Also by this author: Beyond Scandal And Desire, When a Duke Loves a Woman
Also in this series: Beyond Scandal And Desire, When a Duke Loves a Woman
Series: Sins for All Seasons #3
Published by Avon on February 26th 2019
Genres: Historical Romance
Source: Avon, Edelweiss
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Cliffhanger: 11 hrs and 25 mins
The bastard son of a nobleman, Finn Trewlove was a shameful secret raised by a stranger. As Finn came of age, he had secrets, too—the clandestine nights spent with an earl's daughter. But her promise of forever ended in betrayal.
Driven by a past that haunts her, Lady Lavinia Kent seeks redemption in London's underworld, engaged in a daring cause inspired by the young man to whom she gave her innocence, and who then proved himself a scoundrel by abandoning her.
When their paths cross again, they can't deny the yearning and desire that still burns. As they discover the truth behind the deceptions that tore them apart, Finn and Lavinia must fight to reclaim what they've lost, no matter how dangerous—because love is worth the risk...
The Scoundrel in her Bed
by Lorraine Heath
The Sins of all Seasons series revolves around the Trewlove siblings, all except one born on the wrong side of the blanket and sold to a baby farmer. Oftentimes they are illegitimate children of aristocrats who want to be rid of them. The baby farmer either takes those babies in (rarely) or disposes of it. Yes, that’s right. Finn Trewlove and his brothers and sisters were raised by Ettie Trewlove and never lacked the love of a mother.
Ironically, Lavinia, born into an aristocratic family, never felt the love of her parents because hers were everything but loving. At their hands she experienced so much pain and sadness that her soul still bears the scars. Because of her history, which in its entirety comes to light two thirds into the story, she has taken it on herself to buy babies off of baby farmers to put them in a nun orphanage in Whitechapel – an admirable and noble cause. She feels a deep need to save those children. After years of separation Finn saves her from a tricky and dangerous situation and all the hurt of his not showing, when they were to get married secretly, comes rushing back magnified.
Finn learned in the previous book that Lavinia was roaming the streets of Whitechapel. After their run-in he can’t avoid facing the fact that there are still unresolved feelings between them, anger at her betrayal being at the forefront. The truth how they were separated is being revealed in the first half of the book which removes some of the anxiety between Finn and Lavinia, but not all.
She didn’t want to care for this man, wanted to leave the past behind, wanted to leave him behind because the guilt she felt where he was concerned was overwhelming.
Vivi was a naive, spirited and bright young girl when she fell in love with Finn and she acted like it. After they were separated she grew up the hard way. She wasn’t judgmental towards or felt above commoners which I really loved about her but I felt that her denial to let Finn back in a little too flimsy and drawn out. She knew that he was a solid, reliable man who would never hurt her. At the end of the story was a situation that actually got me pretty riled up with her. It made her look like a spoiled brat who hadn’t learned a thing.
He’d thought she’d changed, but tonight she’d been the spoiled daughter of an earl who always got what she wanted—no matter who was hurt in the process.
I still liked Lavinia, she’d gone through a lot of heartbreak and betrayal at the hands of her family, and that still lingered. It was incredibly sad to see how much agony it still caused her.
After all this time, it had taken so little for her to fall back under his spell, but how could she not adore him when he was such a good man?
Finn was the best. He was honorable, sensitive, sweet as candy, a little dirty and so honest. Finn was simply a good man who wanted to move on. He, too, went through a lot after the supposed betrayal but the thought of revenge crossed his mind only a short time. When he is reunited with Vivi he wants to rediscover this matured woman he knew as a hopeful girl and is utterly delighted with her. His feelings for Vivi evolves from the memory of their deep but naive connection when they were both so incredibly young to a mature and intense love.
Lorraine Heath knows how to pull heartstrings and shred said organ to pieces. I have loved every single story by her. Her stories have a lyrical but not too flowery feel to them (which I love) and she is an expert in building up anxiety for the couple and make you root for them. There is also always a fascinating social component that was contemporary at the time that makes you take a critical look at the romanticized times of Victorian/Regency/Georgian era and compare it to today’s practices. THE SCOUNDREL IN HER BED was a lovely addition to this series and got me excited about Aiden’s story.
“As I learned growing up, it is not blood that creates a family. It’s love. And I do love you. I have for a good bit of my adult life and that will never change. You are what makes me whole.”