The Duke and the Lady in Red by Lorraine Heath

September 22, 2015 Historical Romance, Reviews 0 ★★★★½

The Duke and the Lady in Red by Lorraine HeathThe Duke and the Lady in Red by Lorraine Heath
Series: Scandalous Gentlemen of St. James #3
Published by HarperCollins on April 28, 2015
Genres: Historical Romance
Format: Audiobook
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four-half-stars
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.

I thought this was a slow-start and nearly stopped listening (reading via audiobook during my morning commute) quite a few times.  However, I’m really glad I stuck with it.  Rose and Avendale have such an intense relationship – their banter is quick, sharp, and very witty, their love scenes passionate; they fall in love almost without realizing it.  Rose’s brother adds a deep emotional layer to the narrative and serves as a catalyst for both Rose and Avendale to not only grow closer together but also grow as individuals too.

This book is an emotional rollercoaster.  At one point, I actually had to turn off the audiobook because I was crying so much.  But this is a compliment of the highest order!  Ms. Heath’s talent at evoking such powerful emotions in her readers (and listeners!) is laudable and speaks highly of her writing abilities.

I really recommend reading this book enough!  If you find yourself, like I, dragging through the first few chapters, I implore you to stick with it.  It’s well worth it, I promise.  The narrative and characters really take off around chapters 7 & 8.  You will not be disappointed!

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