Release Date: Aug 20, 2019
Series: Sins For All Seasons
Heat Level: Sensual
Imprint: Avon Books
Selena Sheffield, Countess of Lushing, recently widowed, seeks attractive man to bed her. Her target is Aiden Trewlove, a bastard and owner of the multiple gambling clubs in London.
Selena only wants one thing: to protect her family‘s future, mainly her sisters who have no dowries to speak of and have not yet had their first season. Her husband had no heir and the line is defunct. She has a wastrel of a little brother and no marriage prospects as she is supposed to be in mourning for two years. It’s a fabulous recipe for disaster, and a storyline that grabbed me right away.
The plan, bed a commoner, get pregnant, and pass the child off as her late husband’s. Except, Selena has never experienced true seduction, passion, or romance. Aiden is a master at the first two, Romance is the last thing on his mind and love even farther from it, but when he meets Selena he’s inexplicably drawn to her and her to him.
Now, I know everyone complains about insta-lust in romance books, but I experienced instant lust with my husband when I met him. I wanted him with such a singular focus and was very shocked to learn he wanted me too. That being said after being with him for nearly 20 years, I can see how lust can turn to love and sometimes very quickly. Heath does an excellent job of conveying these emotions, the rush a person gets when they meet someone they are physically attracted to with a surprising fierceness and the sensation of new love.
The author is also very good at having her series stories standalone, this book fell in the middle of the series and I have not read the others in the book but was able to easily follow along and get involved in these characters without feeling like I missed anything from the previous books.
My one caveat is that I felt the book lacked conflict in certain areas, evidenced by the author peppering in other points of view in a couple of scenes and a couple small, separate storylines.
The plot really revolves around external conflict between the hero and heroine and Selena’s goal to get with child when Aiden would never want to impregnate a woman he didn’t plan to marry.
This story, while not a sweeping romantic saga, kept me reading because I was anxious to see how the characters story would play out and the author’s solutions. Selena enters into the book planning to lead the hero on a deceptive journey, and our hero is quickly falling for a woman that he knows he has no chance of being with long-term.
I was delightfully surprised that the book did not turn out the way I expected and ultimately disappointed in the hasty resolution. I can’t give much without giving it all away, but for as tough as the hero and heroine made it sound about being together the finale to the book never reflected those difficulties. There were lots of verbal and internal discussions about how they could never be with each other and then in the end the resolution did not live up to all of hype they made about the issue.
Overall, fans of Heath and the series will find some satisfaction in the story, but I’ll admit that finales are important to me and the struggle the main characters go through equally important. This one didn’t deliver for me in a way that wowed.