Series: Sins for All Seasons #2
Published by Avon on August 21, 2018
Genres: Historical Romance
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Gillie Trewlove knows what a stranger's kindness can mean, having been abandoned on a doorstep as a baby and raised by the woman who found her there. So, when suddenly faced with a soul in need at her door—or the alleyway by her tavern—Gillie doesn't hesitate. But he's no infant. He's a grievously injured, distractingly handsome gentleman who doesn't belong in Whitechapel, much less recuperating in Gillie's bed.
Being left at the altar is humiliating; being rescued from thugs by a woman—albeit a brave and beautiful one—is the pièce de résistance to the Duke of Thornley's extraordinarily bad day. After nursing him back from the brink, Gillie agrees to help him comb London's darker corners for his wayward bride. But every moment together is edged with desire and has Thorne rethinking his choice of wife. Yet Gillie knows the aristocracy would never accept a duchess born in sin. Thorne, however, is determined to prove to her that no obstacle is insurmountable when a duke loves a woman.
When a Duke Loves a Woman is the second installment from the Sins of All Seasons Series by Lorraine Heath. The series is about six siblings, all by-blows (bastards), adopted by a woman named Ettie Trewlove.
This book is about Gillie, an unconventional woman in those times. She is a tavern owner and wants nothing to do with a husband. One night, she sees a man getting beat up by ruffians and intervened. As a tavern owner, the ruffians knew her and was actually scared of her, well maybe not of her but of her brothers. Anyways, she saves this man from getting killed without even knowing who he is. Now, she has to nurse him back to health. It turns out he’s a duke! A handsome and kind duke!
This book has a great premise. It had great potential, a potential that can make me really swoon. However, the characters are not remarkable. Their dialogues seems generic and nothing really blows me away. The plot is interesting such that here we have two characters whose world is apart, just like Aslyn and Mick from the first book. What I really didn’t like about the book is the same thing I didn’t like about the first book. There’s a sudden change. In almost the whole book, the characters are like “I don’t want to do this because… I will stick with this point of view until the end…” and then towards the end that just changes without sufficient explanation other than become a plot convenience.
Overall, I think that the book is enjoyable enough but nothing really new here.