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4.0 out of 5 stars Better than the clichéd title and blurb implies!, 20 Mar 2013
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Caz "So many books, so little time..." (Frinton-on-Sea) - See all my reviews
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This book was better than the somewhat clichéd title might imply. The blurb is also misleading as the plotline of the rake pursuing the widow is very far from the whole story; in fact, it runs parallel to a mystery concerning the heroine's brother and her quest to clear his name and prevent his execution for a crime he did not commit.

There were several plot twists and turns, sensual sex scenes, an evil fiancé, an evil ex-fiancée, and a secondary romance along the way between the heroine's sister and Darrington's friend. It was an entertaining story, if nothing especially original, and I enjoyed the way that the relationship between Beth and Darrington developed into a trusting friendship and then into more.

I'm starting to get a bit tired of the number of men in historical romances who are termed "rakes" or "dangerous", when they're nothing of the sort. Young, unmarried men were expected to sow a few wild oats back then, so applying either of those labels to a man simply because he's slept with a number of different women, when he's otherwise trustworthy and honourable is completely inappropriate. This is the case here. Darrington has had to retire from public life due to a political scandal and has a reputation as a bit of a ladies' man. But his concern for his friend when he has a riding accident, his determination to help Beth and her brother (even when she pushes him away towards the end of the book) don't point to his being either a rake or dangerous.

I thought that Beth's reaction when Darrington refused to submit to blackmail was rather overblown, although given everything she had on her plate, I can accept that she had come to the end of her tether; she did at least have the sense to see that her outburst and dismissal of Darrington had been unfair to him and realise that she did need his help. And his insistence on total secrecy as to the nature of his plan to sort everything out was unnecessary, and guaranteed to provoke Beth into the sort of reaction she did, in face, display.

But apart from that, the storytelling was decent, and I found the central couple engaging enough to want to know how things worked out.

In terms of the audio, the narration was generally good, although the performer's male voices were in danger of becoming a little grating at times, and were sometimes on the nasal side. But not enough to make it impossible to listen to and not enough to put me off listening to her in future.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A VERY GOOD READ, 11 Oct 2013
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This review is from: The Dangerous Lord Darrington (Mills & Boon Historical) (Paperback)
I HAVE READ TWO OF THREE BOOKS BY SARAH MALLORY. THIS ONE KEPT ME INTERESTED UNTIL THE VERY END. A LOVELY BOOK TO READ WHEN YOU FEEL IN A RELAXING MOOD.
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