Review: An Affair with a Notorious Heiress by Lorraine Heath

Review: An Affair with a Notorious Heiress by Lorraine HeathAn Affair with a Notorious Heiress (Scandalous Gentlemen of St. James, #4) by Lorraine Heath
Series: Scandalous Gentlemen of St. James #4
Published by Avon on May 30th 2017
Genres: Historical, Historical Romance
Pages: 384
Source: Edelweiss
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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…


Heath’s St. James series is one of my favourite series, so I was a happy duck to more of this universe! I love that Alistair Mabry, Marquess of Rexton (aka. son of Frannie and Sterling of Surrender to the Devil) meets his match in the scandalous American heiress Mathilda Paget, (ex)Lady Landsdowne and gets kicked in the butt by love!

Rex is determine to only marry a lady of impeccable reputation so I love it when he ends up falling for the notorious Tillie who does the unthinkable than and got a divorce. Tillie is such an amazing character, she’s amazingly brave to chose to live a life where she’s shunned and ridiculed by the ton. Rex is the kind of hero that usually wins me over. Uptight and brooding and hella charming when he wants to be. Sometimes he’s subborness makes me want to give him a swift kick to arse, but thankfully he does figure out that love is important than respectability.

I quite enjoyed the sass and banter between the two, despite not liking each other very much at the start, the chemistry between them was explosive. I think the biggest reason why this book didn’t get a higher rating from me was the fact that both Rex and Tillie got infected by the noble idiocy disease. And while I did really like them both, I didn’t feel quite the connection for this story as I did for some of Heath’s other stories/couples. That being said, it was still a lovely and great read.

Two big perks in this book was Frannie and Sterling. I always love getting to see more of them! And Tillie’s sister Gina totally surprised and won me over. I was expecting a naive girl, sheltered by sister but instead we got an insightful and sassy young lady. Definitely looking forward to her novella!

Overall, An Affair with a Notorious Heiress was a lovely addition to the St. James series. With a couple that just sends sparks of the page and wonderful secondary characters, it’s an easy read to enjoy.

“You have gone mad.”
“Madly in love with you.”

{*Thanks to Edelweiss and Avon for the eARC in exchange for an honest review.

About Lorraine Heath

Lorraine Heath has always had a soft spot for emotional love stories. No doubt because growing up, watching movies with her mom, she was taught that the best movies "won't half make you cry."

She is the daughter of a British beauty (her mom won second place in a beauty contest sponsored by Max Factor® during which she received a kiss from Caesar Romero--Joker on the original Batman TV series) and a Texan who was stationed at Bovingdon while serving in the air force. Lorraine was born in Watford, Hertfordshire, England, but soon after moved to Texas. Her "dual" nationality has given her a love for all things British and Texan, and she enjoys weaving both heritages through her stories.

When she received her BA degree in psychology from the University of Texas, she had no idea she had gained a foundation that would help her to create believable characters—characters that are often described as “real people.” Her novels have appeared on bestseller lists, including USA Today, Waldenbooks, and most recently, the New York Times


Author: Cyn

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8 Replies to “Review: An Affair with a Notorious Heiress by Lorraine Heath”

  1. Haters to Lovers is a fun trope. I do like the sound of the sass and banter.

  2. I don’t think that I have read Lorraine Heath before but this sounds great. I will have to check out this series. Great review!

  3. I haven’t read any Lorraine Heath but I’ve been wanting to and this sounds like a fun read! I love the haters to lovers trope and Tillie sounds like a lot of fun. I’m adding this one to my TBR!

  4. Glad to hear this was still a good story despite the con’s to the couple’s personalities. I do love some good bantering and Heath does a great job with that!!

  5. I looooooove this book’s cover. Purple is my favorite. 😀 I’ve not read a Heath book but I’ve heard good things about her stories overall. I’ll have to try something by her in the future. I’m glad you mostly enjoyed this book!

    Have a wonderful weekend, Cyn. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

  6. One of these days, I really need to try Lorraine Heath. I’ve never read her, and so many of my historical-romance-loving fellow bloggers seem to love her. I’m not usually a fan of the dislike-to-love trope, but there are exceptions. I’m glad you enjoyed this one, and I look forward to trying Ms. Heath’s books.

  7. I really need to give her a read! Sounds like a fun pairing. I do like when they end up with exactly the type they avoid. Can make for some fun scenes 🙂

  8. Noble idiocy disease is such a bummer, isn’t it? But I’m glad the sass and humour were on-point at least! “Kicked in the Butt By Love” would be an awesome name for a romance book club, just saying! 😉

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