Hello Everyone! I’m super duper excited to be a part of the Publication Day Push for this fabulous book, Lillian and the Irresistible Duke by Virginia Heath and being able to share my review with you! There’s also a fabulous Giveaway of 2 e-copies of Lilian and the Irresistible Duke (Open INT), so make sure to check it out! First a thank you as always to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for allowing me to participate and a huge thank you to Virginia Heath and the publisher for giving me the privilege to read and review this book. Now to find out more about this book…
Lillian and the Irresistible Duke
(Secrets of a Victorian Household #4)
Pietro Venturi, Duca della Torizia/Lilian Fairclough
My Rating: 5/5
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?
Lilian and the Irresistible Duke by Virginia Heath is the fourth and final story in the Secrets of a Victorian Household series. This has been a fantastic series to date featuring stories based on the Fairclough Family. Although this is a part of a series, each book can easily stand alone. But I highly recommend reading the entire series to get to know and love the Fairclough family like I have!
Lilian Fairclough at forty-five is feeling a little lost not knowing what the future holds for her now. With all three of her children happily married, and her place in the Foundation that she helped build now being run by her daughter and son-in-law, she’s not sure what she should do next. So she agrees to a trip to Italy, courtesy of her children.
Pietro Venturi, Duca della Torizia at forty-eight years old still fights the restlessness that has plagued him since his youth. Despite his success, fortune, and the usual methods of distraction it seems to be bothering him more than ever. But then the woman he shared an unforgettable, heated kiss last Christmas shows up in Italy.
What an absolutely fabulous and perfect story by one of my all-time favorite authors, Virginia Heath! I always enjoy seeing a hero and heroine who are in their forty’s. With this story, not only do we get an older couple but we get an Italian Duke with the setting in Italy instead of London. I’ve been waiting for this story since I first heard about it and of course, Virginia Heath never disappoints!
For those of us who’ve read the previous books in this series, we’ve seen and heard of Lillian Fairclough. She was married to the love of her life, raised three children, and helped her husband build the Fairclough Foundation to help unfortunate women better themselves. I’ve liked Lilian since I first met her, she’s a kind, caring woman who has spent the last ten years since her husband’s death taking everything on her shoulders. So I was looking forward to seeing her finally get to live her life on her own terms and explore the possibilities that life had to offer. Oh my Pietro, I do believe I fell I love with him myself! Pietro is a new character in this series, although we do find out Pietro and Lilian shared a rather heated kiss many months ago in London that neither one has forgotten… Pietro was such a fabulous hero and I loved watching him break all his rules when it came to Lilian, much to his surprise. They were a fabulous couple and you couldn’t help but root for them to admit their feelings for one another and find a way to be together. It was also great to catch a glimpse of the Fairclough siblings and their spouses at the end of the book, such a perfect ending!
Ms. Heath has truly outdone herself with this story! With wonderful secondary characters, a fabulous storyline, the beautiful setting of Italy, to a couple who captured my heart, this was a story I just couldn’t put down! I absolutely loved everything about this story and would highly recommend it!
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When Virginia Heath was a little girl it took her ages to fall asleep, so she made up stories in her head to help pass the time while she was staring at the ceiling. As she got older, the stories became more complicated, sometimes taking weeks to get to the happy ending. Then one day, she decided to embrace the insomnia and start writing them down. Despite that, it still takes her forever to fall asleep.
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