Loved everything about it, and really, really wondered how this couple was going to get their HEA? Totally surprised by the outcome. Did not see that coming! What does one read next after such a perfect story? Thank you Lorraine Heath. Jul 05, Charlotte Featherstone added it. I need to slow down, to take my time and absorb it, savor it like a decadent piece of chocolate. A nearly impossible task, Heath writing is that good! And Ainsley is that perfect! View all 8 comments. View all 10 comments. May 06, Simona rated it it was amazing Shelves: epilogue-with-multiple-kids , cheating-involved.
A beautiful angst-free yet emotional tale. H was an absolute sweetheart and so was h. A truly enchanting tale of their relationship blossoming through the guilt, honor, duty and love. View 2 comments. It can't be an easy thing, especially when the husband isn't awful. In books where the heroine is married to someone other than the hero, I'm always curious about how the husband is going to fit in.
I ended up not liking the book much, though. It wasn't bad, but I never connected to the characters. They were so boring and barely seemed real to me. Ainsley was nicer than most rake characters, and I almost didn't see the point of making him a renowned rake at all. Still not very interesting, though, and Jayne didn't have much going on either. When I'm more interested in the side romances, that's not a good sign.
Still, I wasn't bored enough to quit reading. I wanted to read a romance after several non-romances, and this fit the bill. Apr 25, Elizabeth May added it. Oh my god, I have no idea how I feel about this. Heath's writing is immensely gorgeous as always, Ainsley is a lovely hero and my heart hurt while reading this. However, as I'm sure people can tell from the synopsis, this is a very morally complicated dare I say, muddied romance. Jun 27, Nina Reads Too rated it it was amazing. This is my first book I have read from Lorraine Heath and I really enjoyed it. I thought that this book was going to be a little different however, I loved the plot and the developement of all the characters.
Walfort requires Ainsley to sleep with his wife Lady Jayne Seymour, Marchioness of Walfort in order for her to conceive a child that Jayne very much desire but Walfort cannot produce due to an accident that has left him paralyzed from the waist down. Ainsley is reluctantly agree with the bargain however, believe Jayne will never accept due to the fact that Ainsley had cause the accident that had left Walfort paralyzed and led to her miscarriage.
When Walfort informs Jayne of the bargain with Ainsley, she is appalled. How could she be so intimate with a man she despise so much. Walfort assures her that this is the only way they can have a child together. Jayne is reluctant, however agree with the bargain after a forbidden kiss from Ainsley. But Jayne doesn't make this easy. She agree only if there are 2 rules. But Ainsley has a his own requirements too. His only requirements is that Jayne love the child.
After all the parties agrees even Walfort, the bargain begans. Ainsley takes Jayne to his home in order to commence one month baby making. Ainsley and Jayne are both apprehensive physical and emotional trials of the act itself. Each day and night goes by and Ainsley and Jayne fall in love with each other. In the end it is bitter sweet that the month ended. When Jayne goes back to her husband she asks Ainsley why he didn't kiss her. He responds that it was not part of the bargain and he didn't want to break her rules. Jayne is so moved that she kisses him.
Well, I can go on and on but eventually we find out Jayne is pregnant and to complicate thing Walfort has a few secrets of his own. Overall, it was an awesome book. Totally love it. Would read it again and again. Love the character the plot is exellent. Overall A!! Jul 03, Tina rated it it was amazing Shelves: zreads , romance-historical. Intensely romantic. For me, the hero made the book.
That is not to say I did not like the heroine Jayne. I thought she was pitch perfect. First as a wife who loves her husband through the 'sickness' part of 'sickness and health', second as an individual who has to weigh her wants and needs against loyalty and what she feels is conventionally proper, and finally as a woman who has to come to terms with a lot of emotional turmoil.
Really Jayne did most of the emotional heavy lifting in this book. B Intensely romantic. But it was Ainsley who stole the book for me.
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He was simply in love from the word go. And he did everything in his power, even if it was at cost to himself, to make sure the woman he love was happy and fulfilled. I also thought Jayne's husband was a bit of a rotter. Not in the conventional villainous sense though. He was dishonorable, disloyal and quite manipulative. But while I could think he was an asshole, I couldn't completely hate him. I felt that the author did that wonderful thing all authors should do when writing either a villain or an antagonist.
She made him feel that what he was doing was right. Sure, it was hella wrong. Every action he took from marrying Jayne in the first place while loving someone else and placing his burdens of guilt on everyone around him so they would do what he wanted was so very, very wrong. But in his mind he was coming from a place of rightness. That he needed to do these things to make things come out ok.
And that is the thing that separates an effective, interesting antagonist from a boring one. This book has all the stuff I really like in a book. A good plot hook, a couple with great chemistry and an intense connection, sexy love scenes that really pull you in, believable relationship complications, a dash of angst to season the romantic sweetness and a group of interesting secondary characters.
May 29, Wollstonecrafthomegirl rated it really liked it. Well, this was lovely and quite angsty and then lovely again. Solid 4. I raced through it. There's a hell of a lot going on here. That's quite a bit of story and Heath pulls it off with aplomb. I never felt confused or buried with plot or keen to take one element away, which is usually how I feel when I read romance no Well, this was lovely and quite angsty and then lovely again.
I never felt confused or buried with plot or keen to take one element away, which is usually how I feel when I read romance novels with this much happening. Flashbacks have their problems but one might have assisted here. I am being picky though. Ainsley is pretty much perfect and dreamy and entirely focuses on Jayne and her happiness. He is, perhaps, a bit too perfect.
A little flaw would've been welcome and a little more believable. This and the clumsy initial section are the reasons this is shy of perfection. Then there's Jayne: a strong woman getting on with life in trying circumstances, I loved her. Their romance develops wonderfully and believably and there was genuine tension in the last third or so when I wondered how on earth it would all work out. The resolution is over-dramatic but totally worked for me. Sex was great too. I wish they'd had a novel all their own. Definitely seeking out more Heath in the future. Oct 22, Jennifer Leighton rated it it was amazing Shelves: available-at-library-ebook , historical-romance , i-own-it-in-paper , star-my-favorites , available-at-library-paper , forbidden-love , pregnant-heroine , love-triangle.
Nov 22, Lindsay rated it liked it. I read it because I had seen references to it on several HR lists and blogs and because of its high rating. I think I understand why, but I've read books that were more satisfying all the way through that weren't rated as highly. I'm giving it a 4, even though parts I feel parts really only earned a 3 or so, and the entire stretch at Blackmoor would have been a 5. Overall, probably a 3.
What I liked: Everything at Blackmoor. It was fairy ta So It was fairy tale-esque with Ainsley trying to win over Jayne and both of them falling for each other. That part was well-written, romantic, and dare I say it- dreamy. Jayne could have been a bit easier to deal with at first, but I was okay with her initial hesitance under the circumstances.
This section of the book is the only reason I can give the book an overall 4. The fact that weasley Walfort was bumped off so that Ainsley could have Jayne, his child, and we wouldn't have to deal with his shiz anymore. What a douche. He was a lying, guilty, spineless bum, and I think he deserved what he got, honestly.
What I didn't like: Basically most of the rest of the book. I understand Jayne struggling to return to her prior life once she left Blackmoor and Ainsley, but the strength of their bond should have been enough for her to be able to treat him better. I guess a lot of it is supposed to be self-preservation, but she was honestly pretty cruel to him, especially once she had him to compare her stupid husband to. Especially once Walfort was out of the picture and revealed for what he was, I have no clue why Jayne continued to refuse Ainsley, push him away, and act like he was at fault for her husband having a mistress.
Ainsley was endlessly patient and good to her, but she kept treating him Ainsley badly and acting like a ninny. Why in the world she kept insisting she wouldn't marry him after Walfort was dead I have no idea. She wanted to honor her promise to him after he didn't do so for their entire marriage? It's like in one corner is the man you love whose child you're carrying and all that goes with him, OR.. Um, no. I'm glad everything worked out although honestly, the end was a smidge cheesy, even for me , but I feel like there could have been a better road to get there, especially once Walfort was out of the picture.
Why did we need a reference to Jayne missing Walfort at the very end? And why did his ex-mistress "jewel" lady marry a viscount? And how did that work? I don't think the Ainsley's mom stuff was necessary or really fit in well at all. It felt forced to make the book longer. As with many or even most books in this genre, the title is stupid. There is some good stuff here, but if I had the ability to edit this one, I would have made Jayne pine for Ainsley once she left him yet outwardly keep up her marriage as best she could , still have had Walfort croak and all that business get wrapped up, and then have Jayne fall back into Ainsley's arms, wait a smidge for decency's sake before getting married, and called it a day.
But that's just me. Jul 28, Jacqueline J rated it it was amazing Shelves: angsty , victorian , from-the-library , historical-romance , pregnancy. This is an angsty read about a woman married to a man who had been injured in a carriage accident and is unable to make his wife pregnant.
Because the cousin, Ainsley, was the one driving the carriage, he feels guilty and agrees.
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He has also been almost in love with his cousin's wife for years and will do anything to make her happy. There is a lot of heartbreak and angst as the 3 of them arrange and commit Wonderful. There is a lot of heartbreak and angst as the 3 of them arrange and commit this adultery. Of course Lady Jayne and Ainsley fall in love. The story starts off quickly and moves quickly into the meat of the situation. The love scenes are steamy but heartfelt. You really believe in the love between the two main characters. The book slows down just a bit at the end but not enough to drop the star rating.
I will definitely looking up the stories about the hero's two brothers. Highly recommended to lovers of non wall paper historicals. Aug 18, Anne OK rated it it was amazing Shelves: reads. Absolutely captivating and enthralling from cover to cover. I know there are those readers who gave low ratings because of the "other family" and the "adultry" aspects but I didn't. It was a part of the story and those things happen in real life, whether we agree or disagree. I don't like a full menu of this type of story but variety within my reading choices.
Infidelities of these types certainly happened with frequency in the time frame of this book. All the characters satisfied me in their de Absolutely captivating and enthralling from cover to cover. All the characters satisfied me in their development, their characteristics, along with the timing. Overall, I found complete enjoyment in reading this story. The entire series to date has been quite a wonderful reading experience for me. I think Lorraine Heath is a master at writing emotional and believable characters.
Shelves: tortured-hero , married-heroine , british-hotties , made-me-cry , scared-hero , 5-alarm-fire-smut , british-heroine , hero-i-want-to-marry , angst-storyline , historical-smut. OMG, there was so much angst, emotion, secrets, betrayal and longing. I loved Ainsley, absolutely loved him. Could there be a more caring, loving, not to mention sexy hero as him? I don't think so. Mercy, what they went through to get it though. I haven't read the previous 2 stories but I just can't fathom how they could be as good as this one. Thanks Charlotte for recommending this book.
View all 3 comments. Jan 14, Cynthia rated it it was amazing Shelves: historical-romance , favorites , paul-marron-cover. A grand conclusion to the London's Greatest Lovers series. No action, adventure, suspense, swashbuckling.
Only the total investment of the heart to see that the one you love is given whatever they need or desire; no matter the cost to oneself. The romance of Ransom and Jayne is both exquisite and heart wrenching. Knowing the joy they find in one another at the expense of what must be sacrificed. An emotionally charged tale that will leave you well satiated. Reread and loved it even more than the first time I read it!! This just wasn't my type of romance.
I did like that the hero has loved the heroine for years. In another note, 4 out of the 7 books including this one I've read written by Lorraine Heath contains view spoiler [the death of a non-villainous character hide spoiler ]. Is this something she's known for writing? May 05, Spacklefritz rated it liked it Shelves: historical-romance.
Not sure what to rate it. So regardless about my iffy status before reading the book, I ended up liking it. I wouldn't say was an incredible read, but it was good. I think Heath did a well job in portraying how the situation affected the three people involved, more focusing on Ainsley and Jayne. They didn't jump into the situation immediately, and neither did they completely forget the world that they were in. They thought about it. Of course initially, Ainsley and Jayne were like wth?! Jayne especially it affected because it went so much against what she believed in, but she wanted a child badly and she also wanted to give her husband some happiness.
And once that pesky idea was planted it was difficult to get rid of it, not matter how much one denies it. But then when the time came to part and reality more than set in, because they all knew what they were getting into, they realise that although they expected the outcome. They never truly grasped how much it would hurt everyone involved.
And this is what I liked about it. The fact that there wasn't any jumping into the situation with, "oh yes I have some doubts" but then a day or two later it's all hunky-dory until someone gets hurt. It was an ongoing struggle with themselves of what they perceived was right and wrong, and then later who it will affect. I liked that. And then there's the husband Walfort who came up with the scheme. I never liked him. From the moment I met him. I didn't like him. And by the end of the book, when some truths were revealed I liked him even less. That's not to say he didn't care for Jayne, because and I think really it was after his accident that he started to care he did.
But at the same time, he was man that had no compunctions about breaking the marriage vows. And really at the end of it he just seemed like a petulant child. The thing that really detracted it, is Aside from that the plot was decent And Ainsley, although I haven't mentioned him much, is a dear. The story line seems a bit far fetched and I've been wondering how Heath works it out.
Thanks so much for the review. Hilcia — I wasn't sure how I would feel about whole thing and even if I would finish the book but Heath worked it so that I liked it! Not the entire situation of course but still! That's what I like about this so far… I just don't know how well Ms Heath will pull it off. I guess I'll have to read to find out. I'm glad though that Ainsley was a great hero!
Nath — She did go with a different situation. I really loved Ainsley and he pretty much carried the book for me. I'm not sure what I would have thought about the book if not for the strong hero. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.
Toggle navigation. Renowned for his bedchamber prowess, Ransom Seymour, the Duke of Ainsley, owes a debt to a friend. 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. When she smiled, she made a man feel as though he were all that mattered.
In no hurry to marry, Ainsley had avoided the soirees of Seasons past whenever possible. Thus he'd missed the opportunity to meet and court Lady Jayne Spencer. Although to hear Walfort tell it, he snagged her heart during their initial dance. Apply your talents to my wife," Walfort said now, each word biting, clipped, as though forced between clenched teeth. Unsettled, he refused to acknowledge how often he'd dreamed of Jayne, but he'd never acted upon his interest. He lived his life by a code of chivalry passed down from his ancestors who had fought alongside Richard the Lionheart during the crusades.
He did not take women who belonged to others. I wanted to ensure you were in agreement with it before I did. Had Walfort's affliction driven him mad? She'll laugh, she'll slap my face, and then she'll weep. Not to mention the legal ramifications. If she gives birth to a boy, he will inherit. We both carry the Seymour blood. It would not be such an offense. Besides, do you honestly believe that every prince who sat upon the throne and became king was truly his father's son?
I doubt it. And I do not care about blood as much as I care about Jayne and seeing that she is happy. Ainsley wondered.source url
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To have a son or daughter whom he could never acknowledge? Did he owe his cousin such a sacrifice?
Although his recollections were a blur, he knew he'd been driving the curricle. When it toppled, he was thrown clear, his only souvenir from the incident a thin scar that bisected the left side of his chin. Walfort had somehow managed to get caught up in the rigging. When everything finally came to a thundering halt, he'd been broken. With so much liquor coursing through their veins, neither of them remembered the infinite details.
They knew only that Ainsley walked away with one small scratch and Walfort never walked again. He'd never taken a married woman to his bed. Even the thought was repugnant. He was a man who honored duty and vows. He held others to his high standard. And my wife could very well have a miserable night of it. But you, you've always had a reputation for being a remarkable lover. You could provide her with a night to remember. I consider it to our advantage that she doesn't think well of you. It would reduce the encounter to a transaction. She's had three years of celibacy.
She's never complained, bless her, but she was all of twenty-two when joy was brutally stolen from her because of our poor choices. Why should she continue to suffer and pay the price for our sins?
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A night in the arms of London's most reputed lover? Nine months later a babe suckling at her breast. Even I cannot guarantee conception with only one encounter. Shoulders that had once been sturdy seemed lost within his finely cut jacket.