Falling into Bed with a Duke Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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In the first in a dazzling new series, New York Times best-selling author Lorraine Heath introduces the Hellions of Havisham - three charismatic rogues destined to lose their hearts....
After six unsuccessful seasons, Miss Minerva Dodger chooses spinsterhood over fortune-hungry suitors. But thanks to the Nightingale Club, she can at least enjoy one night of pleasure. At that notorious establishment, ladies don masks before choosing a lover. The sinfully handsome duke of Ashebury is more than willing to satisfy the secretive lady's desires - and draws Minerva into an exquisite, increasingly intimate affair.
A man of remarkable talents, Ashe soon deduces that his bedmate is the unconventional Miss Dodger. Intrigued by her wit and daring, he sets out to woo her in earnest. Yet Minerva refuses to trust him. How to court a woman he has already thoroughly seduced? And how to prove that the passion unleashed in darkness is only the beginning of a lifetime's pleasure...?
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|Listening Length||10 hours and 5 minutes|
|Narrator||Helen Lloyd, Rich Cope|
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|Audible.com Release Date||October 27, 2015|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #62,131 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#167 in Victorian Romance
#514 in Regency Romance
#3,648 in Victorian Historical Romance (Books)
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FINAL DECISION: Witty and filled with incredible longing. I appreciate how Heath manages to fill her books with imperfect characters who exist in a word where each is longing for love and imperfect perfection.
THE STORY: MIss MInerva Dodger has had enough after six seasons fending off fortune hunters. Only willing to marry for love, Minerva has given up. Instead she intends to visit a notorious club where women meet lovers in order that she might have one perfect night where someone desires her. Nicholson Lambert, Duke of Ashebury arrives at the club looking for imperfect perfection to add to his collection. When he spies the disguised Minerva, he finds a woman who intrigues him especially because she insists on remaining anonymous. When Ashe realizes that he cannot stop thinking of the mysterous woman, he is determined to track her down.
OPINION: This book is a continual surprise. Heath places her characters in situations that I've read before but then twists and turns the story in new and unexpected ways. Minerva who is strong willed, smart, clever and stubborn is also vulnerable because she truly believes that no one can want her for herself. Meeting Ashe while she is masked gives Minerva an opportunity to find her own self-confidence. Her fear is that if Ashe discovered her true identity that his interest would dissolve. What she doesn't know is that Ashe quickly suspects her identity and continues her pursuit. There is a complication to their courtship that almost derails their happiness. I appreciated that Heath solves that dilemma with unique flair.
A Heath novel is often filled with lyrical prose that well expresses the longing and completeness of love. I always feel that I have read something beautiful in reading the words that her characters use to describe their emotions. The characters surrender themselves totally to love and to one another by the end and that brings joy.
Heath also does a good job of giving her characters emotional, physical and societal challenges that must be overcome. Her characters are thus given a complexity that makes their triumph at the end especially unique.
WORTH MENTIONING: I was incredibly pleased with the numerous appearances by characters from the connected series.
CONNECTED BOOKS: FALLING INTO BED WITH A DUKE is the first book in the Hellions of Havisham series. This series is about a group of men who were orphaned as boys and went to live with their mad guardian (who also had a son). The boys ran wild -- thus are known as hellions. This series is connected with both the Scoundrels of St. James (especially BETWEEN THE DEVIL AND DESIRE which is the story of Minerva's parents) and the Scandalous Gentlemen of St. James (especially WHEN THE DUKE WAS WICKED which is the story of MInerva's half brother). This book can be read as a stanalone, but the others are so good, I recommend reading them all.
STAR RATING: I give this book 4.5 stars.
But even all that said,I had a great time and I definitely look forward to Edwards story,thou I don't like how it starts w/even more loss....
Daughter of a man from the streets (& former Game Hell owner) and woman of the ton, Minerva Dodger has beauty (though she doesn’t believe so), intellectual smarts & street smarts. She knows her own mind & is not afraid to speak it. Hence, why she’s on her 6th season with no marriage is sight. She’s been proposed to by nothing but fortune hunters out for her fortune. She’s satisfied to live her life as a spinster but she wants to experience passion just one time. Obtaining the name of a place that caters to woman (whether to meet lovers or for a 1 night of passion) Minerva attends hiding her identity behind a mask.
Nicholas Lambert, the Duke of Ashebury, is haunted by the memories that assail him of his parents tragic death. Having lost his parents at a young age & raised by a mad Marquess, he & his friends ran wild and they continue to do so to the delight of the ton. While on a visit to the Nightingale Club, a club that caters to women, he is on the lookout for a special woman, one that fits the prerequisite that he has in mind when in floats a vision in white.
Thus begins the dance between the two – Minerva looking for her 1 night of passion & Ashebury trying to discover the identity of the lovely vision.
Lorraine Heath does an amazing job of displaying Minerva’s strength while keeping her very feminine & showing her vulnerability and giving Nicholas a weakness (or 2) without stripping him of his masculinity.
A long-time favorite Ms. Heath has me completely in suspense waiting for the next book!!
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This book is intermittently steamy and does depict sex before marriage, and the construct of the Nightingale club justifies this and alludes heavily to a variety of kink/fetish. My only complaint is that the book is almost too wholesome despite the set up of the Nightingale club. I found the writing less interesting in these areas than in some other books. It was good though, and tended to feature female pleasure more than male pleasure.
I appreciated the male lead was depicted with a learning disability. However I feel it that element of his character just got resolved in a single page after he worried about it the whole time. So it's difficult to say whether I think it was overplayed or underplayed.
It could have been 5 stars, except I found it dragged slightly through the middle and one of the big disagreements was foreshadowed for the whole book but not realised until quite close to the end. Rushing a lot of the fun into the last 20%. At one point it slowed to a 3 star, but the ending picked up so well that the romantic conclusion draw a tear from my eye - that earns a star in itself.
This book sets up the characters for the other two books in the series. So if you're anything like me you'll immediately want to read those too.