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Falling Into Bed with a Duke

Falling Into Bed with a Duke

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by Lorraine Heath

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In the first in a dazzling new series, New York Times bestselling 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


In the first in a dazzling new series, New York Times bestselling 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 . . . ?

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Heath’s first Hellions of Havisham Victorian romance is wonderfully entertaining. The unexpected demise of the Duke and Duchess of Ashbury left their three sons—all now saddled with hefty titles—in the care of an indifferent guardian mourning the long-ago death of his wife. Alarmed by this display of romantic grief, the oldest brother, Nicholas, opts to skip getting married and instead spends his nights at the Nightingale Club, where society’s women find lovers anonymously and with no strings attached. Minerva Dodger (whom dedicated fans will recognize as the daughter of Jack Dodger, from 2008’s Between the Devil and Desire) has spent six years on the marriage mart without finding love, and the outspoken heiress is ready to experience sex; she gleefully turns to the club and to Nick. But she has second thoughts when he asks her to pose for a risqué photograph, still a new art form. Meanwhile, he’s wondering how to court her when she’s already graced his bed. Heath adeptly juggles numerous new and familiar characters as she sweeps fans of her Regency novels into the Victorian era. (Nov.)
With her usual flair for richly nuanced characters and elegant writing, RITA Award-winning Heath launches her new Hellions of Havisham historical series with a tale that simply sizzles with sensuality.
Christina Dodd
“Heath steals your heart, then takes you on a journey that will leave you torn between tears and joy.”
Oakland Press
“Heath’s characters are endearing and memorable in this tale that cranks up the heat and the angst. It’s a moving story that readers won’t want to put down.”
Romantic Times BOOKclub
“Master storyteller Heath perfectly threads together emotional power and deep romance. Taking her cue from Dickens’ classic Oliver Twist, she reinvents the story so we see what might have happened to the older Oliver. Few writers engage readers’ hearts and minds as beautifully as Heath certainly does.” Top Pick
Liz Carlyle
“The Duke of Weddington is perfect hero material. Historical readers will clamor for more.”
RT Book Reviews (top pick) - 4.5 stars - Praise for LORD OF TEMPTATION
Heath is a consummate storyteller, whose characters leap from the pages. Their powerful emotions and intense passions translate exceptionally well to readers, allowing them to become deeply involved in the fascinating plot and leaving them breathless and wanting more.
Happy Ever After blog on USA Today
“Lorraine Heath has long been an author readers trust when they want to read a heart-warming historical, one that will entertain them and make them shed a tear or two. That’s probably because the emotions in Heath’s stories are genuine.”

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HarperCollins Publishers
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Meet the Author

Lorraine Heath always dreamed of being a writer. After graduating from the University of Texas, she wrote training manuals, press releases, articles, and computer code, but something was always missing. When she read 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 prestigious RITA®. Her novels have appeared on the USA Today and New York Times bestseller lists.

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Falling Into Bed with a Duke 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So sweet and enjoyable. Once a year,I need a Lorraine Heath fix...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A love story to read over again. Wonderful
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Minerva Dodger finally gets her due. I could easily see where this book was heading, but enjoyed every minute of it. Only wish it had another 50 or so pages to really develop Ashe, a very endearing character. It was a little rushed at the end. Lorrine Heath always explores tough and messy relationships, but here she shied away from the depths of her characters a bit. Looking forwrd to the Earl takes all....you can definitely see that coming.
Anonymous 12 months ago
I really enjoyed this book and the characters .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful story and characters!
def618 More than 1 year ago
I was able to purchase this book early at a local book signing/wine tasting with proceeds going to charity. Avon Books was kind enough to allow the event to sell Lorraine Heath's new book a few days early. It is wonderful!!! This is the romance between Minerva Dodger and the Duke of Ashebury, the first Hellion of Havisham. Minerva's father is Jack Dodger from "Between the Devil and Desire" and one of my favorite men. Minerva has been out for some time but has not found anyone who wants her more than her very large dowry. She has given up on love but would like to have one night of pleasure. Ashe is intrigued with the masked women he meets at a club. It doesn't take him long to discover her real identity. He didn't have an ideal ducal childhood and has some issues. Their story is wonderfully written and understanding their fears and insecurities makes you root for them. I loved the small peeks of Jack Dodger - grandfather who plays peek-a-boo but terrifies grown men. Also, there is a scene with the next Hellion of Havisham that leaves me wanting to read "The Earl Takes All" as soon as it's out next April. I really do not like to read or write plot spoilers so I hope you'll give this a try. It's very, very good. If you like the cover, you'll love the stepback.
TheLustyLiterate More than 1 year ago
4 Stars | Hot Steam As a longtime fan of the amazing and immeasurably talented Lorraine Heath, it felt like Christmas and my birthday rolled into one when Falling into Bed with a Duke appeared on my e-reader. Eagerly anticipating another epic sizzling escape involving a swoon-worthy hero and a heroine to adore, I dove right in and didn’t stop—simply couldn't stop—until its marvelous and moving conclusion. Thrilling, passionate and intensely provocative, Minerva and Ashebury's stirring and sensual affair was completely unexpected and a sheer joy to read. Uncommon and uniquely alluring, Minerva Dodger is one tough cookie. Independent, forthright and self aware, she’s no shy miss. How could she be as the beloved daughter of one of the greatest scoundrels ever written, Jack Dodger? Self described as plain and mannish, Minerva is a diamond in the rough who positively sparkles in the seductive arms of luscious Ashebury. In his seasoned, skilled and perfectly naughty hands, she transforms into a sultry goddess basking in life's ultimate carnal delights. Her erotic revelations gain her confidence and even greater strength that make her irresistible to Ashebury. And, by the end, it’s not enough to admire her, want her, need her and live to worship her, he simply can’t exist without her—his glorious, frank and fierce lioness who might just might be stronger than himself. Their love is true and so white hot! Sigh…I just loved them. I treasured this wonderfully steamy romance and its mesmerizing couple and couldn’t be more excited for this tempting new series! After meeting the infamous, scandalous and ever-so-dashing Hellions of Havisham: Ashebury, Greyling, Edward and Locksley I am officially obsessed, in deep lust with that motley crew of male magnificence and can hardly wait for The Earl Takes All to release this spring! Edward and Julia’s complicated history and heated connection promises to astound! Complimentary copy provided in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First Hellion of Havensham was a great success. Goes to show a woman doesn't have to be beautiful or a Duke rich for a story to work. Can't wait for Edward's and Locke's stories.
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