Lilian and the Irresistible Duke

Lilian and the Irresistible Duke

by Virginia Heath

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A reunion in Rome… sparks an affair to remember!

Responsible widow Lilian Fairclough is persuaded to travel to Rome for a hard-earned break and to let down her hair! She’s surprised to be reunited with bold yet cynical Italian duke Pietro Venturi. He reawakens her sensual side and intrigues her with glimpses of pain beneath his rakish surface. Enticed into a secret and temporary affair, what will happen once she returns home?

Experience more passionate historical romance twists and turns with the rest of the Secrets of a Victorian Household series:
Miss Lottie’s Christmas Protector
Miss Amelia’s Misltetoe Marquess
Mr. Fairclough’s Inherited Bride

From Harlequin Historical: Your romantic escape to the past.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781488063756
Publisher: Harlequin
Publication date: 02/01/2020
Series: Secrets of a Victorian Household , #4
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 410,247
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

When Virginia Heath was a little girl it took her ages to fall asleep, so she made up stories in her head to help pass the time while she was staring at the ceiling. As she got older, the stories became more complicated, sometimes taking weeks to get to the happy ending. Then one day, she decided to embrace the insomnia and start writing them down. But it still takes her ages to fall asleep.

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Lilian and the Irresistible Duke 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous 21 days ago
At first I thought the pacing was off, because 17% into the book they are obviously bonkers for one another, and she's already impacting his world-view. I wondered what Virginia Heath was up to, and how she'd fill the rest of those pages. What unfolded was a muti-layered story that delved into the baggage that comes with a second marriage and healing old hurts. The main characters have tons in common beyond passion. I appreciated that they were older instead of the typical debutante age. The heroine's responsibility to her family was familiar and resonated.
lcdolphin 23 days ago
The fourth enchanting story in the 'Secrets of a Victorian Household' series written by a quartet of writers. This series is about the family running the Fairclough Foundation, a place of salvation for many poverty stricken women needing shelter in London. Lilian is the matriarch of the family and the Director of the Fairclough Foundation. Convinced by her family to take a much needed break, she heads to Italy with her cousin. There she meets the Duca della Torizia once again. Pietro and Lilian succumb to their attraction, but with the understanding this is just a short affair. There are too many reasons why they can never really be together. Once again Ms Heath has written an amazing story with characters you become attached to immediately, and in this case, the scenery and museums of Rome come to life as if you were there. Do yourself a favour, and read this book and this series. Can't recommend enough.
IraWo 24 days ago
Last year I was in Rome and I loved it because it is a fascinating city but when I read Lilian and the Irresistible Duke, I caught myself wishing for someone like Lilian at my side if I ever go there again. Her open mind, her fascination and her love of art and culture make everything seem even more special than it already is. I could understand Pietro so well when he fell for Lilian, she was such a refreshing character. She was mature and intelligent, well educated and interested in almost everything but despite all that and despite the life she led with all its responsibilities and loss, she had a certain naivete, a certain ability to enjoy Rome and its treasures that I felt drawn in as well by her personality and her love of life and art. Pietro, whose former short-lived marriage had been a nightmare, fights hard but somehow his certain ...interest...that was safe and familiar and meaningless in the long run, turns into something more. Much more. With time running out and the two of them living so far apart, things seem rather desperate and hopeless. A beautiful story full of love and second chances. I really loved reading this book.
georgia1 3 months ago
A sensual journey of romance and an unexpected chance at finding love a second time. Prepare to step back in history and see beautiful Rome with all of its wondrous art and settings as described perfectly by this author. Virginia Heath has engaged her knowledge and historical facts perfectly as we follow widow Lilian Fairclough on her travels to Rome, where she meets Duke Pietro Venturi. Having shared a sizzling kiss a year hence while he was in London, it was one that neither had forgotten. As fate brings them back together, there is resistance at first but as they spend time together it is amazing how much they have in common and their attraction grows. Lilian is a wonderful character. She is romantic, has a joy for life and loves the city and the culture. Pietro is the quintessential Italian lover, handsome, a little bit of a rogue but charming. As they give into their attraction, is that all it will be? Amazing characters, scenic romantic vistas, witty dialogue and this author's magnificent prose bring this story full circle to be one that is a keeper and will be read again. Perfect. I read this through Netgallery. Lori D