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ARC Book Review-The Last Wicked Scoundrel

The Last Wicked Scoundrel
Scoundrels of St. James (5)
Lorraine Heath
Avon
E Book
Published January 2014
100 Pages
Regency Historical Romance
ISBN: 9780062317155
Authors Website

Synopsis
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Lorraine Heath brings us the eagerly awaited final story in the Scoundrels of St. James series.

William Graves is the last of Feagan’s scoundrels. A onetime grave robber turned royal physician, he has devoted his life to saving others—because he knows there is no way to save himself. Especially not around a lady like Winnie. Though undeserving of her touch, he cannot resist. His passion cannot be tamed…even in the face of certain danger.

Winnie, the Duchess of Avendale, never knew peace until her brutal husband died. With William she’s discovered burning desire—and the healing power of love. But now, confronted by the past she thought she’d left behind, Winnie must face her fears…or risk losing the one man who can fulfill all her dreams.

My Review

Winnie, the Duchess of Avendale, is a widow and thanks her blessings every day for that. Her late husband was abusive and brutal and cruel to her. The day he died was fortune for her, since he almost killed her the last time he was alive. It has been three peaceful years, being able to raise her son, even knowing the name he would bear would be Avendale. The one man she cares about more than anything, who has treated her with gentleness and care is William Graves. William is a Doctor, but he grew up as a grave robber, and ever since that day he became a part of Feagan and his band, his life changed. Now he is a respectable Doctor, who sees to the Queen’s health. Graves has loved Winnie ever since he met her and treated her wounds and nursed her back from near death. He understands more than anyone the pain and fear she has suffered, but he hides a dreadful secret from her. He fears Winnie uncovering the truth that could rip apart the love they share, but will Winnie be able to overlook her fears and trust in William’s love for her.

Lorraine Heath is a magical storyteller when it comes to historical romance. I was thrilled when I heard the exciting news that Graves would get his story. I have been waiting for it ever since I read the Scoundrel of St. James series (which if you have yet to read it, it needs to be bumped to the top of your TBR). I would have to say this is probably one of my favorite all time series. This is a novella, so its a short read, only a little over 100 pages. The hero is a doctor and a scoundrel (the perfect mix for a hero). Clever and sexy right? Well he is that and more, he has a dark past, but the way he treats Winnie is so precious and tender, you just want to cry at the poignancy of it all. Winnie isn’t your typical heroine. She has come from a abusive relationship so she suffers from PTSD, and you see how strong she has become. She does fight her fears, and her safety net is William. I enjoyed seeing how she relies on him, but at the same time you see a inner strength that is very admirable. And by the end of the story, Winnie totally wins you over. We also see involvement of the other four couples from the previous books in the series, it made me want to re read this series. I just might do that and soon, anyone wanna join? LOL

Overall a quick but satisfying read that thrilled me to the toes. A impossible to put down romance that captures your attention from the very beginning. UNFORGETTABLE!!

My Grade 

5 Blossoms
Heat Rating 
Warm
Other Books In Series
In Bed With The Devil
Between the Devil and Desire
Surrender To The Devil
Midnight Pleasures With A Scoundrel

 

Book Review-Surrender To The Devil

Surrender To The Devil

Scoundrels of St James
Lorraine Heath
Avon, 377 Pages
Published July 2009
Victorian Historical Romance
ISBN: 987-0-06-173399-4

Synopsis
A Devilish Duke on a Quest for Pleasure . . .

Frannie Darling was once a child of London’s roughest streets, surrounded by petty thieves, pickpockets, and worse. But though she survived this harsh upbringing to become a woman of incomparable beauty, Frannie wants nothing to do with the men who lust for her, the rogues who frequent the gaming hall where she works. She can take care of herself and feels perfectly safe on her own—safe, that is, until he strides into her world, and once again it becomes a very dangerous place indeed.

To bed her but not wed her. That’s what Sterling Mabry, the eighth Duke of Greystone, wants. But Frannie abhors arrogant aristocrats interested only in their own pleasure. So why then does the thought of an illicit tryst with the devilish duke leave her trembling with desire? Her willing body begs for release . . . and a wicked, wonderful surrender.

My Review:
Frannie Darling, having grown up on the streets with the Feagan boys, she stays away from men after a terrible incident that caused them all grief. Now she does the books for the Gentleman’s club, she is also taking children off of the streets and placing them in a safe environment, most of them working for a devil of a man Sykes, who is ruthless with those that defy him. Knowing what these children have to go through, she builds a home for these children, where they have food, a roof over their heads, education and a loving and safe environment. So at Lucian and Catherine’s wedding, she meets Sterling Mabry, the Duke of Greystone, who has her senses going off the wire, and sensations that she never thought she would ever be able to feel. Sterling Mabry, after returning home and assuming his position and taking responsibility, is all he see’s, knowing he will never find the happiness his sister Catherine has found. But when he see’s the beautiful Frannie Darling, who stirs up feelings inside of him that he never thought he would feel, but knows all he can offer her is a position in his bed. But never knowing that it was about to take him on a ride he never expected to enjoy, and to find a tender love that would brighten his bleak day to day life.

Surrender to the Devil by Lorraine Heath is the third installment in the Scoundrels of St James series. I truly loved reading Frannie’s story, who is one of my favorites out of all the Feagan Children. Frannie, after one horrible night having her innocence taken away, finds healing after years, but her Feagan brothers and protectors have never forgotten, especially when she meets Sterling. But despite all their efforts, she finds herself falling for this handsome Duke, yet knowing she can never have him in the long term sense. Sterling at first seems cold and only holds feelings for his sister, caring for no one else. But after time passes, Frannie finds Sterling’s inner character, who does care, especially about her, despite the way he attempts to hide it from her. But their tryst turns from all about to lust from a whole lot more than either of them expected to find. This was truly a remarkable love story, and Frannie and Sterling’s story was sensational and had a emotional side to it, that left me fully satiated at the end. The plot was engaging, and the character came alive, with a heated passion that will surely heat up your windows. This was such a wonderful romance, and Lorraine Heath has done it again with Surrender to the Devil!

My Grade On This Book
4..5 Blossoms

Other Books In The Series
In Bed With The Devil
Between Devil and Desire
Midnight Pleasures With A Scoundrel

Book Review-Between the Devil and Desire


Between the Devil and Desire
Scoundrels of St James
Lorraine Heath
Avon, 375 Pages
Published Jan 2009
Victorian Historical
ISBN: 978-0-06-135564-6

Synopsis
London’s most notorious rogue—decadent, depraved, forbidden
The ladies of the ton won’t stop whispering about deliciously wicked Jack Dodger—once a thieving street urchin, now the wealthy owner of London’s most exclusive gentleman’s club. There’s no pleasure he hasn’t enjoyed, no debauchery the handsome scoundrel won’t provide for the lords who flock to his house of carnal intrigue.
London’s most virtuous lady—honorable, uncorrupted, and all too human
Olivia, Duchess of Lovingdon, would never associate with such a rogue. So when Jack is named sole heir to the duke’s personal possessions, the beautiful, well-bred lady is outraged. Now, Olivia is forced to share her beloved home with this despicable man.
Caught between the devil and desire

But Olivia’s icy disdain is no match for Jack’s dangerous charm. His touch awakens desire. His kiss demands surrender. She will struggle to bar Jack from her heart . . . but her body, coveting divine release, will not let her bar him from her bed.


My Review:
Jack Dodger, a wealthy man who owns a prestigious gentleman’s club. Having lived on the streets when he was younger, he craves wealth. So when he hears that the Duke of Lovingdon has died, but his will leaves him all his entailed wealth, if he agrees to be guardian to his son, he agrees but meets resistance with the mother, Olivia. Olivia is furious, after hearing the will and that she has no power, even as the mother of her son, to repute the offer to Jack Dodger. Jack is only doing this for the power and wealth, but despite tension between him and Olivia escalate, he starts to care for this young boy he is responsible for. And he starts to realize that there are a lot more important things besides wealth, but when desire and passion are cultivated between these two, they come to realize that love is the most dangerous weapon of all when it comes to defeating the shield around one’s heart.

This is the second in the series, and I just fell in love with Jack Dodgers story. Jack grew up on the streets being a pickpocket and now he is more than ever determined to make as much money as he possibly can. So when he hears that he is supposed to be the guardian to a young impressionable boy. But his mother Olivia matches his strong will, and tension flows between them both. But as time continues there is a desire that rises and unable for either of them to resist. I truly fell in love with this story and the characters as well. Not only Olivia and Jack but the little boy, Henry. From the beginning Jack starts to learn what it means to have a family, and the bond between Jack and Henry become undeniably strong. At first, Jack’s goal is to get Olivia married off to someone so he can just enjoy the rewards and not have to bear the responsibilities, but time passes and his relationship with Olivia strengthens to the point where he doesn’t know if he can live without her in his life. This is such a heartwarming story, where love can melt the ice of any hardened heart and teach the true value of the healing power of love. This is probably one of my favorite series written by Lorraine Heath, for the plot flows and the characters are engaging, and the passion and love these two feel will brighten up any stormy day. Such a wonderful read!!!

My Grade On This Book
4.5 Blossoms

Other Books In The Series
In Bed With The Devil
Surrender To the Devil
Midnight Pleasures With A Scoundrel