The Counterfeit Scoundrel

A Novel

by Lorraine Heath

On Sale: 02/21/2023

The Counterfeit Scoundrel

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The Counterfeit Scoundrel

A Novel

by Lorraine Heath

On Sale: 02/21/2023


About the Book

New York Times bestselling author Lorraine Heath begins a compelling new spin-off series, The Chessmen: Masters of Seduction, centering around three heroes—Knight, Bishop, and Rook—who play to win at any cost.

Born into an aristocratic family, yearning for a life beyond Society’s strictures, Marguerite “Daisy” Townsend is an enterprising sleuth. Hired to obtain proof of a wife’s infidelity, she secures a position in the household of the woman’s lover, never expecting to be lured into the seductive blackguard’s arms herself.

Devilishly handsome, David Blackwood, known widely as Bishop, quickly realizes the enticing maid is interested in far more than dusting. She aims to uncover his sins. Although tempted by the dangerous beauty, he can’t risk her learning the truth: his affairs are chaste. As a boy who witnessed his mother’s abusive relationship, Bishop now helps desperate wives escape unhappy marriages.

Yet when he is accused of murdering the husband of a “paramour,” he is forced to seek Daisy’s assistance in proving his innocence. As their perilous search draws them into a web of deceits, they can no longer deny their simmering desire. Once secrets are revealed, will Daisy’s counterfeit scoundrel give up the scandalous games he plays and surrender his heart into her keeping? 

Critical Praise

“Brilliant…Heath slowly peels back the layers of her complex protagonists, making their forbidden attraction all the more intense and believable. With just the right blend of romance and mystery, this proves un-put-downable.” — Publishers Weekly (starred review) on The Return of the Duke

“Readers can finally enjoy Marcus’s story, and it is well worth the wait for those who love a strong heroine who breaks down all the preconceived notions that the hero has of her. Hand to readers who already love Heath, as well as fans of Stephanie Laurens and Lisa Kleypas.” — Library Journal on The Return of the Duke

“[Penelope and King’s] evolution to lovers is pleasing and satisfying, especially since they have to trust each other with truly devastating stories from their past in order to make a future together. Heath explores how society’s confining rules force people into uncomfortable and even desperate choices. The end result is a fascinating exploration of power…A complex romance [that] explores how two lovers are influenced by class, gender, and societal expectations.” — Kirkus Reviews on The Duchess Hunt

“Heath opens her Once Upon a Dukedom series with a satisfying, character-driven Victorian romance... a promising spin-off.”  — Publishers Weekly (starred review) on Scoundrel of My Heart

“Heath is known for her beautiful, deeply emotional romances.”  — Washington Post

“In the enjoyable second Sin for All Seasons novel Heath explores Victorian class and wealth disparities... this is a believable and winning romance between two people who don’t know how much they need love.” — Publishers Weekly

“Only a storyteller of Heath’s consummate skills could pull off such an unconventional plotline, [...] with compassion and elegance, reminding readers of the redeeming aspect of love. [...] her skillful, emotional writing compels them to keep reading to discover how, against all odds, there can be a happily ever after.” — RT Book Reviews (top pick)


Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780063114630
  • ISBN 10: 0063114631
  • Imprint: Avon
  • On Sale: 02/21/2023
  • Pages: 384
  • List Price:12.99 CAD
  • BISAC1 : FICTION / Romance / Historical / Victorian
  • BISAC2 : FICTION / Contemporary Women

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