Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Review: Pleasures of a Notorious Gentleman by Lorraine Heath

As the black sheep second son of an Earl, Stephen Lyons has gained a reputation in the art of seduction, but when his wicked ways result in scandal, he joins the army to redeem himself. On the battlefield, he proves courageous . . . until he is seriously wounded. Returning home to recover, he discovers he can't remember the angelic beauty who arrives at his doorstep, his babe nestled in her arms.

Mercy Dawson will risk everything to protect the son of the dashing soldier she once knew and admired. When Stephen offers to do the honorable thing, she is determined that London's most notorious gentleman will desire her and no other. But Mercy fears that what began as an innocent deception could destroy her dreams and their blossoming love if Stephen ever learns the scandalous truth . . .

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.

Deception is at the core of this story, though it's innocent and just.  Mercy Dawson is a caring, loving person, and she's been given the most amazing gift: a son.  When she strives to take her son to his father's home, she's shocked to learn his father isn't dead as was rumored; he's very much alive and doesn't remember Mercy at all!

Like Passions of a Wicked Earl, the characters must learn one another again, so we are treated to this journey, which is sweet and passionate.  Unfortunately, the truth of Mercy's deception is revealed, though Stephen ultimately decides to forgive her as her motives, despite duplicitous, were pure.

I cannot wait to read the final book of this trilogy, Waking Up with a Duke (July 2011). 

(A very special thank you to NetGalley for providing me with an ARC of Pleasures of a Notorious Gentleman.)

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