Tuesday, August 28, 2018
When A Duke Loves A Woman by Lorraine Heath (thoughts)
"Gillie Trewlove knows what a stranger's kindness can mean, having been abandoned on a doorstep as a baby and raised by the woman who found her there. So, when suddenly faced with a soul in need at her door—or the alleyway by her tavern—Gillie doesn't hesitate. But he's no infant. He's a grievously injured, distractingly handsome gentleman who doesn't belong in Whitechapel, much less recuperating in Gillie's bed.
Being left at the altar is humiliating; being rescued from thugs by a woman—albeit a brave and beautiful one—is the pièce de résistance to the Duke of Thornley's extraordinarily bad day. After nursing him back from the brink, Gillie agrees to help him comb London's darker corners for his wayward bride. But every moment together is edged with desire and has Thorne rethinking his choice of wife. Yet Gillie knows the aristocracy would never accept a duchess born in sin. Thorne, however, is determined to prove to her that no obstacle is insurmountable when a duke loves a woman."
I found this book to be a delightful read and the perfect change of pace from all of the mysteries and thrillers I've been reading lately. This was also the perfect reminder of how much I enjoy historical romances and how I don't read nearly enough of them! From the very beginning I found myself swept away between the pages of this book watching the relationship between Gillie and Thorne develop. It was made even better because it felt so unattainable as if there was no way possible for them to be together. I'm a sucker for this type of romance trope and especially when it is done well. The author didn't just magically fix things for them or just gloss over it either. They had to really choose what they wanted and fight for their happiness. I loved every minute of it! I really adored Gillie though! She just made this book that much better for me. She is everything that you don't usually get with a romance heroine: she was strong willed, independent, and unapologetic in her viewpoints. She also didn't have the physical attributes that were necessarily considered desirable during that time period - she was tall, kept her hair cut short, and dressed in a way that didn't emphasize the fact that she was a woman. I loved her! There was just something so compelling about her character and I was instantly rooting for her happy ever after with Thorne. I really just couldn't get enough of this book and these characters so that should tell you all you need to know!
Overall, I enjoyed my time with this book immensely! I'm so excited that I have book one in this "series" to look forward to while I wait for the next book to release. I adored all of Gillie's brothers so I can't wait for each of them to hopefully get their own books! Happily enough, I believe that this author also has an extensive backlist that I can look forward to as well! I really need more books like this in my life! It was just such a comforting read and one that I enjoyed every minute of. I can easily recommend this book to fans of romance but especially historical romance fans. You don't need to have read the first book to still enjoy this one (I didn't and I loved this one still). Highly recommended!
Bottom Line: An immensely enjoyable read!
Disclosure: I received a copy of this book thanks to the publisher. Thoughts are my own.