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The Determined Lord Hadleigh

(The King's Elite #4)

4.32  ·  Rating details ·  117 ratings  ·  69 reviews
He’s got iron control…

But she might be his undoing!

Part of The King’s Elite: Haunted by Penny Penhurst’s courage on the witness stand, meticulous barrister Lord Hadleigh offers her a housekeeper position at his estate. Despite trying to stay detached, Hadleigh is charmed by her small child and surprised by how much he yearns for this proud woman! Can he break through his o
Kindle Edition, 288 pages
Published July 1st 2019 by Harlequin Historical
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May 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I've given this an A- at AAR, so that's 4.5 stars rounded up.

As there is an overarching plotline running through this series, there are spoilers for the earlier books in this review.

This final book in Virginia Heath’s enjoyable King’s Elite series shifts focus somewhat and concerns itself mostly with the aftermath of the unmasking and apprehension (in the previous book) of The Boss, the head of a widespread and dangerous smuggling ring that was channeling funds to Napoléon and his supporters
May 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This last book in a series was so very different from the others, not the usual action packed story but actions it did have, just instead of physical they were more on the psychological side.
what an emotional rollercoaster of a ride it was, a bumpy road for Tristan’s and Penny to find their HEA, their journey to heal the wounds left deeply in their psyche by their past.
To rebuilt themselves for a hope of a bright future and not just a scam of a life, they must embark on a long introspection to
Diane Peterson
Apr 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A lovely, fun story! When Virginia Heath is in her groove the writing is breezy and clever. She totally got in the groove on this one. Hadleigh is a somewhat rigid, but brilliant barrister, tasked with the trials that will put an end to the smuggling ring whose story has run through the King's Elite series. Penny was married to Lord Penhurst, one of the key players in the ring. Hadleigh's strong sense of justice causes him to try to help her and her small son after she is left destitute and alon ...more
Joana V.
Jun 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received an eARC at no cost from the author, and I am leaving a voluntary and honest review. Thank you.


Review originally published at my blog, Romancing Romances.

This this is the final instalment of the King’s Elite. And what a great ending!

In this book, we do not have a spy, but a lawyer (or barrister) instead: Lord Tristan Hadleigh.

We have a saying here in Portugal: “De boas intenções está o inferno cheio”, which means the same as the English saying “The road to hell is paved with good
Maggie Whitworth
May 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Every single page of this book is thoroughly priceless.
Virginia has given such pleasure in all her writing, but this one ,for me , is one of her best .

Lord Hadleigh is the prosecutor for the crown , he’s stubborn, determined ,and a man who when he sees a problem must solve it .
He’s also handsome, sweet and the type of man you would gladly introduce to your parents.

Penny has been treated so badly in her marriage, abused physically and mentally, emotionally imprisoned , and now with he
Shy and reserved hero, sweet but strong heroine and a lovely toddler

Hadleigh is a determined prosecutor who takes to court criminals captured by the King’s Elite (a highly specialized group of spies that work for the crown in very secretive cases).
During his most recent case, he could not avoid noticing how the criminal’s wife (Penelope) had reacted and how brave she had been during the whole process.
When the crown not only condemns her husband to death but also takes his title and consequent
Kay (aka) Miss Bates
I’ll repeat what I tweeted a few days ago … “Virginia Heath, where have you been all my life?” There’s nothing more satisfying to a reader than to find a great new author. I’ve loved the length and ethos of Harlequin Historicals, but haven’t found a glom-worthy, auto-buy author among them. I am cautiously, optimistically saying Heath may be “it”. The final book in her King’s Elite series, The Determined Lord Hadleigh, had me in thrall the past few days with engaging characters, a slow-moving, sl ...more
This is the fourth book in the King's Elite series, though I suspect it could still be read and enjoyed if you haven't read the earlier books but the events in the series are sequential and involve many of the same key characters.In this story, Lord Hadleigh is the prosecuting barrister in a case of treason involving another member of the nobility. Hadleigh is amazed by the attitude and resilience of the man's wife, Penny Penhurst, who hadn't realised just what her abusive husband was involved w ...more
Jun 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Viscount Penhurst has finally been caught and is standing trial in London. His estate has been confiscated and Lady Penhurst, Penny, is a witness for the crown. The accommodations for her and her young son, Freddie, in Cheapside are not ideal, but she can’t afford more. She sells a piece of her jewelry every month to pay the rent. Her best friend, Clarissa Leatham, wanted to help financially but she wouldn’t let her.

Lord Hadleigh is the prosecutor and Penny was his best witness. He worries about
May 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The guilty man had been apprehended, tried, and justice served. But the traitor's innocent widow would suffer the consequences. Lady Penny Penhurst, after testifying against her husband stood alone and almost penniless. Her testimony had strengthened Lord Hadleigh's case; he had to help her, without her ever knowing. Penny's only crime had been her naivety, her helplessness the consequence of the actions of a violent man. Hadleigh knew how damaging it could be, but he didn't fully grasp that she ...more
Jul 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Determined Lord Hadleigh is the fourth and final book in The King's Elite series by Virginia Heath. You definitely don't need to read the other 3 books to enjoy this one, but if you have then you will appreciate this ending so much more.

Lord Hadleigh is the prosecuting lawyer working to prove Viscount Penhurst is a smuggler and has committed treason. Lady Penny Penhurst has won his admiration throughout the trial because of her stoicism and bravery. Unlike most wives, she was willing to test
K.S. Marsden
Jul 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Barrister for the crown, Lord Tristan Hadleigh, has to interrogate the wife of a traitor. Afterwards, he can't get her quiet pride out of his mind. After years of living with an abusive husband, Penny tentatively finds her freedom, and doesn't want to risk her new life for anyone.

I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
I was so excited to get the final book in the King's Elite series. Whereas the other books in the series could potentially be read as stand-alones, The Determined
Frankie (Chicks, Rogues and Scandals)
Well this was a sad day coming where I would be writing my review for the last Kings Elite book, I need tissues, I want to weep. Do I really need to write this review? Can’t I just skip it, bury my head in the sand so that I don’t have to face the fact that this is it for the glorious Kings Elite?

OK, well if I must break my heart, I will do it with aplomb – don’t you just love that word? By Jove, has this been an incredible series or what? From those first few pages of book one, I have been avi
Jun 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Lord Tristan Hadleigh isn’t a spy but a crown prosecutor barrister who works tirelessly to bring criminals to justice. He's haunted by Penny Penhurst’s courage on the witness stand & when her traitorous husband is stripped of all his assets it means Penny is thrown out onto the streets with her young son Freddie. Hadleigh tries to ease her situation but he doesn’t seem to be able to do anything right. When the trial for the leader of the gang is scheduled Hadleigh offers his country house as a b ...more
Tracy Emro
Jun 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

When Tristian, Viscount Hadleigh prosecutes the traitor Viscount Penhurst, he is amazed by the spirit of the man's wife, she testifies in court as to her knowledge of husband's misdeeds, even knowing the truth with cost her and her young son everything.

Months later, Penelope, the former Viscountess Penhurst learns that someone is paying her bills, she is not happy, after being married to Lord Penhurst and suffering emotional, mental and physical abuse at his hands, it is important to P
May 16, 2019 rated it liked it
The Determined Lord Hadleigh (King’s Elite #4) by Virginia Heath (Harlequin Historical, June 2019) is a historical romance with realistic characters who struggle to understand their pasts as they deal with its impact on their futures.

I have a simple rule for book series - always start with book #1. But what’s a historical romance fan to do when one of their favorite author’s offers an ARC of Book #4 in their The King’s Elite series in exchange for an honest review? Say yes please, of course! Bu
Oct 08, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance-regency
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Barbara Rogers
Jun 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Series: The Kings Elite #4
Publication Date: 7/1/19
Number of Pages: 288

This is an exceptionally fine ending for this well-written, well-plotted series. The characters are all wonderful and you get to spend time with all of the earlier heroes and heroines. To make it even better, at the end, we see all of them ten years into the future and learn what has happened in their lives during that time. It is one of the best endings (book or series) I’ve read in a long time!

The King’s Elite has been purs
The Determined Lord Hadleigh is the fourth and final story in author Virginia Heath’s series, The King's Elite. When Ms. Heath announces she has a new series coming out, readers who follow her rejoice! When those series unfortunately come to their inevitable ending, it is with a heavy heart that we face saying goodbye to some of our favorite and loved characters.  As I picked up this book knowing we were at the end, I was very interested to get to finally learn more about Lord Hadleigh and see w ...more
Jane Hunt

Firstly, even though this book is the last in the 'King's Elite', series, it reads well as a standalone. The King's Elite is a group of brave men who protect the crown against enemies abroad and within. The first three books feature British Spies, Hadleigh is a barrister, very skilled and an integral part of the King's Elite.

Troubled by his past, he is an advocate for justice and the victims who are collateral damage from their outcome, particularly wives. His meeting with Penny is unorthodox bu
Darlene Foster
Jun 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advance copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

I write this review with a heavy heart. The Kings Elite series has come to an end. Virginia Heath, who sent me this ARC, presents us with The Determined Lord Hadley. Available 6-18-19, it's a must read. If you've read the series or this is your first foray into the series, take that chance. This book is unlike the other love stories in 1, 2, and 3. We're going into a darker environment, a very real
Jul 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
Another FABULOUS addition to what's been a wonderful series. Ms. Heath gives us another potential couple to adore, while gathering the pairings of the past for what could be the trial of the century. There are pasts to overcome and futures to consider, inner demons to face and hard truths to admit, love to be found and forevers to reach for...and you get a front row seat to it all. You'll smile with the highs, feel your heart clench at the lows, but all the while you'll hold out hope for the two ...more
Carole Burant
Jun 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have SO enjoyed reading the King's Elite series and am very sad that it's come to an end. I will miss all the characters who have become like family to me!! Even Trefor! lol

I loved Tristan and Penny's story and my heart ached for both of them. Lord Tristan Hadleigh is a prosecutor for the crown and Penny Penhurst is a witness against her husband who is on trial for treason. It is revealed that she was physically and emotionally abused throughout her 3 year marriage and when her husband is murd
Jul 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
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May 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Determined Lord Hadleigh is the final book of The King’s Elite quartet and it finishes off the series beautifully. As always, Ms Heath has presented us with a wonderful set of characters it’s hard to say goodbye to, but they leave you with a cheesy grin on your face nonetheless.

Lord Hadleigh has been seen in the previous books of the series as the infallible barrister who is forever ready to ensure justice is served and this book is no exception, except this time, he takes his service of jus
Bethany Bennett
May 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Heath tackles a hot topic in this one - domestic violence. As a domestic violence survivor, reading a book with this can swing one of two ways for me. It makes me feel seen and represented, or it is a DNF and I go on a soap-box rant that can last hours or days. There's no in between. There were several areas of this story that mirrored my own experiences, and I felt they were handled with respect and care.
Here's what I appreciated about how this topic was written:

There was no "I was abused" grea
Diddly Do
May 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book marks the end of the King’s Elite run. A sad state of affairs, but I am confident there will be another great series by Virginia Heath in its place. I put off finishing it for as long as I could.
We begin with Penny, the wife of Lord Penhurst unexpectedly called to the witness stand by the defense. Upon cross examination by the prosecution (aka Lord Hadleigh), Penny finds her courage and her voice and takes a gamble that her truthful testimony will be the proverbial nail in the coffin
May 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: virginia-heath
The Determined Lord Hadleigh is a wonderful and sweet ending to another fantastic series by Virginia Heath. As with Virginia Heath's previous series, The Wild Warriners, I really didn't want The KIng's Elite to end. I loved every moment and every book of The KIng's Elite. Each book in the series has had its own special flair. I've been curious about Lord Hadleigh throughout the series and was thrilled that I was able to read his story.

Lord Hadleigh is a barrister from the previous three books w
Roslyn Stillman
May 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the final book in the The King’s Elite series and I would say it has to be the best ending to a series I have read in a long time. I don’t usually like books that have a limited amount of interaction between the characters, but this was so well written, I read every word. This was a story to two people whose lives had been hurt and how they found compromise, understanding and love for each other, with the help of their friends from past books. This book is very different from the last on ...more
Lisa Wells
May 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: virginia-heath
The last book of The King's Elite Series. Virginia Heath does a wonderful job of uncovering the layers of hidden emotion in her characters. Lord Hadleigh had lots of layers! It took a while but Penny did manage to make him human. Heath's books do not take place in ball rooms which is a nice change from most historical romances. Her books are more realistic with everyday life, drama and humor! I love reading Heath's books because I know I am going to be entertained!
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