ONCE MORE MY DARLING ROGUE: Taming of a Shrew (Giveaway)


ONCE MORE MY DARLING ROGUE COVERThe Scandalous Gentlemen of Saint James
by Lorraine Heath
HarperCollins/ Avon
On Sale: 08/26/2014
E-Book and Mass Market Paperback, Pages: 384
Audio 12 hours and twelve minutes narrated by: Helen Lloyd and James Adams

E-Galley provided by publisher for review and print copy provided for promotion.  No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own unless otherwise noted.

They are England’s most eligible bachelors, with the most scandalous reputations. But for the right woman, even an unrepentant rogue may mend his ways . . .

Born to the street but raised  within the aristocracy, Drake Darling can’t escape his sordid beginnings. Not when Lady Ophelia Lyttleton snubs him at every turn, a constant reminder he’s not truly one of them. But after rescuing her from a mysterious drowning, he realizes she doesn’t remember who she is. With plans to bring her to heel, he insists she’s his housekeeper—never expecting to fall for the charming beauty.

While Ophelia might not recall her life before Drake, she has little doubt she belongs with him. The desire she feels for her dark, brooding employer can’t be denied, regardless of consequences. So when Ophelia’s memory returns, she is devastated by the depth of his betrayal. Now Drake must risk everything to prove she can trust this rogue with her heart once more. http://www.harpercollins.com/9780062276254/once-more-my-darling-rogue

Relevant Linkshttp://www.lorraineheath.com/scandalous-gentlemen-of-st-james.html




My Take!

I had only one really big complaint with this story:  The infinitely abused Amnesia trope.  While amnesia is a common effect of certain brain diseases like dementia or can be caused by surgeries, and yes, even accidents and trauma, it is rare and extremely unusual.  It is the stuff of soap opera plots, and it just bugs me.  I cannot in the hurry with which I write, state with certainty and cite medical evidence, that amnesia is extremely rare in the level written about here but I know I have heard and read it before,.  And, if we all lost memories every time we had a concussion mild enough we could get up the next day and feel just a bit confused,  as occurs here, the world would be a different place and no one would know where to go to work the next day.

Other than that this is a story about reformation of character; of coming to grips with one’s past and finding someone who can help you believe in yourself. It’s about making a mean girl not so mean through compassion and understanding.   And, it’s about a bad boy learning the man learning it is love more than biology that makes a father.

The romance is sweet and hot and it’s obvious to everyone but the couple that their enmity is really thwarted attraction. Neither character behaves in a particularly likeable fashion in the first part of the book.  The dire use of amnesia is the device by which the couple are able to counter both their psychological and perceived class differences.   Without the structure of amnesia and the ability to see to the person behind the bitchy facade the story would not be possible.

So, although the device of amnesia is overused, I’m unable to think of anything else that would have accomplished the same.
It was an enjoyable read that made me think about how we treat others.  Perfect for the holiday season.

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  • Have you ever done a 180 on your feelings or impression of a person? Who and why?
  • I’ve had six concussions and no amnesia, how about you?
  • Do you know anyone who lost their memory not because of a disease process?
  • What is, or are,  you least favorite trope(s).

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