Title: Scoundrel of My Heart
Author: Lorraine Heath
Series: Once Upon A Dukedom #1
Lady Kathryn Lambert must marry a titled gentleman to claim her inheritance. She has gained the attention of a duke but finds herself attracted to a second son who has had to remake his life after his father’s treasonous act.
This was my first Lorraine Heath book, but it definitely won’t be my last. I was hooked from the very beginning by Kathryn and Griff’s story. Kathryn is an outspoken woman who refuses to view men as superior. She tries to ignore her feelings for Griff because she knows if she stays with him she will lose her inheritance. However, the more she resists, the more she is drawn to him and realizes that her inheritance won’t provide her with a happy life or love.
Griff is the playboy scoundrel second son for the first half of this book. But, once his fathers actions destroy his family he changes. He becomes a rougher man who will do whatever he can to protect his family, including learning to fight. Griff was just a great hero because he was someone you knew you could rely on if things went south. Also, I loved Griff’s views towards women and society in general. He believed women should have the same rights as men and that’s what pushes him to create his business.
These two had a very slow but steady relationship. They keep pushing each other away because society demands it but love prevails. I loved how Griff saw Kathryn and helped her embrace her true self. He truly wants an equal partnership in every way, and it was wonderfully refreshing.
I picked this book up on a whim today after seeing people rave about this series, and I am so glad I did. It was wonderful and just what I needed. I loved Heath’s writing and her beautiful characters. I cannot wait to read the rest of this series, and more of her work.