The Underbelly of London | Beyond Scandal and Desire by Lorraine Heath [ARC Review]

Posted January 5, 2018 by Zeee in Reviews2 Comments

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I received this book for free from the Publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

The Underbelly of London | Beyond Scandal and Desire by Lorraine Heath [ARC Review]Beyond Scandal and Desire written by Lorraine Heath
Publisher Avon
Publication Date: January 30th 2018
Series: Sins for All Seasons,
Pages: 384
ISBN: 0062676016
Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarOne StarOne Star
Flame Rating: three-half-flames
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At birth, Mick Trewlove, the illegitimate son of a duke, was handed over to a commoner. Despite his lowly upbringing, Mick has become a successful businessman, but all his wealth hasn’t satisfied his need for revenge against the man who still won’t acknowledge him. What else can Mick do but destroy the duke’s legitimate son—and woo the heir’s betrothed into his own unloving arms . . .

Orphaned and sheltered, Lady Aslyn Hastings longs for a bit of adventure. With her intended often preoccupied, Aslyn finds herself drawn to a darkly handsome entrepreneur who seems to understand her so well. Surely a lady of her station should avoid Mick Trewlove. If only he weren’t so irresistible . . .

As secrets are about to be exposed, Mick must decide if his plan for vengeance is worth risking what his heart truly desires.

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Lorraine Heath is one of my favorite historical romance authors (as evidenced by her being my most read author in 2017) and she did not disappoint! Beyond Scandal and Desire is the first book in her newest series Sins for All Seasons and what an amazing story it is!

The Sins for All Seasons series is about six illegitimate babies who were handed over to a baby farmer. I hope the series will include all 6 of them because the little snippets that I’ve seen of them in this book piqued my interest!

Baby Farming, Oh My!

Lorraine Heath knows how to write stories featuring the underbelly of London. Her Scoundrels of St. James series is actually one of my favorites. Anyway, I had seen a documentary about baby farms a couple of years ago and apparently, this was very prevalent during the Victorian period. So I was excited when I found out that Lorraine Heath was delving in into the practice!

The Anti-Hero

Mick Trewlove knew who his father is and is out for revenge! His plan: ruin his half-brother’s betrothed! Now, I am a sucker for anti-heroes and Mick is a classic one! Of course, he was ruthless but he does have his reasons.

Lady Aslyn longs for adventure and I understood her dilemma. She was the perfect daughter who was brought up to marry a perfect gentleman but she wanted more. This was also interesting because her betrothed is not evil and I did feel bad for him, actually. But it was already apparent in the first scene that Aslyn wasn’t the woman for him.

The Twist in the End, though!

There was a twist that I DID NOT see coming! And I actually don’t know what I think about the revelations. On the other hand, it felt over the top and dramatic but if I’m looking at in based on reality? Well, I’m not sure the outcome would be the same.

The Story Dragged in Places

Parts of the story dragged a little bit but I didn’t have a big problem with it since they were few and far between. And when the story picked back up, boy did it pick up!

Looking forward to the rest of the series

I am definitely looking forward to the rest of the series! I ‘m super excited that Mick’s sister Gillie is the next one who gets her own HEA because she does appear in Beyond Scandal and Desire quite often.


I thoroughly enjoyed Mick and Aslyn’s romance even though the story dragged in places. I definitely recommend this book to fans of Victorian Historical Romance and of course, Lorraine Heath.

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Overall: 5


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About Lorraine Heath

Lorraine Heath always dreamed of being a writer. After graduating from the University of Texas, she wrote training manuals and computer code, but something was always missing. After reading a romance novel, she 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® and a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award. Her novels have appeared on the USA Today and New York Times best-seller lists.

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2 responses to “The Underbelly of London | Beyond Scandal and Desire by Lorraine Heath [ARC Review]

    • I know! She is really one of the underrated historical romance authors out there! I hope you read this book when it comes out!