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I love my historical romances, even those that have a premise that could so easily fall into trite and over-played territory. In this book, Lady Ophelia is rescued from drowning , only to wake and find she has no memory of her life before. Fortunately, her rescuer was none other than Drake, an honorable if deeply secretive young man that has always held a touch of hope in her direction.
Drake convinces Ophelia that she is a servant, and slowly but surely the two start to work their relationship into something more fitting and suitable. The early, non-amnesia stricken Ophelia was a truly dislikable character: haughty, snarky, snobby and more than a bit of a shrew. She was despicable in her treatment of Drake, and to his credit, even though he wants to exact revenge he doesn’t treat her with anything less than gentlemanly behavior after that one misdirection.
Laden with backstory, there are several secrets that are revealed and help to explain the tension and conflict between the characters, and as Ophelia’s carefully contrived behaviors fall away due to her amnesia, we see the truly kind-hearted woman that hides beneath the society veneer. It is to Lorraine Heath’s credit that she created such a horribly unsympathetic character that has a transformation to more sympathetic and engaging, and readers are encouraged to cheer her on.
No such effort was needed for Drake: despite his moments of speaking in anger and occasional bouts of impulsivity he is engaging and likable, and his sense of honor as a gentleman, and his strength gained in his struggles for acceptance and entrée into society all make him the perfectly created hero for this story. Fast paced with several surprising reveals and a wonderful ending, this story is a perfect redemption story with the redeemed not necessarily the expected.
Title: Once More My Darling Rogue
Author: Lorraine Heath
Genre: Historical Romance
Published by: Avon
Source: Publisher Via Edelweiss
Audio Length: 12 Hours: 15 minutes
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A copy of this title was provided via Publisher Via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.