Welcome to my stop on Lorraine Heath's blog tour for Once More My Darling Rogue! Don't forget to enter the giveaway at the end of the post for a chance to win a $25 GC to the book seller of your choice!
About Lorraine Heath:
After reading a romance novel, she not only became hooked on the genre, but quickly realized what her writing lacked: rebels, scoundrels, and rogues. She’s been writing about them ever since.
Her work has been recognized with numerous industry awards, including RWA’s RITA® and a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award. Her novels have appeared on the USA Today and New York Times best-seller lists.
Format: .mobi (provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review)
Release Date: August 26, 2014
They are England’s most eligible bachelors, with the most scandalous reputations. But for the right woman, even an unrepentant rogue may mend his ways…
Born to the street but raised within the aristocracy, Drake Darling can’t escape his sordid beginnings. Not when Lady Ophelia Lyttleton snubs him at every turn, a constant reminder he’s not truly one of them. But after rescuing her from a mysterious drowning he realizes she doesn’t remember who she is. With plans to bring her to heel, he insists she’s his housekeeper—never expecting to fall for the charming beauty.
While Ophelia might not recall her life before Drake, she has little doubt she belongs with him. The desire she feels for her dark, brooding employer can’t be denied, regardless of consequences. So when her memory returns, she is devastated by the depth of his betrayal. Now Drake must risk everything to prove she can trust this rogue with her heart once more.
This is my first time reading a book by author Lorraine Heath and it was so good!!
At odds since they first met, Drake Darling and Lady Ophelia Lyttleton seemed destined to spend the rest of their lives butting heads. Drake has spent his whole life trying to forget and prove that he is better than where he came from yet Lady Ophelia seems determined to remind him and put him in his place. One night Drake rescues Ophelia from a drowning only to discover that she doesn’t remember who she is. Determined to teach her a lesson, Drake tells her that she is his housekeeper. With no rules to follow, Ophelia shows her true self to Drake and he slowly begins to fall in love with her.
From the moment Drake told Ophelia that she was his housekeeper, I was on the edge of my seat wondering just how bad the fallout was going to be when she eventually did remember who she was and who he was. Ophelia seemed like such a cold woman who didn’t forgive easily. At first I thought she was nothing more than a stuck up, silly woman who didn’t want anyone or anything to intrude on the “purity” of high society but her amnesia brought out the real Ophelia, the one that was forced to hide and who had such a depth of emotion and trauma that I couldn’t help but admire her, even after she remembered who she was.
Drake is going to go onto my list of Book Boyfriends. This man has it all, he’s dashing, intelligent, kind and courageous but most of all, he’s loyal to a fault. That’s what got me hooked on him, Drake is such a loyal person when it’s earned and he would do anything for those he cares about. He’s reinvented himself instead of taking the coward’s way out and not fighting to prove he’s better than his origins. I loved how even though he may seem like he has it all, he has deep rooted insecurities and doubts about whether or not he’s good enough for his adopted family.
Author Lorraine Heath really gave Drake and Ophelia challenges that were not easy to overcome. A physical villain is easier to defeat than personal demons that plague a person day and night. With both characters suffering from their pasts, it made Once More My Darling Rogue more personal and more about character growth than just a romance with a villain.
However for me, the most touching part of Once More My Darling Rogue was Drake’s family situation. It touched me on a personal level because I’ve never believed that family is dictated at birth. The fact that Drake, an adopted son who came from less than ideal bloodlines was loved so unconditionally by his adopted parents and treated as no less than an equal and full sibling by their biological children was so endearing to me. Drake spent time doubting his place in his parents’ and siblings’ hearts that he missed the signs all around him that they didn’t think of him as anything other than theirs. I may have gotten a little emotional over that bit.
My second most touching part of Once More My Darling Rogue? The beautiful dedication to a dog named Pooh Bear. As a dog lover, I couldn't not point that out.
Final Verdict: Lorraine Heath has a magical way with words that casts a spell over readers, drawing them into a world of passionate characters and lively humor. I was no exception. I say bring on the next book!
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