Title: An Affair with a Notorious Heiress
Written by Lorraine Heath
Series: Scandalous Gentlemen of St. James #4
Published by Avon
Publication Date: May 30th 2017
Genres: Historical Romance
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The son of a duke and an infamous mother, Alistair Mabry, Marquess of Rexton, fought his way to respectability. Now, the most eligible bachelor in London, marriage-shy Rexton will take only a wife with an impeccable reputation, good breeding, and a penchant for staying out of the gossip sheets. But when he strikes a deal to be seen “courting” a sweet young debutante whose notorious older sister has blemished her chances for marriage, Rexton is unexpectedly drawn to the highly inappropriate, calamitous Tillie, Lady Landsdowne herself.
After a scandalous incident that sent shockwaves throughout society and disgraced her, Tillie refuses to cower in the face of the ton. Instead, she will hold her head high as she serves as chaperone for her younger sister, but Tillie is convinced Rexton’s courtship is shrouded with secrets—ones she vows to uncover. However, doing so requires getting dangerously close to the devilishly handsome and forbidden marquess…
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Well, well, well, Lorraine Heath! You blew me away again! And it actually made me reread the Scoundrels of St. James series again!
So here we are over thirty years (?) after Surrender to the Devil and we meet Frannie and Sterling’s son, Alistair who is Grace’s (When the Duke was Wicked) younger brother. Whew! Lorraine Heath really loves her Scoundrels of St. James series which is inspired by Oliver Twist.
So, our hero Alistair doesn’t have any plans to marry, but he said that when he does, he will marry someone with a spotless reputation. Why? Because he was bullied when he was in school. If you read Surrender to the Devil, you will know that Frannie lived and also worked as a bookkeeper in a gentleman’s club. Anyway, even though she is now Frannie is now a Duchess, the ton still doesn’t accept her 100% and we also see this based on Alistair’s narration. Anyway, he has SWORN not to have his future children suffer the way he did.
Enter our heroine, Tillie, a divorcee who managed to keep her title! Ha! That one was refreshing because I haven’t heard of such a thing before! Also, I think it helps that she is a rich American heiress, too. Tillie is planning to leave for America but she won’t leave until her younger sister finds true love. Unfortunately, Alistair is courting her. And Tillie does not trust him one bit!
I love both Tillie and Alistair! Tillie is such an amazing heroine because she is strong and fought for something unconventional during the Regency period. She also hates the ton and because she was shunned after her divorce, she never ventured out. Not until she was forced to because of Alistair.
Alistair was an amazing hero as well because he is the type of bad boy that would be perfect for reforming. He also couldn’t understand why he was attracted to Tillie and really tried his best to lure her out of her townhouse. Their romance is slow burning but man did it burn!
The .5 star goes to Frannie and Sterling, though! We are able to glimpse them as an older couple with Sterling View Spoiler »almost blind! This fact is mentioned in their own book. « Hide Spoiler I LOVED it when Alistair pointed out how Frannie was leading Sterling on the dance floor to hide his disability. Also, I could see their love! I basically squeed when I saw them!
An Affair with a Notorious Heiress was an amazing read and also brought back the nostalgia of the original series AND a glimpse of my favorite characters.
The only downside is that the cover is just horrible! Ugh! Avon can do better!
Do you like to read about your favorite couples when they are older?
Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- 2017 Goodreads Reading Challenge
- 2017 Historical Romance Reading Challenge
- 2017 Review Challenge