The Duke and The Lady in Red (Scandalous Gentlemen of St. James #3 ) Avon / April 28, 2015 / $7.99 print, $6.99 digital
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.
Lorraine Heath has been heralded by reviewers and publicists alike as an unsung master of historical romance. Her latest book, a conclusion to a series that follows characters that stretch humanity, is The Duke and the Lady in Red. It’s the story of a con artist and a Duke with no scruples. It captured me from start to finish, and I can officially say I am on the Lorraine Heath fan train. Not only is the book poetic, but it deals with characters that are real and messy, appealing to the romance reader that doesn’t like the easy way out with their happily ever after’s.
When Rosalind Sharpe walks into one of the many parlors and entertainment halls of London, she is playing a game. Women like Rose are not for the faint of heart. Her ability to pull a con, seduce a man, and gain financial reward from it all is unmatched. It is when she meets eyes with the Duke of Avendale that she finds what will be her greatest mark yet in the world of thievery. Rose may not have chosen the life she lives, but she is nothing if not a master of deception.