Review: Lilian and the Irresistible Duke by Virginia Heath

I'm delighted to share my review of this enchanting story: Lilian and the Irresistible Duke by Virginia Heath, out today. 

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Oh, bella Roma!

Finally, a heroine and hero of a certain age. No, they’re not about to pop their clogs – on the contrary. Their passion is sizzling. Mamma mia!

After all her offspring are happily married, Lilian – the head of a charity in London – follows an invitation to stay at a villa in Rome. When she meets the enigmatic Pietro, the brother of her hostess and a duke, no less – she realises that they had shared a passionate kiss before, in a carriage in London!

She soon discovers that they have something else in common – a love of Renaissance art. Unable to resist his dark charm as he shows her Rome’s most beautiful sites, Lilian is swept away into an affair, something she’d never have contemplated before. But when her heart gets involved, can she stop him from breaking it?

This is a delightful romance, with a strong touch of passion, that pulls you in. Lilian is an English widow, and set against Pietro’s fiery Italian persona, their affair makes for an intriguing story. He harbours a dark secret that he hasn’t shared with anyone, and Lilian is keen to uncover the man beneath the glamorous veneer.  

The historic backdrop of Rome with its numerous sites and artworks adds a beautiful setting to this story. I’ve been to Rome, and I can well believe that Lilian was drawn in by the city’s culture and its charming, flirtatious men. 

There might be a little too much description of art or historic sites for some readers, though it was just fine for me. 

I enjoyed reading Lilian and the Irresistible Duke, in particular as it is a tale about a couple in their forties. Lilian has lived her life, lost her beloved husband, and has developed an independence you don’t often get to see in younger heroines. I found that refreshing.

Now, prepare to escape to bella Roma!


Lilian and the Irresistible Duke
A reunion in Rome…Sparks an affair to remember!
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?

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Author BioWhen 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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