Book Review: Lilian and the Irresistible Duke by Virginia Heath.

I believe this is the last of the 'Secrets of a Victorian Household,' series, of which I have only read one other. ( Miss Amelia's Mistletoe Marquess by Jenni Fletcher.) So I do need to go back and read the others, because I really enjoyed the two that I read. I love that Mills and Boon is doing this with authors now - having one series, but different authors, like 'The Lochmore Legacy,' series. It's a lot of fun. 

The Blurb.

A reunion in Rome&;

Sparks an affair to remember!

Part of Secrets of a Victorian Household. Responsible widow Lilian Fairclough is persuaded to travel to Rome for a hard-earned break and to let down her hair! She&;s surprised to be reunited with passionate, cynical Italian duke Pietro Venturi. He reawakens her sensual side and intrigues her with glimpses of pain beneath his rakish surface. Enticed into a secret and temporary affair, what will happen once she returns home? 

My Review.

This book was the first I picked up after Christmas and after a few weeks of not wanting to read. I have to thank Virginia Heath so much, because when I delved into this story it took my mind of things for a while and I felt happier being between the pages. Plus, as I was reading this Lucy actually picked up her first historical romance novel, which just so happened to be 'A Warriner to Rescue Her.' also by Virginia Heath. Now I adored 'The Wild Warriners,' series, like really, really loved it. Virginia kindly sent my Mum a copy of 'A Warriner to Rescue Her,' and I have since bought her the others. She is just about to start the third book in the series, after going through her TBR pile, but I can not stress enough how absolutely smitten she was with Jamie. I kept telling Lucy to start from the beginning, but Mum just wanted her to read Jamie's story. I kid you not my Mum refers to this book a lot and she sits and swoons and laughs. When Lucy finally decided to read it, we looked everywhere because it wasn't with the others on Mum's bookshelf - we found it next to her bed under some other books - she read this story months ago and yet it was still by her side. So, yes the point of my rambles is you definitely want to pick up a Virginia Heath book and look out for Jamie in 'The Wild Warriners,' series, because that man will stay with you. I'm excited to see if Mum loves Joe just as much, but I'm telling you it's going to be tough for her to let go of Jamie. *Editor's note: She adored Joe too! I've not dared ask who she loved more yet, but she couldn't put this one down either!*

Buuut, back to Lilian and her irresistible Duke. I enjoyed the excitement of Lilian going on an adventure and allowing herself to let herself get swept away by Italy, Art and Romance. I know it took her a little time to accept that, that's what her children wanted her to do, but she got there and it made me happy. I think all children want their parents to be happy and enjoy themselves at some point, so I liked that this was why she was in Italy to begin with.

As soon as Pietro entered, I was sold. He was charming with that air of confidence that all Italian men seem to possess. The connection between him and Lilian was electric from the start, but I liked that with their shared interest in art, they had some more depth to their relationship. They became friends and could open up and talk to one another, which I think is a very important aspect of any relationship. Their affair was exciting and fun and freeing for Lilian and I kept turning the page to see where it would lead to. A move to Italy perhaps? You will have to read to find out.

If the front cover says Virginia Heath then you know you're in for a treat. Pick up 'Lillian and The Irresistible Earl,' laugh, swoon and share it with friends or family. Just make sure you keep an eye on it, if you lend your copy to your Mum!

Happy Reading!

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