The Scoundrel in Her Bed (Sins for All Seasons, #3)
The third electrifying romance in Lorraine Heath's USA Today bestselling Sins of all Seasons series.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 (Sins for All Seasons, #3) Details

TitleThe Scoundrel in Her Bed (Sins for All Seasons, #3)
Author
ReleaseFeb 26th, 2019
PublisherAvon
ISBN-139780062676030
Rating
GenreRomance, Historical Romance, Historical, Historical Fiction

The Scoundrel in Her Bed (Sins for All Seasons, #3) Review

  • WhiskeyintheJar/Kyraryker
    January 1, 1970
    2.5 starsI received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. While he was responsible for so much pain, there was a time when he’d been responsible for her most ultimate joy. Third in the Sins for All Seasons series following the Trewlove siblings, Finn falls for an Earl's daughter. As the Trewlove siblings, except for the youngest, were all born on the wrong side of the blanket and “farmed” out (in this case, 2.5 starsI received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. While he was responsible for so much pain, there was a time when he’d been responsible for her most ultimate joy. Third in the Sins for All Seasons series following the Trewlove siblings, Finn falls for an Earl's daughter. As the Trewlove siblings, except for the youngest, were all born on the wrong side of the blanket and “farmed” out (in this case, delivered by aristocrats or their servants, with a one time payment to Ettie Trewlove to take care of or dispose of baby as she saw fit), this proves dangerous for Finn and Lady Lavinia Kent, as she starts to fall for him, too.The first half of the book had flashback scenes that went back and forth with the current events happening. These flashbacks did a pretty good job of delivering the how and why of Finn and Lavinia's relationship but as Lavinia starts off as fifteen to Finn's early twenties, some of their deeper emotional connection wasn't there for me. There was more of a feel of kid giddiness, especially from Lavinia, of doing something forbidden than actual deeper love. The misunderstanding that initially keeps them in tension is talked about and for the most part resolved in the first half. The second half is fully in the current time and we get Finn still expressing his feelings for Lavinia and Lavinia still working through the pain of their past. “There’s no pleasure in taking what isn’t freely given.” He grinned wolfishly. “Doesn’t mean I won’t test you to see where the boundaries are.” Finn was my favorite part of this story, he was sweet, sensitive, and conscientious. I did think that even though he was supposed to be the same age as his brothers, he felt much younger, he had more of a tender naivety feel; this could have been done to make his romance with a late teens heroine feel more natural. While I liked Finn, I struggled at times with Lavinia. She lives the very sheltered and confined life of an aristocrat daughter and after escaping some horrors her mother and father inflict on her, she decides to make it her mission to save farmed out babies. However, it felt like she blindly and naively, rich-woman-striding-in-thinks-she-knows-the-best-way-to-solve-the-problem by stepping in to buy the children and put them in nun run homes. She doesn't bother to really see if what she is doing is better for the children; Ettie Trewlove more than likely ended up being a far better situation for Finn to grow up in than being dumped at a very full nun orphanage. Lavinia never really lost her, what I think is best is, feel and her drawn out, felt a bit pointless at times, “we've changed so we can't be together” whole second half of book with Finn. Their breathing was shallow, fraught with tension, as they each took a measure of the other. While this started off intriguing with the from the different side of the tracks relationship, not a lot really happens, the second half felt like a bunch of forced overly melancholy we can't be together and when there were emotional moments, they felt rushed and didn't quite leave an impact. The elements for a good story were here but the spark and emotion to immerse you were not. Heath's writing is good but this felt like a going through the motions, there was some repetitiveness and I think this could have been better as a novella. There are still other Trewlove siblings to get their stories and as Heath has wrote an intriguing family, I'll still be on the lookout for future installments.
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  • Lana ❇✾Dirty Girl Romance❇✾
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 STARS How could he be happy when all he’d ever wanted was her, and all she now wanted was the freedom to do as she pleased? I'm a sucker for a good second chance romance, and this book definitely delivered on that front. Vivi and Finn's story spans the course of several years. They meet when Vivi is just fifteen, fall in love when she's seventeen, and fall apart in a devastating fashion only for their life to cross paths eight years later. But neither of them are the people they once were. 3.5 STARS How could he be happy when all he’d ever wanted was her, and all she now wanted was the freedom to do as she pleased? I'm a sucker for a good second chance romance, and this book definitely delivered on that front. Vivi and Finn's story spans the course of several years. They meet when Vivi is just fifteen, fall in love when she's seventeen, and fall apart in a devastating fashion only for their life to cross paths eight years later. But neither of them are the people they once were.I loved the set up of the story. Finn, the bastard son of a nobleman meets and falls for a woman far beyond his poor reach. Vivi may be the daughter of an earl, set to marry a duke almost from birth, but titles mean nothing for her when she first lays eyes on Finn. The story unfolds in alternate flashes of past and present, allowing the reader to see how they met while they anxiously wait to see what caused them to ultimately fall apart. Years later, Finn is no longer the starry eyed boy that fell in love with a girl beyond his standing. And Vivi is no longer the naive young woman that thought as long as she and Finn were together, nothing could harm them. Vivi has dedicated her life to hunting down of baby farmers and rescuing the young children and babies from a fate sometimes worse than death. I really loved her singleminded focus on finding these children. There's a wealth of secrets hidden beneath the eight years they spent apart, but when their paths cross again, it doesn't take long for those secrets to unravel and for the connection that was between them years ago to spark back to life. The mystery of what happens is stretched out in tiers, which I really enjoyed. You get one part of it fairly quickly, while the other part continues to unravel chapter by chapter.I really loved the story and the characters, but ultimately I struggled to feel the chemistry between them. I just never fully bought into it. I can't quite put my finger on why, but it was a struggle from the moment they met to when they finally reconnect. I felt like I'm being told that they have this incredible connection rather than truly feeling it. And while I loved the two of them together, I couldn't help but feel like I wanted something a little.Did I enjoy this book? Absolutely! It was a page turner from beginning to finish. And while I did wish that I felt a little more of the passion, I still thoroughly enjoyed the romance.ARC courtesy of publisher in exchange for an honest reviewFind me on:
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  • Esther
    January 1, 1970
    ARC provided my Edelweiss and Avon in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.This love story spans about a decade and has flash backs. Not a fan of flash backs but thought this was fairly well done. Lady Lavinia is daughter to an earl. She's been promised to the Duke of Thornley (a previous book) since she was a baby. At fifteen Viv meets Finn the bastard son of a nobleman, their meeting wasn't the most pleasant of meeting as he was sent to kill a horse (he hates wha ARC provided my Edelweiss and Avon in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.This love story spans about a decade and has flash backs. Not a fan of flash backs but thought this was fairly well done. Lady Lavinia is daughter to an earl. She's been promised to the Duke of Thornley (a previous book) since she was a baby. At fifteen Viv meets Finn the bastard son of a nobleman, their meeting wasn't the most pleasant of meeting as he was sent to kill a horse (he hates what he does for a living) by her lovely (not) father, Viv's horse but she begs him to spare her horse and he does. So the two they develop a friendship and by the time Viv is seventeen she knows she will only love Finn and no other. The two years they developed this friendship/relations is so sweet and beautiful. I loved that young love that was displayed between the two. The two decide to run away together. But they are betrayed and two are heartbroken as each believes the other betrayed them. This was so emotional. Eight years have passed and Viv has broke her engagement and vanished into the streets of Whitechapel. She left the everything behind and made it her mission in life to save the children from the evil baby farmers. She hasn't seen Finn and never wants to again. One night when Viv is on assignment to save some babies she runs into problems in an alley. And low and behold who comes to assist and intervene but Finn. And so the two reconnect with a lot and I mean a lot of baggage to sort through. So much betrayal, hurt and anger the two have to uncover and work through. Both have changed and are different people but yet deep down in their hearts the same. The truth is brought too light that each was lied to and the betrayal revealed. Viv is keeping a dark and devastating secret from Finn and knows that because of this they could never really have a future. But sweet and determined Finn realizes that he loved the girl Viv but the woman she's has become he loves just as much or possibly more. He's determined to get her back. Finn decides that maybe with an opportunity of opening a children's home, which is Viv's dream, it will give him chance and time to have her fall in love with him again. I loved this book. The emotion, angst and depth of love these two had for each other was palpable. I cried and laughed and sighed all throughout their romance. It wasn't a perfect read, I'll be honest. I was going to give it a 5 star but ended up with a 4 as I did find the flash backs interrupted the flow of the book and was somewhat a hindrance to the romance. If you can look past that part I found this to be a beautiful and emotional love story.
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  • Christie«SHBBblogger»
    January 1, 1970
    Title: The Scoundrel in Her BedSeries: Sins for All Seasons #3Author: Lorraine HeathRelease date: February 26, 2019Cliffhanger: NoGenre:historical romanceNo one had ever looked at her as he did—as though he would die if he couldn’t have her, as though he would die if he did.Lady Lavinia is the runaway bride who jilted the Duke of Thornley at the alter in When a Duke Loves a Woman. It hurt his pride at first, but in the end it was for the best all around. She may have handled matters in an embar Title: The Scoundrel in Her BedSeries: Sins for All Seasons #3Author: Lorraine HeathRelease date: February 26, 2019Cliffhanger: NoGenre:historical romanceNo one had ever looked at her as he did—as though he would die if he couldn’t have her, as though he would die if he did.Lady Lavinia is the runaway bride who jilted the Duke of Thornley at the alter in When a Duke Loves a Woman. It hurt his pride at first, but in the end it was for the best all around. She may have handled matters in an embarrassing way for the both of them, but she knew that she could never give him her heart the way he deserved. Though they'd been friends their whole lives, he knew next to nothing about the real woman she was. Nor did he seem inclined to, he was simply doing his duty and fulfilling the expectations of his family. What we didn't know was what she was keeping a secret, because whatever it was made her disappear into hiding, determined to avoid coming home at all costs. At the start of the book, we learn that Lavinia has taken on a personal crusade to rescue children in the baby farming business. It's something she feels very passionate about and rather than sitting around bemoaning its existence, she does something about it. She's dirt poor after a life of privilege, spending what little money she has without complaint in order to create a safe haven for the powerless, as she once was. Walking dangerous streets at night, meeting these women who treat human beings as a profitable product, she puts herself at grave risk. One of these walks brings her face to face with the man who shattered her. Finn Trewlove. Finn has resentment built up over their shared past, and the consequences that he suffered because of it. But what I really respected from him was that even when he believed he would be in the right for lashing out or even getting revenge, he never disrespects her, or deliberately hurts her. He can't help but satisfy his curiosity over her decision to help the unwanted, illegitimate children like himself. Because her actions are brave, admirable, and don't match up with the idea of the woman who supposedly betrayed him. I don't want to go too deeply into Lavinia and Finn's history for fear of spoiling the book. But for a portion of the beginning of the story, there are alternating chapters of past and present that will explain what molded them into the adults they've become. Much more than a surface infatuation, they had a connection that was entirely transparent to me. With the vast divide between their social status, and a lack of power over their own decisions, they knew it was foolish to allow themselves to dream. But their hearts overruled their heads and it landed them years of separation, bitterness, and pain. Loving her had cost Finn five years of his life. Loving him had cost her—She refused to think about that.Refusing to let the past to color his perception of the woman she is today, he has nothing but admiration for the foundling home she's scraped together. So he concocts a plan to not only get his shot at a new beginning, but give her financial security. She was running scared, and afraid to face the pain that a new relationship would dredge up. And now, after finally standing on her own two feet, and finding the freedom to live her life as she saw fit, would she give a man power over her once again? They both had secrets that once confessed, would lead to a heart-wrenching decision. It had always been thus between them, kindling waiting for the strike of a match. But somehow, now, everything seemed to burn hotter and brighter, threatened to consume until nothing remained except ash.I've enjoyed every book in the series, though I think this one inched out in front as my new favorite. It had an emotional impact that the others didn't quite meet, and even had me a little teary eyed at the end. They both went through so much hardship and injustice. It broke my heart to see the suffering they had to go through in order to finally find the happiness they deserved. It was lovely to see the Trewloves come together once again and support each other like the fiercely loyal family they are. The next book is Aiden's, my least favorite brother, but my faith in this author is so solid that I'll probably still read it because I trust that she has the ability to change my mind. Lorraine Heath has become a new staple for me in the genre with her captivating writing, three dimensional characters, and historical accuracy. I can't recommend her enough. FOLLOW SMOKIN HOT BOOK BLOG ON:
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  • Shawna
    January 1, 1970
    5 stars - Historical RomanceHoly Kleenex, but this book sucker-punched me right in the feels, big time. Lorraine Heath has a gift for telling emotional, affecting stories, and this wonderful second-chance romance definitely delivered in that regard. In fact, for me, this was by far the best she’s written since her Scoundrels of St. James series. I loved everything about it, especially the extraordinary, totally dreamy hero, Finn Trewlove. *Swoon* It’s been a while since I’ve read a historical 5 stars - Historical RomanceHoly Kleenex, but this book sucker-punched me right in the feels, big time. Lorraine Heath has a gift for telling emotional, affecting stories, and this wonderful second-chance romance definitely delivered in that regard. In fact, for me, this was by far the best she’s written since her Scoundrels of St. James series. I loved everything about it, especially the extraordinary, totally dreamy hero, Finn Trewlove. *Swoon* It’s been a while since I’ve read a historical romance (or any genre romance for that matter) with such an utterly perfect, swoonalicious hero like Finn or that made me ugly cry...twice! I can’t wait to go back and read the previous two books in the series. Big 5 stars (and sniffles) from this avid romance reader!
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  • Vashti
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars!!!!This is the 3rd book of this series about a group of illegitimate children of the nobility who were "farmed" out to the Widow Trewlove as babies.This is Finn's ( bastard son of an Earl) and Lavinia aka Vivi (daughter of an Earl) story.And what a story it was.This book had me in tears running down my face several times as I read what happened to this young couple. My gut clenched,my heart hurt when the actions of her parents were revealed.But the biggest emotional impact was the deci 4.5 stars!!!!This is the 3rd book of this series about a group of illegitimate children of the nobility who were "farmed" out to the Widow Trewlove as babies.This is Finn's ( bastard son of an Earl) and Lavinia aka Vivi (daughter of an Earl) story.And what a story it was.This book had me in tears running down my face several times as I read what happened to this young couple. My gut clenched,my heart hurt when the actions of her parents were revealed.But the biggest emotional impact was the decision the heroine was forced to make.....what a heartbreak,the tears really fell then and personally,I don't know if I could have made the decision the heroine ultimately made. This emotional story was told in flashback/present time,something I am not fond of,but to get to the gist of this couple and especially the heroine,the flashback scenes were a must.They meet when the heroine is 15 and hero is 21.He is at her home to take away a horse that the heroine fell off of.He is a horse slaughterer come to get the horse.The hero has remorse about killing the horse so he spares the horse in secret and sneaks into the heroine' s bedroom late at night to info rm her of what he has done and to take her to visit her beloved horse.Thus begins their ritual of sneaking off on Tuesday nights to visit her horse and their bond begins.When the heroine turns 17, they finally kiss and emotional attachment deepens which in turns leads to them making love. The heroine realizes that she cannot go thru with an arranged marriage( the hero Duke of the prior novel) and makes plans to elope with the hero.Fast forward to eight years and the heroine has left her old life behind and is living with nuns and orphans.The hero is starting his business and occasionally helps his brother who owns a gaming establishment. They meet up again one night as the heroine is being accosted.From there on the story and couple enfolds. I have not read a book in a while that packed this much of an emotional impact on me, and the epilogue was well deserved as this couple truly deserved all the happiness and love there is.If there is a place in Hell for evil people,the heroine's mother and father has a room booked!
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  • Lover of Romance
    January 1, 1970
    This review was originally posted on Addicted To RomanceLorraine Heath is such a memorable author and definitely an auto buy for me which is why when I saw this audio available in my library I was super excited because I excpected to have to buy this but I was surprised that I didn’t need to. I was a bit nervous because even though I liked book two I didn’t love it like I did book one but I can say that this book really worked for me despite the flashbacks. I know many love flashbacks, but I am This review was originally posted on Addicted To RomanceLorraine Heath is such a memorable author and definitely an auto buy for me which is why when I saw this audio available in my library I was super excited because I excpected to have to buy this but I was surprised that I didn’t need to. I was a bit nervous because even though I liked book two I didn’t love it like I did book one but I can say that this book really worked for me despite the flashbacks. I know many love flashbacks, but I am not a big fan of them. But thankfully these flashbacks only happen in the first half of the story.The scoundrel In Her Bed is book three of the Sins For All Seasons series. And this is Finn’s book, one of the Trewlove siblings. Finn was brought to his ‘mother’ as a son of a Aristocrat and left on a baby farm and thankfully unlike many unfortunate children, he was raised by a loving woman and his adopted family is everything to him. Finn is the more compassionate and kind of the siblings. But he fell in love with a young woman but then believed that she betrayed him and spent years in prison. And now its been seven years and he finds her in the dangerous streets of London and the love of his life has changed and he wonders what caused her to harden and change from the girl he once knew and loved.Lady Lavinia Kent is the daughter of an Earl, and when she is fifteen, she meets a young man, Finn, who is kind and generous and they became fast friends when he saved her horse from being killed. But as her season approached their friendship turned into something stronger and they fell in love and she was willing to brave scandal and ruin to be with Finn. But when he didnt show up for their rendezvous she felt he was using her to get in her bed. And during their separation, she lost something precious and now she is living in a foundling home with a group of nuns, trying to save children sent to baby farmers when she bumps into Finn and sparks and tension fly between the two. And now she doesn’t know why Finn is back in her life but when the truth between them is truly revealed and they discover they were innocent pawns in Lavinia’s parents game, they begin to reconnect and their relationship thrives in a way it didn’t before and with them being more mature and settled in themselves, they find a love and a family worth fighting for…The Scoundrel In Her Bed was such a beautifully crafted story that stole my heart and like I expected, this book was such an emotional one. Lorraine Heath really knows how to tear through my emotions and in this book I definitely was in tears because the emotino that she displays in this book is so vibrant and speaks to the heart of its readers. There was something so unique about this second chance romance that I quickly fell in love with. Finn is one of my favorites of the Trewlove siblings, and we see what a solid hero he is. And even though he is harder because of being sent to prison, he is stronger and quite the scoundrel. And boy some of his bantering with Livinia, was so scandalous and sexy and his character had me laughing all the way through the story. “There’s no pleasure in taking what isn’t freely given.” He grinned wolfishly. “Doesn’t mean I won’t test you to see where the boundaries are.” Now Lavinia, I really liked her for the most part, we do find out what she has been hiding from Finn. Man, what her parents do to her is so heartbreaking, but we see such a strong and courageous woman she is and I just admired her so much. She is not perfect, but she is making an effort to help innocents in need and find her own path in life that is seperate from her family who have hurt her more than anything. No one had ever looked at her as he did—as though he would die if he couldn’t have her, as though he would die if he did. The romance that builds between these two is so riveting and I loved how they reconnect, in the dark streets of London. The setting of their rediscovery of each other is the London Underground and I really love that we get away from the balls and all the dukes and I found it so refreshing in many ways. Finn and Lavinia really are perfect for each other, but Finn really has to work to get back into Lavinia’s heart though, but he is stubborn and tenacious and willing to fight for her and I just love that in a hero. And as a plus there are some pretty steamy sexy times between these two that I really loved seeing. Lorraine Heath really knows her way into building sizzling chemistry that is sensual and intimate.Overall I found The Scoundrel In Her Bed to be a story of redemption, emotional growth and a romance that electrifies the reader in a fundamental way to give you a memorable experience to never forget! OUTSTANDING! 
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  • Angie Elle
    January 1, 1970
    Not gonna lie - I feel like this man's nipple is judging me. I'm reading this book anyway!ARC from EdelweissIt’s been a while since I’ve read a Lorraine Heath book, but when I picked up The Scoundrel in Her Bed, I was more than ready. And this did not disappoint. Though this book is third in a series, I was able to follow the story and secondary characters just fine. I will say, I loved Finn’s family, and I desperately want to read every one of their stories. I also want to know more of Thornley Not gonna lie - I feel like this man's nipple is judging me. I'm reading this book anyway!ARC from EdelweissIt’s been a while since I’ve read a Lorraine Heath book, but when I picked up The Scoundrel in Her Bed, I was more than ready. And this did not disappoint. Though this book is third in a series, I was able to follow the story and secondary characters just fine. I will say, I loved Finn’s family, and I desperately want to read every one of their stories. I also want to know more of Thornley, who was Vivi’s betrothed until she left him at the altar. (No spoiler here - this was in the blurb.) I have to say that this book got off to a shaky start for me. The first third of the book went back and forth between past and present, and the past was focused on too much. I did get what the author was trying to do later on - it was important to developing both characters, particularly Finn and his being so much more progressive than most people from that time period. But I think this could have been done in a more perfunctory way. But once that was over and we were firmly planted in the present, this book really took off for me. I loved Vivi and Finn’s story. I am such a sucker for a story spanning social classes, and when you pair that with another trope I love, second chance romance, it’s like it was written just for me. Finn and Vivi meet under less than stellar circumstances, but Vivi really makes an impression on Finn, and he finds he just can’t forget her.. But there are certain expectations for Vivi’s life that don’t include a commoner, and circumstances beyond their control make sure they can’t be together. But when fate steps in, Finn and Vivi’s path cross years later, and they’ve both changed. I don’t know what it is, but man, there’s a certain something about a hero that makes something of himself just to spite the heroine who left him. Finn always had ambition, but his past with Vivi added more fuel to that. And Vivi - her story was horrific; it was even worse than I could have imagined when I picked up this book. I loved the way she took the events in her life and channeled it into doing something so worthwhile and important. She definitely left an impression on Finn, but he left an impression on her, as well, and where he felt spite, she was determined. I will say that once the truth came out fairly early on the story, they moved past it quickly and forgiveness was instant. I would have liked to have seen more drama there and a bit of time to come to grips with things, but it really was indicative of who Vivi and Finn were together. This means that the pacing after this was a bit slow involving mostly inner angst, but I live for angst, so I loved it. As much as I adored both of these characters, I do feel as though there one time when Finn’s expectations of Vivi were too much. I won’t spoil it, I’ll just say Vivi had a really hard time dealing with it, and Finn wanted her to be able to do it immediately; Vivi had lived a life where everything she’d ever wanted was at her fingertips, and while she had given that up, it was still a part of her that hadn’t completely subsided, and she needed time to think things through. But even then, I loved how Finn was there for her anyway.I won’t say I liked all the characters in this book, but I will say that I think I felt exactly the way the author wanted me to. There were an array of players here, some good, some wicked, and it made for such a wonderful read. Returning to a world that Lorraine Heath created was exactly what I expected. She tore my heart apart only to put it back together again, and it’s something I’m so thankful for. The Scoundrel in Her Bed was a wonderful story, and I can’t wait to read more about Finn’s siblings.
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  • Scarlett
    January 1, 1970
    DRC received through EdelweissThis book was completely unbelievable. I truly didn't buy anything that happened! I wanted to love it, since I usually enjoy historical romance although it has the same boring premise every single time. Lorraine Heath is one of the finest writers of this genre, but here, it seems like she got tired of her own ways. I had sooo many issues that I don't even know where to start.Finn Trewlove, our male protagonist and a lowborn bastard, earns his money by killing horses DRC received through EdelweissThis book was completely unbelievable. I truly didn't buy anything that happened! I wanted to love it, since I usually enjoy historical romance although it has the same boring premise every single time. Lorraine Heath is one of the finest writers of this genre, but here, it seems like she got tired of her own ways. I had sooo many issues that I don't even know where to start.Finn Trewlove, our male protagonist and a lowborn bastard, earns his money by killing horses, if you can believe that. Where the hell did that come from? How in the world did that sound like a romantic setting? His occupation conveniently puts Finn in the position to meet our lovely lady Lavinia Kent. She is an earl's daughter, she begs Finn to spare her horse, which he does and then, their friendship ensues. Not bad so far and I loved how Lorraine didn't go for the instant love this time. These two really spent some meaningful time together before all hell broke loose over their affair. I loved reading about their time together and how young, burning love was represented. It made me remember my own, so this part was truly the best!From the second half, it all went downhill. Without spoiling the story, let me just point out that this book has no believable conflict. As many readers know and expect, these stories go like this: 1. two people have a slight inconvenience, but they fall in love no matter what2. they enjoy each other immensely and all is perfect in the world3. a bigger problem arises, they get separated4. a man finds a solution, he'll do anything at this point5. a happy ending, many children together, all good. Lorraine Heath follows this blindly, but here, she failed to be convincing. Finn and Lavinia had absolutely no reason to fight and having them separated on account of a stupid Romeo-Juliette miscommunication is really plain stupid. 'I thought you didn't love me because someone told me' type of conflict is also funny and makes the characters look like children. I hated this part so much! Even when the resolution came through, I was so over this couple! Who cares if they are happy together if they are so stubborn and stupid.Did I mention that Lavinia buys off unwanted children and finds them a bed in a nunnery? Authors usually try to shed light on some social or moral issue of the period in question and I guess Lorraine Heath found a great deal of detailed findings on abandoned children. So, this is what happens:1. Lavinia looks for ads in the paper, where people are offering children to other couples who can't conceive. 2. she then plays the mediator, meets with these entrepreneurs in a dark alley and buys children from them. She really feels that putting those kids in a convent makes for a better solution. Her philosophy is mind-blowing to me, but nevertheless, here she is, exchanging kids for money when she finds Finn again. A horse killer and a children buyer. This and many laughable lines during their heated dialogues really threw me off. I am a sucker for historical romance and I will definitely read even worse than this. I just wish that Lorraine tried harder here.
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  • Caz
    January 1, 1970
    I've given this an A for narration and a B- for content at AudioGalsBoy meets girl. Boy gets girl. Boy loses girl. Boy meets girl for the first time in eight years and she knees him in the nads after he defends her from some unsavoury characters. Okay, so that last bit might be a bit of a deviation from the tried-and-tested trope, but the rest is a fairly accurate description of the first part of the plot in Lorraine Heath’s The Scoundrel in Her Bed, book three in the Sins for All Seasons seri I've given this an A for narration and a B- for content at AudioGalsBoy meets girl. Boy gets girl. Boy loses girl. Boy meets girl for the first time in eight years and she knees him in the nads after he defends her from some unsavoury characters. Okay, so that last bit might be a bit of a deviation from the tried-and-tested trope, but the rest is a fairly accurate description of the first part of the plot in Lorraine Heath’s The Scoundrel in Her Bed, book three in the Sins for All Seasons series.If you’ve read or listened to the previous book (When a Duke Loves a Woman), you may recall that its hero, the Duke of Thornley, was jilted at the altar by his intended, Lady Lavinia Kent. Thornley’s search for Lavinia – because he wanted to make sure she was alright, not because he wanted to force her to marry him – was the starting point for his romance with Gilly Trewlove, owner of the Mermaid and Unicorn Tavern in Whitechapel. In that novel, we learned that Finn, one of Gilly’s four brothers, had a history with Lavinia – and in this one, we learn more about that history and follow them on a difficult and sometimes painful journey as they discover the truth of what happened to separate them, come to know who they are now, and rekindle their romance.You can read the rest of this review at AudioGals .
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  • Joana V.
    January 1, 1970
    I received an eARC at no cost from the author, and I am leaving a voluntary and honest review. Thank you.Review posted at my blog, Romancing RomancesReview linkI’m having a hard time rating this book. I love Lorraine Heath, and the fact that she likes to talk about difficult issues in her books. But in this one, I think something was…maybe holding her back? I don’t know, I feel like it had something missing. This is a lovers-reunited/second-chance lovers story. I have to admit, I didn’t feel ver I received an eARC at no cost from the author, and I am leaving a voluntary and honest review. Thank you.Review posted at my blog, Romancing RomancesReview linkI’m having a hard time rating this book. I love Lorraine Heath, and the fact that she likes to talk about difficult issues in her books. But in this one, I think something was…maybe holding her back? I don’t know, I feel like it had something missing. This is a lovers-reunited/second-chance lovers story. I have to admit, I didn’t feel very connected to the characters. I liked the young version, I did not, however, enjoy their transition. And, again, I think this has to do with the way the author dealt with their problems. It’s hard to do a review without talking about something that does not show up in the synopsis, and therefore it is a spoiler, but that is the base of your concerns with the book. Finn had a difficult life, and Lavinia was sheltered, as any nobility-born lady. But as they spend their together, she gets to know a different world. And then something happens that separates them. When they meet again, they are different people, but still harbour some of the same feelings they had years before. I did not like Lavinia – I’m sorry, she went through a lot, I know, but I just couldn’t connect with her. Finn, on the other hand, was much easier to like and understand. I only liked Lavinia when she was young, and when she makes a right decision at the end of the book. I would, however, like to point out, she is doing her best to help those who need it, and I value that trait, no doubt. I really liked Finn’s family, and I look forward to reading more their stories, even if this wasn’t my favourite book written by Lorraine Heath.
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  • Jacqueline's Reads
    January 1, 1970
    4 Listenable starsI liked listening to this book via audio. I really liked the narrator and I love listening to accents so it worked for me.I wouldn’t call this a great book, but it was nice to have something in the background while I worked. This series is very serious and this one was pretty sad, but I love a second chance novel.I don’t remember much in the series since it’s been some time since I’ve read the previous books but this is Finn’s story. We know he had a fling with a rich girl and 4 Listenable starsI liked listening to this book via audio. I really liked the narrator and I love listening to accents so it worked for me.I wouldn’t call this a great book, but it was nice to have something in the background while I worked. This series is very serious and this one was pretty sad, but I love a second chance novel.I don’t remember much in the series since it’s been some time since I’ve read the previous books but this is Finn’s story. We know he had a fling with a rich girl and it didn’t work out. Well, this is the story of what happened.The tension was a little high in the beginning, but towards the middle it fizzled out and I liked that it was a little calmer. I thought Lavinia was a little annoying at certain parts of the book. She’s just so set in her ways and doesn’t see things in other’s people’s point of view until she’s proven wrong.The tension between Lavinia and Finn was high and I liked that he was chasing after her. Oh boy did he love / loved her. Some parts were obvious, but that didn’t really bother me. Overall, like I said, an okay read.I will continue on with the series.
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  • Rowena
    January 1, 1970
    This book gets all of my heart eyes for January. Such a great book!
  • Aly
    January 1, 1970
    Lady Lavinia Kent and Finn Trewlove met under unusual circumstances when she was 15 and he was a few years older. It was not a case of love at first sight, but the beginning of a friendship that would naturally grow into the beautiful but tragic romance we could see arise from the start. As sweet and captivating these clandestine meetings could be every Tuesday, we knew that something terrible would happen to separate two young hearts who come from different world. As is often the case, other pe Lady Lavinia Kent and Finn Trewlove met under unusual circumstances when she was 15 and he was a few years older. It was not a case of love at first sight, but the beginning of a friendship that would naturally grow into the beautiful but tragic romance we could see arise from the start. As sweet and captivating these clandestine meetings could be every Tuesday, we knew that something terrible would happen to separate two young hearts who come from different world. As is often the case, other people interfered and made the lovers think they were abandoned. Will they be the same when they meet again 7-8 years later ? Obviouly not. But the real questions I wanted to know are : was redemption possible ? And did love survived ? Yeah, it's easy to guess the answer, but the fun was in discovering how. A great part was also in following, through flaskback, the starting point of their love story. Even knowing that it would end in heartbreak, I was happy to get the tale on the pages instead of being told about it. So here's the thing; while this series is not my favorite from this author (probably because it's a little bit more darker), I can recognize the quality in the writing, the series's arc is solid and with the exception of book 1, she made me fall in love with her characters. How could I not, with a heroine who risked and sacrificed so much for the safety of helpless people ? and a hero who care and protect and always try to see the silver lining ? And despite all the unfairness that she threw at her characters and the fact that tears ran down my cheeks at some time during my reading, I enjoyed Lavinia and Finn's journey.
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  • Keri
    January 1, 1970
    Man this one hit the feels HARD, pages 355 through 360..something like that, I cried through that entire scene. You knew what was coming and you thought you knew the outcome...but boy it was tough. Well done LH, well done. I can't wait for the next one.
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  • Barbara Rogers
    January 1, 1970
    Series: Sins For All Seasons #3Publication Date: 2/26/19I totally surrendered to this book from the first word on the first page and still remain its prisoner days after the last page. The Prologue alone will rip your heart from your chest and run it through a shredder. It was a touching, passionate and compassionate story and a great addition to the Sins For All Seasons series. It deals with some dark subject matter but handles it in such a way that you are left feeling good in the end. After a Series: Sins For All Seasons #3Publication Date: 2/26/19I totally surrendered to this book from the first word on the first page and still remain its prisoner days after the last page. The Prologue alone will rip your heart from your chest and run it through a shredder. It was a touching, passionate and compassionate story and a great addition to the Sins For All Seasons series. It deals with some dark subject matter but handles it in such a way that you are left feeling good in the end. After all of that, you must be wondering why I didn’t give it five stars. The answer to that is that I would have given it five stars, but I really don’t like flashbacks as a way of telling the story and the first 45% of the book had a current time chapter, then a flashback chapter or two, then a current time, etc. I was very tempted to flip through and read all of the flashback chapters and then go back and read all of the ‘current time’ chapters, but I didn’t.Each book in this outstanding series has a different hero and heroine, but, to me, the real hero for all of the books is Ettie Trewlove. No matter how many books you read over your lifetime, you’ll never find a more loving, compassionate and giving person than Ettie. She was widowed young and lost her own children to disease. In order to support herself, she took in the unwanted by-blows of rich aristocrats. They would drop them on her doorstep with a one-time payment of maybe £15. Most of the people who dropped off these children expected them to be allowed to die and they certainly never wanted to hear from them again. Ettie, however, was an exception. She took those children in and loved them, taught them, and made a family of them – all SIX of them! So! Hats off to Ettie, the true hero.Finn Trewlove is basically the same age as his ‘siblings’, but to me, he seemed much younger, more impulsive, and more naïve. To me, that explains why Finn, at twenty-one, would be so instantly attracted to a fifteen-year-old girl. Finn is also the soft-hearted, loving one of the siblings. I absolutely LOVED Finn and my heart hurt for him as I gradually learned all of the things that had happened to him.Lady Lavinia Kent’s parents are the parents from hell – literally. No matter how pacifist you might be, you’ll want to take her parents – especially her mother – and devise a horrible torture for them. You absolutely will not believe some of the things they do to their own daughter! That said, Lavinia is still spoiled, and totally convinced that she is always right. That continues to come through even toward the end of the book. I don’t think I really liked Lavinia as much as I felt compassionate and sorry for all that happened to her. Lavinia has been promised to the Duke of Thornly (the hero in the last book) her entire life and while he is a nice man, she has no real interest in him. They spend very little time together and when they do, they don’t really get to know each other. He is eleven years her senior but is still not ready to marry. But, well, if she’s to marry him, she’d at least like a little attention from him – darn it! So, in a fit of pique, when she, her brother and Thornly were out riding she thought to get his attention by spurring her horse, Sophie, and ‘seemingly’ be on a runaway horse. Just right for rescue and attention. However, the mare didn’t bolt, she reared up and Lavinia hit the ground and broke her arm. Lavinia’s father was livid and ordered that the slaughterer be sent for immediately to put Sophie down.Slaughterers were a real profession in Regency London and they really were a necessity. There were tens of thousands of horses in London and there had to be a way to deal with the aging, diseased, etc. animals. That was the job of the slaughterer – they picked up the animal, put it to death and then dealt with what needed to be one with the remains. Not a pretty job, but a necessary one.Finn Trewlove was a slaughterer. He didn’t enjoy putting down the magnificent animals, but he did take pride in seeing that they were comfortable, calm and not panicked when it happened. He loved horses and dreamed of one day having a horse farm.Finn was dispatched to Lavinia’s home to pick up Sophie. Lavinia was wailing and begged and begged and begged him not to destroy her beloved Sophie. She even struck Finn when he told her that he had no choice because if he didn’t his boss would lose his license. It really troubled Finn – Lavinia was a lovely girl and the horse was beautiful and not sick or aging. However, he had to take her.Finn and Lavinia’s tale really begins when Finn (a former thief), sneaks into Lavinia’s room and then takes her to see Sophie. Yes, he couldn’t do it – he couldn’t destroy Sophie. Lavinia (Vivi) was delighted and they made plans for her to sneak out and he’d take her to see Sophie once per week. Their tale is one filled with sweet romance, a love for the ages, tragedy, betrayal, separation, and reconnection. Once you start reading, you won’t want to put the book down. I voluntarily read and reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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  • Tracy Emro
    January 1, 1970
    Finn Trewlove and Lady Lavinia Kent met when she was only 15, Finn was immediately smitten and spent the next two years meeting her in secret and falling even deeper in love. When she turned 17 and was preparing for her come-out, their relationship changed and Finn learned his "Vivi" loved him too. It was an impossible dream, Vivi has been betrothed to the Duke of Thornley since she was a child, but Finn is her heart's desire. Their relationship changes yet again and Vivi gives Finn more than ju Finn Trewlove and Lady Lavinia Kent met when she was only 15, Finn was immediately smitten and spent the next two years meeting her in secret and falling even deeper in love. When she turned 17 and was preparing for her come-out, their relationship changed and Finn learned his "Vivi" loved him too. It was an impossible dream, Vivi has been betrothed to the Duke of Thornley since she was a child, but Finn is her heart's desire. Their relationship changes yet again and Vivi gives Finn more than just her heart. They declare their love and plan to runaway together. But they are betrayed and torn apart - each believing the other betrayed them.Think this sounds like every other second-chance love story you have ever read? Think again!Eight years later, Lavinia has jilted Thorn and has disappeared into the streets of Whitechapel. She has made it her mission to save children from baby farmers, she walked away from her society life and has no desire to go back, nor does she ever want to see Finn again. But when a meeting in an alley goes wrong, it is Finn who intercedes and helps her. Finn soon learns that his Vivi is not the sweet, sheltered, innocent miss he knew 8 years ago. They quickly learn that they were betrayed and that neither was to blame. They both paid heavily for their doomed romance, but Finn doesn't know the true price Vivi paid. He wants to spend time with her and see if they can recapture what they lost - but Vivi has secrets that she is sure will make a future together impossible.She tries to keep him at arm's length, but Finn still loves the girl she was and is falling for the woman she has become, despite his family still believing she is not for him, Finn's Folly is what they call her and at one time he agreed, but now he is not so sure. He won't walk away and tempts her with an opportunity to make her dream of opening a children's home come true. Vivi never stopped loving Finn, but will need to confront the demons in her past, before she can even contemplate a future. This is an absolutely brilliant book, it is well written, flows nicely (even with the insertion several flashbacks), yes, the trope has been done before, but never like this. Finn and Lavinia are amazing leads, what they each endured during their time apart is heart breaking, but seeing them support and defend one another, makes you believe that their young love was in fact true, soul-mate love. I laughed, I cried, I sighed - the book is filled with emotion, gut-wrenching choices, a hero who loves with every fiber of his being and a heroine who against all odds has survived and grown from a spoiled girl into an amazingly strong and generous woman. I loved this book - I thought that Ms. Heath couldn't surpass the first book in the series and while I think I might still consider that my favorite, this book is definitely going on my To Read Again list. This is the third book in the series, but you can absolutely read it as a stand alone - if you do, you are missing out on two fantastic reads, but it can be done. I highly recommend this story and can't wait for the next one!*I am voluntarily leaving a review for an uncorrected eARC that was provided to my by Edelweiss and the publisher.*
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  • Stacee
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 starsI had read and enjoyed the previous book in this series, so I was all in on this one.I really liked Vivi and Finn. I loved their connection and their loyalty. I especially liked the past and present chapters so we were able to see their relationship grow and shift. In the present, Vivi’s grown tougher and Finn’s always been a partial marshmallow. It was interesting to see how their dynamic shifted after the years apart. And of course I loved seeing Gillie and Thorne. Plot wise, it was a 3.5 starsI had read and enjoyed the previous book in this series, so I was all in on this one.I really liked Vivi and Finn. I loved their connection and their loyalty. I especially liked the past and present chapters so we were able to see their relationship grow and shift. In the present, Vivi’s grown tougher and Finn’s always been a partial marshmallow. It was interesting to see how their dynamic shifted after the years apart. And of course I loved seeing Gillie and Thorne. Plot wise, it was a bit angstier than I was expecting. There were a few things that I saw coming, but wasn’t sure how they would play out. Because of those things, scenes felt drawn out and slight repetitive. There’s a lot of history and hurt and the majority of the book is them trying to work through it and see if they can salvage something. Overall, I do love this family of characters and while I wanted more fluff, this was a great story about a second chance. **Huge thanks to Avon Books for providing the arc free of charge**
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  • Amanda
    January 1, 1970
    There were many positives to recommend The Scoundrel in Her Bed. The first one being that the obligatory big misunderstanding that always seems to plague the second chance trope was resolved rather quickly and, blessedly, through the leads’ own communication. Have I mentioned how much I love when couples actually TALK to each other? Ah, so good. The other standout for me was Lavinia herself. She was an earl’s daughter who willingly fell from grace all in the name of love, and it cost her dearly. There were many positives to recommend The Scoundrel in Her Bed. The first one being that the obligatory big misunderstanding that always seems to plague the second chance trope was resolved rather quickly and, blessedly, through the leads’ own communication. Have I mentioned how much I love when couples actually TALK to each other? Ah, so good. The other standout for me was Lavinia herself. She was an earl’s daughter who willingly fell from grace all in the name of love, and it cost her dearly. But she didn’t let the cruelty of others or her own mistakes keep her down for long. Lavinia went from a naive, privileged teenager, to a jaded but determined young woman who carried a rapier and punched the hero in the face and balls at their first reunion. It was kind of epic. In all seriousness though, Livi’s strength was something to behold and her character’s revolution was awe inspiring. I love that Lorraine Heath’s heroines are always complex, yet still relatable. It bears mentioning that the author’s lushly beautiful prose made the at times hard to read story worth seeing through to the end.Despite all the praise I just heaped, this book also ended up being a heavy, angst fueled slogfest. Even with all the buildup from the previous book and the welcome addition of flashbacks to Finn and Livi’s youth, my attention began to wane almost immediately. I just couldn’t connect emotionally with the romance, not fully anyway. I’m not even sure why to be quite honest. Maybe because I found Finn, though he was undoubtedly kind with a fierce protective streak, to be rather bland, much like Thorne was in When a Duke Loves a Woman. Both Gillie and Livi’s awesomeness overshadowed their heroes, which isn’t really a bad thing, and I’ll obviously always prefer dull over douchebag, but my inability to warm to Finn completely hindered my ability to fully embrace the romance. However I did like and appreciate that Finn wanted to fall in love with the woman Livi had become, knowing that full well neither he, nor Livi were the same besotted young lovers they once had been, that life had irrevocably changed them forever and all they could do was try and move on the from the past and become stronger from it. I just wished I had been able to feel more strongly about their hard fought road to HEA.Fair warning, there is A LOT to unpack in this book. So much so that I wasn’t entirely satisfied by the way it ultimately ended. That also seems to be a hallmark of Heath’s books: intriguing starts with somewhat lackluster finishes. I can’t say I disliked Scoundrel at any point though and that’s a mark of good writing, period. I am hoping and praying to the romance gods that Aiden’s book will be more to my liking than the last two books in the series have been. Aiden is the broody, dangerous type with a humongous chip on his shoulder and, what I believe is, a secret heart of gold. That should make things very interesting…*crosses fingers*
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  • Sissy's Romance Book Review
    January 1, 1970
    The Scoundrel in Her Bed by Lorraine Heath is book Three in the A Sin for All Seasons Series. This is the story of Lady Lavinia Kent and Finn Trewlove. I have read the previous books, but feel you can make this a standalone book if you wish to do so. Lavinia and Finn had a early love affair at a very early age but then both thought the other betrayed them, setting in motion a separation. Finn who is a bastard raised felt joy with Lavinia but that was taken away when he thought she betrayed him. The Scoundrel in Her Bed by Lorraine Heath is book Three in the A Sin for All Seasons Series. This is the story of Lady Lavinia Kent and Finn Trewlove. I have read the previous books, but feel you can make this a standalone book if you wish to do so. Lavinia and Finn had a early love affair at a very early age but then both thought the other betrayed them, setting in motion a separation. Finn who is a bastard raised felt joy with Lavinia but that was taken away when he thought she betrayed him. Lavinia too was left hurt but has taken to helping other with similar backgrounds of Finn. Now in the present day they are confronted with their betrayal only to learn that they had be tricked. Can these two find their past love for each other? So loved reading their story.
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  • Maida
    January 1, 1970
    This story was by no means perfect. Lavinia’s secret-keeping went on a tad long for my taste. BUT. But, Flynn was a darling, a caring hero. But, their misunderstanding was addressed quickly.But, Lavinia went through unimaginable hardships.And when she revealed everything, wow! I was fully emotionally engaged. Stories that do that always, always get the highest rating I could give them.
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  • Amanda
    January 1, 1970
    Started out a bit slow, but it picked up and before the end it had me in tears. Lovely book.
  • Jen Davis
    January 1, 1970
    This latest installment in Lorraine Heath’s Sins for All Seasons series was such a hit for me. It was full of angst and heartbreak and I could not help but root for this couple to reconcile, from the beginning of the book to the end.This is a second chance at love story, centering on Finn Trewlove and Lady Lavinia Kent. Lavinia was the woman who was supposed to marry the hero of the last book, but ran away before they could tie the knot. She bailed because she saw Finn at his brother’s wedding, This latest installment in Lorraine Heath’s Sins for All Seasons series was such a hit for me. It was full of angst and heartbreak and I could not help but root for this couple to reconcile, from the beginning of the book to the end.This is a second chance at love story, centering on Finn Trewlove and Lady Lavinia Kent. Lavinia was the woman who was supposed to marry the hero of the last book, but ran away before they could tie the knot. She bailed because she saw Finn at his brother’s wedding, and it reminded her of how it felt to have a relationship based on love rather than duty.The first half of this book was told in alternating timelines, between the present day and the past where Livinia and Finn first fell in love. Back then, Lavinia was just a teenager and Finn a 21-year-old horse slaughterer who she met when her father called him to dispose of her horse. She begged Finn to spare the animal, and from there an unlikely, very secret, friendship formed. One which, over the years, ended up becoming something more. Until something drove them apart.There are so many secrets and lies between these two. But honestly, they were both victims of Lavinia’s powerful parents who put them both through hell rather than let them have a life together. It takes them a while to come to this truth, but after the midway point, they each understand where the other is coming from. There is just still so much sadness and heartbreak, it’s hard for them to get past it.There’s more, obviously, but I don’t want to spoil everything. Suffice it to say I felt like the author put me through the wringer along with these characters. It was more than just a forced break up. Finn and Lavinia both suffered greatly over her parents’ choices, and it’s just so sad because they clearly loved each other then and even now.I’ll admit, in one scene I cried.Finn’s backstory of being a bastard sold to a baby farmer by his father plays prominently in his character development. But baby farming is also a big issue for Lavinia and it really becomes her cause. There’s a great juxtaposition of the innocent young lady she was in her past versus the woman she is today. And poor Finn, despite everything, the first chance he gets to allow himself to love her again, he jumps on it and grabs it with both hands.There is one thread that was resolved differently than my heart wanted. I understood it, but I was sad too. Well, two threads–although the second one hurt me a little less than the first.I enjoyed revisiting the Trewlove clan. Finn seemed a bit younger, maybe more innocent than his siblings. But he was a solid hero and this was a couple I really rooted hard for. Looking forward to the next installment in the series.Rating: A*ARC provided by publisher
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  • Tracy DeNeal
    January 1, 1970
    Finn and LaviniaYoung love written at its finest—Lorraine Heath broke my heart and mended it within the pages of this book. In exploring themes of love and loss, dealing with the pangs of illegitimacy from the perspective of adults and children, parents (natural and foster), she has woven such a unique series and I for one am ecstatic about it. I eagerly await the next installment!
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  •  ᴍɪᴄs ✖amante de los spoilers✖
    January 1, 1970
    This is a •second chance/ •friends to lovers / •childhood sweethearts/ •age difference (older hero) kind of book. I love all of these tropes but unfortunately for me it didn't work out as well as it should.So Lavinia and Finn met when she was 15, him 20/21. If he wouldn't have thought about her in a sexual way I wouldn't mind but he made me feel uncomfortable because he was older, he was supposed to look after her because of that and he didn't. •He went to her private room because reasons (noble This is a •second chance/ •friends to lovers / •childhood sweethearts/ •age difference (older hero) kind of book. I love all of these tropes but unfortunately for me it didn't work out as well as it should.So Lavinia and Finn met when she was 15, him 20/21. If he wouldn't have thought about her in a sexual way I wouldn't mind but he made me feel uncomfortable because he was older, he was supposed to look after her because of that and he didn't. •He went to her private room because reasons (noble ones, actually) and he was disappointed when she didn't want to go out with him because she didn't know him and he could be a bad man. For real, what was he expecting?. •Finn made me feel so uncomfortable. He said to her (when she was a few years older) that he was expecting her to grow up because he didn't want her as a friend but as a lover. And I thought that his actions were predatory. I know this is a historical romance but I don't want to read about a man that is waiting for a child (because she was a child) to grow up because he "loves her". It's creepy, gross and it ruined everything for me. •Flashbacks. I don't like them and here it was worse because all of the problematic stuff was in the past. I love reading about second chance romances and it's so interesting to see why their relationship didn't work out in the past and why it would work in the future without the need to use flashbacks. Some things are better if you let them to the imagination of the reader.Finn love for Lavinia as a child was so creepy and it made me feel so bad for her that I couldn't enjoy the book and I didn't care about them as a couple.☀️☀️☀️I RECEIVED AN ARC IN EXCHANGE FOR A HONEST REVIEW.
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  • Dana
    January 1, 1970
    This could have been edited down quite a bit- it was entirely too wordy for my taste. I know Lorraine Heath is a huge name in romance, but I found her writing here to be surprisingly amateurish. The plot was slow moving because the characters continually indulged in long paragraphs of introspection that would have been better played out through actions and dialogue. The dialogue itself often had a stilted, unnatural quality to it. The relationship between Finn and Vivi was so flat, everything fr This could have been edited down quite a bit- it was entirely too wordy for my taste. I know Lorraine Heath is a huge name in romance, but I found her writing here to be surprisingly amateurish. The plot was slow moving because the characters continually indulged in long paragraphs of introspection that would have been better played out through actions and dialogue. The dialogue itself often had a stilted, unnatural quality to it. The relationship between Finn and Vivi was so flat, everything from their dialogue to the love scenes, which felt extremely cheesy at times. This could have been something really special, but just wasn't executed well.Thank you to Edelweiss for an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Amy ~ Love At 1st Read
    January 1, 1970
    This Sins for All Seasons series gets better with every book! I’d give 10 stars if I could. I was anxious for this one since the relationship between Finn and Lavinia had been alluded to several times previously. I was eager to know their story. And what a beautifully heartbreaking yet hopeful story it is. Finn Trewlove and Lady Lavinia Kent met when she was only 15 and quickly formed a friendship. One that had to remain secret as he was a commoner and she the daughter of an earl. Her life had This Sins for All Seasons series gets better with every book! I’d give 10 stars if I could. I was anxious for this one since the relationship between Finn and Lavinia had been alluded to several times previously. I was eager to know their story. And what a beautifully heartbreaking yet hopeful story it is. Finn Trewlove and Lady Lavinia Kent met when she was only 15 and quickly formed a friendship. One that had to remain secret as he was a commoner and she the daughter of an earl. Her life had been mapped out for her by her parents. What she wanted didn’t matter. Finn was the first person who ever treated her as an equal and opened her eyes to a nongilded world. With him, she felt more alive, more herself. They shared secrets and made promises to one another. Promises that had been broken and separated them for 8 years. Years in which they blamed the other, not knowing who had really kept them apart. Each dreamed of seeing the other again one day and getting revenge for their heartbreak. But when it happened, they discovered what they’d each believed was not the truth of that fateful night. Neither had been alone in their anguish. Both felt guilt for what the other had endured. So much had been stolen from them. So much they could never regain. Neither was the person they’d been before. Could they find what they’d lost? And if Finn knew what Vivi had gone through while they were apart, would he even still want her? There were so many regrets and lost moments. The world had thrown so many obstacles at them. They might not regain what they’d lost, but together perhaps they could build something better. Why can’t there be more Trewlove men in the world? Finn was absolute perfection. He may have come from humble beginnings but he wasn’t afraid to work hard to achieve what he wanted. And he wanted Vivi. He was honest, protective, kind. A man of strength and character. He knew he still loved Vivi and was willing to move at her pace until she made peace with the past and was ready to look to the future with him. There were so many times he could have easily been angry with Vivi or put the blame on her. But he didn’t. Even before he knew the truth behind their separation, he chose to watch over her and keep her from harm. Even if he couldn’t have her, he wanted her to be safe and happy. Vivi went through so much change in this story. I don’t think I’ve ever admired a heroine more than I do her. She endured so much unhappiness and pain trying to please her parents. She thought she was a coward for running from that life, but she was so brave. She left everything to enter a world she knew so little about. She faced dangers head on in order to protect innocent children. I cheered out loud for her when she stood up to her ghastly mother and I wept right along with her when she made the biggest decision and sacrifice of her life. The relationship Finn and Vivi forged in their youth, and the price they paid for that relationship, helped make them the strong yet caring people they were as adults. Vivi made Finn believe he was capable of moving beyond the circumstances of his birth. Finn opened Vivi’s eyes to a whole other world and gave her the courage to make the choices she’d later have to make. I don’t think either of them would have been able to endure what life threw at them had they not had that beginning. Like so many characters in the story, life took a different route for them than they’d planned, but they were able to find peace with that. And luckily for Finn and Vivi, they were able to find their way back to one another. This entire series is romance as it should be done. The characters are so complex and well-developed that you can’t help but be emotionally invested in their stories. I love the way Ms. Heath sustains the tension in the stories with perfect pacing and emotion. Especially in this book. The alternating chapters of Finn and Vivi in their youth and then as adults added so much to the progression of their story. I’m so in love with this Trewlove family that I can’t decide whose story I want next. I really can’t wait for Aiden’s and Beast’s stories. And I even found myself wondering what Angela’s and Robin’s stories will be like even though they’re still children. Thank goodness there are lots of Trewloves to go yet because I don’t want this series to ever end.
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  • FV Angela
    January 1, 1970
    Review originally posted at https://smexybooks.com/2019/03/angela...I adore Lorraine Heath and I adore second chance romances, which pretty much means I put this book on my TBR as soon as found out who would be the main protagonists.Finn is one of the Trewlove siblings, born a bastard yet raised in a loving home by a woman paid off by his rich father. He meets his true love when he goes to her house to pick up a horse that he must put down. He sneaks back into her house later that night to let h Review originally posted at https://smexybooks.com/2019/03/angela...I adore Lorraine Heath and I adore second chance romances, which pretty much means I put this book on my TBR as soon as found out who would be the main protagonists.Finn is one of the Trewlove siblings, born a bastard yet raised in a loving home by a woman paid off by his rich father. He meets his true love when he goes to her house to pick up a horse that he must put down. He sneaks back into her house later that night to let her know her beloved horse is still alive and a friendship is born. They continue to sneak out to see each other every Tuesday for years, until their friendship becomes something more and even though they know it won’t be easy and her family won’t accept him , they make plans to run away with each other. Then something happens and tears them apart.This book picks up 8 years later when Finn discovers Vivi on the dangerous streets of London meeting with baby farmers, trying to save children abandoned by their well to do birth parents. Naturally, they hate each other, because each thought the other was to blame for their separation, but thankfully the author doesn’t make her readers suffer for too long. They figure out the truth pretty quickly, but then must decide how they are going to move forward.This author knows how to bring the angst and tug on the heartstrings. This couple goes through hell to be together, and has to overcome heartache and make some tough decisions in order to find their HEA. Which makes it all the more beautiful when they finally find their happiness. I really enjoyed this addition to the series and am very much looking forward to Aiden’s story, which will be out later this year.
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  • Zel Polev
    January 1, 1970
    I don't think this book was good. I think the only time I was interested was the dilemma on whether she will take her daughter to live with her, which effectively means that she will uproot her daughter from the family she had known and loved. It is a difficult choice and I do applaud the author for writing about it. What I didn't like was, well, the majority of the book. I didn't get the romance. I thought their backstory was drawn out so much. I'm already not fond of flashbacks and there were I don't think this book was good. I think the only time I was interested was the dilemma on whether she will take her daughter to live with her, which effectively means that she will uproot her daughter from the family she had known and loved. It is a difficult choice and I do applaud the author for writing about it. What I didn't like was, well, the majority of the book. I didn't get the romance. I thought their backstory was drawn out so much. I'm already not fond of flashbacks and there were a lot of it in this book. I thought the annoyance wasn't worth the drama of finding out what happened between them. I thought it was a whole bunch of nothing. They resented each other over a misunderstanding and it was so drawn out. Of course, it was quickly straightened out because apparently, they loved each other. I was simultaneously annoyed and relieved. Annoyed, because why put in so much effort into creating this backstory of misunderstanding that was solved with a simple cordial conversation, which casts the long backstory as futile filler. Relieved, because it was finally over and the story can move past their resentment part.I thought their connection was flimsy. I got tired of the sex scenes. I feel like they were there as substitutes for actual character development. Overall, I thought the story was not good and I expected more from the author. Where the story shines is the issue of baby farming. Lavinia is a lady and has first hand experience with having her baby taken from her. She goes on a crusade to rescue children with the hope of finding her own. I think the story should have focused on this and not the romance, which was not good. It was terrible. The story revolves around Finn and Lavinia. They met relatively young and embarked on a romance. They didn't really show much personality and were pretty much just brought together for the sake of the story. Finn, a commoner and an illegitimate one at that, falls for Lavinia, a lady. She wasn't used to being paid attention to. Her family had an understanding with Thornley and Thornley, while acquiescent with the silent agreement, wasn't jumping at the chance to be with her. Finn was and he swept her off her feet, when she got older. They made plans to be together but they were thwarted when her maid told on her. Finn was arrested and spent five years in jail. She got pregnant and had her baby taken away. It was only by the mercy of a footman that the baby survived. The baby was given to a barren couple and they raised the baby as their own. Lavinia was angry and her mother put her away in a mad house because she wasn't being meek and obedient after everything happened. Years later, Finn and Lavinia met again. He resented her for his time in jail. He thought she told on him and was playing with his feelings. He didn't know that she didn't know that he was arrested. Lavinia resented him for not waiting for her. She thought he changed his mind once he took her virginity. How they loved each other and thought the worst outcome of each other is a mystery this book wasn't prepared to solve. Nonetheless, their misunderstanding was solved with a single conversation. I think this is the point where the story should start. He tries to rekindle what they had. She is skeptical with so much hurt that is inflicted on both of them over the years. He spends time with her under the guise of being in a partnership in a business together. He had the idea of a gambling place for women and she would have the inside information on their clientele. They get closer again. She finally tells him about their child and they sought to find out more information. She confronts her mother who tells her that she sent the baby to be killed. They are both devastated. A footman later apprises them of the real events. He was the one who was sent to take the baby to a baby farmer. Instead of following orders, he took the baby to his sister, whose marriage didn't bear fruit. She and her husband raised the baby as their own and was thankful.Lavinia was overjoyed at the news and wanted to reclaim the child. Finn, having experience with an adoptive mother, didn't share the same thought. He knew that uprooting the child wasn't the best course of action. He didn't see the situation as a reunion of the child with her real mother but rather as a child being taken away from the adoptive mother she knew and loved. Lavinia was angry at his reaction and was ready to go at it alone. He joined her when they met their daughter. After seeing her daughter interact with her adoptive parents, she knew she couldn't take the child away. She opted for being an aunt instead. She would visit from time to time but will not disturb her daughter's life.The book ended with Angela visiting Finn and Lavinia. Angela knows them as her uncle and aunt. Lavinia is a social reformer and they followed their plans to build homes for children. She is pregnant.
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  • Deniz
    January 1, 1970
    Okay. I'm kinda taken aback at how much I loved this at the end. About halfway through, I was not sure I was going to like it. I felt we were given the story, how far can it be taken. I expected melodramatics and huge scenes. Instead, I got my heart broken and mended in one sweep.Really interesting take on the storyline. And such heartwarming end to it. The best part is definitely the character building. I'm in love with this fearsome strong crew and I can't wait for the next book!4.5STARS
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