Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Tasty Book Tours Spotlight + Review + Giveaway: The Duke and the Lady in Red by Lorraine Heath

The Duke and the Lady in Red
Scandalous Gentlemen of St. James #3
By: Lorraine Heath  
Releasing April 29, 2015

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.

My Thoughts:
There are a few authors that can put me through the emotional ringer, and I have to say that Lorraine Heath is one of those authors. I thought I wasn't going need tissues, but what did me in was Rose's relationship with her brother. At first, I thought the complex character was going to be Avendale, though he is in a way, he's not as complex as Rose. At the beginning of the story we see Rose as this thief and swindler, but as the story progress we see the reasoning behind. Normally, there is a logical reason for the heroine to do the things she does in the story. A lot of her swindling has to do with helping her cast of misfits to survive. They aren't misfits, but the world would view them as oddities. Most people would gawk at her brother, so she wanted to protect her brother from those who be cruel to him. She truly loved her brother. 

Now Rose and Avendale's relationship. He's a Duke and he sees what he wants and goes after it. He wants Rose and pursues her by any means. He's ruthless about it, and when he finds the weakness he uses against her. I know that sounds horrible, but he wasn't privy to all the information. Honestly, he does have a good heart, but just doesn't let anyone in to see. However, we see how he slowly becomes less selfish as the story goes on. He's a bastard at first, but once he meets Harry he starts to see the big picture that Rose lives everyday. 

I adore Lorraine's writing, because you have so many elements into her stories that make you grab a hold of what is displayed before you. One of my favorite quotes in The Duke and the Lady in Red was
"The past is always there," she told him. "You might ignore it, but you would be a fool not to recognize its influence, and you don't strike me as a fool."
Rose and Avendale both had to overcome there past, and they had to help one another. The Duke and the Lady in Red is a beautiful tale overcoming the cards that have been dealt and being able to crawl out with the right help.

Copy provided by Avon via Edelweiss.

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Author Info

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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1 comment:

  1. Thank you for hosting THE DUKE AND THE LADY IN RED!