Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Once More, My Darling Rogue Book Tour: Review + Excerpt + Giveaway!

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Welcome to my post for the Once More My Darling Rogue book tour! I have a review coming up, as well as an excerpt and a giveaway for a $25 gift card. But, first, allow me to introduce the book:

Once More, My Darling Rogue (Scandalous Gentlemen of St. James, #2)
Release date: August 26, 2014
Publisher: Avon
Genre: Historical (Victorian) Romance
Series: Scandalous Gentlemen of St. James #2

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.



My Rating: 4.5 Roses

I went into this book a little wary, because, while the plot sounded good, it also sounded like something that could easily go wrong. However, I was pleasantly surprised to find that Once More, My Darling Rogue was an absolutely lovely historical romance. Sweet, enjoyable, and full of dark secrets lurking in the characters' past, this book was wonderful and I really liked it.

Ophelia was a good heroine. Honestly, at first, I didn't like her at all. She was mean, shrewish, snobbish, and just unlikable. However, as the book went on, things changed (and I thought that progression of her character was very well done). When she lost her memories, the constraints that dictated her actions disappeared and she proved that she had it within her to be a kind, though still frustratingly haughty, person. And, when we learn the circumstances behind some of her behavior, it shed a different light on it, though I still didn't think it justified how infuriatingly rude she was to Drake. But, all that wasn't why I ended up liking her a bit. It was because she admitted that she was wrong in her treatment of Drake, made no petty excuses for her behavior, and apologized for it. So, by the end, I was able to say that I liked her just fine.

Drake was a wonderful character. He started from the very bottom, but, through a lot of luck and some of his own skill, he was able to make something of himself. I wondered if I could understand his revenge against Ophelia, but it turns out I didn't have to be worried. Drake was an honorable man, despite what he might have believed of himself, and his actions were never malicious. I found him to be sweet and rather adorable and I really liked him.

The romance was good. Ophelia and Drake's relationship had a lot of tangles and it progressed realistically as they overcame those obstacles. I thought they were sweet together, especially with how, despite all the denial they could muster, they still fell for each other. And, the had some heat between them, though that wasn't the main point of their relationship. I thought they were a lovely couple.

The plot was fast paced and I was totally drawn in the entire way through. The secrets revealed in this book about Drake and Ophelia's past were dark and, though I had suspicious, I never guessed the full extent of them. I really enjoyed the story and the ending was perfect.

Once More, My Darling Rogue was a fantastic historical romance. I really enjoyed this book. From the romance, to the secrets, it was a wonderful read. Romance lovers, this is a book you won't want to miss.

*I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
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Excerpt:

Anger, hot and scalding, shot through her. He was mocking her, ridiculing her. It didn’t matter that she had begun this little drama with her earlier request. He was supposed to scurry away when he realized she no longer had an interest in the champagne. He wasn’t supposed to make her wonder if any lingered on his lips, if she might taste it there. “Boy—”

“It’s been a good long while since I was a boy.”

She angled her chin. “Boy, perhaps you would fetch us all some champagne.”

“When hell freezes over, my lady.”

He took a step toward her. She took a hasty step back.

Triumph lit his eyes. Blast him. She would retreat no further.

A footman passed by, and without removing his gaze from hers, Darling set the flute on the silver tray the servant carried. Then took another long step forward.

She fought to hold her ground, but she could inhale his intoxicating fragrance now. Earthy and rich, the scent of tobacco or perhaps sin. He eased closer—

Half a step back.

“Dance with me,” he said. 

“I beg your pardon?”

“You heard me.”

She angled up her chin. “I don’t dance with commoners.”

“What are you afraid of?” 

“I don’t fear anything.”

“Liar.”
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About the Author:
LORRAINE HEATH always dreamed of being a writer. After graduating from the University of Texas, she wrote training manuals and computer code, but something was always missing. 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.

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