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When a Duke Loves a Woman written by Lorraine Heath
Publication Date: August 21, 2018
Genres: Historical Romance
Series: Sins for All Seasons #2
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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.
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“What are you doing?”
“As I intend to be here through the night, I decided to get comfortable.”
The slow unknotting and unwinding of his neckcloth was next. Then he began rolling up the sleeves of his shirt. She’d seen him naked. Why was it the baring of only his forearms was so much more provocative?
Loosening the top two buttons of his shirt, he returned to the bed, sat on its edge, and reached for the tray, picking up a cloth she hadn’t noticed.
“You’re not going to wash me.”
He arched a brow at her. “Do you really want to engage in a battle you can’t possibly win?”
“You shouldn’t assume just because I’m a woman that I would lose.”
“I’m not assuming that at all,” he said, his voice low and raspy, sending warm tingles along her spine even as she recognized the threat of a challenge when it was being delivered. He leaned in until she could almost see her reflection in his dark eyes. “But I am assuming, as much as you pretend otherwise, that there is a measure of feminine vanity in you and you will be in want of a clean face when I kiss you.”
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When a Duke Loves a Women is my first 5-star read this year! I love it even more than Beyond Scandal and Desire!
In When a Duke Loves a Woman, we have an unusual heroine – Gillie. She is very independent and runs her own tavern in Whitechapel! She also had an unusual upbringing since she was raised by Ettie Trewlove along with her brothers. Gillie’s upbringing was unique and it does affect her attitude towards everyone. When she was younger she had to pretend to be a boy, dress like one and even worked like one. Of course, this was to protect her virtue and keep her safe, but it really affected her overall view of the world.
We are introduced by the Duke of Thornley – Thorne – one night while he was mugged in an alley next to Gillie’s tavern. She rescues him and nurses him back to health and they end up falling for each other.
I thoroughly enjoyed When the Duke Loves a Woman! If you’ve been following my reviews, you will know that I love historical romances featuring non-aristocratic characters and not set in a ballroom! Not that ballrooms aren’t great, but I love settings outside the ballroom or a manor! When the Duke Loves a Woman has this in spades!
Majority of the book is set in Gillie’s tavern and it’s called The Unicorn and The Mermaid! I think? But Gillie is such an awesome character! I love how independent she is. What is heartbreaking about her is that she is a romantic at heart but because of how she grew up and she couldn’t help but compare herself to her younger sister.
Thorne is also the perfect man for Gillie! Since it is set mostly in Gillie’s tavern, he doesn’t have a chance to act like an aristocrat. But of course, he also wanted to marry someone appropriate.
When he finally realizes that he loves Gillie, his declaration of love was AMAZING!
I can’t wait to read the next book in the series! We also know who the couple would be! Eeep!
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