The first time that I ever read a book by Heath I was in high school, and since that time I have loved the author. Having read The Duke and the Lady in Red, I still have that warm feeling that I did with the first book that I read by Heath. All the same elements of the author's previous romances were there and yet I think this has to be Heath's best work yet or at least a very close runner up.
Some of the traits that I loved about this book included the characters. Both Rose and Avendale were wonderfully written. I felt like nothing was absent from their lives (minus one another) or their stories. Each character played their part well in the story which brings me to another section of the book I loved, the plot.
I recently expressed, in a separate review, that historical-fiction novels were beginning to reach their limit with plots. The majority of these plots are exhausted and yet Heath has delivered something entirely new while still maintaining the heart and soul of what readers love most about historical-fiction, the romance.
In many ways, this book is a wave of romantic chaos. There were many twists hidden within the romance that I was not expecting to uncover, and I was thrilled by what I did uncover. I think that both Rose and Avendale held a passion and understanding for one another that is a rare jewel to find in romance novels. I think a simple agreement turned out to be a love worth fighting for in the end.
As for downfalls, I think not having read all the previous book in the series made it a little difficult for me to maintain a straight track in my reading. I was a little lost on and off when I was reading. So it's important to read the previous books of the series first so that this does happen to you, a fellow reader.
The last flaw is that the story itself starts out slow. It takes a little bit of patience in the reading to allow the book to get started. However this book is still a wonderful read and once again I'm happy to be a reader of Heath's.
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.