Format: Audiobook, Paperback
The Duke and the Lady in Red by Lorraine Heath
Narrator: Helen Lloyd, James Adams
Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
Date Read: May 2015
Genre: Historical, Romance
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.
Series: Scandalous Gentlemen of St. James #3
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, An Affair with a Notorious Heiress
NOTE: These “reviews” are as simple as it gets (and mostly for tracking purposes)! They will have a rating, first thought, narrator thought (quick), and will officially be filed 🙂
Listened for Fun /Read for Review (Audible /Avon)
Overall Rating : 4.50
Story Rating :4.50
Character Rating : 4.50
Audio Rating : 4.50 (Not part of the overall rating)
First thought when finished: The mystery in The Duke and the Lady in Red by Lorraine Heath was compelling and the damn end made me cry.
Quick Thoughts: This was one of those stories that I would only trust in a few authors hands. The leading lady was not typical, especially for a historical. In the wrong hands she would have been down right unlikable or at least not a woman you would root for an HEA. Instead you not only love Rosalind but end up wanting to make sure that Avendale is worthy of HER! Avendale is swoon-worthy so don’t get me wrong. He is every thing I want in a Historical Leading Man (yes I have different expectations depending on the type of leading man and period). In the end though it was his connection with Rosalind that makes him super worthy. Don’t you love with the love story makes you go SWOOOOOOOOOOON? The mystery of why Rosalind is the way she is was the most compelling part of this story for me. It is worth reading and having that “oh my” moment without spoiling. It was compelling and felt authentic to the time.
Narrated By Helen Lloyd, James Adams / Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
Helen and James are a perfect example of how two narrators can work for an audiobook. They were both outstanding and balanced each other well. The pacing was steady, equal emotional output, and their voices fit these characters. I highly recommend this on audio!
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