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Scoundrel of My Heart

(Once Upon a Dukedom #1)

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  248 ratings  ·  102 reviews
Lorraine Heath begins an exciting new series with a breathtaking romance about a young woman who must marry a titled gentleman to obtain her inheritance and the usuitable man she begins to fall madly in love with...

She is desperate to wed a duke...

Lady Kathryn Lambert must marry a titled gentleman to claim her inheritance and has finally gained the attention of a duke. Yet
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ebook, 368 pages
Published March 30th 2021 by Avon
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Katrina
Oct 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book! I was so sad when Beauty Tempts The Beast ended. I just wanted this world to continue. And guess what?!?!?! It did. This was a beautiful addition to the wonderful world Heath has created. We got to see all our old favorite characters and meet new ones.

This book is what Heath is known for. It was funny and silly, dark and tragic, beautiful and sweet. I'm so excited for the next book in this series and to see this wonderful place Heath has created keep growing!!!!

If
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Bubbles99
Oct 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Just finished reading Beauty Tempts the Beast where we are introduced to Griffith & Marcus and I cannot wait to read their stories! 💕
Lisa
Nov 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thanks to NetGalley for a arc copy for a honest review.

I enjoyed reading Scoundrel of My Heart. I didn’t like the end when Beauty Tempts The Beast I was like noooo!! It’s a beautiful story I was not disappointed 5 star read

Happy Reading
Lisa
Maida
Another swoony series-starter by Ms. Heath. The comedic beginning is a delightful surprise from an author I often associate with angsty writing. As usual, the characters (Kathryn and Griffith) are strong and well-drawn, the conflict is heart-pinching, and the resolution sigh-worthy.

Happy to see the Trewloves again. I can’t wait for King’s book and maybe Marcus’s somewhere down the road.
Diana~ (Kiss Me Books)
Scoundrel of My Heart is Lorraine Heath's latest book and I couldn't be more excited to read it because it features Lord Griffith Stanwick and Lady Kathryn, side characters who were briefly introduced in Beauty Tempts the Beast. Griffith was Althea's older brother and Kathryn was one of her closest friends. Unexpectedly, this book takes us back before the Stanwick's fall from grace and lost everything. I have been intrigued by these two characters ever since I met them in Althea's book. Grif ...more
Kaye
The Duke of Kingsland has a simple plan. He will have ladies of the ton write letters explaining why they should be his Duchess. He will choose one and court them with matrimony in mind. In order to receive an inheritence of her grandmothers beach house Lady Kathryn Lambert must marry someone with a title before her 25th birthday. Winning the Duke is Kathryn's best chance of securing her dream. Her best friends brother, lord Griffith Stanwick (Griff) offers to help her in her endeavors. Griff is ...more
Meccalynette
Oct 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-edelweiss
Feeling all the ‘feels’ after finishing this story. I didn’t particularly care for Griff in Althea’s book, but he had my heart ♥️ through the entirety of this one.
* Opinions my own. Thank you to the publisher for an advanced copy via Edelweiss.
Alecia Reads
Dec 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Scoundrel Of My Heart is the first book in a new series from the amazing Lorraine Heath. It does include characters we met in Beauty Tempts the Beast from her Sins for All Seasons series but you don’t need to read that to enjoy this one! I love an enemies to lovers with a forced proximity trope thrown in just to ensure the couple realizes they are perfect for one another, so basically Scoundrel Of My Heart was my catnip.

Lord Griffith Stanwick is the spare, living it up with no responsibilities
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Aly
Apr 06, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lord Griffith Stanwick have known Lady Kathryn Lambert since they were young and he nicknamed his sister's friend Freckles. She made it clear more than once that a second son would never do for her so while it didn't stop him from dreaming, Griff never revealed his true feelings, knowing it was a lost cause and with time it's almost as if he forgot about it, bickering with the young lady. Until the day she ask him for his help in securing a duke to get a cottage her grandmother left her in her w ...more
Lisa
Nov 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thanks to NetGalley for a arc copy for a honest review.

I enjoyed reading Scoundrel of My Heart. I didn’t like the end when Beauty Tempts The Beast I was like noooo!! It’s a beautiful story I was not disappointed 5 star read

Happy Reading
Lisa
Laura
As often happens with Lorraine Heath, this new series is connected to the last one. It took me a long time to get through it, and wasn't nearly as good as her earlier stuff. 2.5 stars ...more
Kathryn
This book got me through my night before the election anxiety. It was exactly what I needed: an instantly engaging easy read, a heroine named Kathryn, and a hero willing to sacrifice his own happiness for that of his heroine.

A heads up to readers. This book is technically the first in a new series from Lorraine Heath, but it quite literally intersects with the Sins for All Seasons series. (The final book in the Sins for All Seasons series, Beauty Tempts the Beast, takes place in the middle of th
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Heather (heatherreadstoomuch)
Scoundrel of My Heart is the first book in Lorraine Heath's new Once Upon a Dukedom series. The hero of this book, Lord Griffith Stanwick, is the brother to the heroine of the last book (Beauty Tempts the Beast) and this book does overlap somewhat. However, I believe that this book can be read without having read the other books first.

Lady Kathryn Lambert must marry a titled gentleman in order to claim her inheritance: a lovely cottage by the sea, where all of her fondest childhood memories take
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Heather (heatherreadstoomuch)
Scoundrel of My Heart is the first book in Lorraine Heath's new Once Upon a Dukedom series. The hero of this book, Lord Griffith Stanwick, is the brother to the heroine of the last book (Beauty Tempts the Beast) and this book does overlap somewhat. However, I believe that this book can be read without having read the other books first.

Lady Kathryn Lambert must marry a titled gentleman in order to claim her inheritance: a lovely cottage by the sea, where all of her fondest childhood memories tak
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Tween 2 Teen Book Reviews
I just realized I forgot to review this when I read it about a month ago! First off, I absolutely loved this book! I didn't realize it at first, but the book follows side characters from Lorraine Heath's previous series (seen in Beauty Tempts the Beast) Griffith Stanwick and Kathryn Lambert. Griffith is the brother of Althea from Beauty Tempts the Beast, and Kathryn is her best friend. Griffith and Kathryn both had low-level crushes on each other, and it might have become something more, if not ...more
Lee Hall
Mar 29, 2021 rated it really liked it
**Mild spoilers ahead (small summary of the book)**

Ok, before I start the review, I have to mention: Lorraine Heath is an auto-buy for me. She's never written a book that I didn't love. Her stories are intricate and moving, passionate and poignant. She never fails to deliver on those qualities. The first book in her newest series, Scoundrel of My Heart, continues the tradition of Heath doing what she does best: creating a beautiful love story while exploring the flaws of her characters.

This boo
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Erin
Apr 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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Barbara Rogers
Mar 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2021-read, netgalley
Series: Once Upon A Dukedom #1
Publication Date: 3/30/21
Number of Pages: 368

This book was every bit as great as I’d thought it would be. The writing is outstanding, it is perfectly paced, the characters are relatable and compelling, and the story is excellently plotted and delivered. The romance – OMGoodness, it was lovely, lovely, lovely.

We were introduced to the Stanwick family in the last book of the Sins for All Seasons series, Beauty Tempts the Beast. The three siblings, (Althea, Griffith, a
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Danielle
Mar 31, 2021 added it
Shelves: reviewed
Review originally posted on Overflowing Shelf

Rating: 4.5 Stars

I was so excited to have a spinoff series of the Sins for All Seasons series and I knew I was going to enjoy this. What shocked me was just how much I enjoyed this – it far surpassed my expectations.

If you read Beauty Tempts the Beast, you’ll recognize Griffith Stanwick, one of Althea’s older brothers. In Scoundrel of My Heart, we get his story. This book starts off before the actions of Beauty Tempts the Beast and before Griffith’s f
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Tracy Emro
4.5 stars, rounded up

Due to stipulations in her grandmother’s will, Lady Kathryn Lambert, the only child of the Earl and Countess of Ridgeway, Kathryn will have to forfeit ownership of Windswept Cottage – her favorite place in the world – if she does not marry a titled gentleman before her 25th birthday. So no matter how interesting she finds her best friend’s brother – as the second son, Lord Griffith Stanwick is not a viable candidate. But the Duke of Kingsland certainly is and he has made it
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Julie - One Book More
Apr 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Kathryn is determined to marry a duke since it is a stipulation to receiving her inheritance. Because of a clause in her inheritance that requires she marry a titled man, Kathryn tries to ignore her feelings and focus on marrying a duke. However, as much as she tries to resist, she is as drawn to Griff as he is to her. Griff and Kathryn’s lives are very different, and being together means losing the place Kathryn most treasures, which weighs heavily on her. Griff does not have a title and feels ...more
GigiReads
Mar 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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Niki (mustreadalltheromance)
4.5 stars rounded up.

If she hopes to claim her inheritance, her grandmother’s beloved seaside cottage, Lady Kathryn Lambert must marry a gentleman with a title. She’s snagged the interest of a duke, but she can’t stop thinking about the man who helped her gain his attention, her best friend’s brother, a scandalous second son, or how he betrayed her in the process.

Lord Griffith Stanwick is a mere spare, not significant enough to give Kathryn what she needs but he can certainly help her by ensurin
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Jenica
Mar 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Scoundrel of My Heart was brilliant in literally every way and I was utterly captivated and delighted by it. The highest compliment I can pay a romance novel, probably, is that I almost end read this book because I was so anxious about how it was going to resolve. I knew, obviously, that things would work out between Kathryn and Griffith because romance novel, but honestly, I just couldn't figure out how Heath could pull it off in a way that I could believe and root for.

Apparently this series f
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Lindsay  pinkcowlandreads
Mar 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
She’s his sisters best friend and the girl he has been obsessed with forever… He’s her best friends younger brother, who has teased her for as long as she can remember.

She needs to marry a titled gentleman. He isn’t good enough for her.

This new series picks up with Lord Griffith Stanwick, whom we meet as Griff in the last book of the Sin for All Seasons series, Beauty Tempts the Beast, where his sister is working in a tavern and meets Benedict Truelove. This books gives the backstory on the Stan
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Linda Walters
Mar 30, 2021 rated it liked it
This book was different and unique but I didn't see that right away. In fact at first I wasn't even sure I was going to like it. I thought it was going to be another story about a dissolute, no direction, second son. But after awhile it turned into something more. And the emotions portrayed about how cruelly a "spare" could be treated was really well done. Griff was all but invisible to his family. His father would direct attention to his heir of course, a few moments for his daughter but nothin ...more
Shilo Quetchenbach
Feb 11, 2021 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this one. I read it in a day (gotta love romance novels for giving me a breather between huge fantasy novels with world-ending stakes) and definitely felt all the feels. In fact, I found myself slowing down in some parts, rereading paragraphs and pages to savor the emotions. Especially the moments of heartbreak. Why do I love to savor those so?

This was my first book by Lorraine Heath, and it probably won't be my last, because I did enjoy it so much. But. I do have a few quibbles
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Cat
Dec 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
When I first started reading Scoundrel of My Heart by Lorraine Heath, I was annoyed. It seemed as if it was going to be yet another version of the "vaguely waspish society miss and vaguely useless lordling (who secretly makes lucrative investments) snipe their way to True Love" story. It SO wasn't. Yay!

It's true that Griff does first appear waking up hungover in the hedgerows, and Kathryn does needle him endlessly for all sorts of reasons. However, their affection and respect for one another is
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Danielle Bush
Feb 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I didn't think I could love any of Lorraine Heaths characters as much as the Trewloves but Griffin Stanwick has changed my mind.

Griffin is a second son, the spare.. and as such isn't expected to do anything with his life.. Lady Kathryn Lambert needs to get married to a titled man by her 25th birthday, which is coming up, in order to retain the inheritance her grandmother left her..

Kathryn thinks that Griffin is a reprobate, who cares for nothing and spends his days drinking, gambling, and woma
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Candy Briggs
Mar 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Lord Griffith Stanwick is a second son and his father ignores him until and if he is needed. So he does what he wants. Well this time, he is found behind the hedgerow, on his tummy, sleeping. Lady Kathryn Lambert could quite easily make his life unbearable. His sister Althea had just become engaged and was to marry in January. The Duke of Kingsland advertised in the newspaper for any lady interest in marrying a Duke should write a letter to him and at his ball, he would announce the lady, he was ...more
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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
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