The Duke and the Lady in Red (Scandalous Gentlemen of St. James Series #3)

The Duke and the Lady in Red (Scandalous Gentlemen of St. James Series #3)

by Lorraine Heath

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Sparks fly in the finale of the Scandalous Gentlemen of St. James Place series, as the last wicked rogue meets his match.

When Rosalind Sharpe gains the attention of the deliciously wicked Duke of Avendale, she’s torn between her distracting attraction to the notorious rogue and the knowledge that he—rich as Croesus—is the perfect target for a deception that will put her swindling days behind her.

However, Avendale is no fool. After he discovers the tantalizing lady packing up to leave London with his coins in tow, he confronts her with a scandalous proposition: she can have all the money she requires…for a week in his bed.

Desperate for the funds, Rose agrees, but on one condition: he must never question her motives. Avendale quickly sees beneath her mask and discovers she is more than passion and pleasure—she is everything he has ever desired. But claiming her requires he unveil her secrets and lose her forever. Unless he can put his own dark past aside and risk everything for a chance at love.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062276261
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/28/2015
Series: Scandalous Gentlemen of St. James Series , #3
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 343,907
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.20(d)

About 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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The Duke and the Lady in Red 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It made me poignantly well written.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best in the series, very few books make me cry but this one had me in tears, well done Lorraine ,love your books!!
TheSassyBookster More than 1 year ago
Rosalind Sharpe is a con artist and on the hunt for her next mark when she meets the Duke of Avendale and decides that he would make a perfect target. From their first meeting the attraction between them burns and Rosalind is torn between yielding to her body’s urges and carrying out her con.  Duke of Avendale has always enjoyed his dalliances with women who know the score and want the same thing as him – a short-term liaison – until he sets his eyes on Rosalind. He is determined to have her and her reluctance makes her even more appealing. The Duke is no fool and knows that she is hiding something and when he catches her red-handed, her makes her an attractive offer: a large amount of money for one week of pleasure. Miss Heath has written a very moving story, with enjoyable and likable characters. Rosalind is a very fascinating, unconventional and complex heroine and I did not like her at the beginning of the story but as the story went on, her layers were peeled back to show a woman who is both fierce and vulnerable, innocent and worldly. Rosalind took to life as a con artist to for altruistic reasons and will do anything to protect her family. The Duke of Avendale has his own secrets but being with Rosalind exposes a gentle and kindhearted side to him. Soon what was intended as a quick affair becomes so much more. Rosalind gets a taste of what her life could be like, if she had a partner to share it with. THE DUKE AND THE LADY IN RED is a very emotional tale of unconditional love and may bring a tear to the reader’s eye. *I received this book for free from the Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is at heart a wonderful story but I often found myself skipping over overheated descriptions of the physical aspects of their relationship, not just the actual sex scenes but their mutual physical attraction rather than emotional. I've read the previous books that featured Whit as a boy and, to put it mildly, spent the first 200 pages very disappointed in him. He came around okay in the end but the story would have been better for more pages concerning both their family relationships and history; how they came to be the people they were was described but not really developed. Also, her conviction of her unsuitability as a duchess was repetitious and maudlin. Pages wasted on that could also have been better used on character and relationship development. I've read a lot of Miss Heath's stories and most were much better told.
zeeba More than 1 year ago
Amazing historical Romance! The Duke and the Lady in Red is another fantastic and emotional romance by Lorraine Heath. I love that how Ms. Heath started this story with a swindler heroine Rose and the wicked Duke of Avendale,two clever and determined characters who romance and love was the last thing in their mind. Rose is desperate for money and Avendale is a perfect target for her deception. However when Avendale discovers her lies he confronts her with a scandalous proportions. Rose and Avendale's romance is amazing, they start to learn about each other secrets and the true reason why Rose needs the money desperately. I love everything about this book, the plot is great and the characters are lovable and strong. There is another sweet character Harry( Rose's brother)in the story that I loved to read about. This is an enjoyable and emotional read you do not want to miss with the gorgeous cover and perfect title. Thank you Lorraine Heath for writing amazing, fantastic books.
def618 More than 1 year ago
I was lucky to be given an ARC of this amazing book. Having read almost all of Lorraine Heath's books I have high expectations for them. This book exceeded all of my expectations. I could not put it down! I never write or read plot spoiler reviews so I hope I can entice you to read this without spoiling it for you. This is Avendale (aka Whit) and Rose's love story. It is also the story of love between family and friends and what they'll do for each other. You will adore Rose's brother Harry. I wish I could give it more than 5 stars. You might want to have kleenex near by - I cried in parts. I highly recommend this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Avendale and Rose's story and what a good one it was. This series just keeps getting better and better.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The highest praise I can give: is to say this is great storytelling! This book gets that praise. Yes, yes it had some predictable paths, but to make it still a compelling that is craft and no lil amount of word magic. Absolutly a must read if you like "love" stories!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great love story with interesting twists
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Heartwarming and just beautiful. I knew what was coming but it still ripped my heart out. What a beautiful, achingly sweet and fantastic story. I loved every page.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loveto read Leanne Heath stories but Rosalind -a criminal and Avandale a rogue were had to like until Harry brought into the picture
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story telling! The emotion was unbelievably real. I felt like I was a part of the story. I can't put in words how much I enjoyed this book, but that's why I'm a reader and not an author. Lol. Great job!
WhatsBeyondForks More than 1 year ago
Avendale and Rose had me laughing, angry, and crying (both happy and sad tears). Rose's dedication to her family, whether they're blood related or not, is amazing. The things she will do and has done to keep them together and alive is crazy. She's one tough cookie, and Avendale doesn't see it all coming, but once he does... Rose is in for an adventure of sorts. They both are actually. The ARC of The Duke and the Lady in Red by Lorraine Heath was kindly provided to me by the publisher through Edelweiss for review. The opinions are my own.
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SummerSnowFalls More than 1 year ago
I thought this was a slow-start and nearly stopped listening (reading via audiobook during my morning commute) quite a few times. However, I'm really glad I stuck with it. Rose and Avendale have such an intense relationship - their banter is quick, sharp, and very witty, their love scenes passionate; they fall in love almost without realizing it. Rose's brother adds a deep emotional layer to the narrative and serves as a catalyst for both Rose and Avendale to not only grow closer together but also grow as individuals too. This book is an emotional rollercoaster. At one point, I actually had to turn off the audiobook because I was crying so much. But this is a compliment of the highest order! Ms. Heath's talent at evoking such powerful emotions in her readers (and listeners!) is laudable and speaks highly of her writing abilities. I really recommend reading this book enough! If you find yourself, like I, dragging through the first few chapters, I implore you to stick with it. It's well worth it, I promise. The narrative and characters really take off around chapters 7 & 8. You will not be disappointed! Originally posted at Plot Twist Reviews [dot] Com
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Plot was fine (although extremely farfetched, even for a romance novel), characters were quite likeable, but it was honestly tough to slog through the language/word choice. If you make it through the sample and aren't bothered by the writing style, go for it. If the sample makes you cringe a few times but you think the writing might improve... It doesn't.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thoroughly enjoyed from beginning to end. Couldn't put it down. Loved the strong protagonist who just can't understand why things are different with this girl, but knows they are.
Wild_caffeinated_woman More than 1 year ago
Rosalind Sharpe, at first glance, is a scam artist, adept in the art of fleecing men of their coin.  Unapologetic and possessing a very clear vision of what she does, she meets her match when she tries to relieve the Duke of Avendale of his coins.  Caught with her hand in the cookie jar, he offers her an alternative to gaol:  one week in his company for a large sum of money. Avendale is a man with his own secrets, and together, they tear down each others walls and face the ongoing issues in their lives and find in each other a solace neither has known for a long time, if ever. I loved, loved, loved this book.  Rosalind’s character is one of the best drawn heroines I have read in a long time.  There are layers upon layers to her and she is at the same time fierce and vulnerable.  The reason behind her life of thievery is solid and true and her character is resolute about what she feels she must do to protect a beloved family member.  Avendale is interesting,  and different from a lot of male protagonists drawn today in that he is genuinely kind.  It’s a softer edge that doesn’t detract at all from his masculinity;  in fact, written as he is, it enhances it. There is not a wasted moment in plotting;  The Duke and the Lady in Red is well paced, the pathway from thief and mark to lovers is believable and lovely and steamy, and heartbreak comes from an unexpected source.  All in all this was an original and compelling story, and this book is a shelf-keeper for me.  I read an ARC provided by Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lorraine Heath is a wonderful story teller. I wasn't sure I would like this story line, but once started, I stayed up all night to finish this book. It is a true love story. Don't let this book pass you by, read and fall in love.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have to say that I love most of the books that she writes, but I wasn't sure about this one at first. We got to know Avendale as a womanizer and I usually don't like characters like that. I got the book since it was the end of series, but stayed in my library, untouched, for a while. finally I gave in and read it and I am so glad that I did. The story was simply amazing. the transformation of both H and h were so smooth that it will take you a while to notice how much they have actually changed. I am so glad that I read this book. I hope she keeps going with these characters. I can't wait to read the story about Minerva.
chucha_13 More than 1 year ago
I cried, I smiled, I fell in love. Lorraine Heath gave me a book that I couldn’t put down with the finale of the Scandalous Gentleman of St. James. Finally, it’s time for the Duke of Avendale to meet his match. The lady in red caught his attention, he knew she was not one of the ton, but she didn’t move like it. She moved like she owned the place. The moment he saw her, he knew he wanted her in his bed. But it wasn’t going to be easy. Rosalind Sharpe is no stranger to men who are attracted to her. But when she gains the attention of Avendale, she got a little distracted – which is quite dangerous for what she has planned all along. When she knew that he was filthy rich, she knew she found the perfect target for her last deception. She will make enough to put her swindling days behind her. Now, if only she can resist him. But soon, Rosalind realized that Avendale was not a fool. The moment he discovered her deception, he strike a bargain with her: she can have all the money she need for a week in his bed. She needed the money, she was desperate for it. But she needed to have some conditions. Both of them have secrets, both of them have past no one was willing to share. Can two people from different backgrounds, with a whole lot of baggage last more than a week? Avendale, he has a very, very big and generous heart. He might hide it with his duke-like demeanor (arrogant and all), but it didn’t hide the fact that his heart is golden. The fact that Rosalind had pushed him to consider talking to his mother and being honest with her made all the difference in the world. Suddenly, his past wasn’t haunting him anymore… I think this was my favorite among the three. Lorraine Heath saved her best for last. At first, I wanted to hate Rosalind for what she did, but she has her reasons. She was desperate, and beggars could not be choosers. Nevertheless, overall, she was a good person and perhaps the greatest sister in the world. Some of my favorite scenes were those of hers and Harry, no matter heartbreaking they might be. So ready some tissues, if I were you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
He is gorgeous and rich and can't get enough of her.....she agrees to sleep with him for a week......tired old story line. But true to her talents, Lorraine Heath makes it real and pulls in an historical spark..a point of fascination that set her off. Not my absolute favorite in this series....a little contrived, people are a bit too open minded to be believable... but I fell in love with Avendale and you will too. Recommend. Actually, read ALL of Lorraine will not be disappointed.