‘Lord of Wicked Intentions’ by Lorraine Heath

lowi lhSTORY: Only one woman can break through his heart of stone…

Three young heirs, imprisoned by an unscrupulous uncle, escaped—to the sea, to the streets, to faraway battle—awaiting the day when they would return to reclaim their birthright…

Lord Rafe Easton may be of noble blood, but survival taught him to rely only on himself and to love no one. Yet when he sets his eyes on Miss Evelyn Chambers, and earl’s illegitimate daughter, he is determined to have her, if only as his mistress.

After her father’s death, Evelyn Chambers never imagined she would be sold to the highest bidder, yet circumstances give her little choice except to accept the lord’s indecent proposal. Rafe is wealthy, as well as ruthless. Yet his coldness belies deep passion and deeper secrets. If she must be his, Evelyn intends to lay bare everything the Lord of Pembrook is hiding. But dark discoveries threaten to destroy them both until unexpected love guides the last lost lord home.

REVIEW: As promised, I did read the third book and … well, I’m still of the opinion that this series is the least favorite. I just didn’t like these lords whatsoever. This one in particular. Rafe really rubbed me the wrong way and I wanted to smack him around a few times.

Evelyn was sweet and for the most part I liked her but even that didn’t help me enjoy this story as much as I wanted to.

That said, I have to say that I’m surprised that this series was not to my liking. This author is someone that knows her craft well and is a remarkable storyteller. I would whole heartedly recommend every book she ever wrote, but this series. If you never read her, don’t start with this series. Pick any other book, but this one!

Melanie for b2b

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‘Lord of Temptation’ by Lorraine Heath

lot lhSTORY: Historical romance readers just can’t get enough of the Lost Lords of Pembrook.

In her previous book, She Tempts the Duke, New York Times bestselling author Lorraine Heath introduced three brooding and intensely passionate brothers determined to reclaim their stolen birthright, as their righteous quest inadvertently leads each one down a separate path to true love.

The story continues with Heath’s Lord of Temptation, as a dark and dangerous lord hardened by a life at sea sets his sights on one virtuous woman who, unlike so many of his conquests, would deny him what he hungers for most.

When it comes to creating breathtaking love stories, irresistible rogue heroes, and heart-stopping sensuality, Lorraine Heath always delivers—and this Lord is one temptation no romance lover should resist…especially fans of Lisa Kleypas and Liz Carlyle!

REVIEW: This is one of those authors that I just can’t put down, yet this series is definitely not my favorite from her. I am having a very hard time caring for these “grown up” characters. I loved them when they were kids but they’ve turned into characters I find tedious.

This is the second book of Missing Lords Trilogy and Tristan’s story. He’s the second born twin brother of the Duke of Keswick, and the one that chose the sea after the brothers got separated.

Lady Anne’s story was a sad one and I really felt sorry for her, but that’s about it. I didn’t find her compelling enough to care about what happened to her one way or another. The plot was fine, but once I found the characters lacking, I cared for their story less.

Will I read the third book in this trilogy? You KNOW I will. I have to!

Melanie for b2b

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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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‘Once More, My Darling Rogue’ by Lorraine Heath

ommdr lhSTORY: 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…

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.

REVIEW: London 1874

Drake Darling works as the manager of Dodger’s Drawing Room, a gentleman’s club. An infrequent soiree attendee, he always makes women young and old nearly swoon.  His charm and handsome appearance is like a magnet to women.  Although his blood is not blue, he was taken in as a very young child and raised by the Duke and Duchess of Greystone as one of their own.  However, he actually prefers to stay out of the limelight.

Lady Ophelia Lyttleton is a beautiful young woman whose deceased father had taught her that she must marry very well and uphold her own lineage.  Drake has always been attracted to Lady Ophelia but keeps his distance because she treats him as one who is below her socially thus making her appear as a cold snob.

One night while taking a late walk along the water, Drake finds a woman who had floated up onto the shore.  Finding her still alive, he covers her with his coat and takes her to his home to warm her.  When he gets the muck washed off her, he finds she is none other than Lady Ophelia.  She has no memory of who she is and what has happened to her.  As a way of getting back at her treatment of him, he tells her she is his housekeeper and instructs her as to her duties.  Of course, being a fine lady, she knows nothing about cleaning and cooking and is at a loss.

Little by little, they get to know one another more and Drake finds that Ophelia (he calls her Phee) is rather a nice person after all and eager to learn how to care for his home.  Their togetherness and chats naturally end up in a sincere attraction between them.

But why was she in the water?  Why isn’t her brother looking for her?

There is a terrific story behind all of this which soon comes to light.  This story reveals a young woman who is kind, intelligent, and loving – quite different from the snob that Drake had come to know.  But she is harboring a very dark secret that is at the bottom of the shield she had built around herself.

The book started off a bit slowly for me but as I got into the story, I truly enjoyed it.

Connie for b2b

‘Deck the Halls With Love’ by Lorraine Heath

DTHWL LHSTORY: A Lost Lords of Pembrook Novella

Christmas is a time for miracles … and second chances at love.

In her dazzling first Season, Lady Meredith Hargreaves gave her heart to Alistair Wakefield, the Marquess of Chetwyn, only to have it shattered when he proposed to another. And now that he’s free to pursue her? It matters little, because she’s on her way to the altar, heartbreak be damned.

Chetwyn once set aside his dreams in favor of duty and honor. But as Christmas approaches, he is determined to put his own desires first and lure Lady Meredith back into his arms, where she’s always belonged.

First he steals a dance; then he steals a kiss. But when they find themselves alone in an abandoned castle during a snowstorm, reignited passion consumes them both. And Chetwyn will have one last chance to steal back Meredith’s heart, once and for all.

REVIEW: Lorraine Heath is an old pro in telling a romantical tale, and this short but sensual as much as sweet novella, is yet another proof of her great talent.

‘Deck the Halls with Love’ is a delightful tale of second chance in love. This was an absolutely lovely holiday novella! You really don’t have to read the earlier story to follow this secondary character of that book, Alistair Wakefield, the Marquess of Chetwyn.

Lady Meredith Hargreaves and Alistair’s timing in getting together has always been off. However, our hero is making this Christmas season count and goes all out to seduce and talk his ‘Merry’ to ditch the her fiancé as he’s sure that he loves her more than the man ever will.

As Alistair had broken Merry’s hart before, she is having a hard time believing him, but Alistair is willing to do anything to let her see that he’s changed.

This was one very well written, fast paced and entertaining novella. I think it’s just a perfect vehicle for all of you out there that have never tried this author. You can pre-order this little tale as it will be available on January 22nd.

Book provided by publisher through Edelweiss.