Tuesday, April 12, 2016

The Earl Takes All (The Hellions of Havisham #2) by Lorraine Heath

Author: Lorraine Heath 
Publication: April 26, 2016
By: Avon  
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One summer night, Edward Alcott gives in to temptation and kisses Lady Julia Kenney in a dark garden. However, the passion she stirs within him is best left in the shadows as she weds his twin, the Earl of Greyling. But when tragedy strikes, to honor the vow he makes to his dying brother, Edward must pretend to be Greyling until the countess delivers her babe.

After her husband returns from a two-month sojourn, Julia finds him changed. Bolder, more daring, and more wicked—even if he does limit their encounters to kisses. With each passing day, she falls more deeply in love.

For Edward the embers of desire sparked on that long-ago night are quickly rekindled. He yearns to be her husband in truth. But if she discovers his ruse, she will despise him—and English law prevents him from marrying his brother’s widow. Yet he must dare to risk everything and reveal his secrets if he is to truly take all.

*I received an eARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review* 
Wow...I knew I would enjoy this, but I was skeptical too, unsure of how Lorraine Heath was going to handle the complicated story line. It requires a delicate balance, and she's done it with compassion, sensitivity, and grace. The redemption aspect alone tugged at my heartstrings and brought me to tears more than once.

This surpassed all of my expectations.

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