been to war and has the scars both physically and emotionally to show for it. Sebastian has lost his left eye and the left side of his face is scarred and mutilated. Sebastian believes that no woman could love him, but he must find a wife and produce an heir. He did not anticipate his feelings of lust for his childhood friend Mary who is engaged to another man. Mary has grown up and become a very beautiful woman and a temptation Sebastian is finding harder and harder to resist.

Lady Mary Wynne-Jones is a character with courage, strength and grace. We are first introduced to Mary as a brave girl of twelve who rescues the Easton brothers from the tower where they are being kept.
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35 of 42 people found the following review helpful
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I am afraid I am about to give up on Lorraine Heath, which is a real shame because she has been one of my favourite authors. I really enjoyed the 'Daughters of fortune' and 'Rogues of Texas' series. And A Duke of Her Own is one of my all-time top 50 books...maybe even top 20. But with her last 3-4 books it is as if she has had a personality transplant and changed from writing wonderfully insightful romances that rely heavily on good characterisation and depth of story to unbelievable, melodramatic and un-original....for want of a better word...rubbish. And this book takes the biscuit.

This book has many faults which is why I have been unable to finish it properly. The faults that really did it for me were the terrible historical inaccuracies which had events such as the imprisonment of the boys in the tower, and Mary being sent to a convent for years more in line with medieval times than the Victorian era. Personally, I think Lorraine has taken off on a very long holiday...maybe off to mediate with some Tibetan monks in Outer Mongolia, and she's left a list for her intern to sort out...feed the cat....water the plants...and write a ridiculous historical romance to keep the publisher happy while I am away. There was absolutely no thought put into the under-lying plot. Why did a 14 year old boy think his uncle killed his father? What happened up to then that made him think that? There is no way an uncle could have got away with his treatment of three boys in that era...the heirs of a Duke would have had a whole panel of people looking after them. And the father of Mary...one minute he banishes her to a convent for years on end, and the next minute he is worrying about her future when he is dead.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars BWB Press Review
The benefits of reading She Tempts the Duke:

1. It’s Lorraine Heath.

I cannot say enough good things about Lorraine Heath. Read more
Published 3 days ago by BWB Press
5.0 out of 5 stars Tortured Hero
I love a good tortured hero story. This one was awesome! Can't wait to start the next book in the series!
Published 2 months ago by A. Day
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes...read it.
The first 3 chapters had me wanting to read more. I could not put the book down. All the characters were very interesting and made sense in the story. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Charming
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good!
Light and romantic. Great story!! The characters are very likable and the plot is interesting. Looking forward to the second one.
Published 9 months ago by Maria M. Ojeda
5.0 out of 5 stars she tempts the duke
I just received this book, and I know that I am going to love it! I am a avid reader of historical romances, and I haven't had one that I didn't really like a lot! Read more
Published 9 months ago by Carole Arlene Johns
4.0 out of 5 stars All About Love!
This was a wonderful love story. Not just romantic love but brotherly love, love of country, friendship and last but certainly not least romantic love. Read more
Published 9 months ago by a.s. dean
4.0 out of 5 stars She Tempts the Duke
Enjoyed the book. Gave me a sleepless as I could not put it down to finish. Looking forwarded to the other brother's stories.
Published 10 months ago by Donna J Sargent
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this story!
This is such a wonderful story about brothers who made difficult choices life but love each other enough to make those sacrifices.
Published 10 months ago by Karen Crittenden
5.0 out of 5 stars Read the series!
Do yourself a favor...and read these in order!!! The story builds to a heart-felt climax!! You will want to experience the Lost Lords of Pembroke as their stories unfold..... Read more
Published 10 months ago by DramaQueen
3.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievable!!!! SPOILERS!! SPOILERS!!! SPOILERS!!
I swear Ms. Heath absolutely hated this hero. I don't mind a scar here and there but, my God, she made it impossible for me to even imagine him without feeling grossed out. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Trish
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More About the Author

Lorraine Heath always dreamed of being a writer. After graduating from the University of Texas, she wrote training manuals, press releases for a publicist, articles, and computer code, but something was always missing. In 1990, she read a romance novel and became not only hooked on the genre, but quickly realized what her writing lacked: rebels, scoundrels, and rogues. She's been writing about them ever since, for both adult and young adult readers (as Rachel Hawthorne, Jade Parker, and with her son as J. A. London). Her work has been recognized with numerous industry awards including RWA's RITA(R), a HOLT medallion, a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award, and four Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Awards. Her novels have appeared on bestseller lists, including USA Today and the New York Times.

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