Scoundrel of My Heart

Updated: Jun 12, 2021

Lorraine Heath

Once Upon a Dukedom: Book 1

March 30th, 2021



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.



For years Kathryn and Griffith have hid behind a bickering wall of animosity to hide the fact that there is an undeniable attraction between them. But, once Griffith agrees to help Kathryn win the hand of a duke, so that she can inherit her beloved cottage by the sea, that wall begins to crumble.


Unfortunately fate, is not ready to see this couple happy just yet.


A secret wager, the shadow of treason and changes in fortune separate these two and when they are finally reunited, Kathryn is practically engaged to her duke and Griffith is no longer the affable scoundrel that she remembers. The one thing that hasn't changed is how they feel about each other.


This is definitely a slow-burn kind of read with many layers that make you feel as though this couple is only a part of a grander design, and having not read the books that came before, which tie-into to this particular design there were times I did feel a bit lost. Although now, I will certainly be going back to grab those titles, I wouldn't necessarily consider this a stand-alone story by any means.


That being said, I still loved Griff and Kathryn's story, especially the final act when they finally let go of the past and embrace the love they have been denying for so long.


I have been reading Lorraine Heath's books since I first fell in love with Historical Romance many, MANY years ago and although I have admittedly fallen behind in recent years, Scoundrel of My Heart was a great reminder of why I fell in love with her writing in the first place.




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