"A sexy duke and great storytelling!"
Reviewed by Miranda Owen
Posted April 29, 2015
THE DUKE AND THE LADY IN RED is Book three in Lorraine
Heath's Scandalous Gentlemen of St. James series
focuses on the seductive Duke of Avendale. As a fan of
Lorraine Heath, and this series, I don't think you need to
have read the previous books in this series to enjoy THE
DUKE AND THE LADY IN RED. However, I think it's a good
to read The Last Wicked Scoundrel because it describes
events from Avendale's youth which shape his current
relationships with his family, as well as his feelings
The erotic game of cat and mouse that is kicked off as
as the Duke of Avendale spots Rosalind across a crowded
room marks the early part of their relationship. I love
Rosalind does the unexpected and throws Avendale off his
game. The sexual tension is exquisite. I would have been
completely happy if the whole book would have been like
that. However, Lorraine Heath proves yet again why she is
must read for historical romance fans when she takes the
story in a totally different and delightful direction.
Both of the main characters in THE DUKE AND THE LADY IN
are multifaceted and amazing. Within the first few pages,
Rosalind strikes me as being a very intelligent and shrewd
young woman and a perfect match for Avendale. At the
opening of THE DUKE AND THE LADY IN RED, I thought
would be a great anti-hero. His evolution throughout the
book, from apathetic aristocrat to empathetic hero is
storytelling at its best. Only a skilled author like
Lorraine Heath can perform the alchemy of taking a
delicious anti-hero and make him still seem sexy after
THE DUKE AND THE LADY IN RED is an emotional powerhouse,
with scintillating dialogue and three-dimensional
characters. These are characters that stay with you after
you're finished reading about them. I would love to read a
story about Minerva Dodger in the future. I look forward
the next book by Lorraine Heath.
Sparks fly in the finale of the Scandalous Gentlemen of
James Place series, as the last wicked rogue meets his
When Rosalind Sharpe gains the attention of the
wicked Duke of Avendale, sheâ€™s torn between her
attraction to the notorious rogue and the knowledge that
heâ€”rich as Croesusâ€”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:
can have all the money she requiresâ€¦for a week in his bed.
Desperate for the funds, Rose agrees, but on one
he must never question her motives. Avendale quickly sees
beneath her mask and discovers she is more than passion
pleasureâ€”she is everything he has ever desired. But
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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