Recent Release Review- Why Lords Lose Their Hearts by Manda Collins

Title:  Why Lords Lose Their Hearts(Wicked Widows, book #3)


 Genre:  Historical Romance/Mystery

Author: Manda Collins

Publisher: St. Martin’s Paperbacks, July 29, 2014

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from


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…


Archer has been in love with Perdita for several years. Perdita, now a widow, is recovering from an abusive marriage and although she contemplates remarrying she does not want a man who is in anyway controlling. Thus she holds our hero at arms length and makes some stubborn decisions not in her best interest. Archer and Perdita’s friends try to persuade her to think of her own safety when threats are made against her from an unkown source.

This was a good romance and mystery and, unlike in the first two books of the trilogy, the mystery is solved. Unfortunately for me I came in to the series on this the third book. I have to admit that although there was quite a bit of background given, I still felt that I would have enjoyed this book more if I had read the first two books of the trilogy.

Wicked Widows Trilogy

  1. Why Dukes Say I Do
  2. Why Earls Fall in Love
  3. Why Lords Lose Their Hearts

P.S.- For the entire time I was reading this novel the heroine’s name, Perdita, kept me envisioning Pongo and Perdita of One Hundred and One Dalmations. It did make me slightly distracted. Authors should be very careful how they name their characters. Another pet peeve of mine is when several main characters all have similar sounding or confusing names; such as David Stevenson and Steven Donaldson or Lord Tomlin, Tomasina and Tomasina’s best friend, Tammy. Well you get my drift.



Filed under Book review, Books, Historical Romance, Mystery

3 responses to “Recent Release Review- Why Lords Lose Their Hearts by Manda Collins

  1. Dot, I have read the first two books in the series. I think it does help if you have read these, particularly in connection with the ongoing mystery which is resolved in this book.


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