Tuesday, February 18, 2014

ARC Review When the Duke Was Wicked by Lorraine Heath

Title: When the Duke Was Wicked (Scandalous Gentlemen of St. James, #1)
Author: Lorraine Heath
Genre: Historical Romance
Length: Novel
Reviewed by: CaroleDee

Rating- 4
Sexual- 3

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…

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…

Lorraine Heath is one of my favorite Historical romance writers. She's a master at the 'scarred and tortured hero/heroine'  While I found When the Duke was Wicked to be fun, it wasn't an all time favorite. I felt like the friend that became the tutor, that became the lover story has been overly done. Although, Heath did throw in an interesting twist when it came to Grace's reasons for needing to find a man that would love her for her personality and not her money or body. And, boy, what a twist it was! (Yes, I cried)

Seeing the kiddos of the Scoundrels of St. James crew was fun. I look forward to reading more about them. Hopefully the next one in the series will be something a bit more fresh for me.

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