Why Lords Lose Their Hearts (Wicked Widows Series #3)

Why Lords Lose Their Hearts (Wicked Widows Series #3)

by Manda Collins
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Why Lords Lose Their Hearts 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Historical_Romance_Lover More than 1 year ago
This is book 3 in the Wicked Widows series. Someone is out to do harm to Perdita, the widowed Duchess of Ormond. The person blames her for the Duke's death. Having already been through threatening situations with her sister and best friend, Perdita is not surprised when the villain sets his eyes on her. But when the threats start happening in public, she realizes that she must turn to someone for help.  The logical choice is Lord Archer Lisle. Archer was the personal secretary of the former Duke and has been in love with her for years. When Perdita refuses to leave London for her safety, Archer resorts to kidnapping her. Archer just wants to keep Perdita safe, but can she overlook his high handness to find an everlasting love? I would definitely read the other two books in the series before reading this one. Not that you have to. You will still enjoy this one but the story will be much more meaningful if you do. Throughout the other two books, we know that Archer and Perdita have feelings for each other but neither of them have ever said anything to the other. Part of what I liked about his book was all the needling that the secondary characters (H/H from other books) gave the two of them. Everyone knew how the two of them felt about each other, but they would just not tell each other. I was happy to see the villain finally caught and was very surprised to find out who it was. I'll definitely miss these three couples. There is a novella coming out to finish off the series, so I hope we get to see them again. Thanks go to St. Martin via NetGalley for a copy of the book in exchange of an honest review.
2_PMVH More than 1 year ago
Isabella, Perdita and Georgina were all in the room when Perdita's hubby, the cruel and evil Duke of Ormond, was shot and stabbed to death and, now over a year later, a evil unknown nemesis wants REVENGE for the Duke's untimely death! This the last book in the series and this GREAT MYSTERIOUS FOE will be UNMASKED! Perdita (she will always be Perdy to me) was in a marriage of violence from her husband, the Duke of Ormond, who thought love was about fists, totally control of every aspect of his wife's life and ever ending pain. Now, that he is dead all Perdy feels is relief overjoyed, at all the choices and experiences she can have with her newly found freedom. The one person who has always been the calm in the storm of her marriage was Lord Archer, her abuser's secretary. All she wants to do is take her time to find a hubby that will except her offer of a marriage of convenience only and avoid any man who will pose a risk to her battered and untrustworthy heart. But first, she must discover the unknown nemesis that unfairly blames her for husband's death. Lord Archer Lisle is only the 5th son of the Duke of Lisle and choose to become the secretary for the Duke of Ormond because the church and soldiering were not for him. He has always worshipped Perdy from afar, as she was marriage to the duke. She is, of course, beautiful with her strawberry golden hair and amazing body, but it was her overly kind, giving and humble heart, that sunk the permanent love arrow into his own heart. He didn't know of the abuse, until after the Duke's death and to late to kill the man himself, but he will never forgive himself for not seeing it sooner. Now, all can do is protect her from the unseen terrorist, who has judged Perdy guilty of the Duke's death and means for her to suffer and then die for it. Also having his heart crumble, while watching her surrounded by buffoonish and unworthy suitors. Now that her sister, Isabella, and good friend, Georgie, are safe from they own personal enemies, hired by the mastermind of her torment, all the evil and unsettling threats are directed at Perdy. She refuses to hide in Ormond House or not go about her life of hubby hunting, so she is watchful and totally trusts Archer to protect her. Archer is sick of all the soirée, picnics and balls that Perdy attends, while he protecting her, but the endless teas of courting lord, like ever present Lord Dunthrope, are the worst torture for him. He just want to jump up, grab her by the hand, flees, lock them in a room with or without a bed and never leave, until Perdy knows the he is the only man for her. The threats notes take a backseat as a play, that is scripted from the night of her husband death, is performed and printed in papers. Perdy accepts that Archer with be everywhere with her, like a companion, but he will NOT interrupted her hubby hunting. When a masked attacked in the park happens, she gets into a shouting match with him, Archer grabs her and gives her the most gently, treasured and perfect kiss of her life. The kiss leads to wandering hands and lips, but sadly they are interrupted. Before she leaves the room, Archer asks her what does she really want. Perdy shocks him, by saying she wants him as a LOVER, but she will still be on the outlook for her marriage of convenience, which will not be him. Archer doesn't like the hubby hunting, but he will take her anyway he can have her. They have only one night together, but it rocked both their worlds. More mysterious happenings are afoot and Archer kidnaps her, with sisterly help, for her own safety to his family's home. Now his is back in the FRIEND ZONE, it totally sucks and to make matters worse his 4 single and handsome brothers are home. Will Perdy ever trust her heart again? How will Archer show her that HIS love is gentle, forgiving and everlasting? Can the tormentor be unmasked before Perdy is dead? Will Archer need to kill a brother? Who is this evil nemesis that has run amuck all 3 books? This is sadly the end of the Wicked Widows series and I am tearing up because I love this world Ms. Collins created, that is full of gentle giants for heroes who love and also heal their ladies with the kisses, caresses and with ever beat of their hearts! She deals with the touchy subject of abuse, but has females, like Lady Russell and the Duchess of Lisle, to show her struggling heroines that there is a glowing light of love at the end of the tunnel of abuse. Perdy may be a Duchess, but she didn't have a Duchess "attitude" and treated everyone, even a lowliest maid, with respect and humbleness. She was a rare treat in this title snobby world of the the Haute Ton. Archer was loved as a boy, by another rare Duchess and he fell in love with a woman so like his mom. This couple story was so special to me because it was in the background of the first 2 books and I just wanted Archer to kidnap, which he did, and make love to her until she actually SAW him! Ms. Collins made this book the hottest of the series with aplenty "PULL THE FIRE ALARM" scenes. If any of the characters that needed some intense and sizzling love, it was Perdy and Archer! Ms. Collins didn't disappoint with the many surprise discoveries in the last book. She answers a lot questions, but reveals more surprises left and right. I don't know about y'all, but I love that author that makes your mouth hang up and say, "NO WAY!" Let's just say I swallowed a lot of flies, while I read this book. I recommend this book to readers who like a steamy mystery with unique cast of characters and surprises galore! Ms. Collins get my top score of 5 fingers up and 10 toes and a lot of swallowed flies! NetGalley ARC given for my honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A wonderful finish to a trio of books! I love it when an exceptional author can create a series that keeps you as riveted!
SusanFrank More than 1 year ago
Good conclusion to the Wicked Widows trilogy. It all started with the death of Perdita's abusive husband, as he held a knife to her throat. Only Perdita, her sister Isabella, and their friend Georgina know exactly what occurred - or so they thought. In the first book, someone starts tormenting and threatening the three women, claiming to know what happened and threatening to expose them. Isabella and Georgina are saved from their stalkers with the help of the men they love, but the person behind it is still unknown. The stalker has moved on to attacks on Perdita, and the only person she can go to for help is Lord Archer, her late husband's private secretary. Unknown to her, Archer has been in love with her for years, but had been unable to help her before. Now he is determined to keep her safe. I really liked Archer. As the youngest in the family he learned how to read people, keep calm in chaos, and wait patiently for his chance at what he wants. I loved the way that he has been watching out for her since the trouble began. Knowing some of what she's been through, I really liked the way that Archer was sensitive to the way that he made suggestions. I also thought that he was incredibly patient with her stubbornness in dealing with the threats against her, but when it was time to take action, he did it. I liked Perdita, too, but there were times I wanted to shake her. Because she had been in love with her husband before they married and he showed his abusive side, she now has no confidence in her ability to trust her judgement of whether someone is a good man. She is taking the time of being unmarried again to try to develop some confidence in herself again. She is considering the idea of marrying again, but refuses to allow herself to fall in love with any man, sure that it would impair her judgement once again. I enjoyed the development of their relationship. Archer finally made his interest in Perdita clear to her. Perdita finally admitted her attraction to him, but refuses to consider being anything other than lovers. Of course, Archer wants more, but has the sense and patience to try to bring her to his way of thinking. Their physical relationship was great, with plenty of heat, but also some fun. I did get frustrated with the way she would frequently push him away. Fortunately, she does start to believe that she can have it all, thanks to an unexpected conversation with Archer's mother. The suspense of the story, as it continued from the previous two books was really good. I could definitely feel the creep factor several incidents portraying her as a murderer occurred. When the attacks turned physical, the intensity increased, especially as Perdita resisted all suggestions for her safety. Even when Archer took her to the safest place he could think of, trouble still found them. As this book went on I had a couple of suspicions of who the bad guy was, but it wasn't obvious who it would really be. My initial suspicion turned out to be right, but the reason behind it was completely unexpected and definitely high up in the ick factor. There was an interesting twist at the end regarding Gervase's death. Full review at: http://susans2016readingblog.blogspot.com/2016/04/why-lords-lose-their-hearts-manda.html
Ariana1 More than 1 year ago
This book was alright. I don't think this author is going to be one of my favorites. This is the third book I was lured with the synopsis only to be disappointed with the actual story. I did not like the heroine most of the book. At the end I still didn't care for her all that much. I did like the hero, but at times he came off too young and whinny. I just didn't feel any connection with the two of them. And the end (which I figured out half way through) was very anti-climatic. Although the "big reveal" was a bit of a surprise. But it felt like with each threat it was building more and more to a big showdown (for lack of a better word) for the heroine, and instead it was wrapped up rather neatly. It wasn't too bad, though I skipped over parts of the book, but I'm not sure I'm going to go back to this author for a while.
loverofromance More than 1 year ago
Lord Archer Lisle, is the youngest of five sons, and has to work for a living. But there is one reason he has stayed at the same position, even though it was a fun job to begin with, Perdita. Perdita is the widowed Duchess of Ormand, has suffered from an abusive marriage, but when it defending her life, her husband is killed, she knew that this secret must never get out, for there is only a few that know; her family and Archer. She has always felt a kinship toward Archer, and now that she is free from her husband, the last thing she needs is entering a marriage with her heart involved. She doesn’t believe that she can trust her own judgment, and when Archer starts to be a bit more progressive in relaying his true feelings for her, Perdita has no idea how to handle these feelings inside of her, but when a danger threatens her, and she is constantly having her life put at risk, Archer decides to take action and protect the woman he loves at all costs, even risking the anger and wrath of the Duchess herself. But will they be able to resolve matters of the heart before the danger closes around them and threatens to destroy everything… Why Lords Lose Their Hearts is the third and last installment of the series. And oh my have I had such a fun time with this author. Don’t you just love it when you discover an author and every book you read is better than the last? Well that is how I feel about Manda Collins, I just can’t get enough of her. Now this is the last installment of the Wicked Widows trilogy, but don’t look so sad guys….because I have great news; she has an upcoming series, the Lords of Anarchy which are closely related to this book. Which I am super excited for, since in this book, we see four other unattached brothers….oooh I just can’t wait. This family was a jolly good fun, and I just wanted to jump in the pages and join in the circus. Despite the fact that they are all grown men, they still act like five year old. The teasing and gestures, and oh boy, the parents sure had their hands full with these boys. The story is enchanting and oh I just love the writing style of Manda Collins. It’s the type of writing style that has you hooked from the beginning, and I am amazed that I just discovered this author last year…I should get grounded or something….LOL…but I have repented of my grave sins, and Collins is at the top of my reading list from now on. The story itself is at first seems to be predictable, but that is far from the case. This plot went different ways and led me on a merry chase, with a couple of adventures, sensual engagements, and a suspenseful element that added even more depth to the story. The character development were done pretty well, and I love the strength and passion of these two, they complimented each other so well, and you see what a spark they have from the beginning of the story. Overall a story that had me enthralled from the first page, a story to enchant, mystify and captivate!! A story with flair and beautifully drawn characters….a book you don’t want to miss! A SPARKLING GEM!!
RtBBlog More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by JoAnne Book provided by NetGalley for review Review originally posted at Romancing the Book This was a fast paced historical romance with a longer than usual prologue setting the stage and the epilogue giving nice closure to the story. Not having read the first two books in the series I will definitely be reading them to fill in some of the blanks and there’s also a Christmas novella coming out which I also look forward to reading. Perdita, her sister and her close friend were stronger than most women in Regency England especially given what they lived through with their husbands. It was nice to see Perdita allow others to care for her especially Archer and the warring between them was fun to watch. Perdita definitely had trouble picking the right man to love especially when he was always there for her, protecting her and being her friend. Lord Dunthorp had his own agenda concerning his relationship with Perdita but she and everyone else except the dowager Duchess of Ormond, her grandmamma through marriage, could see what a disaster it would be. The descriptions of the meeting places, the homes, the sea and the manor made me feel like I was there. There was a lot of camaraderie, adventures and misadventures, family, servants, fear, nightmares, odd and painful encounters, reminisces, romance and love. It was nice to see the relationship that Archer and his brothers had with each other and their parents and how much their parents love each other. There was the happily ever after that I was rooting for which gave me the ahhhhhhh moment. I have not read books by this author before but will definitely be adding her to my TBR pile. I like her writing style and look forward to reading more of her books. Favorite Quote: Oh, she liked this possessive Archer. Despite her fear of marrying again, she could not deny that some part of her enjoyed the idea of being possessed by him. Perhaps because she knew that he would let her go if she wished.
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Under_The_Covers_BookBlog More than 1 year ago
~Reviewed by SUZANNE & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog The widowed Duchess of Ormond, Perdita has a secret reagrding her late husbands death. A secret that has threatened her friends life and now the danger to her own life is escalating, someone knows that her brutish husbands death was more complex than just an accident and they won’t their revenge on Perdita. However, Lord Archer Lisle is determined to keep Perdita safe and discover who the mastermind behind all the threats and plots against Perdita and her friends is.Archer has been in love with Perdita for years and will do anything to keep her safe and convince her he is the right husband for her, despite her disastrous and tragic first marriage. This is the last book in the Wicked Widows series where we can finally see who is behind the nefarious plots to kill Perdita and her friends and see Archer and Perdita, at last, admit their love for one another and have wild monkey sex, or at least a bit of a snog. I got all of my above wishes granted in Why Lords Lose Their Hearts, and one of my favourite things about the book, and the series, was that I didn’t guess who was behind everything, which meant I was intrigued right to the very moment of revelation. The romance, between Archer and Perdita was sweet, especially as you could see it grow through the previous books and I am pleased that they finally got the HEA they deserved, which although may not have involved wild monkey sex, it was still pretty steamy. I have enjoyed this series, although it will never be my favourite and I doubt I would ever reread it, I have enjoyed each one of them and each one has been a pleasant experience; however, Manda Collins is yet to really rock my world. But if you want something well written, enjoyable, but untaxing then I would give this series a go. *ARC provided by publisher
janeeyre01 More than 1 year ago
Another hit for Manda Collins. The hero, Archer and heroine Perdita were great. Would love to read about Archer's brothers next
celticmaggie More than 1 year ago
I have found another new author. Manda has a nice book here. She came up with a very plausible story line. She has created some very special people in this series. I haven't read the first stories but it didn't upset this book. Perdita was in danger from her husband. Her sister and a friend tried to get her husband,a Duke, to take the knife away from her throat. It winds up with him dead. 2 years later she is being scared with attacks and news stories. Archer, 3rd son of a Duke, has loved her forever and becomes her protector. She refuses to hide. You have to read how Archer protects her and how they flush out the villain. Please read and enjoy this book.
WorldsCollide More than 1 year ago
A delightfully sweet, absolutely fantastic historical romance, Why Lords Lose Their Hearts was simply amazing. From the lovely romance, to the thrills of danger, and the unexpected twist, this book was wonderful. Perdita was a lovely heroine. After being stuck in a horrible marriage for years, she was determined to live her life on her own terms and make her own decisions. Unfortunately, that sometimes translated into being stubborn about really stupid things. But, beyond that, she was stronger than she gave herself credit for and an overall likable character. I thought she was great. Archer was absolutely adorable. This man was so sweet and wonderful and just amazing. He had loved Perdita for years and was determined to do everything he could to keep her safe. I loved how devoted he was to her and how, even while he was trying to convince her to marry him, he always honored her wishes. He was perfect and I adored him. The romance was lovely. I thought they were so sweet together, with how Archer had loved Perdita for so long and how Perdita, even though she was wary of men, knew she could trust Archer. And, they had some chemistry between them that turned the heat up. I thought they were a perfect couple. The plot was fast paced and I was hooked the entire way through. The constant danger of Perdita's stalker kept me on the edge of my seat and I never suspected who it turned out to be. It was quite a shocker, especially considering the full extent of this person's insanity. I really enjoyed the story and the ending was perfect. Why Lords Lose Their Hearts was a fantastic historical romance. I absolutely loved this brilliant book. It was simply wonderful, from start to finish. Romance lovers, this is a book worth reading. *I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Seriously? The dingbat's under attack & instead of going directly in a covered vehicle to the inn where important clues might be found, they take a leisurely stroll to the village via a romantic picnic on the beach. Then they're surpised when she gets shot at....Yeah, did anyone NOT see that coming? Oh & "Freddikins" is supposed to be 31yrs old but 12 yrs before, when he was 14, he was thwarted in love. Last time I checked, 12 + 14 = 26 not 31. If a book is going to be this bad, it should at least have some interesting sex scenes. Yawn. On second thought, maybe 0 stars