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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Review & Excerpt! Once More, My Darling Rogue by Lorraine Heath




Once More, My Darling Rogue (Scandalous Gentlemen of St. James #2) by Lorraine Heath
Genre: Adult (Historical/Regency Romance)
Date Published: August 26, 2014
Publisher: Avon

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…

Born to the street but raised within the aristocracy, Drake Darling can’t escape his sordid beginnings. Not when Lady Ophelia Lyttleton snubs him at every turn, a constant reminder he’s not truly one of them. But after rescuing her from a mysterious drowning he realizes she doesn’t remember who she is. With plans to bring her to heel, he insists she’s his housekeeper—never expecting to fall for the charming beauty.

While Ophelia might not recall her life before Drake, she has little doubt she belongs with him. The desire she feels for her dark, brooding employer can’t be denied, regardless of consequences. So when her memory returns, she is devastated by the depth of his betrayal. Now Drake must risk everything to prove she can trust this rogue with her heart once more.


Once More, My Darling Rogue is the second book in the Scandalous Gentlemen of St. James series by Lorraine Heath. I love Love/Hate relationships and that is definitely what Ophelia and Drake's relationship is in a nutshell. Although, they seem to really hate each other in the beginning, there is such chemistry and tension between them, there's no way it's all hate.

Drake's spitefulness towards Phee once she lost her memory was pretty funny. He kept the charade going so long, I knew it had to come back to bite him in the butt. Aside from the romance, there was a lot to this story. Drake is figuring out how he wants to proceed with business, there is some suspense, and of course the humor. It all weaves together to create an entertaining story. I'm definitely going to check out this author's other books.

Once More, My Darling Rogue by Lorraine Heath was kindly provided to me by the publisher through Edelweiss for review. The opinions are my own.


Anger, hot and scalding, shot through her. He was mocking her, ridiculing her. It didn’t matter that she had begun this little drama with her earlier request. He was supposed to scurry away when he realized she no longer had an interest in the champagne. He wasn’t supposed to make her wonder if any lingered on his lips, if she might taste it there.

“Boy—”

“It’s been a good long while since I was a boy.”

She angled her chin. “Boy, perhaps you would fetch us all some champagne.”

“When hell freezes over, my lady.”

He took a step toward her. She took a hasty step back. Triumph lit his eyes. Blast him. She would retreat no further.

A footman passed by, and without removing his gaze from hers, Darling set the flute on the silver tray the servant carried. Then took another long step forward.

She fought to hold her ground, but she could inhale his intoxicating fragrance now. Earthy and rich, the scent of tobacco or perhaps sin. He eased closer—

Half a step back.

“Dance with me,” he said. “I beg your pardon?”

“You heard me.”

She angled up her chin. “I don’t dance with commoners.”

“What are you afraid of?”

“I don’t fear anything.”

“Liar.”

Check out my review of the next book in this trilogy
author
LORRAINE HEATH always dreamed of being a writer. After graduating from the University of Texas, she wrote training manuals and computer code, but something was always missing.

After reading 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 RITA® and a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award. Her novels have appeared on the USA Today and New York Times best-seller lists.

To learn more about Lorraine Heath and her books, visit her website.You can also find her on Goodreads, Facebook, and Twitter.

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