Passions of a Wicked Earl

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Known throughout for his prowess in the bedroom, Morgan Lyons, the eighth Earl of Westcliffe, cannot forgive an unpardonable affront to his honor. Discovering his young bride in the arms of his brother was a staggering blow—so he banished the beautiful deceiver to the country and devoted himself to the pursuit of carnal pleasure.

Claire Lyons was an innocent, frightened girl on her wedding day, seeking chaste comfort from a childhood friend. Now, years later, she has blossomed ...

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Overview

Known throughout for his prowess in the bedroom, Morgan Lyons, the eighth Earl of Westcliffe, cannot forgive an unpardonable affront to his honor. Discovering his young bride in the arms of his brother was a staggering blow—so he banished the beautiful deceiver to the country and devoted himself to the pursuit of carnal pleasure.

Claire Lyons was an innocent, frightened girl on her wedding day, seeking chaste comfort from a childhood friend. Now, years later, she has blossomed magnificently and has returned to London with one goal in mind: the seduction of her notorious husband. Unskilled in the sensual arts, she burns nonetheless for the kisses too long denied her. And she has but one Season to win back the heart of the rogue she betrayed.

They are masters of seduction, London's greatest lovers. Living for pleasure, they will give their hearts to no one . . . until love takes them by surprise.

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A spurned wife confronts her profligate husband in Heath's dramatic Victorian romance series launch. Claire Lyons travels to London from her three-year exile in the country to ask her husband, the earl of Westcliffe, to allow her to stay in town for her sister's first Season. Westcliffe believes Claire cheated on him with his brother, but he reluctantly admires her tenacity, charm, and forthright nature. Romantic tension between the pair is heightened by the frequent appearances of Westcliffe's mistress, Anne, and her machinations to lure him away from Claire. Plenty of other twists and turns appear en route to the passionate conclusion. Complex, emotional romance and a hint of mystery complete this tale, which will have readers eagerly anticipating the next installment.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061922961
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/26/2010
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 649,550
  • Product dimensions: 7.06 (w) x 11.80 (h) x 1.05 (d)

Meet the Author

Lorraine Heath always dreamed of being a writer. After graduating from the University of Texas, she wrote training manuals, press releases for a publicist, articles, and computer code, but something was always missing. In 1990, she read a romance novel and 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®, a HOLT Medallion, and a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award. Her novels have appeared on the USA Today and New York Times bestseller lists.

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  • Posted December 2, 2010

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    A Wonderful Read

    The story picks up three years after their wedding day. They have been living apart during this time after Morgan found his blushing bride in bed with his brother Stephen. Morgan has been living in London and conducting many affairs and flaunting to the ton his many paramours. While Claire lives in exile on the country estate Morgan owns. Morgan is still pretty angry at Claire and his brother Stephen.

    In the three years since the debacle start to her marriage Claire has grown up and realizes her mistake in not speaking to Morgan about her fears. She shows up in London hoping that Morgan would give her another chance to truly be a wife and forgive her for her youthful mistake. She also wants his help in preparing her younger sister for her first season. She has promised to help her sister find a husband so she is not force to marry someone their father have chosen who is considerably older. Morgan grudgingly agrees to help prepare for the season in return he plans to divorce Claire so that he can marry his current paramour who is a widow.

    As the two work together they begin to realize the mistakes they both made. We gradually see them learning things about one another and slowly falling in love and trusting each other. They're new found trust is put to the test that will either break them or bring them closer.

    I really enjoyed the story of Morgan and Claire Lyons. I like the fact that lead couple are already married. Lorraine does a great job of having the story unfold slowly allowing the readers to follow in Morgan and Claire's discovery of one another. Morgan is a great hero. He acknowledges that there were things he could have done so that Claire felt comfortable enough to come talk to him prior to the wedding night. I love the interactions that he had with his dog. It allowed the readers and Claire to see a softer side of him. I wanted to slap him towards the end there but he did make up for his stubbornness. As for Claire she was great. I loved how she didn't let Morgan push her around. She definitely stood up for herself. You could really see her caring for Morgan and doing things to try and win Morgan back. There were some other great secondary characters that made the book enjoyable. I can't wait for the next book in the series about Stephen. Love to see how he grows up since he's a bit self absorbed during this book. Can't wait to see where Morgan's moms affair with the younger man heads and I definitely want to know more about the other younger brother Ainsley. If your looking for a great historical with a great storyline then pick this book up. You won't regret it.

    Great start to this new series! Loved it.

    7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 16, 2010

    A WONDERFUL,EXCITING HISTORICAL ROMANCE!

    PASSIONS OF A WICKED EARL by Lorraine Heath is a wonderful exciting historical romance set in 1853 London. It is the beginning of a new series "The Notorious Gentlemen".It is well written with depth,details, fast paced and page turning. It has romance, suspense,sweet sensuality, family,misunderstandings, fear,trust issues, pride,responsibility, bad judgment, betrayal, deceit, and love. The hero, Morgan, the Earl of Westcliffe, is handsome, a cad, wicked, has a quick temper, and has a wife he exiled to his country estate three years earlier for her betrayal on their wedding night.He is the oldest of three brothers. One of which is by his step father and is also a titled Duke. The heroine, Claire, is beautiful, naive, marries young, innocent, laughs often, makes a bad judgment call on her wedding night, returns fully grown and determined to make Morgan, her estranged husband,love her again. Claire, was married at a young age, and terrified of her wedding night,for she feared Morgan. They where betrothed before Claire was even born. She grow up around him and his brothers, but didn't know him. Morgan felt he had responsibilities, for his father had died and he didn't have time for play and fun. But he had always noticed the young Claire. On their wedding night, young Stephan, Morgan's youngest brother and friend to Claire finds her crying in her bedchamber. She tells him she is terrified of her wedding night, so he decides to help him. He jumps into bed with her, while fully clothed, when Morgan comes to the bedchamber and finds them. Morgan's temper flies. He doesn't listen to anything either has to say, especially Claire. He sends her to his country estate.She stays their for three years, fixing up the estate. Until her younger sister needs a Season in London. Then she goes to Morgan for his help in presenting her to society. Claire has heard of his infidelities,while she has had none, she is still a virgin, but is determined to make their marriage work. After three years she has grown up and become a beautiful, self assured woman. Sparks fly between Claire and Morgan for she is no longer the scared young lady of him and can stand up for herself. In the meantime, Morgan's mistress, can't stand to lose him and she knows she is. She creates trouble between them and once again Morgan will not listen to Claire, and she is carted off to the country estate where tragedy happens. Claire and Morgan learn to trust one another again and Morgan learns he does have a heart and is capable of love after all. I would recommend this book especially if you enjoy Regency England, the twists and turns of life, the joy of being loved and the complex relationship between husband and wife. This book was received from Net Galley for review and details can be found a Harper Collins Publishers and My Book Addiction and More.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 9, 2010

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    This is an exciting Victorian romantic thriller

    In 1850 Morgan Lyons, an Earl, married seventeen years old Claire. However, he caught her in the arms of his brother Stephen in the conservatory on their wedding day. Misinterpreting what he sees, he feels betrayed and exiles his bride to rusticate alone in the country while plays the boudoirs of London.

    Three years later, having rebuilt his estate, Claire is no longer a frightened child although she knows in her heart her husband distrusts her. However, when her father, who arranged for her to marry Westcliffe, is giving her younger sister one season or she will wed odious Hester, she knows what she must do for her sibling. Claire has come to plead with her husband to help his sister-in-law; if need be though inexperienced she will seduce her mate. Morgan has other plans as he will marry his mistress Lady Anne once he dumps his wife.

    This is an exciting Victorian romantic thriller with a fabulous spin and a strong cast. Fast-paced, Morgan has quite a temper as he displays it several times, which is the key to the deep story line. Lorraine Heath once again provides a fabulous historical.

    Harriet Klausner

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 2, 2010

    Fantastic Read

    Emotional energy, like electric current, makes Passions of a Wicked Earl hum with life. When the energy surges, it creates a firestorm that threatens to destroy all in its wake. It sparks sexual energy and puts all the senses on alert. The Earl and his "traitorous wife" Claire keep the energy at high pitch as they each strive toward goals that do not seem compatible.

    Pride, lack of love, naïveté, fear, and bad judgment got seventeen-year-old Claire sent away from London to the Earl's country home, Lyons Place, on their wedding night before the marriage was consummated.

    The Earl's long-standing feeling of being unloved and his feeling that something essential is lacking in him set him on two courses. One made him wealthy; the other made him a gossiped-about womanizer in the next three years.

    Ah! In that three years, Claire matures and is now respected by the people of Lyons Place. She learned how to handle difficult people and situations with resounding success. She returns to London unannounced, risking public embarrassment and her husband's wrath, but she is determined to give her young sister a Season to find a husband of her choice rather than marry a forty-year-old man of their father's choice. Claire had not had a Season, never had suitor send her flowers or come calling. She had married the Earl of Westcliffe to honor a marriage contact made by their two fathers before Claire was born.

    The antagonist's actions escalate as the story progresses and his family's meddling swirls around the Earl and Claire as they as they give the sister Beth her Season with the Earl declaring that at the end of the Season he would start divorce proceedings. As Claire weaves her way into his life and his residence, the crushing clashes and the earth-shattering love scenes make Passions of a Wicked Earl sensational reading.

    Lorraine Heath uses all the trappings of Regency English society, but it is only background for a mesmerizing love story that grows out of what seems like an unredeemable situation. She makes the story sparkle, shimmer, and shine with so much more than just physical love. The caring and protective love that comes to life along with the joy of being together satisfies the heart.

    So glad I picked up this one. Now I'm looking forward to the next book in the series, The Pleasures of A Notorious Gentleman. It will have to really sparkle to outshine Passions of a Wicked Earl.

    Originally posted at The Long and Short of IT Romance Reviews

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2013

    Bella

    I grin and pump faster

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 31, 2013

    Highly recommended

    I enjoyed it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2013

    Awesome!!!!

    What a page turner!!!

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  • Posted May 3, 2013

    plan to read again

    Very good book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2013

    Amazing

    The best story i've read, couldn't get enough of it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2013

    It appears I've found another favorite author! This is the firs

    It appears I've found another favorite author! This is the first book I've found in a very long time that I literally could not put down. It is fast paced and very moving. I would highly recommend this book and this author. This is a book I'll archive for future reading pleasure.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2013

    Great

    Great story hard to put down

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2013

    Good read

    Loved this book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2013

    Fabuless

    Is this what u try to do with your boy friends

    0 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2013

    Loved it

    Easy read The story is well paced until the end, alot of things take place in the last five chapters

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2012

    Lorraine heath never fails but............

    This story about an earl who keeps finding his wife in his brothers arms is a little repetitive. It was fairly good but not the kind of book you will pick up in a year or two and want to read again. So my advice would be---get this one from the library if your a LH fan and must read it.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 20, 2012

    Ms. Heath is an awesome writer. This book was a great escape on

    Ms. Heath is an awesome writer. This book was a great escape on a rainy
    afternoon! Lots of twists and turns!

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  • Posted September 30, 2011

    romantic and thrilling

    This is Victorian England so husbands have mistresses and send errant wives off to the country where they tend to stay. That fact aside this is the entertaining tale of a husband and wife who have to get past pain, fear and pride to find a love filled life. I enjoyed getting to know the characters though the wife did have a time learnig to be the woman on the cover. They keep you guessing till the end. Read it!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2011

    I liked this story

    I don't like reading adultery of any kind, so I hate that he had a mistress while they were estranged and of course she was the dutiful, faithful wife. But, overall, I liked the tale. Since I've now read all three books in the series, I like it even more and will probably read it again. "Waking Up With the Duke" the last in the series is my favorite.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2011

    Not one of her best...

    Had the heroine had more backbone/pride, this might have turned out to be a good read...

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2010

    Not Sure About This One

    I love Lorraine Heath... but this book is a little far fetched. I am still reading it, but the story line is very strange.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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