Waking Up With The Duke by Lorraine Heath + Guest Post


Waking Up With the Duke

(London’s Greatest Lovers, #3)

by Lorraine Heath

July 1st 2011 by Avon

Author’s Website | Amazon.com

What Makes a Romance Novel a Great Love Story? 

Interesting question.

When I was growing up, my aunt would come visit my mother every few days. She would talk about her friends. They had the most tragic lives. I always found myself sitting on the edge of the conversation, eavesdropping unnoticed, listening to all the horrible things happening to my aunt’s friends: unexpected pregnancies, cheating spouses, being in love with someone but never noticed. It was years before I realized these people lived in a place known as General Hospital (a very popular soap opera at the time).

This is where the great love stories begin: with the characters. Characters that the readers will view as real people, will consider friends. Their sorrows become the readers’ sorrows. And when they fall in love, the readers are rooting for them.

Great love stories have universal truths. They have characters who may contain flaws, but they rise above them—even if it’s only for a brief moment of time. The relationship they are in causes them to grow, to look beyond themselves.

And of course, the readers need to fall in love with the characters as much as the characters fall in love. So they need to be likable on some level or we have to understand their motivation for being unlikeable. It’s also fun if the hero is a bit of a rake.

Quite honestly, I didn’t care for spoiled Scarlett O’Hara, but I loved black sheep Rhett Butler. While Gone With the Wind isn’t a romance, it’s a wonderful love story because Rhett, at his core, loved Scarlett and would do anything for her.

I have to admit that what I think makes a romance a great love story is that you always get your happy ending.

My favorite romance love story is LaVyrle Spencer’s Morning Glory. What is yours?


They are masters of seduction, London’s greatest lovers . . .

Renowned for his bedchamber prowess, Ransom Seymour, the Duke of Ainsley, owes a debt to a friend. But the payment expected is most shocking, even to an unrepentant rake—for he’s being asked to provide his friend’s exquisite wife with what she most dearly covets: a child.

Living for pleasure, they will give their hearts to no one . . .

Lady Jayne Seymour, Marchioness of Walfort, is furious that such a scandalous agreement would be made. If she acquiesces, there must be rules: no kissing . . . and, certainly, no pleasure.

Until love takes them by surprise.

But unexpected things occur with the surprisingly tender duke—especially once Lady Jayne discovers the rogue can make her dream again . . . and Ransom realizes he’s found the one woman he truly cannot live without.  – Goodreads

My Thoughts:

Waking Up With The Duke is one of the most touching historical romance books I read this year. It’s full of fairytale-like moments and heartbreaking, with very intense scenes.

I was captivated, hanging on every word till the end of this story. The characters seem to fit perfectly, and even though this is the third instalment of this series, it can be read as a stand alone. But be aware you’ll want to read the other books after that, so you may wanna start with the first one, Passions Of A Wicked Earl, one of my next reads!

It’s a very special book. Something that made it dear to me is the analogy between the stars, very well put and graciously written.  It’s so much more, but essentially, a romantic tale about not allowing others hold you back and get in the way of your true desires.

“When you wish upon a star…”



This book was received through the Goddess Fish Book Tour. That doesn’t affect my opinion about the book.

Goddess Fish PartnerPrevious/Next TOUR STOPS:

June 27: A Bookish Affair
June 28: Black Velvet Seductions Reader’s Blog
June 29: Tracy’s Treasury of Books
June 30: Reading Romances
July 1: Brazen Bookwork

Lorraine and Harper Collins will giveaway a $25 Amazon.com gift certificate to one randomly drawn commenter during the tour! Go check the other stops and the more you comment, the better your chances of winning!


16 thoughts on “Waking Up With The Duke by Lorraine Heath + Guest Post

  1. My favorite romance love story is from Maggie Osborne’s book Silver Lining.

    I had to laugh about General Hospital — at our house growing up it was most DEFINITELY Young and the Restless, and let me tell you, you’d have never known those people weren’t real to hear the women in my family talk about them 🙂


  2. WUTHERING HEIGHTS: though I’m not sure which category it exactly falls into. I am going through a classics phase. Several times a year I fall back on my favorites: Jane Eyre for another.



  3. I can’t wait to read Ransom’s story in Waking Up With the Duke.
    I have so many favourite love stories, one of these is ASHES IN THE WIND by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss.



  4. Deborah Martin’s By Love Unveiled comes to mind. I first read this book in my teens. I actually do remember the content of this book, how I sighed happily. Then I did a re-read feeling the same. I even loaned the book to a friend and she had the same reaction I did.


  5. Congratulations to Lorraine on the new release! I absolutely love the cover to her book. Very nice mini-review. I have this whole series on my wishlist now. My favorite love story is “Seperate Beds” by LaVyrle Spencer

    junegirl63 (at) gmail (dot) com


  6. Pride and Prejudice is one of my favorites. Gosh yes I can remember listening to the trials and tribulations of soap opera characters, I believe it was Another World that was the one my mother and her friends listened too.


  7. Congrats on your new release Lorraine. I don’t know where Outlander would fall but the love affair between Jamie and Claire is just unforgettable to me. 🙂 There are a few more but at the moment Jamie is at the front. lol
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 at aol dot com


  8. I read my first romance story when I was in high school and it was Don Quixote, Man of la Mancha by Cervantes. It is still my favorite and became my husband’s as well when he heard the the song The Impossible Dream from the musical played on the radio and I explained the story to him.

    We loved the song The Impossible Dream so much we had it played at our wedding reception.

    In case you have never read the story or seen the musical the lyrics are:

    To dream the impossible dream
    To fight the unbeatable foe
    To bear with unbearable sorrow
    To run where the brave dare not go
    To right the unrightable wrong
    To love pure and chaste from afar
    To try when your arms are too weary
    To reach the unreachable star

    Who wouldn’t love a man like Don Quixote who sees only the good in the woman he loves and forgives all her faults!


  9. My first was windswept passion. It was a historical romance. Congratulations on the book! My mom was big on the young and the restless …hence i was named Nikki..lol! As for classical lit..nothing beats pride and prejudice! My dream Guy has always been Mr.Darcy!


  10. My favorite love story is Pride and Prejudice. The book, the movies… I don’t care. I just love it 🙂



  11. my favorite is Sense & Sensiblity…i feel like i waited forever for the release…the first two were back to back almost…then forever…okay not forever but patience is not my strong suite…now amazon shipped on sunday and well its kinda lost in amazon land…

    congrats on the release & i can not wait to read

    respectfully a fan


    1. Thank you, all, for visiting with me today and for sharing your favorites. My apologies for getting here so late. I overscheduled today at the RWA conference and wasn’t able to get back to my room once I left it.

      But I have loved reading your posts. Have added a couple of titles to my “should read” list.


  12. Congrats on your new release! I never got into the habit of watching soaps (not at home during that time) although I do know something about them because all my friends did.

    I don’t know what my fave love story is; I have so many…


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