Waking Up With the Duke by Lorraine Heath
Published by HarperCollins e-books on June 28, 2011
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They are masters of seduction, London's greatest lovers...
Renowned for his bedchamber prowess, Ransom Seymour, the Duke of Ainsley, owes a debt to a friend. But the payment expected is most shocking, even to an unrepentant rake—for he's being asked to provide his friend's exquisite wife with what she most dearly covets: a child.
Living for pleasure, they will give their hearts to no one...
Lady Jayne Seymour, Marchioness of Walfort, is furious that such a scandalous agreement would be made. If she acquiesces, there must be rules: no kissing,and certainly, no pleasure.
Until love takes them by surprise...
But unexpected things occur with the surprisingly tender duke—especially once Lady Jayne discovers the rogue can make her dream again . . . and Ransom realizes he's found the one woman he truly cannot live without.
I was taken aback by the rather raunchy plot behind Waking Up With the Duke. Obviously it’s been awhile since I read a historical romance novel!
Jayne has a lot on her plate as a young married woman. Her husband, Walfort has been confined to a wheelchair since a carriage accident a few years ago. Despite Jayne looking after her husband without complaint, Walfort wants to see her smile again.
Ransom Seymour, the ninth Duke of Ainsley, and a good friend of Walfort’s. When Walfort suggests that Ransom father a child for Jayne, he knows there’s no way she would agree to such a plan believing Ransom is responsible for her husband’s lot in life.
It takes a lot of coercing to convince Jayne to agree to their plan which means that she’ll be spending a lot more time with Ransom. Jayne slowly discovers what she has been missing in life the more time she spends with him. Torn between what’s right and keeping her husband happy takes its toll on her. Thankfully, Ransom twists the events to have Jayne believe to not enjoy life would be a blow to Walfort’s pride.
She was beginning to understand the truth of his reputation as a great lover. It was more than the immense pleasure he brought a woman in his bed. It was the manner in which he treated her when she wasn’t in it.
Ransom and Jayne get to know each other in a way I didn’t expect. The charm that Ransom had went beyond Jayne’s wildest imagination and brought out the dormant vixen in Jayne. An unusual upbringing provided Ransom with a compassion to women uncommon to the era he lived in (or so I imagine).
The story takes an unusual twist towards the end that I didn’t see coming. This is the first Lorraine Heath book I have read and I need to check out the other books in her London’s Greatest Lovers series!
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