The Determined Lord Hadleigh written by Virginia Heath, publisher Mills & Boon Historical, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.
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Haunted by Penny Penhurst’s courage on the witness stand, meticulous barrister Lord Hadleigh offers her a housekeeper position at his estate. Despite trying to stay detached, Hadleigh is charmed by her small child and surprised by how much he yearns for this proud woman! Can this he break through his own – and Penny’s – barriers to prove he’s a man she can trust…and love?
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I am so pleased to be involved in the Publication Day Push for The Determined Lord Hadleigh, the latest book by Virginia Heath. The Determined Lord Hadleigh is a book four in The King’s Elite series, a regency romance series of four stories that can be read as standalone but to fully appreciate the stories as they progress forward I would highly recommend reading the books in the series in order (my reviews can be found by clicking the title):
- The Mysterious Lord Millcroft
- The Uncompromising Lord Flint
- The Disgraceful Lord Gray
- The Determined Lord Hadleigh
The King’s Elite has been a fantastic, thrilling, evocative series from Virginia Heath and I think she’s saved the best till last. I loved the bravado of our other King’s Elite but Hadleigh had the brains however, there was a vulnerability about him that totally won me over.
Lord Tristan Hadleigh is a barrister, well known for his meticulous and thorough questioning of witnesses in court. Hadleigh works with The King’s Elite and has been working tirelessly behind the scenes putting the case forward to prosecute the Boss of the smuggling ring. One of the witnesses to the smuggling gang evokes many emotions in Hadleigh, emotions that he has kept under lock and key for ten years. For Penny Penhurst’s life under a controlling, vindictive, vile husband brings back many parallel traits to his own parents. These traits he tried to intervene with and help his own mother but sadly to no avail tragedy was to strike and Hadleigh has felt nothing but guilt since and fears for the home he grew up in.
Hadleigh tries to help Penny Penhurst in a way that he couldn’t with his own flesh and blood but he goes about it the wrong way and puts even more fear into a young woman who has finally found the courage to speak out about the torrid few years of married life with a criminal.
Penny Penhurst has been married for three years and was unaware of the wrong doings her husband was involved in. From the day she got married she knew she had made a grave mistake marrying but now feels trapped and her confidence has been shattered. However, the gentle questioning by Hadleigh has given her the strength to speak out. With this new found strength Penny wants to start her life again on her own merit but as Hadleigh starts meddling with his kindness Penny feels stifled and is afraid that all men will be like her husband.
Once Hadleigh learns about his mistake in helping Penny he changes tactics and asks for help from his fellow King’s Elite. Penny proves to be of great help with the mission to gain enough evidence to put the Boss behind bars for good. Once Hadleigh and Penny have reached a compromise with her new situation they start to form an unlikely friendship and soon realise their lives are quite similar. Confidence between the pair grows and slowly the past hurt and fears are revealed. Emotions have to be dealt with carefully to avoid the doors to their fears being completely closed.
Virginia Heath writes effortlessly addictive regency romance stories. You can’t help but fall in love with the hero and heroine and Virginia Heath creates characters that bring out the best within themselves however much they may bicker. Through the confused emotions and fears a heady romance is building but will it be too soon for the doors to Hadleigh and Penny’s heart to be opened?
A gorgeous finale to a fantastic series by Virginia Heath that was filled with drama, danger and plenty of romantic dalliances.
About the Author
When 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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