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The Last Wicked Scoundrel

(Scoundrels of St. James #5)

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  2,220 ratings  ·  219 reviews
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. T
ebook, 176 pages
Published January 7th 2014 by Avon Impulse
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Anna (Bobs Her Hair)
Nov 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Historical Romance Readers
Finally! Years after what was supposed to be the last book, the final Scoundrel gets his book! A boy raised in the gutters, abandoned, taken under the care of a thief, adopted, and now a prestigious doctor, William Graves falls in love with a woman he'll do anything to protect. Readers of the St. James' series will recognize past heroes and heroines. What happens to set this novella's plot in motion is unraveled in William and Winnie's story, and the novella can stand alone. (All you need to kno ...more
Lady Wesley
Nov 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
I've enjoyed this entire series, and it was fun to see Graves get his HEA. The novella stands alone, but really I recommend the entire series, which is based on Feagin's kids from Oliver Twist, all grown up and respectable. The upcoming series goes into the next generation. I'm looking forward to it.

4 Nov 2013
I've loved this series, and even though the book isn't out yet, I'm giving it five stars to counteract the one star given by a person called "troypst," who abuses the goodreads rules by ra
ᴥ Irena ᴥ
Jul 14, 2016 rated it it was ok

I wish William Graves got a longer story. That being said, this is the only story that features two people who know each other longer than a few days. The Last Wicked Scoundrel is the last story in this series and it started in the first book.
Three years ago William Graves was the one who took care of Winnie after her husband beat her so bad she almost died. Now she is changed, she is stronger and she is not afraid to do or say what she thinks is right. Her self-esteem is back, but something
Nov 20, 2019 rated it really liked it

Enjoyed this one and it was a nice way to wrap up the series. I would have preferred it being a chapter or two longer. Read more like a novella.

Winnie and William were perfect together! Loved having Catherine, Claybourne, Jack and Frannie about. ❤

Jacqueline's Reads
Aug 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.75 Stars

I can see how this would be the least favored book out of the series. Based on the cover, you can already see that it’s different.

The book is shorter than the other books and there’s less character development. I didn’t mind the length too much since I’m binge reading the series, but I’ve waited a long time for Grave’s story!

Grave’s should have been the second book, only because Winnie and Graves had their story told in the first book, but I guess the author wanted the 2 year mourning
May 09, 2017 added it
He wanted to do all the things he shouldn’t. But indulgences came with a price, and he couldn’t in all good conscience ask her to pay it.
Carol Cork *Young at Heart Oldie*
I loved this conclusion to one of my all-time favourite series. The Scoundrels of St. James series (obviously inspired by Dickens’s Oliver Twist) tells the story of five child thieves Lucian, Jack, Frannie, James and William, all members of Feagan’s merry little band of ne’er-do-wells. Their lives are irrevocably changed when it is discovered that Lucian is the lost heir to the Earl of Claybourne. William was a constant presence throughout the other books and I am so pleased that he finally gets ...more
Jun 25, 2017 rated it liked it
I read the book because I wanted to see more of Luke and Catherine. The story itself is ok with one saving grace: Lorraine Heath's writing. This is so often my feeling about Heath's stories: ok story with a lovely way with words. I love her voice in the genre but I don't always love her characters. At least Luke and Catherine appeared sporadically in this story.

Last one single in the group, Dr William Graves gets his story with the then abused widow duchess Winnifred Buckland. I didn't much care
Mirjana **DTR - Down to Read**
***3 Stars***

No one would ever hurt her again. No one would ever hurt him. He would never leave her. She would never leave him.

They were anchored together. They were survivors.

Did I jump from the first book in this series to the last? Yep, I did!

I went through to read all the blurbs to see who the couples were, and when I saw that Bill was paired with Winnie (Catherine's best friend who survived a brutal domestic violence attack at the end of the first book) I just knew I needed to
The Last Wicked Scoundrel by Lorraine Heath is January 2014 Avon publication. I was provided a copy of this book from the publisher and Edelweiss in exchange for a honest review.

Winnie's ball has been a magnificent success. The widow is also walking on air after a kiss from Sir William Graves, her doctor and her friend. Her happiness is short lived, however, because she has been having trouble with misplacing things and could swear she can smell her deceased husband's scent. She is afraid she is
The Last Wicked Scoundrel
3 Star

Series note: This novella concludes the Scoundrels of St. James series and brings readers full circle to the results of the events presented in book #1. Consequently, it is recommended that the books be read in order.

The story focuses on Dr. William Graves, the last member of Feagan's gang, and Winnie, Duchess of Avendale. As this is a novella, events proceed at a rapid pace and readers are quickly immersed in the plot revolving around Winnie's fears of an unknown
Rocio Fleitas
2.5 ⭐
Booklover, Indianapolis
(Nov) It's been a long time since I read the other Scoundrel's of St. James books, so I don't really remember much about what happened in them that led us to this novella. WInnie is a widow, survivor of a horrible marriage to an abusive man. William is a doctor and in love with WInnie ever since he helped her the night of her last beating when her husband almost killed her. William is also the last of Faegen's boys, and I do remember liking him in the other books and wondering why LH never plann ...more
BJ Rose
A bit disappointed that William Chase, the last of the Scoundrels of St. James, rated only a novella. I do understand that they've known each other for 3 years, but that was only because Winnie needed Dr. Chase's medical skills, and I was looking forward to a romantic development evolving instead of just suddenly being there. That said, I did enjoy it, but one rather major point in the story kept this from being 5*.

Now I'm looking forward to revisiting all the books before I read the stories ab
Avisha Beeharreea
Feb 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I finally got to read this book, who would have thought that William Graves would be so charming, sexy, handsome and gentlemanly? Plus he's a great physician Sigh *.* Thank god he got his love story too <3 I enjoyed this story, i absolutely hated that Duke of Avendale ewww he scared me a lot. That medium scene scared the hell out of me. It was so intense! ...more
Sara Reads (mostly) Romance
This was a very good, emotional novella. I'm re thinking maybe I'll try the series from the beginning! It's intriguing haha. ...more
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Heath's Scoundrels of St. James series was a wonderful collection of historical romances that were heavily inspired by Oliver Twist. Readers got to see a group of street orphans escape their poverty-stricken lives, be educated, and find love over the course of the series. William Graves (as the summary above says) is the last one to find "true love". He is a character that I always enjoyed reading about and I was depressed whe
This book was much better written than the others ones. It's been five years since the last and Lorraine Heath has had time to hone her craft. As such, the experience and writing in between have made it so the writing and plot are a lot tighter than the previous novels in the series.

I believe that the other books in the series, other than Claybourne's, should have been novellas. I still hold to that, but I think this should've been a full-length novel. The last three didn't feel as though they h
A beautiful conclusion to a beautiful series ^^

I had my hopes that Winnie would end up with Graves and I'm happy she did, cause she needs some gentleness in her life, and from all the previous books Graves was known of his gentleness.

- Liked both characters, Graves for his desire toward Winnie that he held back for almost 3 YEARS! and how he boated her confidence, and of course the unflinching loyalty between the scoundrels/ Fagean's lads XD. Winnie for her determination and backbone.

- Loved th
Jan 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is one of my favorite series by Lorraine Heath. Often times, after Midnight Pleasures with a Scoundrel, there were glimpses of Graves in Heath's subsequent books but it was also hinted that she had no plans of ever writing his story. So, you can just imagine how Heath's fans are rejoicing to finally get it!

This book brings all of Feagan's charges together again and I love how loyal they still are to each other. Since In Bed with a Devil, we saw chemistry between Graves and Winnie and to fin
Loved this conclusion to Heath's Scoundrels series. I'm so glad we got Graves story and I think the novella format fit the story since it all started for Graves and Winnie in book one. In some sense this novella feels like an epilogue for the series since readers were already given a hint that Graves and Winnie would one day get their deserved happily ever after. Due to the connection, I felt The Last Wicked Scoundrelwas a fully fleshed out novella, although I recommend reading the entire series ...more
Nov 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: heath-lorraine
I'm so glad Dr. William Graves was given his own story. I have liked him from the beginning of the series. Thoroughly enjoyable series. :) ...more
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Reread and loved it again!
Jan 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
If you're going to write a novella conclusion to a fabulous series, there's a lot to accomplish. It needs to wrap up any remaining the story lines of the series. It needs to tell the MCs stories in a way that you don't feel you're missing giant gaping holes of detail. It also needs to revisit some of the previous characters from the series, or at least have them make a cameo appearance. And it all needs to be done in a short story.

It needs to be this book! I was rather bummed when I learned tha
Honestly this is more of a novella length.

The plot and outcome and twists of this story are clear from the onset, assuming you've read the first book in this series. That didn't make it any less enjoyable; however I did wish for more scenes with Whit, reinforcing the relationships between him, his mother, and William. We're told of all the nice things that happened while Winnie stayed with William, but this takes place 3 years later. The relationships in this book were rushed, and frankly felt f
Sep 11, 2017 rated it liked it
I spoiled this last book a bit for myself by reading Whit's POV first, to be honest he adds to much to this story I kept going through it and wondering if I'd skipped a chapter by mistake. Our b-story from book 1 has finally returned for her happy ending, after suffering at the hands of her abusive husband, Winnie is finally free (or so she believes). She's flirting with the oh so capable William Graves (physician to the queen herself), her son is thriving but she's haunted by reminders of her p ...more
Missy Jane
Dec 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A perfect ending to a great series.
Feb 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014
The title says it all: this is the story of the last remaining Scoundrel of St. James. Dr. William Graves rose from the gutters to become one of the Queen's most trusted physicians. He has devoted his life to the practice of medicine and to seeing to the welfare of all his patients. His methods are revolutionary, but, in one such case, William crossed the line and, instead of protecting life, he was complicit in the taking of one.

The first time William met Winifred Buckland, the Duchess of Avend
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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 gre ...more
Jen Davis
Dec 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This novella was just what I needed to break me out of my reading slump. It hooked me from the very beginning and I didn’t put it down until it was over. It’s the last story in the Scoundrels of St James series, and even though I didn’t read the earlier installments, I was able to jump right in without feeling the lack.

Winnie, the Duchess of Avendale, is only starting to reclaim her life three years after the death of her husband. The duke was a horrible man, beating her and making her feel less
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Also writes Young Adult under Rachel Hawthorne, Jade Parker, and with her son as J.A. London)

Lorraine Heath has always had a soft spot for emotional love stories. No doubt because growing up, watching movies with her mom, she was taught that the best movies "won't half make you cry."​​​​​​​

She is the daughter of a British beauty (her mom won second place in a beauty contest sponsored by Max Factor

Other books in the series

Scoundrels of St. James (5 books)
  • In Bed with the Devil (Scoundrels of St. James, #1)
  • Between the Devil and Desire (Scoundrels of St. James, #2)
  • Surrender to the Devil (Scoundrels of St. James, #3)
  • Midnight Pleasures with a Scoundrel (Scoundrels of St. James, #4)

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