Scoundrel of My Heart by: Lorraine Heath

Once Upon a Dukedom book 1

She is desperate to wed a duke…

Lady Kathryn Lambert must marry a titled gentleman to claim her inheritance and has finally gained the attention of a duke. Yet she is unable to forget the scandalous second son who aided in her achievement–or his betrayal.

He wants what he can never possess…

Lord Griffith Stanwick is tormented by the bitter truth that as a “spare,” he will never be able to give Kathryn what she yearns to possess. But when his father is found guilty of treason, Griff detours into the dark and dangerous corners of London, haunted by memories of the woman lost to him forever.

Love not to be denied…

As the duke’s courtship intensifies, Kathryn discovers Griff has become a man to be reckoned with. When old passions flare and new desires ignite, she must decide if sacrificing her legacy is worth a lifetime shared with the scoundrel of her heart.

Content Warnings: Sexism, classism, violence, blood, sexual scenes, and mention of infidelity [by parents, not main couple].

Within a few pages, I knew I was going to like this book. As a childhood friend of his younger sister, Griff and Kathryn have always butted heads. There’s just something about Kathryn that makes Griff want to verbally spar with her every time they meet and adulthood hasn’t changed that.

Growing up Kathryn knew she needed to marry a titled gentleman, before she turned 25, in order to fulfill her inheritance requirements. She has no time to waste on annoying second sons as her 25th looms closer and closer…so why can’t she seem to stay away from Griff?

Griff has always been disregarded and ignored since he’s considered a spare to the heir. Determined to find his own fortune and prove he’s worth more he’s planning to start his own business. Having heard Kathryn talk negatively about second sons he knows that she’ll never see him as anyone special…which is fine…isn’t it? She’s irritating and aggravating…so why can’t he stop imagining a life with her?

I absolutely adored the banter between these two especially as they attempt to fight the growing attraction they have since they’re not suited…or so they think. Watching them attempt to put the needs/wants, or what they assume are the needs/wants, of the other first…no matter how much it hurts them had me wanting to tightly hug them both and tell them to follow their hearts instead of their minds.

We get reluctant conspirators, falling for your best friend’s brother, mystery, and so much more. Currently planning to jump immediately into book two and thinking I need to pre-order book 3 which drops later this month!

Published by Noelle Loves Books

Growing up, Japanese and Indigenous, it was hard to find books that showcased stories and worlds that accurately portrayed Noelle’s experiences. Fantasy quickly became her main love, as you could really be anyone, anywhere. As the years went on, and technology grew, Noelle was finally able to see more stories and authors that looked and felt like her. Noelle is open to all genre’s though she can mostly be found reading own voice, fantasy, and romance. Ratings: 5 Stars: Completely blew me away 4 Stars: Loved the story but didn't feel completely blown away by it 3 Stars: Liked the overall concept of the story but either had poor execution, had a lot of plot holes, or was written poorly 2 Stars: I struggled to understand the plot, poorly written, or just had really unlikeable characters along with a poor writing 1 Star: Horribly written, major plot holes, or extremely unlikeable characters and plots.

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