Once More, My Darling Rogue (Scandalous Gentlemen of St. James Series #2)

Once More, My Darling Rogue (Scandalous Gentlemen of St. James Series #2)

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by Lorraine Heath
     
 

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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 . . .

Born to the street but raised within the aristocracy, Drake Darling can't escape his sordid beginnings. Not when Lady Ophelia Lyttleton snubs him at every turn, a constant reminder he's not truly one

Overview

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 . . .

Born to the street but raised within the aristocracy, Drake Darling can't escape his sordid beginnings. Not when Lady Ophelia Lyttleton snubs him at every turn, a constant reminder he's not truly one of them. But after rescuing her from a mysterious drowning, he realizes she doesn't remember who she is. With plans to bring her to heel, he insists she's his housekeeper—never expecting to fall for the charming beauty.

While Ophelia might not recall her life before Drake, she has little doubt she belongs with him. The desire she feels for her dark, brooding employer can't be denied, regardless of consequences. So when Ophelia's memory returns, she is devastated by the depth of his betrayal. Now Drake must risk everything to prove she can trust this rogue with her heart once more.

Editorial Reviews

Jill Barnett
“She writes the most powerfully moving love stories in romance today.”
Dallas News
“Sensitive, funny and altogether enchanting!”
The Literary Times
“She writes from the heart and it shows!”
Katherine Sutcliffe
“Lorraine Heath is an incredible talent!”
Romantic Times BOOKclub
Deep emotions, sensuality and pathos combine and the healing power of love triumphs in another Heath masterpiece
Christina Dodd
Heath steals your heart, then takes you on a journey that will leave you torn between tears and joy.
Liz Carlyle
“The Duke of Weddington is perfect hero material. Historical readers will clamor for more.”
RT Book Reviews (top pick) - 4.5 stars - Praise for LORD OF TEMPTATION
Heath is a consummate storyteller, whose characters leap from the pages. Their powerful emotions and intense passions translate exceptionally well to readers, allowing them to become deeply involved in the fascinating plot and leaving them breathless and wanting more.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062276247
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
08/26/2014
Series:
Scandalous Gentlemen of St. James Series , #2
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
158,631
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

Lorraine Heath always dreamed of being a writer. After graduating from the University of Texas, she wrote training manuals, press releases, articles, and computer code, but something was always missing. When she read 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 prestigious RITA®. Her novels have appeared on the USA Today and New York Times bestseller lists.

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Once More, My Darling Rogue 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
def618 More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book very much! This series, The Scandalous Gentlemen of St. James, is about the children of the Scoundrel series. In this book, two damaged souls (Drake Darling and his sister's best friend) find love. It's not that easy, but I do not write plot spoilers. Lorraine Heath is a wonderful author. It's nice to see Dr. Graves popping up in all of the Scoundrel books. I recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book very much. Heath did a wonderful job.
kydirtgirl68 More than 1 year ago
Drake worries about the darkness inside him. He knows what his father did and worries he will do the same so he never plans to marry. He was born in the streets but an aristocracy family took him in and raised him like one of their own. He knows he is really one of them but one Lady really sets out to show him he is nothing. Ophelia doesn't like when ladies flirt with those beneath them. Drake has to be set in his place and she is the one to do so. When she looses her memory in a near drowning Drake sees it as the perfect time to get some revenge. He sill show her what it is like to be a housekeeper and how it feels to have someone order you around. He didn't plan on falling for her. Phee is sure this isn't her life but she enjoys being near Drake. When her memory returns she is horrified at how far Drake went to make a point and she doesn't think it will ever work with the man who now has her heart but not her trust. Drake is a dark man inside but with the family who raised him he shows how charming and loving he can be. He takes insults all the time but he can be pushed to far. Even when he lets Ophelia think she is his housekeeper he still doesn't ask her to do a lot of work. He treats her good. He is also the type of guy who keeps digging to make him self better. Ophelia is snobby and a brat at first. I have to say I did not like her one bit. the way she treated people was horrible. Phee as Drake let her think her name was is a much more nicer person. She still has the airs of the rich but she learns what it is like to be poor. She takes care of animals and steps in when people try to hurt them. She is very giving and sharing. Phee is the true woman who hides behind the mask of a lady who looks down on everyone. I have to say at first I worried I would not like this book. I didn't like the main character and thought how is this going to be good. However when Ophelia becomes Phee I ended up really loving her. She has many secrets and once they come out you see why she is the way she is. The author does an amazing job on these characters and all they ave gone through. There is a mystery to this story as Drake tries to figure out how Phee almost drown. With no memory he doesn't have a lot to go on. I was very surprised by who did it and why. It is a horrible person and they are a villain to the bone. I love the romance and love between Drake and Phee. They always had a spark but being close together that spark flares to a fire. This was an amazing book that I hated to see end. If you like historical romance then hurry and pick this one up!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this world! Bravo Ms. Heath! Love this world and can't wait to see the rest of the 'children's' stories!
zeeba More than 1 year ago
Fantastic! Once More, My Darling Rogue is another fantastic book by Lorraine Heath. Although in the beginning of the book Lady Ophelia was snobbish and rude but I could tell that there was a reason behind her behavior. After Ophelia snubbed Drake in Grace's wedding, by chance Drake rescues her from a mysterious drowning. When he realizes that she doesn't remember her past, he decides to have his revenge for a day and insists that she is his housekeeper. Through the whole story I couldn't guess how Ophelia was in Thames and keep anticipating that she is going to remember any minute. Like all Lorraine Heath's books this is an amazing written book with dark secrets and great characters. Thank you Lorraine Heath.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Was intrigued by Drake Darling from the first time he appeared. Glad his story told so well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just started reading romance novels and turns out i like them, a lot. this book has the tension that i like between characters. As other reviewers have said, it's on the same line as the movie overboard.
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AustenStudent More than 1 year ago
Lorraine Heath’s dark and dramatic Victorian historicals remind me of the morality tales of beloved author, Charles Dickens. This one, particularly, brings to mind Ebenezer Scrooge from A Christmas Carol, with Lady Ophelia Lyttleton’s gradual transformation from a spoiled rotten debutante into an empathetic and understanding young woman. Drake Darling is a child rescued from the London streets by a duke and a duchess, a former street child herself. Though raised in an affectionate and welcoming house of love and privilege, Drake has never been able to forget his dark past and he believes he is tainted by it. The son of a murderer, he is afraid to ever love and marry because he doesn’t want his darkness tainting future generations. He is also a very attractive and astute businessman and also visionary, changing and adapting to Victorian society’s new rules, where the nobility has lost its wealth, replaced by affluent Americans in trade. Drake smarts from Lady Ophelia’s constant set downs and cut directs—she thinks he’s far beneath her socially, though Drake’s sister, Grace, is Ophelia’s best friend. When he finds Ophelia nearly drowned in the Thames, covered in mud, he takes her to his town house, cares for her, and then determines to ruin her for revenge when he discovers she has no recollection of what has happened. He intends to keep her as his housekeeper only temporarily, but all bets are off when he sees her brother, Somerdale, at his club—instead of out looking for the whereabouts of his missing sister. Drake watches over Ophelia, endearingly calling her Phee, and feels responsible for her, her safety and reputation should she be recognized in London. But time passes and his guilt increases…as does his love for her. He is reluctant to let her go out of his life. “If she regained her memories, she might know what had happened. If he told her what he knew she might remember—and in the remembering he would lose her.” (p234) I really like how Heath transforms the extremely rude and conceited Lady Ophelia into a kind and generous person. She becomes Phee, a strong-willed and righteous young woman. The amnesia plotline reminds me of Sherry Thomas’ heroine, Helena, in Tempting the Bride, where the hero and heroine despise each other, and are rude and nasty until amnesia provides them with a second chance to start over again. It worked in that story and it’s very effective here as well. “She thought she should be more bothered by her lack of memories, and yet new ones were being created and she wanted to treasure them.” (p235) The previous generation of heroes and heroines of Heath’s Scoundrels of St. James’ series all make appearances here. There is a lovely moment between the Duke of Greystone and Drake that perfectly captures the true essence of family. A family tree would have been helpful as it has been quite awhile since I have read that series; I had forgotten which child belonged to which scoundrel! As in all her stories, Lorraine Heath writes with lovely emotion and a keen eye to the Victorian period, in her descriptions of fashion, interior decor, manners and mores, and social issues of the day. She is one of the best authors of Victorian historical romance writing today. A beautiful addition to a great series.
cinderellaRM More than 1 year ago
I just love historical romances I do not have enough money to get them all but I just find them fascinating. this one at times I found to be funny and humerouse Phee could be cutting but the other side of her was so sweet and Drake a big Marshmellow when he could of really taken advantage of Phee and used her as his personel slave. I really loved this book and could not get enough. I wish there were a lot of these books on the free or free Friday list. Keep up the good work
marabee More than 1 year ago
Ms Heath never lets her readers down. Wish she could write faster.
Frisby More than 1 year ago
Great reading, good author..
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is well written. Enjoyable. Twisting plot.
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These are like potato chips one is not enough but all the same silly plots blurb gave away the best one! ! lost memory and is housekeeper really so original. doubt if library will have this one for you borrowers buska
WhatsBeyondForks More than 1 year ago
I love Love/Hate relationships and that is definitely what Ophelia and Drake's relationship is in a nutshell. Although, they seem to really hate each other in the beginning, there is such chemistry and tension between them, there's no way it's all hate. Aside from the romance, there was a lot to this story. Drake is figuring out how he wants to proceed with business, there is some suspense, and of course the humor. It all weaves together to create an entertaining story. Once More, My Darling Rogue by Lorraine Heath was kindly provided to me by the publisher through Edelweiss for review. The opinions are my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Even though while I was reading this book it reminded me of the movie "overboard", but still I realy liked it. I liked the character of Drake in the first book since he was such a solid character with alot of insecurities. I hope the last book will be as good as these two first ones. I know that Lorraine aheath is an amazing writer but from these first books the duke of Avandale didnt seem like a very likable character. Now after reading these books I just want to reread the first three books about the parents of our characters. I hope she keeps going and doesnt end it with Avandale. I want to know what happens to Minerva too.
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The most amazing book ever! Enough said...
regencyromantic1 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book.  Buy it, you won't be disappointed.
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