• Beyond Scandal and Desire

  • Sins for All Seasons, Book 1
  • By: Lorraine Heath
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 10 hrs and 46 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (532 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

At birth, Mick Trewlove, the illegitimate son of a duke, was handed over to a commoner. Despite his lowly upbringing, Mick has become a successful businessman, but all his wealth hasn’t satisfied his need for revenge against the man who still won’t acknowledge him. What else can Mick do but destroy the duke’s legitimate son - and woo the heir’s betrothed into his own unloving arms....

Orphaned and sheltered, Lady Aslyn Hastings longs for a bit of adventure. With her intended often preoccupied, Aslyn finds herself drawn to a darkly handsome entrepreneur who seems to understand her so well. Surely a lady of her station should avoid Mick Trewlove. If only he weren’t so irresistible....

As secrets are about to be exposed, Mick must decide if his plan for vengeance is worth risking what his heart truly desires.

©2018 Jan Nowasky (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

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Excellent

I love this author and narrator. Both are just wonderful. The story has some great dialogue , so that the character development is believable.
The reason for the hero's "revenge" is understandable. The eventual resolution is so great that no one ends up being a villan, which took some really great writing. All of the characters are strong and have human flaws. The complexity is what attracts you to them and makes me want to read further books in this series...I can't wait!
I am on to the second book in the series right now....

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Heart Warming 💕

The ending is going to rock you to the core! I was following pretty closely when the author dropped it on me. What a great book.
pardon me while I find her next book. 🖖

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Mick Truelove is a great character

This is a very good book. I genuinely liked the male lead, Mick Truelove , who was the bastard son of the Duke. He grew up very hard along with his family, a group of bastards raised by Ms. Truelove who took in children unwanted by the person who sired them. Mick was smart, handsome and ambitious. He became rich but all he wanted in life was to be acknowledged by his father so that Mick could be accepted into society. He devised a plan to force the Duke into acknowledging him, which included seduction of the Duke's guardian, a beautiful young girl named Aislynn. As to Aislynn, at first I liked her, but later she did something I did not like. All ended well and I was totally engrossed in the story from the beginning to the very end.

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Presumptions and Misunderstanding

What a mess we weave.A tragic beginning,lost opportunity,time wasted,heartache and hate,bring Mic Trewlove and his biological family into their future to deceive,lie and cheat.Only innocent Asling is put in the middle to act as the pawn for Mic to get his revenge on being given away at birth to grow up poor,hungry and hard.He has determination and builds an empire,becomes wealthy and formidable,uses his contacts and knowledge to become a self made man.Only he doesn’t expect to fall in love with Asling,finding out she is not what he expected,she’s good,understanding and loyal.He learns that with more information,things aren’t always what you believe.

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Very sweet story, kept my attention

3.5 stars. This was a well written and character driven story. It kept me entertained from the get-go. The only thing missing for me was the chemistry b/w the h and H. It was mediocre. Kate Reading is a great narrator, but perhaps not great for reading young voices. It's hard to connect to characters and feel chemistry when their age is 20 but they sound 65.

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A lovely story!

I empathized with the child who longed to be claimed as a legitimate child. It was truly a heart-wrenching era when there was such a stigma to being born out of wedlock. I adored all the characters in this story. I can't begin to offer the high praise this story is worthy of. Listen to it. I believe you will love it as I do.

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I can't believe I paid for this.

the story was bad. the narration was bad. it was just all together horrible. don't waste your money.

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1 OF THE BEST EVER!!

I absolutely loved this book!! ⁷DO yourself a favor & get it! TRULY A BEAUTIFUL LOVE STORY!

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Love love LOVE this book!!!!!

It’s my third time listening to the whole series. 😂😂 I just realized I never reviewed this book. Excellent historical romance book! From the plot to the character developments, it was amazing!! The combination of Lorraine Heath writing and Kate Reading narrating is match made in heaven. 😭

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Slow pace

Obnoxious cover. The early scene in the park where the meeting occurs takes almost half an hour. And the heroine’s thoughts are a bit absurd, let alone this early in the book. The story is, unfortunately, told through a lot of internal thoughts. The twist is interesting, as are some of the characters. But is seems plodding and a little crude in a few spots.

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  • P18cle
  • 11-30-20

lovely

This is a lovely story. It had all that one likes in a romance. Twists, excitement, subtle passion and morality. I very much enjoyed it and will be purchasing the rest of the series. As for Kate Reading? ... This is the first time I've listened to a ready by her and I've got to say she is now by far my favourite narrator. I have purchased over a 100 audio books and could not pay her a better compliment. well done Lorraine not only for the superb book but for your choice in narrator so many authors get it wrong. Thank you and on to the next

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  • HMM
  • 09-16-22

Lovely

I enjoyed this one, although it lacks some 19th century reality. Narration is marvelous.

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  • Joey
  • 05-21-22

A true romance

it was just brilliant. fabulous narrator. I laughed, I felt sadness, I smiled, I had to stop whatever I was doing to just stop and listen and be lost in the story. beautifully finished.

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  • Thor
  • 01-24-22

A good story with too many holes.

The story is good but too many problems of the time have been force into the making. Thus leaving many odd pieces to be knitted together, it didn't work.
The only bastards ever accepted by the TON, were royal and even then not all of them.
If you were heir to any title, you couldn't say "I don't want it".
Since trains were being used by the common folk, then this period was when the "money men" were rising and top society declining.
If you are not going to take the title, why are you being given all the unintailed land.
Leaving the so called heir with not enough income to support his title.
Too many holes.

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  • Nicki Kelly
  • 07-31-21

Terrific story

Who would have guessed the outcome?
I thoroughly enjoyed the plot, the strong and unexpected character of the heroine and as always, Kate Reading was an excellent narrator.
Thank you for a great audiobook.