Series: Scoundrels of St. James
Author: Lorraine Heath
Read copy: Mass Market Paperback
Published: July 1, 2009
A Devilish Duke on a Quest for Pleasure . . .
Frannie Darling was once a child of London's roughest streets, surrounded by petty thieves, pickpockets, and worse. But though she survived this harsh upbringing to become a woman of incomparable beauty, Frannie wants nothing to do with the men who lust for her, the rogues who frequent the gaming hall where she works. She can take care of herself and feels perfectly safe on her own—safe, that is, until he strides into her world, and once again it becomes a very dangerous place indeed.
To bed her but not wed her. That's what Sterling Mabry, the eighth Duke of Greystone, wants. But Frannie abhors arrogant aristocrats interested only in their own pleasure. So why then does the thought of an illicit tryst with the devilish duke leave her trembling with desire? Her willing body begs for release . . . and a wicked, wonderful surrender.
This was yet another great historical romance by the masterful :Lorraine Heath, but while I loved the slow-growing bond between Frannie and Sterling, and their characters separately, I just didn't find this one as "engaging" as the previous two books in the series.
I guess it had all to do with the fact the hero wasn't one of the Feagan's lads, and though Sterling was "dark and brooding" he lacked that edge of danger both Luke and Jack had.
Still, it was a much better effort than many historicals out there, so 4 ½ stars.