cover image The Duke and the Lady in Red

The Duke and the Lady in Red

Lorraine Heath. Avon, $7.99 mass market (384p) ISBN 978-0-06-227626-1

Heath’s magnificent third Scandalous Gentleman of St. James historical (after Once More, My Darling Rogue) highlights the ways that Victorian aristocrats flouted the conventions of society. Rose Sharpe catches the eye of the Duke of Avendale at a notorious club called the Twin Dragons. Though Rose is no stranger to duping wealthy men, her plan to support her makeshift family with Avendale’s funds goes awry. Reluctantly, she commits to spending one week at Avendale’s palatial home. As Rose gets to know Avendale better, she realizes there are hidden depths behind the scurrilous facade he shows to society. And when he unearths her reasons for swindling him, she sees a caring side of Avendale that seals her love for him once and for all. Heath excels at writing passionate romantic tension, and this emotional page-turner showcases her stunning ability to delve into the characters’ innermost souls. Agent: Robin Rue, Writers House. (May)