Sunday, September 13, 2015

From the shelf: When the Duke Was Wicked (Scandalous Gentlemen of St. James #1)

Title: When the Duke Was Wicked (Scandalous Gentlemen of St. James #1)
Author: Lorraine Heath
Genre: Historical Romance, Regency Romance
Date read: September 7-8, 2015
Dawn Rates:  (4/5)

Summary (cr: goodreads)

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… 

My Review: (also in goodreads)

Second chances is the theme of this story. It is London Debutante season once again and because Grace wants a husband who will love her past her dowry, she seeks help from her childhood friend Duke Lovington. Lovington has been acting like a scoundrel since his wife and daughter died, a marriage he had since he was 19, so he wasn't sure if he could give the right advice about love since he has loved and lost greatly. I liked the fact that whatever was brewing between the two of them, it had a sense of familiarity especially because they grew up together and Grace once held a torch for Lovington.

Till the next read...

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