Review: The Duke and the Lady in Red (Scandalous Gentlemen of St. James #3) by Lorraine Heath

April 27, 2015 Review 0

Review: The Duke and the Lady in Red (Scandalous Gentlemen of St. James #3) by Lorraine Heath

Sparks fly in the finale of the Scandalous Gentlemen of St. James Place series, as the last wicked rogue meets his match.

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.

Title: The Duke and the Lady in Red
Author: Lorraine Heath
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: The Last Wicked Scoundrel, The Last Wicked Scoundrel, Once More My Darling Rogue, Falling Into Bed with a Duke
Series: Scandalous Gentlemen of St. James #3
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: Once More My Darling Rogue
Published by Avon
Source: Publisher
Published: April 28th 2015
Genres: Historical Romace, Romance, Woman's Fiction
Pages: 384 pages
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Stars: four-stars
Flames: three-flames

The Duke and the Lady in Red is an amazing and emotional historical romance.  It grabs ahold of you by the heart and never lets up.  We meet our heroine Rose, when she enters a gaming house.  She is a swindler and is there to make her next big score.  It seems like such a predictable storyline, but let me tell you, it is nothing of the sort! There is a very intriguing reason Rose jumps from con to con leaving the men in her wake each a few coins shy.  I can’t tell you much more without giving spoilers so lets just say that her reasons are real.  It’s not just because she enjoys being a con-artist.    

The Duke of Avendale, a self proclaimed rake, never considered women anything but a pleasure between the sheets.  That is until he spots Rose, in a stunning red dress.  He finds her confidence captivating and vows to have her at all costs.  She plays hard to get and doesn’t fall at his feet.  He is used to women throwing themselves at him so her behavior just fuels his attraction to her.  He has no idea that he is her next mark.  She is exceptional at reading people and is able to tell a convincing lie.  What she is unprepared for is her emotional response to Avendale.  She struggles mightily with what she needs to accomplish versus what she is feeling for him.  I loved being in her head and hearing her reason with herself.  When things don’t go as she planned, she’s forced to make hard bargains with Avendale. Bargains that prove to be her undoing.

I really enjoyed both Rose and Avendale.  The story is told from her point of view so naturally we are privy to know more about her than him. I didn’t feel cheated though.  We learn he really is a good man, not as scandalous as he believes, and truly has a heart of gold.  They make a very explosive couple.  The secondary characters play some major roles in her escapades and I enjoyed them as well.  The mystery character is the key!  He is the sole reason Rose does what she does. Who is this guy and what is his tie to her??  I ended up loving this character and his impact on everybody he meets. 

Lorraine Heath writes characters that I ended up really caring about. The plot is engaging and kept me reading to find out what would happen next!  I adored watching the love unfold as each learned the others secrets.  The story is one that I would recommend to anyone that loves historical romances.  This one is a keeper and will easily end up on your list to re-read time and time again!

Deb

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