WHEN THE DUKE WAS WICKED
Heath moves the Scoundrels of St. James into the next generation with a spin-off series as Frannie Darling’s daughter leads Jack Dodger’s stepson on a merry chase. There’s signature Heath wit, but also poignancy as Heath tackles several serious themes and raises the emotional intensity of a beautiful love story. Perhaps the greatest guilty pleasure is revisiting old friends and making new ones as the story progresses. Heath’s fans will definitely savor this sensual and moving novel.
Lady Grace Mabry isn’t afraid of anything except marrying the wrong man. She needs someone knowledgeable in the ways of scoundrels to help her sort out her suitors. Who better than her childhood friend Henry, Duke of Lovingdon? Grace decides to trap the rogue in his lair, Dodger and Frannie’s gambling club, and set up a wager he can’t refuse. Lovingdon reluctantly agrees to honor it and help Grace in her hunt. Quite the opposite occurs as he begins falling under Grace’s spell. The lively young woman awakens him to love, and he stirs her desires. However, Grace has secrets. When a ruthless suitor plots to lure her into marriage, she must trust Henry with the truth. (AVON, Mar., 380 pp., $7.99)