Why Lords Lose Their Hearts by Manda Collins

April 24, 2015 Book Review 0 ★★★★

Why Lords Lose Their Hearts by Manda Collinsfour-stars
Why Lords Lose Their Hearts by Manda Collins
Series: Wicked Widows #3
Published by St. Martin's Press on July 29, 2014
Genres: Historical
Pages: 320
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In Manda Collins's Why Lords Lose Their Hearts, Perdita, the widowed Duchess of Ormonde, keeps a dangerous secret--the truth of how her brutish husband died. But a mysterious avenger seems to know it, too, and when anonymous threats turn into public attacks, there's only one friend she can turn to for help--her husband's former secretary, Lord Archer Lisle. The man who witnessed her every heartache. The kind of man whose love she can only dream of …


The youngest of the Duke of Pemberton's five sons, Lord Archer Lisle is used to waiting his turn. For years, he could only stand by, seething, as Perdita suffered at the hands of her husband, but now she's under threat from another source--one who will stop at nothing to make her pay for the late duke's death. But the good-natured Archer can be dangerous when crossed--and he'll do anything to keep the woman he's adored for so long safe in his arms…

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.

The Hero wins…

Why Lords Lose Their Hearts was a wonderful tale about Perdita and Archer. We met both characters in the two previous stories in this series. The main plot of the series is based around the death of Perdita’s husband Gervase. He had been a horrible husband who regularly beat Perdita. Archer had been Gervase’s secretary and had regular contact with the couple. During this time Archer’s feelings for Perdita grew, but he knew that because he didn’t hold a title (even though his father is a Duke) no match could be made.

There is someone out to make Perdita, her sister Isabella, and friend Georgina’s life a misery because they blamed the three women for killing Gervase. This third installment brings the mystery to a conclusion…and I didn’t guess until the murderer was smack bang in front of me with a sign hanging above their head saying I did it! Sometimes I can work out the mystery and sometimes I can’t, this one surprised me.

I dropped a star because Perdita drove me crazy. She was an absolute ninny throughout most of this story and if I was Archer, I would not have put up with her. Her logic behind her decisions was silly. There was no way Archer was capable of acting the way her previous husband did. He proved regularly how much he loved her, not just in his protection of her, but also in the way he approached her knowing what she had been through. I wanted better for Archer.

Overall I really enjoyed this story. Manda Collins writes very well and her heroes are the best specimens of male virility. Great to see some of the old characters and some new ones as well. Definitely looking forward to seeing Archer’s brothers get their own stories.

Rating: 4 Stars

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