Not my favorite Lorraine Heath read...her terrific Scoundrels of St. James series still has the bar raised rathe...more4 stars – Historical/Victorian Romance
Not my favorite Lorraine Heath read...her terrific Scoundrels of St. James series still has the bar raised rather high for me...but a solid 4 star historical romance nonetheless. I’m looking forward to Tristan’s and Rafe’s stories.(less)
I’m a fan of Lorraine Heath’s and have enjoyed every book of hers that I’ve read, especially her Scoundrels of...more3 ½ stars – Victorian/Historical Romance
I’m a fan of Lorraine Heath’s and have enjoyed every book of hers that I’ve read, especially her Scoundrels of St. James series and contemporary romances, Hard Lovin' Man and Smooth Talkin' Stranger. So I was really excited about her new London’s Greatest Lovers series. Unfortunately, I was a bit disappointed with the series debut, Passions of a Wicked Earl, and found it to be just an okay, not great, read and overall rather unremarkable, forgettable, and at times exasperating.
The hero was often a jerk and kept unfairly punishing the heroine for an impetuous, immature action that she made as an overwhelmed, frightened, naïve seventeen-year-old girl. And there were frustratingly numerous misunderstandings between the H/h.
I loved Lorraine Heath’s Scoundrels of St. James Victorian historical romance series and contemporaries,...more5 stars – Frontier/Western Historical Romance
I loved Lorraine Heath’s Scoundrels of St. James Victorian historical romance series and contemporaries, Hard Lovin' Man and Smooth Talkin' Stranger, and they made me want to read her entire backlist.
This is the first book in her Rogues in Texas series, and it’s a sweet, emotional, touching romance of a duke’s son, an English rogue, who finds himself completely out of his element on a Texas cotton farm, working for a widow with three children. While enduring the hardships of rural life and grueling manual labor in the cotton fields, Grayson Rhodes finds that which he never expected: purpose, peace, a sense of belonging, pride, profound happiness, pure joy...and most shocking of all, love. There’s just something about Heath’s writing that tugs the heartstrings, and Gray and Abbie’s beautiful, poignant, and passionate love story is no exception. Gray’s tenderness and gentle affection towards Abbie and her children was sigh-inducing and swoon-worthy...I just loved him! It’s a wonderful, moving romance, and pretty steamy, too! 5 stars!(less)
I’m a big fan of Lorraine Heath’s Scoundrels of St. James series and although this isn’t quite up to par with those, it’s...more4 stars – Historical Romance
I’m a big fan of Lorraine Heath’s Scoundrels of St. James series and although this isn’t quite up to par with those, it’s still a good read, and I definitely felt a connection to the characters and was emotionally invested in the story.
Lady Louisa might be the daughter and sister of an earl, but rampant debt and elaborate spending habits have left her family’s estate in financial ruin. To earn money and avoid inevitable spinsterhood, she accepts the position of chaperone to the two daughters of the wealthy American Rose family and undertakes the challenge of finding them suitable, titled English husbands.
The Duke of Hawkhurst, Louisa’s brother’s best friend, is having financial trouble himself and begins a desperate, ruthless campaign to court and wed the eldest Rose daughter, Jenny, to win her immense dowry, but Louisa is determined to prevent the scoundrel Hawkhurst from earning her charge’s favor. When a library rendezvous takes an unexpected turn, Hawkhurst finds himself in a forced marriage, but is it to the right woman?
I liked Louisa and Hawkhurst, and they had a believable connection. I never doubted that they belonged together, but I got really frustrated at times with the perpetual misunderstandings and their tendency to internalize everything. Although there is a HEA, I would have liked a bit more explanation and sharing between the couple once they finally admitted their feelings (and perhaps a bit more groveling from Hawk) because it seemed a bit rushed and too easily wrapped up in that regard. Overall it’s a satisfying romance from Lorraine Heath, who has become one of my favorite authors. 4 stars.