WAKING UP WITH THE DUKE
Heath seizes on unusual plot twists and crafts an emotional and compelling story, but then, this multitalented author always creates the unusual, to her fans’ delight. The power of her writing satisfies their cravings for strong, sexually charged romances that lift the heart and leave them with a deep sigh. This is no different.
Several years ago the Duke of Ainsley and his friend the Marquess of Walfort were enjoying a night of dissolution when an accident left Walfort paralyzed and unable to father a child. Now Walfort wants Ainsley to repay him by fathering a child with his wife. Jayne carries a deep dislike for Ainsley, but Ainsley feels he must somehow do the right thing and give her the child he denied her. Jayne reluctantly agrees to spend one month with Ainsley. She refuses to kiss him or give or take pleasure in the act. But the time they spend together becomes an idyll and Jayne discovers a man who makes her feel like a desirable woman and brings joy back into her life. The love that grows between them is dangerous, since they know their time must end. Yet love does not die and passion cannot grow cold and they will find a way to happiness without hurting Walfort. (AVON, Jul., 380 pp., $7.99)