The Disgraceful Lord Gray (The Kings Elite #3)

The Disgraceful Lord Gray (The Kings Elite #3) Lord Graham Chadwick, known to his friends as Gray, wants this promotion so much he can almost taste it Capturing The Boss, the mastermind behind a huge smuggling operation on British soil, guarantees that Lord Fenni, his superior, will make Gray head the Invisibles, the King s Elite best of the best In all appearances, that traitor is Viscount Gislingham, Gray s and Fenni s temporary neighbor in Suffolk Miss Theodora Thea Cranford had accompanied her friend Harriet, who fancies herself a painter, when they hear a dog s frantic barks When Thea finally sees the dog, she also gets an eyeful of his master Gray s bare bottom Gray is enchanted by the redhead in front of him Who knew the treacherous viscount had such a fetching niece It will make befriending the viscount a much pleasant task, but Fenni has forbidden any flirting unless it is essential to the mission s success.THE DISGRACEFUL LORD GRAY is oh so seductive The agent, the man, and the master of the untrainable Trefor is positively scrumptious Trefor, Gray s dog, does play an active role in the romance he is not merely a source of merriment, although he is as entertaining as I hoped he would be The canine is modeled after the author s own Trevor with a few ingenious adjustments to comply with historical accuracy, and it provides Gray with some interesting details for his backstory Gray s reluctance to fall in love again is steeped in heartbreak, and it has colored how he has lived for ten long years The sparks fly immediately between Thea and Gray, but neither wants to act on it Gray has a job to do, and Thea doesn t trust her judgment when it comes to men besides it s always her money they re after, riches which don t seem to concern Gray She is also desperately trying to curb her impetuous nature, which is as stubborn as her unruly hair I loved how Thea and Gray try unsuccessfully not to flirt, they fight their inescapable chemistry, and doing so, they become good friends The secondary characters are all fabulous, and I hope we see of the unexpected romance that started to develop I loved that the lust filled atmosphere did not overshadow the plot or the character development Ms Heath s wonderfully descriptive voice is at its strongest as we traipse in the Suffolk countryside, and witness Thea s and Gray s growing attraction It is quite an experience to watch Thea battle her true nature, which also forces Gray to take a good look at his loveless life Their impulsiveness has caused them problems in the past, and how Thea and Gray try to behave is the source of some of the most brilliant dialogues the author has ever penned witty, flirtatious, and often quite profound I even found Gray s cockiness cute, that shows how well he s written While there is a solid dose of excitement and startling revelations towards the end of the book, THE DISGRACEFUL LORD GRAY focuses on the romance, and what a splendid romance it is I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book All thoughts and opinions are my own. The Disgraceful Lord Gray is the third book in The King s Elite series by Virginia Heath It can be read as a standalone book but having read the first two books in the series I recommend you read them purely for the fact that they, like this book, are fabulous 5 star reads.Miss Theodora Cranford has convinced herself that anytime something goes terribly wrong it is because of her giving in to her impetuous nature First of all her father died and then her uncle had a stroke She promised herself that the impetuous Thea would be kept hidden for everybody s sake She is also fed up of men chasing after her for her fortune and is determined to be very careful of who she chooses when the time comes No scoundrels, rakes, and definitely nobody who only wants her money.Lord Graham Chadwick, Gray, is a member of the King s Elite They are a group of spies working for the government From the first book in the series, they have been hunting for The Boss , of a large dangerous smuggling ring Gray is looking for a promotion, in fact, he wants to take over being in charge of the group of spies A good way to show he is worthy of the position is to capture The Boss and it s that which brings him to Thea s home He is positive that her Uncle is the man they want to arrest.When Thea and Gray first meet it s a fabulously fun moment, one which Thea couldn t forget From that moment both are attracted to each other even if they won t admit it even to themselves The story continues with Gray and his boss infiltrating Thea s home using all the wiles and lies that were necessary The problem is that the time Gray spends around Thea the he finds himself falling for her She is unlike any woman he has ever known, and he sees both sides of her The prim and proper Thea, plus the impetuous one After a very bad experience with his last relationship, he is determined to never give his heart to anybody again But with Thea, he doesn t seem to have a choice The problem is that if and when they arrest her Uncle she will know just how much he has kept from her and how much he has lied It seems impossible that theirs can be a relationship that ends happily.This book had it all, it had fabulous funny moments, deeply moving moments, extremely passionate moments, and of course all the drama of bringing down the smuggling ring Add to that the most adorable dog and you have a perfect story I read it as quickly as possible because I wanted to see if Thea and Gray could have a happy ever after, and I wanted to know if Gray was right that Thea s uncle was indeed The Boss I was captivated throughout this whole story and am very happy to recommend it. A Spy On A Mission Until He Meets This Heiress Part Of The King S Elite Miss Theodora Cranford S Learned To Keep Her Impetuous Nature Locked Away She Won T Be Deceived By Another Man Who Can T See Past Her Fortune She Wants An Honourable, Sensible Sort Not A Self Assured Scoundrel Like Her New Neighbour, Lord Gray Although She S Sure There S To Him Than Meets The Eye But After That First Captivating Kiss, She S Certainly Left Wanting Series The King s Elite 3Publication Date 3 21 19Number of Pages 288I absolutely adored this delightfully witty, romantic, entertaining, and exciting story The main characters are definitely a matched pair and fit together perfectly even though they don t think so at first Then, you add in the real star of the show, Trefor, and you won t be able to put the book down Trefor is a large, rambunctious, high spirited, untrainable, water loving dog and you will absolutely love him and his anticsTwo big, wet paws hit her squarely on her belly and she lost her balance Arms waving like a windmill in a gale, she struggled to stay upright Instinctively she threw one foot behind to steady herself, only to realize too late that she stood on an incline Thea tumbled clumsily backward, her feet lifting from the bank as gravity took over To her utter horror, she landed with a huge splash in the water mere inches from the irritating naked man s groin This is the third book in the series, but it can easily be read as a stand alone However, it is a wonderful series and I highly suggest reading all of the books in order This series is about a group of spies known as The King s Elite who are pursuing a large group of smugglers and French spies In this story, they are looking forThe Bosswho is one of the most ruthless and bloodthirsty villains you will meet All of the books are seat of the pants exciting, even though this one is a bit steadier paced Our poor hero well he keeps getting sidetracked by this gorgeous Titian haired female.Lord Graham Gray Chadwick is finally coming into his own after having a troubled past He lost his great love, lost his entire fortune, created a scandal and was disowned by his family all by age twenty one His salvation was joining the Merchant Navy and seeing the world When his sense of honor prodded him into reporting something of which he had become aware, he came to the notice of Lord Fenni who commanded the King s Elite Gray has worked with them for the last two years and has just discovered that he has an ambition he wants to leadthe invisiblesthe highly trained, most covert and most important branch of the Kings Elite That means he has to successfully complete the mission to which he is currently assigned He has to find and apprehendThe Bossand all leads have brought him to the doorstep of Viscount Gislingham.Theodora Thea Cranford is beautiful, titian haired, and the much adored, very rich niece of Viscount Gislingham Thea is bold, impetuous, outspoken, strong willed well, she was Now she is convinced that she must keepImpetuous Thealocked away in a big iron box and throw away the key Impetuous Thea is the one who has caused all the problems in her life the death of her father and her uncle s stroke Thea is also very, very dismissive and distrustful of men at least any who want to court her It has always proven true that any of them who showed interest were only after her fortune Imagine Impetuous Thea being locked away and the repressed, staid, dourSensibleTheacoming across a naked man swimming in her uncle s stream Sparks fly and troubles reign Gray had to make a good impression on Viscount Gislingham and work himself into the Viscount s inner circle He had rented the estate adjoining the Viscounts and fully intended to become the perfect neighbor Yet, when he meets the Viscount and sees the inner workings of his household, it sure doesn t seem like the home of a criminal mastermind Gray is walking a tightrope by trying to successfully complete his mission and not mislead Thea Thea leads him on a merry chase and he often finds himself forgetting his mission and then berating himself for not being a good spy.I absolutely adored Gray He was the sweetest, most caring and conflicted hero ever Poor baby, he fought hard, but just couldn t win I also loved Thea and was so happy to see that she was intelligent and wasn t to go and do any TSTL things and then she did and it nearly cost her all Still, one moment s aberration is forgivable.I highly recommend this book and this series You can t go wrong and will be thoroughly entertained with giggles, sighs, and tension I voluntarily read and reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book All thoughts and opinions are my own. A lovely story Theodora Thea Cranford is an heiress living a rather reclusive life She is working hard to live quietly and discreetly because she believes that her impetuous nature caused death and injury to family members Lord Graham Gray Chadwick is part of the King s Elite spy group and is aiming for a promotion He comes to Thea s area on the trail of the leader of a smuggling ring I loved Gray because 1 he loves his mischievous dog, Trefor, and 2 he is just absolutely charming I am a real sucker for a charming guy Gray and Thea struggle to deal with personal issues and his duty as a spy while they clearly are very attracted to each other I loved that they built a friendship as well as a love affair.This was a well developed, well written story that was a joy to read. Lord Gray had to compete with a most lovable canine hero Trefor is delightful As a spy for the King s Elite, Lord Gray can forget his tormented past and focus on saving king and country During a mission of finding and arresting the criminal known as The Boss, he ends up enad to a suspect s niece, the Impetuous Thea.Red haired and fierce, Thea had hidden her true self under a veil of utmost propriety after her daring personality had caused her to hurt those that she loved the most.Attracted to each other, but unwilling or incapable of embracing it, the couple struggles and faces some serious villains and perils Happily, the indomitable Trefor and his amazing sense of smell and the brazen Harriet were there to help them sort out their issues.I particularly like the King s Elite commander, Lord Fenni I have a soft spot for grumpy characters I hope to see of him in the following books of the series.I ve received a copy of this book from Mrs Heath thank you with no strings attached. Oh, my goodness me What a book, with romance, mystery, crime, secret agents, a way too sexy to be real stud of a hero, a wonderful heroine and a naughty dog, all entwined with a page turning exciting plot this is the makings of a classic.Just when I thought that Virginia Heath had reached her pinnacle with sexy and swoon worthy heroes she pulls a stunner like Graham Chadwick out of her head and makes me melt all over again but this time with pure lust My goodness, what a book What a man, what a story and what an adorable side kick.really I wonder where the idea for him came from I have been so loving this series, each one is as devastatingly romantic and thrilling as the next So, for those who have been living in a bubble for the past year and don t know what The King s Elite series is all about, let me fill you in a wee bit The King s Elite is actually what it says on the tin, it is a super secret spy section of the government headed up by the gloriously growly Lord Fenni who doesn t love a hard shelled, growling old lion as a spy He is fabulous and to be honest I would love a story with him taking centre stage The King s Elite from the start have been hunting for the notorious The Boss the leader of one of the most ruthless smuggling gangs and off course as these are romances each of our spies tend to fall in love a long the way, usually when our men least expect it Lord Gray a disgraced aristocrat who has found he has a gift for the spy life, his latest mission is to try to finally unmask and bring to justice the elusive and notorious smuggling leader The Boss he must infiltrate himself into the circle of his suspect to find the truth, along with the help of his superior agent Lord Fenni and Grays faithful dog Trefor But, as we all know plans never go to plan especially when one morning while trying to retrieve Lord Fenni s slipper from mischievous Trefor who thinks it hilarious to go running around with said chewed slipper in his mouth he unexpectedly meets the one thing that could ruin his well laid out plan Theadora Thea Cranford the niece of the very man Gray has been sent to investigate is a weary of all men, being a hugely wealthy heiress she knows that most who pay an interest are only after her wealth She has learned to hide her impetuous side from other s, and to guard her heart She has resigned herself to this quiet, calm and rather dull life where she can t get herself into to trouble That is until she meets a naked man in a stream a man might I say who has a pert and delectable rear end and soon her life turns upside down.With the stunning fiery haired and entirely too evocative heiress constantly on his mind, his dog getting into some of the most hilarious scrapes causing way too much trouble then a dog of a spy should and his mission to catch The Boss weighing him down as the days goes by poor Gray has a lot to contend with Can he finish his mission and get the girl My goodness, Gray I have such huge heart eyes for this man didn t I say the same about the previous two agents He is delectable Handsome as hell, sexy, proud, intelligent, he has a real soft centre, he really is such a charming sweetheart But in all honestly I really admire Gray, he hasn t had the best of times with various scandals within his past but he has battled and worked hard to get to his position in The Kings Elite He is also very determined and has his sights set on great things, one in particular is to become the commander of the Invisibles This is a fabulously engrossing and a utterly romantic story that will have you laughing out loud, falling head over heels in love with the character s and sitting at the edge of your seat with it s thrilling twists I have said it before, but I am going to say it again that Ms Heath really does have a gift with writing She has the best sense of humour which really comes through her writing with the witty dialogue, but I think that Ms Heath has really out done herself with this especially with the likes of Harriet, my goodness she is a real hoot The story is fun, romantic and exciting But the thing for me that really makes this going from a five star to a ten is the relationship between all the character s, there is a real buzz between Gray and Thea, the atmosphere crackles with mutual attraction and lust and the addition of Trefor the dog is a stroke of genius.Overall, an exceptionally gorgeous love story with an amazing twisty plot. A decade after his childhood love threw him over for his older brother and he lost his inheritance at the gaming tables in a fit of despair, Lord Graham Gray Chadwick is back in England, older and a great deal wise for his years in the merchant navy Now working for the Elites, a team of government agents hot on the heels of a dangerous smuggling gang, Gray is in line to become commander of the Elites, if he can just identify The Boss.The Elites have narrowed their suspect pool to just two, and Gray finds himself rusticating in the sleepy Suffolk countryside with order to find out if his neighbour Viscount Gislingham is the one.Falling head over heels for Gislingham s niece Thea Cranford was absolutely not part of the plan Their first meeting is what I can only call an absolute failboaty disaster, so funny I was giggling throughout Gray s incorrigible dog, the scene stealing Trefor, causes havoc wherever he goes and plays a big part in the couple s first, disastrous meeting.Thea is a divine heroine, with a wild mane of untameable red corkscrew curls which serve as an excellent metaphor for her personality She tries to master her hair with handfuls of pins, just as she tries to keep Impetuous Thea under wraps for fear of what might happen if she just follows her natural instincts.The gorgeous part about Gray and Thea s relationship is how Gray encourages Thea to just be herself Be whoever she wants, do whatever she wants, live life to the fullest He adores everything about her, including and especially her wild hair and her occasionally sharp tongue and forthright way of speaking.There are a few sticky moments when Thea eventually finds out what Gray s actually doing in Suffolk, especially when the real villain is revealed and a couple of twists I didn t see coming at all, as invested I was in the romance Things do eventually get resolved, of course, with a big helping paw from Trefor, and so wonderful were Gray and Thea together that I was totally invested in their happily ever after An extremely enjoyable historical romance with an excellent mystery sub plot and some genuinely funny moments, I have no hesitation in awarding The Disgraceful Lord Gray five stars.Disclaimer I received a copy of this book for review through Rachel s Random Resources. Romantic, rousing, and entertaining The Disgraceful Lord Gray is set in the Suffolk countryside during 1820 and features the feisty, willful Theodora Cranford who may unexpectedly find herself in need of a hero, as well as the dashing, yet jaded Lord Gray who may finally have found the right woman to give his heart to.The prose is witty and authentic The characters are warm, passionate, and mischievous, including the lovable, four legged, incorrigible Trefor And the plot is an amusing, mysterious mix of Regency lifestyle, scoundrel behaviour, family drama, attraction, humorous antics, espionage, mishaps, danger, and romance.Overall, The Disgraceful Lord Gray is a lighthearted, engaging, delightful read that s perfect for anyone who loves historical romance with a side of adventure And even though it s the third book in The King s Elite series, it can certainly be read and enjoyed as a standalone novel.Thank you to Virginia Heath and Rachel s Random Resources for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review. I received this book by Rachel s Random Resources blog tour in exchange for an honest review, thank you so much to Rachel and Virginia for giving me the opportunity to read and review The Disgraceful Lord Gray Oh my, my, my what an amazing and fun book was The Disgraceful Lord Gray I absolutely and thoroughly loved everything about it I am so glad and happy that I decided to join the blog tour for this book because I really been wanted to get back into reading historical romance books especially if it is set in the Regency era And The Disgraceful Lord Gray did not disappoint me at all I had so much fun reading this book from the very beginning to the very end Now I don t want to go into any details about this book without being to spoiler but I will say the beginning of the book was a great start to begin the story, and it had me absolutely swoony for Lord Gray from the very start Especially when Miss Theodora Cranford aka Thea first meet Lord Grey at the Brooke with his adorable dog and she was really blushing as red as an apple to head to toe, I really don t blame Thea for making a complete fool of herself I would of made a complete fool outta myself as well if I ever meet a man like Lord Gray by the Brooke And that s why I love Thea so much I connected to her quickly I loved her personality so much she reminds me so much about myself she is also very stubborn hardhead woman that has an impetuous nature that she locked away but she is also a very beautiful, loyal, bluntly honest woman she loves her family to death and she will do anything to help or save them She has and wants to find an honorable, sensible suitor and to marry for love and not a suitor who is after her fortune especially not a suitor who is not a self assured scoundrel or a disgraceful lord like Lord Gray Ahh Lord Gray is a wild child at heart and he does not go by the rules of society at all he likes to broke them and be free spirited as well That what I love about Lord Gray he is a wild and very free spirited man but he is also a really loyal, kind hearted, man with a big heart made of gold even though that he guarded his heart for the past ten years after he was completely backstabbed and hurt from a past love That is until Lord Gray first meets Thea by the Brooke he felt an instant connection to her and he wanted to know about her But Lord Gray has to keep a secret from Thea and it close to her family especially her uncle Edward now I won t say why Gray wants to get close to Thea and her uncle because that it spoiler you just have to read this book and find out what I am talking about Now Gray and Thea banter and flirt left and right and have fun with each other even though Thea tries to distance herself from Gray But both Thea and Gray can t help their deep attraction and connection they have with each other the they both spend time together I absolutely love the slow burn love that both Gray and Thea had in this amazing book it just made them both complete each other in every way to learn and know about each in The Disgraceful Lord Gray Now at the end of this book, Thea does find out what secret Gray was hiding from her and what one family member was also hiding from her but will Gray s and Thea s love be saved at the end You just have to read The Disgraceful Lord Gray to find out what happens next All and all I absolutely love and enjoyed everything about The Disgraceful Lord Gray even though this is the third book from The King s Elite series but it is ok to read as a stand alone, but now I really want to read the first and second book as well

I live on the outskirts of London with my understanding husband and two, less understanding, teenagers After spending years teaching history, I decided to follow my dream of writing for Harlequin Now I spend my days happily writing regency romances, creating heroes that I fall in love with and heroines who inspire me When I m not doing that, I like to travel to far off places, shop for things t

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