That Despicable Rogue written by Virginia Heath, publisher Mills & Boon Historical is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.
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A lady’s mission of revenge…
Lady Hannah Steers has three reasons to loathe and despise Ross Jameson. He’s a scandalous libertine, he stole her home, and he was responsible for the death of her brother!
Determined to expose Ross for the rogue he is, Hannah dons a disguise and infiltrates his home as his new housekeeper. Unfortunately, this scoundrel proves himself to be the epitome of temptation and, instead of building a case against him, Hannah finds herself in a position she never expected…falling head over heels in love with him!
This is the second book I’ve read written by Virginia Heath. That Despicable Rogue is Virginia’s debut novel and is such a romp of a read. Virginia has a wonderful skill of inviting you into a world of aristocracy and of a time long ago. I’m getting quite a taste for Regency Romance, the era is just so raw and honest and the classes were so easily identifiable. Romance was proper and ladies were invited to society to be swooned and courted.
This story is about Ross Jameson who won the deeds to a stately home via a card game that ended quite dramatically. Ross wasn’t born into aristocracy and has worked very hard to achieve something for himself and his mother and sister. The newspapers have made a pretty sordid picture of Ross Jameson’s life and Lady Hannah Steers believes every single word of it. Lady Hannah Steers has a dark past she is trying to forget. However, the stately home that the alleged scoundrel Ross Jameson won is in fact Lady Hannah’s family home. Although, Lady Hannah hasn’t lived in the home for sometime having been banished by her own brother to the country. Lady Hannah comes up with a plan to claim back her ancestral home and applies in disguise to become the new housekeeper. Hannah hopes to unearth some sordid affair to hopefully strip Mr James of his rights to the home.
This story has a very charming and at times scandalous leading man in the name of Ross Jameson. However, there is more to Ross’s personality than what appears in the newspapers. Lady Hannah’s past is also not as clear cut as first appears. I loved the intrigue with the secrets that had been kept hidden about both Ross Jameson and Lady Hannah Steers. The duplicity of Hannah’s plan causes many conflictions for the pair and sparks soon fly between them. However, the sparks slowly turn to something more heated and the chemistry between the pair starts bubbling over. A sexy, romantic regency romp that I simply adored. 5/5*
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