Sep 7, 2014

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

Once More, My Darling Rogue by Lorraine Heath
Genre: Historical Romance
Bottom Line: An exciting plot full of deception and sexual tension.

Scandalous Gentlemen of St. James
1.  When the Duke Was Wicked
2.  Once More, My Darling Rogue 

Synopsis (Goodreads):

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 her 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.

My Thoughts:

I have been waiting for this book since I finished When the Duke Was Wicked. I realize the summary makes it sound like the story would be an 1800's version of the movie Overboard...and honestly it was quite similar.  But it was also very enjoyable. And had fewer mullets (thank goodness). Obviously, taking advantage of a lady's amnesia out of spite is a recipe for disaster...but something certainly needed to shake Ophelia out of her ways. Ophelia was an emotionally scarred lady who hid behind her haughtiness to keep everyone at a distance, especially the one man who she couldn't keep out of her head. Drake was a commoner adopted into an aristocratic family, though he never forgot his roots.

I like when authors shake it up and make either the hero or heroine completely unbearable at the start. In this book, it was definitely Ophelia.  She was stuck up and rude, and oh-so obnoxious.  I'd hate to wish a traumatic accident on anyone...but I won't say I was exactly upset when she wound up in the Thames. As such, I find myself unable to fully blame Drake for his deceit. Aside from being a little petty in his revenge, I really liked him as a hero. I thought he was honest (you know, aside from the major deception that made up the entire plot of this book) and a very sweet, romantic man.

This was definitely an emotional romance. Even when the romance between Drake and Ophelia was blooming, you always knew that his deception was hanging over their heads. And there was always the fear that she would revert to her old self if she remembered. There was a lot of tension and passion, and it was tied together in a beautifully written story.

Rating: 9

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