When a Duke Loves a Woman: Sins for All Seasons, Book 2 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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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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|Listening Length||11 hours and 45 minutes|
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|Audible.com Release Date||August 21, 2018|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #113,100 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#374 in Victorian Romance
#1,196 in Regency Romance
#6,626 in Victorian Historical Romance (Books)
Reviewed in the United States on May 29, 2021
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Gillie Trewlove was abandoned on a doorstep as a baby and raised by the woman who found her there. She finds herself in a similar situation when a grievously injured gentleman shows up in the alleyway by her tavern, The Mermaid and Unicorn. Thorne, Duke of Thornley, was jilted at the altar and then attacked in the alleyway when Gillie sees what’s happening and fights off and rescues Thorne. Gillie then nurses him back to health (the first 20% of the book) and once he’s healed up, Thorne starts to worry about what happened to his bride-to-be and returns to Gillie to ask her help in searching for Lady Lavinia.
I love how much Thorne appreciates Gillie and her independence, he is amazed by her at every turn and loves that Gillie speaks her mind. I loved seeing them get to know one another the more time they spent together in Whitechapel. Other moments I loved: Thorne brings Robin (one of the younger orphan boys) a book and then takes him and Gillie to a zoological garden to see a giraffe in person. Thorne offering to get a bath ready for Gillie and then trying to figure out how to do that. A little update on Mick & Aslyn’s wedding. The ball with Aslyn and Fancy helping Gillie get ready. Gillie’s relationship with her brothers. The conversation being had in this series about how aristocrats treated their by-blows. We also get a couple appearances of Dr. William Graves (from Scoundrels of St. James series).
“For all her boldness, there was still a part of her that believed she deserved being left on a doorstep. Buried deep within her was a little girl who wanted to believe she was a princess. He intended to treat her as though she was a queen.”
While some of the story did drag on for me in the middle, this gets an extra star just for how amazing and badass Gillie is. When Gillie meets Thorne’s mother at the ball, the dowager duchess informs Gillie she should bow to her, Gillie says she bows to no one unless she deems them worthy of her bow. 🙌🏼
Gillian "Gillie/Gil" Trewlove and Antony Coventry "Thorne", the Duke of Thornley meet when Gillie saves him from footpads outside her tavern. She tends his wounds and is stunned to realize she is attracted to him. Gillie is a very private person, abandoned and left on Ettie Trewlove's doorstep as an infant, Gillie grew up in the hard world of Whitechapel, but she has risen above that, she owns her own tavern and has no desire to marry or be bound to a man. But for the first time in her life, Gillie begins to think about what she might be giving up.
Thorne is not having a good night, he was jilted at the alter by Lady Lavinia, the woman who since her birth has been destined to be his duchess. He is going to find her and learn why she fled, tips led him to Whitechapel and too much drink led him to trouble. He is set upon, robbed and nearly killed in an alley, but is saved by an angel. When he comes to, he is confused, it is a man tending him, he could have sworn it was a woman. When he wakes again, he realizes his mistake, Gillie is a woman, but her short hair and bound breasts disguise her He is attracted to her and intrigued. Once he heals and she sends him home, he returns and asks for her help to find Lavinia. He no longer wants to marry her, but he feels obligated to ensure she is alright. Gillie agrees and this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.
The more time they spend together, the more they want, but Gillie is not a part of his world, any more than he is a part of hers. But the heart wants what the heart wants and they embark on an affair. He wonders if she could possibly become a part of his world and invites her to a ball. A ball his mother planned to find him a new bride. Gillie attends but the night ends in scandal and later when Thorne comes to her, she tells him they must part ways.
They spend weeks apart and Thorne is miserable, he has a duty to marry, but Gillie is the only woman he wants. An unexpected visitor calls on him and gives him advice. Advice that he wastes no time putting in to action.
I loved this story, it is heartfelt, sweet, steamy and unforgettable. Thorne and Gillie are perfect for each other and are wonderful people. Thorne never tries to change Gillie and goes out of his way to make her feel special. They have a lot of obstacles keeping them apart, but in the end, love is all that matters. Sigh, I really loved this book and can't recommend it highly enough. It is the second book in the series, but it can definitely be read as a stand alone title.
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Lorraine Heath has always been one of my favourite authors because of her ability to write beautiful and emotionally moving love stories. After reading and loving Beyond Scandal and Desire, I was really looking forward to this second book in the series but regrettably I found it disappointing.
Born out wedlock and left on Effie Trewlove’s doorstep, Gillie, like her ‘siblings’, was raised in poverty in the Rookeries. I admire the way she worked hard and now owns her own tavern. She is fiercely independent, strong-willed and pragmatic but also kind and compassionate.
Thorne was likeable enough but seemed a little too perfect and I felt his character lacked depth. I did appreciate his utter devotion to Gillie and loved the scene after his mother’s ball when he tells everyone what an exceptional woman she is.
My main problem was that the romance between Gillie and Thorne felt rather lukewarm and lacked the emotional intensity that I have come to expect from Lorraine Heath.
However implausible, I was willing to accept a duke marrying a tavern owner, but a duke serving drinks in a tavern in Whitechapel did stretch credulity a bit too far. In addition, I found it hard to believe that Thorne’s mother could change so dramatically at the end of the book.
I am pretty forgiving when it comes to Americanisms in my Historical Romances but it is autumn here in the UK, NOT fall!
Overall, not one of my favourite books by Lorraine Heath.