An Affair with a Notorious Heiress by Lorraine Heath
Date Read: May 30th 2017
Genre: Historical, Romance
The son of a duke and an infamous mother, Alistair Mabry, Marquess of Rexton, fought his way to respectability. Now, the most eligible bachelor in London, marriage-shy Rexton will take only a wife with an impeccable reputation, good breeding, and a penchant for staying out of the gossip sheets. But when he strikes a deal to be seen “courting” a sweet young debutante whose notorious older sister has blemished her chances for marriage, Rexton is unexpectedly drawn to the highly inappropriate, calamitous Tillie, Lady Landsdowne herself.
After a scandalous incident that sent shockwaves throughout society and disgraced her, Tillie refuses to cower in the face of the ton. Instead, she will hold her head high as she serves as chaperone for her younger sister, but Tillie is convinced Rexton’s courtship is shrouded with secrets—ones she vows to uncover. However, doing so requires getting dangerously close to the devilishly handsome and forbidden marquess…
Series: Scandalous Gentlemen of St. James #4
Also by this author: Deck the Halls With Love, In Bed with The Devil, Between the Devil and Desire , Surrender to the Devil, When the Duke Was Wicked br> br>
Also in this series: When the Duke Was Wicked, The Duke and the Lady in Red
Received for Review (Edelweiss)
Tillie, Lady Landsdowne, is notorious for divorcing her husband. She’s a wealthy American whose mother wanted her, and her sister, to marry a lord. So, at a young age she married an Earl who needed her dowry. After a few miserable years, she divorced him. Shocking! Unfortunately, her younger sister, Gina Hammersley, is having a very disappointing debut season due to her sister’s scandalous reputation.
Their uncle, Garrett Hammersley, acts as chaperone at the various ton events as Tillie is not welcome. He asks Alistair Mabry, Marquess of Rexton, to pay attention to Gina in hopes that other men will be interested if they think Rexton is. In return, Garrett will let Rexton breed his mare to his famous race horse. Rexton agrees but makes it very clear he is not looking for a wife. While paying attention to Gina, he falls for Tillie. They have a mutual interest in race horses and become lovers.
There is a HEA but Tillie and Rex go through a lot of ups and downs to get there. She worries he’ll be ostracized due to her reputation. If you have read the other books in this series, you know that Rex’s family will always support him. This book is part of the Scandalous Gentlemen of St. James series, but can easily be read and enjoyed without having read the earlier books. I enjoyed this book VERY much and had a hard time putting it down. Lorraine Heath is a fabulous author so it’s no surprise to me that this book is a keeper.
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