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She Tempts the Duke (Lost Lords of Pembrooke Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Lorraine Heath
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 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 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 not only became hooked on the genre, but quickly realized what her writing lacked: rebels, scoundrels, and rogues. She's been writing about them ever since. Her work has been recognized with numerous industry awards, including RWA's RITA®, a HOLT Medallion, and a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award. Her novels have appeared on the USA Today and New York Times bestseller lists.


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  • File Size: 949 KB
  • Print Length: 389 pages
  • Publisher: Avon; Original edition (January 31, 2012)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005FFW78S
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #76,025 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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36 of 44 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 this book was tedious to read thru when compared to the next two ...
To me, this book was tedious to read thru when compared to the next two books in the series.
Published 1 month ago by Therese Peterson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very pleased with fast delivery
Published 4 months ago by Mugsy
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Series!
Can't say enough about this series. Amazing writing and what a wonderful storyline. I would recommend this series to anyone who loves to read a good historical romance. Read more
Published 5 months ago by CardsByCarolAnn
4.0 out of 5 stars 3.5 Stars
Not a bad read. It isn't one of my favorites of Lorraine Heath (the St. James series holds that place), but a good book anyways. I liked the characters. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mrs. Russell
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
When I read a book the balance between romance and suspense should be even and Ms Heath always seems to accomplish this. Thanks.
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
As described
Published 6 months ago by Betty Greer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good read
Published 6 months ago by Betty F.
4.0 out of 5 stars Friendship has its problems
Lady Mary Wynne-Jones was the best friend of Sebastian Easton the heir of the Duke of Keswick, When he and his brothers are imprisoned in a tower in Pembrook, Lady Mary helps them... Read more
Published 9 months ago by chb-book addict
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the series!
i truly love reading this author's books, because she kept attention during the whole book! I would recommend this to everyone who loves romance stories!
Published 9 months ago by THOMAS A BRENT
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 10 months ago by BWB Press
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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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