Scoundrel of My Heart by Lorraine Heath

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

 

by Lorraine Heath
Genres: Historical, Romance, Adult
Publisher: Avon
Publication Date: March 30th 2021
Source: ARC received for review
Star Quotient: ★★★★
Kiss Factor: ✷✷✷✷

I have to thank Jen for putting Scoundrel of My Heart on my radar. I read her review and immediately went to find myself a copy. I've been slowly getting back into historical romances, one of the subgenres that hooked me into romance in the first place. This book was exactly what I was hoping it would be: swoony and a touch angsty. 

The premise of Scoundrel of My Heart is pretty convoluted and I don't wish to spoil it for anyone, so I'll be brief. The basic gist is that Kathryn, the protagonist, needs to marry a titled gentleman in order to inherit her grandmother's cottage. Enter the Duke of Kingsland with his announcement that he is looking for a wife and anyone who wishes to be considered should pen him a letter with all their qualities. Kathryn recruits her friend's brother, Griffith's, help to her figure out what exactly the Duke is looking for in a wife. As you can probably predict, Griffith and Kathryn end up developing feelings for each other. But nothing is as simple as it seems and soon the two are separated thanks to a betrayal and suspicion of treason. The book then flashes forward to nearly a year later and this is when the story really starts to shine. 

Lorraine Heath crafted some wonderfully complex characters in this book. Kathryn is easily one of my favorite HR heroines with her sharp tongue and quick wit. She goes after what she desires and isn't afraid to speak her mind. Her love interest, Griff, is a big dumb endearing log who you cannot help but love. He goes through hell and more in Scoundrel of My Heart. He starts off rather rakish, but he is also someone with aspirations and goals - He dreams of opening this exclusive club only accessible to certain folks in society. All that is great but what makes Griff a lovable hero is his complete and utter willingness to do anything and everything for Kathryn. I will almost fall for a romance hero who is so in love with their romantic partner to the point of being self-sacrificial. Maybe it's archaic, but there is something so incredibly romantic about the whole thing to me, so I ate up Griff's character.

The romance is so well-written too in Scoundrel of My Heart. I tend to enjoy my historical romances on the angstier side and this book balances out the angst with the swoons and banter beautifully. I like it when authors torture their characters a little bit and make them really work for that happily-ever-after, so I certainly enjoyed all the obstacles keeping Kathryn and Griff apart. When they finally do reach that pinnacle of their HEA, it's just so worth it in every way because Lorraine Heath writes it so brilliantly. She will have you clutching your chest at several points throughout the book because the mutual pining is perfection!

As soon as I finished Scoundrel of My Heart, I went ahead and requested an ARC of the next book in the series and that should tell you just how much of an enjoyable experience reading this book was. The next book, The Duchess Hunt, will feature the Duke of Kingsland, who was very intriguing in this book BTW, falling to his knees for a woman (!!) and I can't wait to dive into his book ASAP. 

CWs: violence

Relationship disclosure: None


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