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When the Duke Was Wicked (Scandalous Gentlemen of St. James Place) Mass Market Paperback – February 25, 2014
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Heath steals your heart, then takes you on a journey that will leave you torn between tears and joy. (Christina Dodd)
Heath is a consummate storyteller, whose characters leap from the pages. Their powerful emotions and intense passions translate exceptionally well to readers, allowing them to become deeply involved in the fascinating plot and leaving them breathless and wanting more. (RT Book Reviews (top pick) - 4.5 stars - Praise for LORD OF TEMPTATION)
“The Duke of Weddington is perfect hero material. Historical readers will clamor for more.” (Liz Carlyle)
“She writes the most powerfully moving love stories in romance today.” (Jill Barnett, RITA Award-Winner)
“She writes from the heart and it shows!” (The Literary Times)
“Sensitive, funny and altogether enchanting!” (Dallas News)
“Heath is known for her beautiful, deeply emotional romances, and this one is no different. ‘When the Duke Was Wicked’ is a perfect read, full of tears and sighs and a heroine who is shocked by her own strength.” (Washington Post)
“A sparkling, emotionally powerful historical romance.” (Kirkus Reviews)
About the Author
Lorraine Heath always dreamed of being a writer. After graduating from the University of Texas, she wrote training manuals, press releases, articles, and computer code, but something was always missing. When she read a romance novel, she not only became hooked on the genre, but quickly realized what her writing lacked: rebels, scoundrels, and rogues. She's been writing about them ever since. Her work has been recognized with numerous industry awards, including RWA's prestigious RITA®. Her novels have appeared on the USA Today and New York Times bestseller lists.
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I loved this first installment of the SGOSJ series. The stories are not as dark as the SOSJ. Great hero in the Duke of Lovingdon (raised by Jack Dodger and Olivia Stanford, the Duchess of Lovingdon--see "Between the Devil and Desire") and the heroine Lady Grace Mabry. (Parents are Sterling Mabry, the eighth Duke of Greystone and Frannie Darling--see "Surrender to the Devil ")
Grace asks her childhood hero, the Duke of Lovington, to help her weed through all her suitors to find one that will love her instead of her dowery. The Duke was in love once, his wife and child died from typhus. He now lives the life of a rouge and will not ever love again. Great HEA.
Equally unsurprising is her capacity to create characters in sequential stories that remain fascinating - in this case the children of her rescued street children are all grown up, falling in love, suffering from tragedy and loss, reacting with disillusioned debauchery (the H) or with determined optimism and courage (the h).
The glimpses of their parents are welcome, but the story of the h and H definitely does not rely on these cameo appearances, becoming powerful in its own right.
It takes particular talent to dish up the totally overdone story of the heartless rake, make it believable and even evince sympathy for him from a female reader. Heath has that talent.
Even close to the end of the story, it was hard to see how she could redeem the H and how she could create a convincing decision by him to let go of his past. She does.
Finally, she manages to make the unhampered freedoms of the h, very uncharacteristic of young women in that era, to be credible, especially as they are a vital reason why she is able to visit the H's home alone, on a number of occasions.
She did it again. LH made me cry ugly tears. I knew, too that it was going to happen, but I couldn't help myself, I cried anyway. That's how great of a writer she is. I love that Grace, like a lot of LH's heroines, is unconventional. I love that Lovingdon appreciates everything about her even as he fights hard not to fall in love. In a lesser writer's hand this storyline would not work, but in LH's deft hands, it did. I'm looking forward to reading more of the Scandalous Gentlemen of St. James. On to Drake Darling.
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The problem that I have with this book is that it was very clear that the heroine had been infatuated with the hero since childhood and there was a 9 year...Read more