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Once More my Darling Rogue
The Scandalous Gentlemen of St. James # 2
By: Lorraine Heath
Releasing August 26th, 2014
From New York Times bestselling author Lorraine Heath, comes the second book in a brand new series, The Scandalous Gentlemen of St. James, featuring three eligible bachelors...and the scoundrels that reside within each.
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.
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Grace and the Duke of Lovington just had their happy ending, it’s time for Drake to have his. His childhood was rough, and he’d seen things a child shouldn’t see. He may have been raised by the Duke, but he felt he really didn’t belong. Or at least that’s what Lady Ophelia Lyttleton made him feel that way. She often reminded him that he was beneath all of them.
Until an accident had brought them together, but the thing is she can’t remember anything from her past. She doesn’t remember who she is, or where she’s from. He didn’t mean to at first, he was going to tell her the truth once she had rested – but he decided it was time for her to learn some lessons. He told her he was her housekeeper.
But as the day goes by – he sees the other side of Lady Ophelia, the good side, the vulnerable, the innocent. He couldn’t help but start to fall for her. She still has that inner fire that slips every now and then. He wanted to tell her the truth, he wanted to return her to her family. But first, he needed to know if she’s in any danger.
But what happens when Lady Ophelia regains her memory?
This question made this read un-put-downable for me. My stomach was in knots, I love what was happening between them, fell in love with Phee, but I couldn’t help to feel the impending doom.
And indeed, their romance was doomed before it even started. When she finally regained her memory, she felt so betrayed, and her walls were once again up. She never thought he’d do it, that he’d allow her to be a housekeeper.
I didn’t realize I’m going to say this – but this woman grew on me. She was way different from the Ophelia in the first few chapters. She amuses me, and made me laugh. I liked this Ophelia. What I didn’t expect is that she too has a dark past. It almost broke my heart… I understood now why she's that way.
But despite the fact he broke her heart, and he made sure that she was safe, that danger would no longer come to her. He made me fall in love with him even more. He respected her decision, even when she was rude to him – he didn’t fight back. He was still a gentleman about it.
I love the twist and turns, the secrets that seemed endless and are revealed one by one throughout the pages. This book had me in tears in its last few chapters. It is filled with moments that can break your hearts and make you fall in love.
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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