Series: London's Greatest Lovers, #1
Published by HarperCollins on October 26, 2010
Genres: Fiction, Historical, Romance
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Known throughout for his prowess in the bedroom, Morgan Lyons, the eighth Earl of Westcliffe, cannot forgive an unpardonable affront to his honor. Discovering his young bride in the arms of his brother was a staggering blow—so he banished the beautiful deceiver to the country and devoted himself to the pursuit of carnal pleasure.
Claire Lyons was an innocent, frightened girl on her wedding day, seeking chaste comfort from a childhood friend. Now, years later, she has blossomed magnificently and has returned to London with one goal in mind: the seduction of her notorious husband. Unskilled in the sensual arts, she burns nonetheless for the kisses too long denied her. And she has but one Season to win back the heart of the rogue she betrayed.
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.
The story picks up three years after Morgan and Claire’s wedding day. They have been living apart for the past three years, after Morgan found his blushing bride in bed with his brother Stephen. Morgan has been living in London and conducting many affairs and flaunting to the ton his many paramours. While Claire lives in exile on the country estate Morgan owns. Morgan is still pretty angry at Claire and his brother Stephen.
In the three years since the horrendous start to her marriage, Claire has grown up and realizes her mistake in not speaking to Morgan about her fears prior to their wedding. She decides to show up in London, hoping that Morgan would give her another chance to truly be a wife. She also wants to earn his forgiveness for her youthful mistakes. Claire is also seeking his help in preparing her younger sister for her first season. She has promised to help her sister find a husband, in order to keep her father from forcing her younger sister from marrying a man, who is considerably older. Morgan grudgingly agrees to help prepare for the season in return he plans to divorce Claire so that he can marry his current paramour who is a widow.
As the two work together they begin to realize the mistakes they both made. We gradually see them learning things about one another and slowly falling in love and trusting each other. Their new found trust is put to the test that will either break them or bring them closer.
I really enjoyed the story of Morgan and Claire Lyons. I like the fact that the lead couple is married already. Lorraine does a great job of having the story unfold slowly allowing the readers to follow in Morgan and Claire’s discovery of one another. Morgan is a great hero. He acknowledges that there were things he could have done so that Claire felt comfortable enough to come talk to him prior to the wedding night. I love the interactions that he had with his dog. It allowed the readers and Claire to see a softer side of him. I wanted to slap him towards the end there but he did make up for his stubbornness. As for Claire she was great. I loved how she didn’t let Morgan push her around. She definitely stood up for herself. You could really see her caring for Morgan and doing things to try and win him back. There were some other great secondary characters that made the book enjoyable. I can’t wait for the next book in the series about Stephen. Love to see how he grows up since he’s a bit self absorbed during this book. Can’t wait to see where Morgan’s moms affair with the younger man heads and I definitely want to know more about the other younger brother, Ainsley. If your looking for a great historical with a great storyline then pick this book up. You won’t regret it. Great start to this new series! Loved it.
★★ Book was read in November 2010. Review copy source was my own personal paperback copy. ★★