They are England's most eligible bachelors, with the most scandalous reputations. But for the right woman, even an unrepentant rogue may mend his ways.…
Lady Grace Mabry's ample inheritance has made it impossible for her to tell whether a suitor is in love with her…or enamored of her riches. Who better to distinguish beau from blackguard than her notorious childhood friend, the Duke of Lovingdon?
With no interest in marriage, Lovingdon has long lived only for pleasure. He sees little harm in helping Grace find a proper match. He simply has to teach the lovely innocent all the ploys a scoundrel uses to gain a woman's favor…by demonstrating his wicked ways. But as lessons lead to torrid passion and Grace becomes ensnared in another man's marriage plot, Lovingdon must wage a desperate gamble: Open his heart fully or risk losing the woman he adores….
©2014 Jan Nowasky (P)2014 HarperCollinsPublishers
Another lovely story from Lorraine Heath but the reader is disappointing, especially after we heard the other stories in this series wonderfully read by Susan Ericksen! All the characters sound the same! Where is Susan when we need her?!
The reader has a very mature voice and it just does not work for the girl in the story. I had to keep reminding myself I was listening to a young woman and not my grandma. Eventually it wasn't worth the effort and I quit listening. I may buy the book and read it on my own because I really liked the Scoundrels previous series.
The reader. She would be a wonderful narrator for some books, but just not one where she's supposed to sound like a young woman.
These characters are 19 and 28...the narrator made them sound ancient!! Good story...a little long-winded...read for my book club.
The heroine went after what she wanted which was unlikely to achieve but then through persistence, courage and innocence she was triumphant. I truly enjoyed the story and realized a bit into the book that this was the continuation to the series Scoundrels of St. James, except with the next generation taking the lead. I like the author’s writing style and the story kept me captivated. A definite good read.
I love being swept away by a new romance and thankfully Audible's ever growing Library means I get to indulge myself over and over again
Firstly, this is a spin-off series telling the tales of the children of the couples from The Scoundrels of St. James series but you don't need to have listen to them first however, if you have, then those characters will be familiar to you as they are mentioned in this new series. This book tells of the bitter-sweet romance of Grace's unrequited hopeless love for Lovington now a tortured Rake whose heart is beating but is dead over the death of his wife and daughter 2 yrs previously. Grace will only marry for love and enlists his help in finding it from one of her many suitors and, despite her feelings for him, she tries. But deep down Grace is aware that she's fighting a loosing battle because she loves only him but she realizes too that he could never love again.
It isn't a happy feel-good romance, although there were funny parts, because of the secret Grace held and Lovington's constant pain of his loss but slowly, through their tormented journey, life returns to his once dead heart. There's tragedy, but also a tender all consuming slow build-up of passion, sex and, as danger looms, love. Strong yet vulnerable H/H and it's their character development, compassion unwillingness to let go of each other that makes this a powerful love story.
Worth a credit? This was an enjoyable but emotional listen and, despite the fact that it dragged a bit and was predictable, it's still creditworthy. I'll follow the series but hope that the narrator is changed for the next one as her male/female voices were virtually the same which was a shame because, in the hands of a more skilful narrator, this would have easily earned another star.
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Overall Rating: 4.50
Story Rating: 4.75
Character Rating: 4.50
Audio Rating: 4.50 (Not part of the overall rating)
First Thought when Finished: When the Duke was Wicked by Lorraine Heath was a wonderful dip back into the families of St. James! How did I not grasp this was about the kids! YEAH!
Story Thoughts: I told someone the other day that I was just going to write this for my review: If you love Historical Romance then you need to read When the Duke Was Wicked. Why? It has a plot device that I have never seen in an historical and it really worked! Seriously, I think Kimba said it best when she said the secret was just brilliant. This story just worked for me on every level.
Character Thoughts: I will admit that you don't have to read the series that this is spun off of to enjoy this or the characters. In fact, it is completely two different generations. However, I dare you not to squee like a fan girl if you have because I don't think it is possible. The second I realized it was the kids, I might have done a little jig. It might have also been a tad bit embarrassing. I loved Grace and Lovingdon's love story. They were so perfectly matched and well suited for each other personality wise. Their HEA was FANTASTIC!
Narrated By Helen Lloyd / Length: 9 hrs and 15 mins
Helen did an excellent job with the narration of Grace and Lovingdon! I loved her pacing and emotion. All together a wonderful listen.
Final Thoughts: Ready for the next one!
I love Epic Fantasy....have become a Historical Romance fan because I am a sucker for a good Happily Ever After. Good characters are a must
This story makes your heart ache from the first words almost to the last, but that's not all. There's love, passion, laughter, and joy.
It is so wonderful to hear the stories of the children of Faegan's children grown up!
This is a wonderful book that I could hardly put down. It makes the heart ache but warms it by the end.
As with all of Heath's books, this one had a serious element that will hit home for many people. It is handled well and gives the story some realistic element that many HEA romances lack. Grace has a secret and shes is afraid it could ruin any chance of her future happiness.
Unfortunately....narrator is not good...she's tolerable, but she's too mature sounding for these characters. I seriously dislike the way she portrays all the male & female voices other than Grace and Lovingdon. HATED the voice she gave Frannie. Everyone else sounds so pompous, old, and nasally.
So this one is WAY worth it - especially if you have read the Scoundrels of St. James. You could read it stand alone, BUT if you want a COMPLETE experience - I recommend Scoundrels of St. James series THEN all 3 of London's Greatest Lovers THEN this series Scandalous Gentlemen of St. James. There are references to both previous series in this book, even though the London's Greatest Lovers is not family related.
A fan from Alexandria, Virginia
Another "Bravo" moment with a Lorraine Heath book. Such a pleasures read, right down to the last word
This is in the top 10 for the story. it was touching and tugged at all of the emotions I want in a good read. It just needed a better narrator to make it perfect. I kept thinking susan duerdan would have taken this story and turned it into a magnificent performance!
The evolution of the hero into a man that fullfilled the expectation of the heroine. This was a friends to lovers trope, but it worked as the chemistry of the two characters was heart-felt and the hero never forgets his first wife to clear a path to his new love. Also, the author does not turn it into a " who I love best" wrap up. The feelings the hero has , that he can love two women differently, but with the same intensity is very realistic.
It was mentioned in several reviews that she does not have emotional range or differentiation in the male/female voices. This was so disappointing, but I really wanted to listen to the story of the children of the scoundrels of st. james that I would put up with this terrible narrator. Sometimes I didn't know who was speaking, so some of the story was lost . Her voices sounded so old I had to keep telling myself that Grace was only 19 yrs old
I was touched by the way the two characters were so bonded from the start of the book and that it grew stronger. It really made me feel happy when they got together, even though I knew what would happen
The narrator can really make or break a great book. Giving this wonderful story to a bad narrator just ruins what could be a perfect audio book. The idea that this book had two narrators, with one to just read the journal entries seemed a very thoughtful idea, to then not put more effort into finding a better narrator.
My favorite books are 'Historical Romance'. A good book takes you away from your everyday life & puts you in the middle of an adventure.
Lorraine Heath writes historical romance with such building emotion, strong symbolism, great character development & with this book sweet, love, courage & determination. This is truly the sweetest love story I have ever read/listened to.
I cried and smiled simultaneously. Amazing story!!!!
If you know someone who needs to overcome insecurity, or just want to feel grateful & impowered, if you want the depths of your heart touched and brought back to life from devastation, read or listen to this book. I just finished it for the third time. It stays with you.
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