I love the titled heroes, but I have a soft spot in my heart for the second sons. I feel for them, standing in the wings while their older brothers take all the bows. I have read or listened to all of Lorraine Heath’s novels at least twice. I especially love the Sins for all Seasons series with the Trewloves (let’s see that series on tv please) and Scoundrel of my Heart seems to be the bridge from Trewloves to the Once Upon a Duke series. All her most recent novels are narrated by the incomparable Kate Reading. Lorraine Heath never fails to break my heart, make me cry, and then patch me together again. She does it best with Lady Kathryn Lambert who needs to wed a lord, and second son Griffith Stanwick who loves Kathryn enough to find her the best titled husband possible. Sigh. I wish there was a six star rating.

And here’s what the publisher says: Lorraine Heath begins an exciting new series with a breathtaking romance about a young woman who must marry a titled gentleman to obtain her inheritance and the usuitable man she begins to fall madly in love with

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.

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