28 January 2018

Beyond Scandal and Desire - Review

Beyond Scandal and Desire
by Lorraine Heath

What they say: At birth, Mick Trewlove, the illegitimate son of a duke, was handed over to a commoner. Despite his lowly upbringing, Mick has become a successful businessman, but all his wealth hasn’t satisfied his need for revenge against the man who still won’t acknowledge him. What else can Mick do but destroy the duke’s legitimate son—and woo the heir’s betrothed into his own unloving arms...

Orphaned and sheltered, Lady Aslyn Hastings longs for a bit of adventure. With her intended often preoccupied, Aslyn finds herself drawn to a darkly handsome entrepreneur who seems to understand her so well. Surely a lady of her station should avoid Mick Trewlove. If only he weren’t so irresistible...

As secrets are about to be exposed, Mick must decide if his plan for vengeance is worth risking what his heart truly desires.



I received a copy from the publisher (via Edelweiss) in exchange for an honest review!

What I say: I'm a sucker for a good historical romance so jumped at the chance to read Beyond Scandal and Desire. It's the first instalment in Lorraine Heath's Sins for All Seasons series.

Mick Trewlove (yes I had a giggle at his name) has made his fortune in a rags to riches story Walt Disney would be proud of. He now has the means to exact revenge on the Duke of Hedley, aka the father who abandoned him as a newborn, and left him with the stigma of being a bastard. Mick needs Hedley's ward Lady Aslyn Hastings to fulfil his aim, if he can bring himself to go through with his plan...

Aslyn goes through quite the transformation throughout the story. She starts off as a sheltered young lady who has her entire life mapped out for her, before shaking off the weight of expectation and fighting for what she wants in life.

The secondary characters are a fun mix. I really liked Mick's sister Gillie, but I couldn't decide who annoyed me most out of the Duchess and Kip - I still haven't made up my mind. Kip certainly channelled the spoiled, entitled rich guy, but I sense a redemption is on the way... And I ended up feeling really sorry for the Duchess.

The romance is sweet, flirty and pretty scandalous. I enjoyed the story even though I had my doubts from the start as to where Mick's plan was actually going. It's a fun plot full of twists and turns plus some naughty historical romance.

3.5 Stars in my Sky!


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