Once More, My Darling Rogue

Lorraine Heath
Once More, My Darling Rogue
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Release Date
August 2014
Historical Romance

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 housekeeperŚnever 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.

Book Review by Ashia (reviewer)
Aug 15, 2014   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
151 people found the following review helpful
If you think men don't keep journals, think again! Lorraine Heath's rakes and scoundrels in her Scandalous Gentlemen of St. James series do keep journals (the very thought!), and ONCE MORE, MY DARLING ROGUE opens with a page from Drake's (dare I say?) diary. It's a refreshing beginning, as it gives insight into the man, and more importantly, it gives us a peek into his past without the information being dumped on the reader.

Lady Ophelia always looked down at her nose at Drake Darling, and once, she even gave him the cut direct. Drake couldn't understand how Grace (his sister) could befriend such a person, and so, when he hauled Ophelia out of the Thames one evening and realized she's lost her memory about her identity, he decided to make her his servant for one day to teach her a lesson. One day became two...and three... as Drake sees a different woman, one he was coming to care for each day...

Ophelia grates on the nerves at the start of the book, even though one knows there's a deeper reason for her snobbish actions. Though of course what she went through in her past was something no one should have to experience, it didn't explain her snobbish behavior toward Drake. What happens is that she doesn't come across as likeable, and it wasn't until she lost her memory, and we see her through Drake's eyes that she starts to endear herself to the reader. Once Drake deceives her about her identity, the fun starts.

Despite what Drake thinks about himself, he is an honorable man, and even as he wants his "revenge", he was uneasy about it. Not that it excused his behavior, of course, but if he hadn't done so, our hero and heroine wouldn't have a chance to get to know one another. Even with Ophelia's reprehensible behavior toward him, he cares enough to ensure her safety, even to the point of investigating how she came to be in the Thames, and why was it that her brother didn't seem to be anxious about her disappearance.

The two of them get to know one another, and without knowledge of her own past, Ophelia has the "freedom" to blossom and be herself. However, one point to this. Without spoiling the story for readers, I'm not sure that having amnesia would make her forget thoroughly and thus, allow her to react normally in specific situations that in the past were traumatic. I would think that very traumatic events stay in the subconscious and would instinctively make one afraid when one is placed in the same situation.

The pacing of the story was just right, with a balanced mix of dialogue and narrative. While not as steeped in fairy-tale atmosphere as the first book, When the Duke was Wicked, ONCE MORE, MY DARLING ROGUE is still an engaging, compelling read.
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