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Spotlight on Lorraine Heath and Scandalous Gentlemen of St. James Series!

This author has been one of my favorites for a long time and if you’ve never read any of her books, you are missing on so much good writing!

Her latest finished series Scandalous Gentlemen of St. James is continuation of sorts of her Scoundrels of St. James series. Both are must reads and I hope you get them both. I’ve read all four full length books and the fifth novella [176 pages] and loved them all equally. They are well written with three dimensional characters and fast moving with a bit of mystery mixed into the romance.

‘The Last Wicked Scoundrel’ was a perfect ending to this series. You’ll love the character of Winnie and William as their love deepens and they try to solve the mystery of her dead husband.

If you’ve been a fan of ‘Oliver Twist’ than this series, which centers around five grown children based on that story, who’ve gone from thieves to near-respectable adults.

I did read all of these in their order and although each story can stand alone, I would highly recommend you read them in order.

Here is a character guide to the Scoundrels and Scandalous Gentlemen of St. James to help you identify who they are.

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They are England’s most eligible bachelors, with the most scandalous reputations. But for the right woman, even an unrepentant rogue may mend his ways…

When the Duke Was Wicked

[Book 1 Scandalous Gentlemen of St. James]

wtdww lhBOOK BLURB: Lady Grace Mabry’s ample inheritance has made it impossible for her to tell whether a suitor is in love with her—or enamored of her riches. Who better to distinguish beau from blackguard than her notorious childhood friend, the Duke of Lovingdon?

With no interest in marriage, Lovingdon has long lived only for pleasure. He sees little harm in helping Grace find a proper match. After all, he’s familiar with all the ploys a scoundrel uses to gain a woman’s favor. He simply has to teach the lovely innocent how to distinguish honest emotions from false ones. How better than by demonstrating his wicked ways? But as lessons lead to torrid passion and Grace becomes ensnared in another man’s marriage plot, Lovingdon must wage a desperate gamble: Open his heart fully—or risk losing the woman he adores…

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REVIEW: I loved Ms. Heath’s Scoundrels series and upon hearing that she was writing this series which involved the children of the heroes and heroines, there was no doubt in my mind that I’d have to read it.

In this first book we get Grace who has loved Lovingdon for a very long time. After all, they grew up together. They knew each other very well. They were friends. Her heart was broken when he married a woman he loved.

As for Lovingdon, you’ll get a full impact of his story right off the bat in the Prologue, and it will break your heart.

Seriously, this is one of those books that everything that you desire in a romance, it’s offered in it.

Highly recommend not just this story, but this author as well. She can write plot and character so well that you’ll forget yourself in her stories.

Melanie for b2b

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Once More, My Darling Rogue

[Book 2 Scandalous Gentlemen of St. James]

ommdr lhBOOK BLURB: Born to the street but raised within the aristocracy, Drake Darling can’t escape his sordid beginnings. Not when Lady Ophelia Lyttleton snubs him at every turn, a constant reminder he’s not truly one of them. But after rescuing her from a mysterious drowning he realizes she doesn’t remember who she is. With plans to bring her to heel, he insists she’s his housekeeper—never expecting to fall for the charming beauty.

While Ophelia might not recall her life before Drake, she has little doubt she belongs with him. The desire she feels for her dark, brooding employer can’t be denied, regardless of consequences. So when her memory returns, she is devastated by the depth of his betrayal. Now Drake must risk everything to prove she can trust this rogue with her heart once more.

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REVIEW: Connie’s review is here

The Duke and the Lady in Red

[Book 3 Scandalous Gentlemen of St. James]

tdatlir lhBOOK BLURB: When Rosalind Sharpe gains the attention of the deliciously wicked Duke of Avendale, she’s torn between her distracting attraction to the notorious rogue and the knowledge that he—rich as Croesus—is the perfect target for a deception that will put her swindling days behind her.

However, Avendale is no fool. After he discovers the tantalizing lady packing up to leave London with his coins in tow, he confronts her with a scandalous proposition: she can have all the money she requires…for a week in his bed.

Desperate for the funds, Rose agrees, but on one condition: he must never question her motives. Avendale quickly sees beneath her mask and discovers she is more than passion and pleasure—she is everything he has ever desired. But claiming her requires he unveil her secrets and lose her forever. Unless he can put his own dark past aside and risk everything for a chance at love.

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REVIEW: What was the last book that made you cry? I don’t mean shed a tear or two. I mean sob-like-a-baby cry. Can you even remember it? I can. It was Loraine Heath’s The Duke and the Lady in Red. I literally had to stop so I can get the crying out of the way, and then I would read some more, and cry even harder. I have been a fan of Lorraine Heath for a very long time and every book she wrote so far is a keeper shelf worthy.

Everything in this story worked for me and was perfectly synced. The plot was tuned into the pace and the characters were amazing.

This latest series might be familiar to her fans because the heroes in the Scandalous Gentlemen of St. James first appeared in the Scoundrels of St. James series. Please note that you can enjoy the Scandalous Gents without having read their parents’ stories, yet once you read Gents, I have no doubt you’ll be tracking the Scoundrels and enjoy them as much, if not more so.

Melanie for b2b

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lhAUTHOR BIO: Lorraine Heath has always had a soft spot for emotional love stories. No doubt because growing up, watching movies with her mom, she was taught that the best movies “won’t half make you cry.”

She is the daughter of a British beauty (her mom won second place in a beauty contest sponsored by Max Factor® during which she received a kiss from Caesar Romero–Joker on the original Batman TV series) and a Texan who was stationed at Bovingdon while serving in the air force. Lorraine was born in Watford, Hertfordshire, England, but soon after moved to Texas. Her “dual” nationality has given her a love for all things British and Texan, and she enjoys weaving both heritages through her stories.

When she received her BA degree in psychology from the University of Texas, she had no idea she had gained a foundation that would help her to create believable characters—characters that are often described as “real people.” Her novels have appeared on bestseller lists, including USA Today, Waldenbooks, and most recently, the New York Times.

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1 thought on “Spotlight on Lorraine Heath and Scandalous Gentlemen of St. James Series!”

  1. Mel, I’ve read both series and loved them. Harry’s story in the The Duke and the Lady in Red his so poignant and heart-rending that I was reduced to floods of tears. Every time I think of the book he’s writing, it just brings a huge lump to my throat.

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