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An Affair with a Notorious Heiress

(Scandalous Gentlemen of St. James #4)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  1,611 ratings  ·  182 reviews
The son of a duke and an infamous mother, Alistair Mabry, Marquess of Rexton, fought his way to respectability. Now, the most eligible bachelor in London, marriage-shy Rexton will take only a wife with an impeccable reputation, good breeding, and a penchant for staying out of the gossip sheets. But when he strikes a deal to be seen “courting” a sweet young debutante whose ...more
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Published May 30th 2017 by Avon
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Donna He is Grace, Andrew and Drake Darling's brother. Drake was adopted. His parents are Sterling and Frannie Mabry, Duke and Duchess of Greystone.

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Jun 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical
While I appreciated the strenght of the heroine, I found it a little bit unbelievable for the time.
I loved her unconditional love of her sister and her unweavering support of her! I loved how protective she was and how she tried to avoid her sister making the same her mistake in marriage.

Also the hero, while portrait as an intelligent man, was too stupid to believe that marrying a respectable woman somehow that respectability will make him even more respecatble in the eyes of the ton! Still I l
Jul 16, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: hr, 2-stars, read-2017
In a nutshell? Dull and contrived.

I really, really tried with this book. And I really, really tried with Lorraine Heath. More than with any other author, actually, seeing how many books I read. Alas, I think I'm going to give up on her.

What attracted me to her books was that she uses plots and tropes that differ from the average HR. But I've never been able to warm up to her writing style or her characters. I've noticed that her heroes, in particular, bore me to tears; the heroines being only
Aug 06, 2017 rated it did not like it
Alistair Mabry, Marquess of Rexton, future Duke of Greystone, must marry a woman "pure as driven snow" because of plot contrivances. Except then he meets Mathilda "Tillie" Paget, Countess of Landsdowne who is Scandal-Ridden. Obviously they must bone. This boning resolves itself into For Real Feelings. And eventually Turgid Declarations of Lurve and Stuff.

1. I don't know. I finished this yesterday and vaguely remember bits about it but nothing really stood out as obnoxiously bad or emphatically
Jun 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
I really enjoyed this book. I liked the plot of Alistair Mabry, Marquess of Rexton and future duke falling for a notorious American heiress.
Rexton has no plans to marry but when he does, he’ll choose a bride with a perfect reputation and past.

When he is agrees to court a young, sweet woman (Gina) to help her with marriage prospects, he meets her older and scandalous sister, Tillie, Lady Lansdowne. She divorced after her affair with a footman became known, and she lives separate from society. But
Carol *Young at Heart Oldie*
This is the 4th book in Ms. Heath’s Scandalous Gentlemen of St. James series and, while I enjoyed it, I didn’t feel it had the same emotional intensity which I found so satisfying in the other books in the series.

As heir to the Duke of Greystone, Alistair Mabry, Marquess of Rexton (Rex) enjoys a life of wealth and privilege but, at an early age, he learned that respect didn’t come automatically, it had to be earned. He loves both his parents but, at school, he had been subjected to bullying an
One of Heath's less memorable efforts. The dialogue lacks sizzle. The heroine is strong and proud outwardly but full of self-doubt internally. The hero is sweet but somewhat bland. It's not bad, but I known LH can be so much better than this.
Jun 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book represents Lorraine Heath at her best - he characters are complicated and fully fleshed, their interactions are emotional and steamy and the premise of the story is original. I highly enjoyed it. Thank you Ezi for the recommendation, it was lovely!
Haze Prado
Dec 03, 2016 marked it as to-read
I've waited. And then I saw this simply...horrible thing.

Sorry but I really found it disappointing. What has happened to Lorraine Heath's covers? I love the gorgeous book art of all her books in this series. Then the last one, her latest release, was suddenly doesn't have stepback art anymore and then this.

The model's pose is just so awkward. I'm not an authority to say this but I think she appears stiff and unflattering in this illustration. And boy... her makeup is just so distracting.
ARC provide by Edelweiss and publisher for an honest review.

Rating 2.5 -3.0

I wanted to really love this but sadly was disappointed.

Review closer to publication.
May 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Tillie, Lady Landsdowne, is notorious for divorcing her husband. She's a wealthy American whose mother wanted her, and her sister, to marry a lord. So, at a young age she married an Earl who needed her dowry. After a few miserable years, she divorced him. Shocking! Unfortunately, her younger sister, Gina Hammersley, is having a very disappointing debut season due to her sister's scandalous reputation.

Their uncle, Garrett Hammersley, acts as chaperone at the various ton events as Tillie is not we
Aug 12, 2017 rated it did not like it
What utter bullocks.

I picked this book up, having read the blurb, and thought finally, the author has decided to write about real women in the historical times.

No. This heroine has "manufactured" a romance with the footman to escape her first husband. God forbid the heroine actually have an affair with the footman. I can understand why the author would not want while the heroine was still married to the first husband, but what about after the divorce?

What crime is it for a woman to have sex? I
Γιώτα Παπαδημακοπούλου
Την συμπαθώ την Lorraine Heath! Μπορεί να μην είναι η αγαπημένη μου στο είδος της, αλλά τα βιβλία της διαθέτουν μία ειλικρίνεια που είναι εμφανέστατη και που δεν μπορείς να μην την εκτιμήσεις. Επιπλέον, αν και τοποθετημένες σε μια άλλη εποχή, οι ιστορίες της δεν περιστρέφονται γύρω από ευάλωτες γυναίκες που περιμένουν τον πρίγκιπα που θα τους χαρίσει μια παραμυθένια ζωή, παρά παίρνουν οι ίδιες τη ζωή στα χέρια τους, διεκδικούν τα θέλω τους, δεν υποτάσσονται έτσι, απλά κι εύκολα, στις κοινωνικές ...more
Sep 26, 2017 rated it did not like it
I really didn't like this story, I'm sad to say. Perhaps it is just me, but I feel like Heath's writing has changed a bit and as a result, I haven't been as in sync with her as I used to be.

I skimmed most of it and couldn't even manage to get to the end. I got through more than 75% so I'm giving it a star rating though. This book had too much internal waffling and lusting on the characters' parts. While I thought the divorced woman story would be interesting, I just couldn't bring myself to conn
May 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Originally posted here on Smitten by Books Reviews

4.5 Stars ~ Top Pick

After sobbing through the end of Ms. Heath’s novella When the Marquess Falls, I was more that ready to throw myself into Rexton and Tillie’s romance in An Affair With a Notorious Heiress.

Rexton is my favorite kind of hero: uptight, disapproving, brooding but possessing passions and a sensuality that runs deep. Oh and the part where he’s also handsome and wealthy doesn’t hurt. Well he makes a deal with Tillie’s uncle to be se
Jen Davis
Jun 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
I wasn’t sure how I would feel about this book when I started it. I was on the fence about the premise, but I have read some books by Lorraine Heath that I absolutely adored, so I decided to forge through. I’m glad that I did, because I ended up enjoying this story.

Our hero is the Marquess of Rexton. Though he is obviously of the nobility, he grew up a little bit of a black sheep among his peers because his mother was a bookkeeper before she married his father. Rex loves his mother and would not
Μαρία Γεωργοπούλου
Loved it like all the previous books in this series! I really like the way Lorraine Heath writes and I've enjoyed all of her books so far!
WTF Are You Reading?
Actual Rating 4.5 Stars
Well damn! It appears those irrepressible Americans have struck again. This time in the form of one indomitable, and equally irresistible young divorcee, Mathilda Paget, Countess of Landsdowne.
While her notoriety and the reasoning for it may be a blame laid completely at the feet of her less than faithful husband of three years. It seems that the scandal, and the widespread societal snubbing that has resulted are all hers to bear.

Well, not quite. You see, there is the matt
Apr 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This had everything I've come to expect (and love) in a Lorraine Heath novel: love, romance, humor, and heart. Tillie and Rex they were so much fun to read, and the cameos made me smile. I can't wait to read Gina's story!
Jun 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars. I can't quite decide if I should rate it 4 or 5. Once more, Lorraine Heath brought me to tears. She's really good with heartbreaking dialogue. It just started slow for me. It took me a while to warm up to Rexton, which is not a good thing because this was his book more than it was Tillie's. I did enjoy seeing other characters from the whole St. James universe. I also enjoyed Rex's fall into love. His character's growth is tremendous. I also liked getting to know the real Notorious Hei ...more
Sheila Melo
May 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
FINAL DECISION:  Lyrical and emotional story of a woman who is a scandal and the man who wants to avoid scandal and yet ends up not wanting to avoid her.  I loved the unexpected sweetness and romance of this story.

THE STORY:  Alistair Mabry, Marquess of Rexton and future duke, has no plans to marry soon, but when he does he will choose a bride with a perfect reputation.  His own childhood showed him the consequences of being the child of a scandalous union.  While he loves his parents, he has no
Booklover, Indianapolis
(Aug) I really enjoyed this one. Lately I've found most of the HR books I've had time to read somewhat bland - not really memorable, kind of interchangeable. This one was just - I don't know - more fun, more interesting, even though nothing out of the ordinary happened. Tillie was so unhappy in her marriage that she kissed a footman in view of others in order to shock her titled husband into filing for divorce, a major no-no back in the late 1800s. Now, years later, she lives a lonely, outcast s ...more
May 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Full review can be seen at

A Victorian era romance where each of the three main characters had hidden depths to their personalities, causing quite the predicament, An Affair with a Notorious Heiress was everything I had hope it would be…and more.

“Always. That’s what we want, isn’t it? Love for always… For some always is a short time. For others it is long. What matters is that we had a chance at it at all.”

I had such fun with Lorraine Heath’s latest historical romance. Of cou
Feb 13, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This one grew on me more and more as it progressed, and I really came to enjoy the love that grew between Tillie and Rex, though it took a bit longer than usual for me to get into this one. The end of the book was terrific and was what really brought it all together for me - and it made me love Rexton’s family even more. And that epilogue... ❤❤❤ ...more
Aug 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Aug 24, 2017 rated it liked it
Jun 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed it! Great five stars.
Kiki Belle
Jun 18, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: skimmed-through
I had three major problems with this book: (1) In true romance novel fashion, Tillie's "affairs" weren't affairs at all. I know women were more harshly judged and things assumed, but I'm getting really sick of the truth being less disreputable. For once, I'd really like to see these women actually make mistakes in their past or genuinely enjoy sex with someone other than the hero. (2) On the surface, he's better than most romance novel heroes but Rexton cheats. Fun when he cheats at cards with T ...more
Feb 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017, arc, february
Tillie and Rex are fabulous characters, and the challenges of their path to love feel real and reasonable. Even better are the surrounding characters, several of whom appear in previous entries in the series, and the details Heath shares with the readers, whether about horses, gardening, or boxing. There's much joy to be found in this story, in addition to some smouldering love scenes. Truly enjoyable!
3.5 stars; Definitely had moments I love; others not as much. But overall, pretty lovely.
Heath's St. James series is one of my favourite series, so I was a happy duck to more of this universe! I love that Alistair Mabry, Marquess of Rexton (aka. son of Frannie and Sterling of Surrender to the Devil) meets his match in the scandalous American heiress Mathilda Paget, (ex)Lady Landsdowne and gets kicked in the butt by love!

Rex is determine to only marry a lady of impeccable reputation so I
Jan 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
classic Lorraine Heath!
So good!
review to come
May 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, reviewcopy, shelf
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Λίγα χρόνια μετά την τρίτη ιστορία των Διεφθαρμένων Αριστοκρατών, εξελίσσεται η τέταρτη και τελευταία ιστορία. Αυτή τη φορά, ο πρωταγωνιστής είναι ο μαρκήσιος του Ρέξτον και μελλοντικός Δούκας του Γκρειστοουν. Ο Ρέξτον υπέφερε σαν παιδί, καθώς η δούκισσα και μητέρα του δεν προέρχεται από την αριστοκρατία, αλλά από τους δρόμους του Λονδίνου. Όσο κι αν εκείνη έγινε αποδεκτή, ο γιος της δέχτηκε πολλά πειράγματα σαν παιδί, λιγότερο ή περισσότερο άσχημα και κακόβουλ
Jun 12, 2017 rated it liked it
This is difficult book to rate for me. I enjoyed reading it. I was invested from beginning to end. I loved the depth of the characters and the (emotional) journey they were on. As always, Heath's writing was spot-on.
Yet, there were some things that didn't work for me, or even bothered me. In the prologue we find out that Rex wants a scandal-free wife but that sentiment is never really revisisted, even though it's important in the story. I also didn't like the lies and deceit in the first part o
May 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
In spite of his apparent cushy life, Alistair Mabry, Marquess of Rexton – better known as Rex – didn’t have it easy, but he never took things lying down. Even though he is not a rake, he is in no hurry to get married, but when he does he wants a lady above reproach as a wife. Suffering through his sister Grace’s ball, Rex is approached by a very wealthy American businessman living in London, Garrett Hammersly, whose youngest daughter Gina is having her Season. Mr. Hammersly wants the irreproacha ...more
Feb 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What can I say other than I pretty much love anything I read by Lorraine Heath and this was no exception. Great characters, great storyline, just the right amount of sex. Really loved it and hated to see it end! Looking forward to Gina's story!
Emily S.
Jan 21, 2017 marked it as did-not-finish
Because I didn't finish, I'll not be rating this book. I thought all the innuendo distracted from the essence of the story. After a few chapters, I'd had enough. Usually it doesn't bother me, but this seemed so over the top and ridiculous.
Aug 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
I actually loved this book. I read several other reviews that made me suspect the hero Rex was rather unheroic, that he was disrespectful to the heroine Tillie because of her divorce. However, I didn't see that at all. In the beginning, Rex was concerned and equally judgmental about Tillie as everyone else was, but as he got to know her, he questioned his own beliefs on what was true, what was speculation and where he stood, based on her character. I felt Rex was a strong, mature character who w ...more
Jul 19, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance
The setup was fine, but I just don't connect with Heath's characters. The plot was obvious and kind of dull, and everyone's potential misdeeds were easily brushed past with no real harm done.

I'm pretty much over the heavy ensemble involvement in these kinds of series historicals. I'm sick of stumbling over names or situations from books I missed, and even when I do remember the previous protagonists, it feels like such a cop-out to have them swooping in to smooth everything over.

I haven't been
May 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is book 4 in the Scandalous Gentlemen of St. James Series brings us the story of Alistair Mabry, Marquess of Rexton, Son of Frannie Darling and Sterling Mabry (Surrender To The Devil, Scoundrels of St. James #3). Growing up Alistair had to endure insults and innuendo about his mother, who was not born into the Aristocracy until he was big enough to defend himself and his beloved mother. He has always been the perfect Gentleman, never causing Scandal and living up to the standards of a Futur ...more
FV Angela
Review originally posted at

Alistair Mabry, Marquess of Rexton, knows all about scandal and the unforgiving opinion of the ton. When his father, the Duke of Greystone, married a lowly bookkeeper to an infamous gambling house he did so for love. But growing up Rex was bullied by his peers for the circumstances of his mother’s birth. They never let him forget where his mother came from. Eventually he fought back and learned how to demand the respect of Londo
Anita D
Apr 28, 2017 rated it it was ok
It's hard to read this type of poor quality writing after reading a few JA books consecutively. The premise was unbelievable and ridiculous and I wanted to DNF a bunch of times. At the beginning, Gina was treated like a moron but when she had the private monologue about how she observed that Rexton liked her sister more than her - and she was resolved to matcmake them, I thought already? oh, great, one of these books. Lots of instantaneous desire for the protagonists which is "inexplicable" and ...more
Sandra R
Nov 08, 2018 rated it liked it
💤 This is taking me ages to read...💤 Of course the writing is excellent and so is the character development - this is Lorraine Heath after all. Usually I give her books 4 or 5 stars... It's just so 💤 Picking it up, putting it down. Sigh. Nap time. (Sill have 40% to go - hope I pick it up again)
Feb 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Alistair, Marquess of Rex ton has been a background figure in several books, so I was very glad when he finally got to tell his story. I loved it. It wasn't what I expected, but so much more then I imagined.
Then you have Tillie, Lady Lansdowne who is in disgraced and not welcomed anywhere. But she is trying to get little sister Gina married, but the sins of big sister is reflected upon the younger sister.
Now how and what all plays out comes with some twists that I wasn't thinking about. You ca
Feb 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another great story in this series. Tillie is an American Heiress who was manipulated into a miserable marriage. She maneuvered a public tryst to force her husband to file for divorce. Consequently she was quite ostracized. She and her uncle need to get her younger sister married well. With that goal in mind, her uncle approaches Rex, a Marquess and heir to a dukedom, with an offer he can't refuse involving a horse Tillie owns that Rex wants to mate with his mare. He agrees to pretend to court T ...more
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 5 Dec 01, 2016 10:40AM  
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® durin

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