Review: Why Lords Lose Their Hearts by Manda Collins

Why Lords Lose Their Hearts by Manda Collins
Series:  Wicked Widows (# 3)
Release Date: July 29, 2014
Publisher: St. Martin’s Paperbacks
Pages:  320
Source: book provided by NetGalley  for review




In Manda Collins’s Why Lords Lose Their Hearts, Perdita, the widowed Duchess of Ormonde, keeps a dangerous secret—the truth of how her brutish husband died. But a mysterious avenger seems to know it, too, and when anonymous threats turn into public attacks, there’s only one friend she can turn to for help—her husband’s former secretary, Lord Archer Lisle. The man who witnessed her every heartache. The kind of man whose love she can only dream of …


The youngest of the Duke of Pemberton’s five sons, Lord Archer Lisle is used to waiting his turn. For years, he could only stand by, seething, as Perdita suffered at the hands of her husband, but now she’s under threat from another source—one who will stop at nothing to make her pay for the late duke’s death. But the good-natured Archer can be dangerous when crossed—and he’ll do anything to keep the woman he’s adored for so long safe in his arms…


Review:  This was a fast paced historical romance with a longer than usual prologue setting the stage and the epilogue giving nice closure to the story.  Not having read the first two books in the series I will definitely be reading them to fill in some of the blanks and there’s also a Christmas novella coming out which I also look forward to reading.

Perdita, her sister and her close friend were stronger than most women in Regency England especially given what they lived through with their husbands.  It was nice to see Perdita allow others to care for her especially Archer and the warring between them was fun to watch.  Perdita definitely had trouble picking the right man to love especially when he was always there for her, protecting her and being her friend. Lord Dunthorp had his own agenda concerning his relationship with Perdita but she and everyone else except the dowager Duchess of Ormond, her grandmamma through marriage, could see what a disaster it would be.  The descriptions of the meeting places, the homes, the sea and the manor made me feel like I was there.  There was a lot of camaraderie, adventures and misadventures, family, servants, fear, nightmares, odd and painful encounters, reminisces, romance and love.  It was nice to see the relationship that Archer and his brothers had with each other and their parents and how much their parents love each other.  There was the happily ever after that I was rooting for which gave me the ahhhhhhh moment.

I have not read books by this author before but will definitely be adding her to my TBR pile.  I like her writing style and look forward to reading more of her books.

Favorite Quote:  Oh, she liked this possessive Archer.  Despite her fear of marrying again, she could not deny that some part of her enjoyed the idea of being possessed by him.  Perhaps because she knew that he would let her go if she wished.