by Lorraine Heath

November 2010
ISBN: 978-0061922961
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When a monumental mistake turns Claire Lyons into a banished bride, she does not perish. She may have been young and incredibly stupid, but she accepts her exile. She takes up the management of Lyon's Place and shows a deft hand at running the estate. She has sought her husband's forgiveness but Morgan Lyons, the Earl of Westcliffe, cannot tolerate her presence. Now she has no choice but to intrude. Her sister needs help, and no matter how much he roars, her husband is going to listen to what she has to say, and offer his aid.

Morgan Lyons had little security in his life, but the one thing he counted on was marrying Claire. She was young but her vibrancy and laughter brought sunshine into his life. He never considered what their lifelong betrothal would mean for her. That not really knowing her groom before the wedding would terrify his na´ve bride. He never expected her to take such drastic measures to keep him from her bed. The mere thought that his brother mattered more to Claire burned in his gut, drove him to force her from his life. His endless pursuit of pleasure with other society ladies has never erased his need of her or dampened his passion for her.

Author Lorraine Heath begins her next trilogy with a true battle of the sexes. Passions of a Wicked Earl offers readers plenty to consider. There are so many layers to this story that it could easily have become a tangled mess. Yet Ms. Heath deftly weaves them all together into a wonderful love story, and an excellent foundation for the other tales to come. Morgan's brothers, his delightfully bohemian mother, and her astute young lover all form a core of characters that will make this series a real treat.

Reviewed in October 2010 by Paula.

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