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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Lorraine Heath's newest is an emotion packed romance

The Scandalous Gentlemen of St. James Place
Lorraine Heath
ISBN# 978-0-06-227626-1
May 2015
Historical Romance

Rosalind Sharpe has a secret, one that she must protect at all costs - even when the cost may be her own life. Her brother Harry is born with the same deformity as The Elephant Man. She must procure funds to help him and risk her safety and morals to help him. She sets her sights on the wealthy and one man that crosses her path is the Duke of Avendale. However she didn't plan on her feelings and attraction to come into play, or the very fact that he's the one weakness in her plan.

Avendale is one of the co-owners of the Twin Dragons, a gaming establishment in London. When he spies a lady in red in the crowd, he immediately becomes obsessed with her. Getting to know her becomes top priority. Once he does, and his profound attraction to her catapults her into his private life, he also becomes aware that she's hiding something. Learning about Harry, he knows he's just touched the tip of the iceberg with her. What he doesn't know is how deep she is involved in trouble. When he finally realizes his feelings are more powerful than he believed, her past catches up with her.

THE DUKE AND THE LADY IN RED is filled with plenty of emotional development between the characters as they slowly get to know each other. Rose's devotion to her brother, and his to her, give depth and meaning to her unscrupulous actions. Avendale's character starts off a little less interesting simply because of how enthralled he is with her from the beginning. Heath shows off her writing skills in transforming him from a lust craved society man into a wonderful person despite a traumatic event from his past. The ending was quite wonderful and even brought a tear to the eye. Previous titles in this series do not need to be read to enjoy this one.

Reviewed by Jennifer Jones
Rating: 4

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