Pleasures of a Notorious Gentleman
By Lorraine Heath
London’s Greatest Lovers, Book 2
Available 1 December 2010
As the black sheep second son of an Earl, Stephen Lyons has gained a reputation in the art of seduction, but when his wicked ways result in scandal, he joins the army to redeem himself. On the battlefield, he proves courageous…until he is seriously wounded. Returning home to recover from his injuries, he discovers their true cost. How is it possible that he can’t remember the angelic beauty who arrives at his doorstep, his babe nestled in her arms?
Mercy Dawson will risk everything — including her good name — to protect the son of the dashing soldier she once knew and admired. When Stephen offers to do the honorable thing, she is determined that London’s most notorious gentleman will desire her and no other. But even as their passion ignites, Mercy fears that what began as an innocent deception could destroy her dreams and their blossoming love if Stephen ever learns the scandalous truth…
This Blonde’s Review:
I reviewed Passions of a Wicked Earl, the first book in this series, a few weeks ago and Loved it. If you haven’t read the review you can read it here. The first book was about Stephen’s older brother Westcliffe and his wife. In that book we are able to see what a rascal Stephen was. I was eager to read Stephen’s story. A good thing about this book is that while we already care about him from the first book, if you pick this book up out of order you won’t be lost. They do refer to what happened in the first book but it’s left vague so that you will still enjoy this book if it is your introduction to the series.
Stephen has changed drastically from when we last saw him. He was injured in the war and is unable to remember any of it. He is fighting to heal, but he is also suffering from the guilt of not knowing. Then a woman shows up on his doorstep. One who has a child she claims is his. He accepts her and the child since he has no memory but believes it to be possible. Mercy is a strong, loving woman and is the mother to Stephen’s child. Mercy is surprised to find Stephen alive when she discovers him at home since she had believed he was dead. Mercy is not telling Stephen the entire truth but has loved him for so long that she accepts when he proposes.
Stephen and Mercy are very happy together, except for the cloud of his amnesia and her deception. When someone from the past uses that against them they have to decide what they really want out of their lives. I was sorry to see the changes in Stephen, but we can’t but care for him and want the best for him. Mercy has her own guilt and nightmares we hope to see resolved. Stephen and Mercy are both characters we can love.
Now I just can’t wait to read Ainsley’s story! I can only imagine what type of woman will draw him out of his responsible shell. This is a wonderful series so far and I’m sure it won’t disappoint if it sounds like something that would appeal to you. You can read out of order if you choose, but I know I prefer to read in order and I’m sure you will to.