- Mass Market Paperback: 448 pages
- Publisher: Pocket Books; 1st Pocket Books Pbk. Ed edition (15 Sept. 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1416527168
- ISBN-13: 978-1416527169
- Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 1.9 x 17.1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 491,440 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Never Romance a Rake Mass Market Paperback – 15 Sep 2008
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About the Author
During her frequent travels through England, Liz Carlyle always packs her pearls, her dancing slippers, and her whalebone corset, confident in the belief that eventually she will receive an invitation to a ball or a rout. Alas, none has been forthcoming. While waiting, however, she has managed to learn where all the damp, dark alleys and low public houses can be found.
Liz hopes she has brought just a little of the nineteenth century alive for the reader in her popular novels, which include the trilogy of One Little Sin, Two Little Lies, and Three Little Secrets, as well as The Devil You Know, A Deal With the Devil, and The Devil to Pay. Please visit her at LizCarlyle.com, especially if you're giving a ball.
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Kieran, Baron Rothwell is a hardened gamster and a dissolute rake, past experiences mean that he doesn't feel that he's entitled to happiness not that he paticulary cares either way (thus we have our Tortured Hero). Camille Marchand is encoumbered by a 'ner-do-well father who wagers her in a card game, she is determined to be tough and unfeeling and make the best of the situation as it means that if she produces a child she stands to come into her inheritance of £ioo,ooo. The H/H get married and the basic tale is the courtship that takes place after the wedding, he wants to stay aloof from his bride, she doesn't want to care, but finds that she does. In his mind he knows that he is dying, and, she thinks that there is something wrong and that he's dying and given up. Well I nearly gave up too! I just wanted to shout get on with it, I won't be keeping this book but by the same token just because this one does'nt appeal to me doesn't make it a poor story and is is still worth a read it's just not a keeper.
The story of Kieran, Baron Rothwell and Camille Marchand, the illegitimate Daughter of the Comte de Valigny ....... or is she.
I would love to have written a review other than the basic star rating, but it's been swiped and taken back to library without me realising it, and I like to check the facts before I set finger to keyboard.
I will say though that I thoroughly enjoyed this the last in the Never Trilogy. Kieran is the kind of dark and brooding hero I love, but I did feel so much sympathy for Camille.
A 3.5 star in truth (oh for the elusive half stars on Amazon), and I can thoroughly recommended you give it a whirl.
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They immediately leave for London where Kieran has Camille ensconced with his respectable cousin. He agrees to the marriage after he discovers that Camille will only inherit her grandfather's money if she marries an Englishman and produces an heir, and her time is close to running out according to the will. Camille wants her independence and a child with no husband to interfere with her life after her child is born. She is in essence a twenty-first century woman trapped in the 19th century, quite the forward thinker. Kieran is accommodating to this because he just wants a few tumbles and is content for Camille to lead her own life.
Fortunately these characters develop some kindness, compassion and an interest in each other half way through the novel; otherwise I would have stopped reading. Camille, whose husband describes her as cold, soon realizes that she is. And Kieran soon finds his wife charming and irresistible. They do have many obstacles to overcome, namely Kieran's terrible childhood in Barbados, his illness and ennui and Camille's deep distrust of men. This is handled deftly and this couple learns to trust and believe in a future together.
The beautiful Mademoiselle Camille Marchand just wants the whole blasted thing over. She knows that these men her father has assembled have no honor. Men never do -she learned that growing up with her mother. But she needs one of the drunken fools to fulfill the terms of her grandfather's will before time runs out.
Only soon afterwards do Kieran and Camille realize that they may have gotten into something more than the simple wager bargained for.
Another very good book from Carlyle. Many of her hero's in previous books suffer from some sort of childhood abuse and/or guilt. Never Romance A Rake is no exception. In fact Kieran suffers from both as well as being seriously physically ill. The debase rogue leads a troubled and demoralizing lifestyle. And suffers for it. Hardly the stuff of dreams for a historical romance reader. Ah! But we love to reform our rakes! And Carlyle always does it so well, managing to take the lowest of the low and make them lovable.
Then we have our heroine, Camille, who unlike other rake-reforming-women, is cynical and emotionless with a troubled past as well. She doesn't care to change any man, least of all the scoundrel Keiran. Camille is simply numb to men. And here as well Carlyle does a superb job turning her around, making these two suffering protagonists find love together.
So if you liked Carlyle's previous slightly-darker-than-your-average-romance books, then you might like Never Romance A Rake too. Its a bit slower paced and more melodramatic/depressing than the average historical romance but good reading none the less. I think this one is the best in the series, although as a whole her *Devil series* The Devil You Know, A Deal With the Devil, The Devil to Pay is her best work IMHO.
I also recommend these books for readers who enjoy books with *hero illness*-
When He Was Wicked (Bridgerton Family Series)
One Perfect Rose (Fallen Angels)
Anyway, I think Kieran was, for the most part, ok in this book. Not only does he have his tortured past, but he is suffering from some bodily ailment as well. We don't find out until later what exactly is wrong, but it's clear his hard life of drinking and debauchery has caught up with him at last. In his depression though, he's hardly inclined to do anything to prevent his decline or save himself. He's given up.
Then, at a fateful card game, while he's busy trying to drown his sorrows in drink and vice, the bad guy of the book wagers his daughter's hand in marriage. Enter Camille. Kieran is instantly attracted, and to save her, or so he says to make himself feel better, from the lecherous pervert who is also playing, Kieran wins the game. It's a fairly unoriginal, contrived way to bring our hero and heroine together. This premise kicks off an overly elaborate plot of hidden inheritances, secret parentages, and the evil pimp of a father.
The heroine is "feisty" and annoying - particularly her faux Frenchness. (She says "oui" a lot.) Nor is she particularly consistent as a character. She is also supposed to be cold and heartless, at least until Kieran gets to unlock her passions, of course and make her rethink her coldness. Her reasons for marrying involve the aforementioned tortuous plot of secret wills. She wants to thwart her father, who is mean and evil. But the grand scheme she cooks up is very stupid and she goes about it very stupidly. What would she have done if such a handsome fellow hadn't come along to free her from his evil clutches? Then she makes a show of saying she just wants Kieran for his "seed" because all she wants in life is a baby. But then she starts whining when she gets exactly the kind of loveless marriage she asked for from the start. Nor is her sad past half as traumatic as Kieran's, but she makes just as big a fuss about it. And Kieran gets annoying too, moping about, wondering if he can ever love or let anyone love him, despairing that he'll never be truly intimate, truly one with anyone. None of these angst-ridden inner ramblings gelled very well for me. None of it stirred my interest or sympathy. Kieran on his own is interesting and sympathetic. But when it comes to his relationship with Camille, he and she both got on my nerves or bored me. They didn't have much chemistry either. Their romance consisted of them each drifting about in their own little worlds, moping and sighing and declaiming the sadness of their blighted lives. The opening of Never Romance a Rake offers some lyrical, beautifully written prose, but the momentum swiftly waned after the first few pages.
I confess a bias toward this author's books. I love her characters; the reintrodction of these "old friends" as I think of them, in successive books. Ms. Carlyle is an excellent writer, and thank the gods she has incredible editors. I never get sidetracked by offensive grammatical and typographic errors.
I find all of the love scenes well done and HOT; and the interactions between the characters very realistic. She is an author that does the rare thing for me, her characters take on life and make the story multidimensional not just a flat read.
Unless she changes radically, I will be a fan for life.
The hero was a depressing character--I didn't find him colorful or delightful ever - not to mention attractive-- so often in a romance book if the hero is a delightfully delish character it carries the rest of the book. The heroine I did not like either -- she came across cold, hard and angry. So put the two characters together and nothing redeeming came of the experience reading this book.
A bit harsh, but it is so disappointing to devote ones precious time and money and come away not satisfied.