Back Blurb :
A lady’s mission of revenge…
Lady Hannah Steers has three reasons to loathe and despise Ross Jameson. He’s a scandalous libertine, he stole her home, and he was responsible for the death of her brother!
Determined to expose Ross for the rogue he is, Hannah dons a disguise and infiltrates his home as his new housekeeper. Unfortunately, this scoundrel proves himself to be the epitome of temptation and, instead of building a case against him, Hannah finds herself in a position she never expected…falling head over heels in love with him!
My View :
This is the first Virginia Heath book that I have read and I have to say it’s good, it’s very good. That Despicable Rogue is sweet and tender and full with pent-up frustration and emotion from both of our leads.
Ross and Hannah’s relationship doesn’t start off on the best of terms, seeing as when Hannah first sets eyes on the gorgeous Ross he is frolicking about with his mistress, add that to his roguish and ruthless reputation, she instantly stiffens up and hates the more than she does to begin with, which that is when we cue fireworks. He thinks her as this stiff and pompous little creature who gets well and truly under his skin and not always in good ways.
‘Don’t be,’ he whispered into her hair, and then he absently kissed the top of it. ‘My mother always says that women cry in the same way that men punch things. She says that it is better out than in. Is it all out yet? If it’s not then the back of my shirt is still dry. You can grizzle on that. Or you could use Dog. He is quite clean now.’
He felt her laugh a little between hiccoughs and tightened his arms around her possessively. There was something about her that made him want to protect her. It was odd. He had only ever experienced that emotion when it concerned either his mother or his sister before now—but he had never before yearned to kiss away another’s pain.
‘Now you are being to kind. I cannot destroy all of your shirts. Especially as your handkerchief is now quite ruined.’
As Hannah’s main focus is on digging the dirt (so to speak) on Ross she does dislike him, but as the flirty and charming Ross work’s his magic she slowly start’s to lower her defences around him and it is very beautifully written and is so very lovely watching this shy and confused young woman who is haunted by so many bad experiences turn into a sexy, vibrant and confidant woman who is the only one who can actually soften the hard heart of this rogue.
I absolutely adore Ross, he very much reminds me of Lisa Kleypas’ character Rhys Winterbourne, he isn’t aristocracy he is a very normal hardworking bloke who has dragged hisself out of the gutter to be this self-made powerful business man. He creates this despicable, manipulative and hard reputation but yet he is honourable, intelligent and charming with such a loving and kind spirit, he has got such a strong sense of family loyalty which makes you love all the more.
‘I am sorry I spoiled your plans for a sunset proposal,’ she whispered, for his ears only. ‘I was looking forward to going swimming with you today.’
‘I have a good idea how you might be able to make it up to me.’ He chuckled wickedly. ‘If we leave now we can be home as the sun rises. I think an early-morning dip will be just as enjoyable.’
He felt her smile against his lips. ‘Are you not worried that the water might be a little bracing at that hour?’
Still cradling her in his arms, Ross stood and started to carry her towards the door. White’s, the noisy onlookers and everything else faded into insignificance. He was so absorbed with the woman he loved that he did not stop for a moment to consider what the newspapers were going to print about them tomorrow.
‘If it is…’ Ross began to march with some purpose ‘…
I will know just how to warm you up.’
The thing that I really love about this is that the characters are very normal you have Hannah who is a little hard on her luck and the lovely Ross and it is that aspect that makes it the more compelling especially when Hannah keep’s trying to drum into Ross the prim and proper ways of the ton, that is very entertaining reading and no wonder he nicknamed her “Prim”.
That Despicable Rogue is definitely more than meets the eye and it is a must read for all Historical Romance fans. It is interesting and loving the whole boy meets girl, and girl hates boy premise when it starts is adorable. Virginia Heath is such a clever, witty and intelligent writer and an all round lovely person and she is in my opinion right up there with the greats like Gaelan Foley, Elizabeth Hoyt and Lisa Kleypas, I can see many, many good thing’s happening in this talented lady’s future.