When the Duke Was Wicked by Lorraine Heath

March 28th, 2014 Kimberly Review 72 Comments

28th Mar
When the Duke Was Wicked by Lorraine Heath
When the Duke Was Wicked
by Lorraine Heath
Series: Scandalous Gentlemen of St. James #1
Published by: HarperCollins
Genres: Historical Romance
Source: Publisher
Purchase: Amazon
Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star

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. After all, he’s familiar with all the ploys a scoundrel uses to gain a woman’s favor. He simply has to teach the lovely innocent how to distinguish honest emotions from false ones. How better than 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…

When the Duke Was Wicked is the first novel in the Scandalous Gentlemen of St. James series by Lorraine Heath. I love strong, witty, heroines and sexy misunderstood, flawed rogues and Heath pulled all of my heart-strings. Mini review: hilarious, romantic, hot and bittersweet, Heath made me melt.

We meet Lady Grace Marbly, whose dreams of finding real love are seeded in much more than childhood fantasies. Between her inheritance and her secret, she has difficulty sorting through her suitors. She turns to a childhood friend and former crush the Duke of Lovingdon. He has no intentions of  marrying again and his fondness for Grace has him agreeing to give her lessons. The tale that unfolds is delicious, danger and hilarious. It also has some tender moments that wrecked me.

Take a beautiful, strong, and intelligent heroine with a secret that makes her fear rejection. Mix in a wounded rogue who hides his pain and guilt in a bottle and loose women. Add a pinch of attraction, a few lessons and some humor. The resulting brew will leave you laughing, sighing and maybe even shedding a few tears. I adored Lady Grace and her friends. She is bold and adventurous. Lovingdon was wonderful, and his story touched me. It was such fun seeing him fall. Grace and her friends made me giggle as she passed on the advice she learns. Secondary characters added to the tale and solidified my opinions of our couple. I was equally impressed by Grace’s parents. They were involved without being meddlesome and offered their daughter sound advice, love and support. The tale progressed wonderfully with just enough drama to keep me on my toes and heat enough to curl them. The ending was climatic and heartfelt and damn if my eyes didn’t become all watery.

When the Duke was Wicked was a delightful tale that I inhaled in a single day. I cannot wait for Once More, My Darling Rogue the next book in the Scandalous Gentlemen of St. James series which is set to release in August 2014.


About Lorraine Heath

Lorraine Heath

LORRAINE HEATH always dreamed of being a writer. After graduating from the University of Texas, she wrote training manuals and computer code, but something was always missing. After reading a romance novel, she not only became hooked on the genre, but quickly realized what her writing lacked: rebels, scoundrels, and rogues. She’s been writing about them ever since. Her work has been recognized with numerous industry awards, including RWA’s RITA® and a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award. Her novels have appeared on the USA Today and New York Times best-seller lists.

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72 Responses to “When the Duke Was Wicked by Lorraine Heath”

  1. Melliane

    I love historical romances and it’s nice to discover some new author mainly when the stories are like that. I confess I’m curious to read about the lessons, I’m sure it’s really fun. Thanks for the lovely review!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Oh the lessons were delightful and the secret was something I have never seen in a historical novel

    • kimbacaffeinate

      One of these days I am going to just send you one and force you to read it. It must be a Regency. *evil grins*

    • kimbacaffeinate

      OMG, Jessica that is what I use it for too. I cannot do the same genre back to back. So I will go..mystery, contemporary romance, thriller, historical romance, urban fantasy etc, etc, etc.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Some days I feel the same way, as I one -click buy across the blogosphere. Have a lovely weekend Wendy!

  2. Sharlene Wegner

    Oh, I can’t wait to read this! I bought it 2 wks ago, but trying to read some older books this month. LOL! Glad you liked it!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Well this was two months old..but I know what you mean *eyes TBR piles.

      • Sharlene Wegner

        Oh, 2 months, eh? I guess I can use it for the TBR challenge, then? 🙂 Time is running out!

        • kimbacaffeinate

          Yes you can use it, but it came out Feb 25th. I however have had it in my tbr pile for two months…bwahahaha!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      seriously right? LOL I do love my Dukes, Rogues and Scoundrels!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      It made me smile Finley and I love reading them between darker books to cleanse my palate and I do love a good Duke!

  3. Cyn

    I’ve been thinking of checking out more Lorraine Heath, glad to see this one was a inhale-in-one-day kind of read! It definitely sounds fun and I love an strong, adventerous heroine & a hero that can make you melt! Will definitely have to give it a go. Thanks for the review!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Believe it or not the secret is one I have never come across. At least not in a historical novel.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Must have been internet lag, both comments showed up. I deleted one. This was a fun read, and I laughed and smiled!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Oh I agree Heidi, I love books that make me giggle and smile 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      thanks Michelle this was delightful. Have a fantastic weekend!

  4. Debbie Haupt

    Kimba, what a great cover it looks like the cover of a Women’s magazine from that era. When aren’t Duke’s wicked.
    Great review. I’m not a huge fan of historical romance especially where the heroine is barely out of diapers.
    Do you think I’d like this one?

    Debbie Haupt recently posted: Congratulations to the RITA Finalists!!!!
    • kimbacaffeinate

      No..that would be how I reacted to Twisted..lol This was a good cry!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      This was delightful Brandi 🙂 have a wonderful weekend!

  5. Amir

    I haven’t read a historical romance in forever! I think my last ones were Anna Campbell’s Courtesan series. This sounds good and I have never tried anything from this author and since its a first in the series, I’ll add it on my TBR 🙂 Great review Kimba!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I will be reading this author again..such great characters 🙂

  6. Victoria (aka Zemfirka)

    Happy to know it both hot and humorous! 🙂 Shall check it out.

  7. Andrea

    Ohhh…this sounds delicious! Hilarious, hot and bittersweet is a winning combination in my book. And I’m so curious about the moments that wrecked you.
    Thanks for the sweeeet review!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      *blushes* No, thank you Ms. Heath I adored this tale, and characters 🙂

  8. Rashika

    This book came to my attention when one of my friends read it and loved it so I am super glad to hear you enjoyed it as well!! 🙂

    Lovely review, Kimba!! 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Ooo can I could confirm how delightful it is! 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I got this from Addicts, so you should have it 🙂

  9. Lindy

    Great Review Kim! This sounds like such a wonderful story. I love the idea of the lonely Duke giving her lessons, and then falling in love with her. The story sounds steamy indeed. Plus, I love that it had humor, and made you feel.

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