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Lady Be Bad (Merry Widows) Mass Market Paperback – 7 Aug 2007
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The topic - a rake meets an innocent - has been used and over-used in historical romance. I like it but I`m a bit tired of it too because some authors fail to describe just why the innocent would ever fall for the rake and why the rake would even look twice at the innocent. This is not the case in this book. We see how they learn new sides of each other and thus are given a very good explanation as to why they would fall for each other.
It`s also a very hot book. If you`re looking for an innocent HR, this is not the book for you. But I liked it because it was well done. The hot parts weren`t just there to sell the book but because they fit the characters and how they found each other and grew closer.
I liked the whole series (The Merry Widows) but read them out of order. It`s not exactly a problem to do so but you`re in for a few spoilers if you do.
Grace Marlowe is a repressed woman with a capital R! She is the widow of the late Bishop and has been brainwashed into believing that passion is synonymous with sin! John Grayston is a jaded rake who has sworn off women for any other purpose besides pleasure. He has a horrible reputation in contrast to Grace's impeccable reputation.
John accepts a bet (over a horse!) to seduce Grace which is the premise of this book.
This unlikely couple is made believable by the skilled writing of Hern. She develops this relationship slowly and carefully....first developing a friendship before developing their romance. I appreciate this tactic. We are allowed to "get to know" both of these characters in a way that highlights their similarities rather than their outward differences. I love a reformed rake, and John Grayston may rank up there as one of my all time favorites!
This is a sweet and convincing romance that will have you smiling, sighing, and wanting to read it again!
When London's most disreputable rake shows interest in her, Grace Marlowe is horrified. Grace is ashamed that she is secretly attracted to Rochdale and flattered by his attention. Rochdale's pursuit of Grace crumbles her defenses and unleashes her passionate nature. If the truth behind Rochdale's seduction becomes known, what promises to be more than an affair could be lost forever.
Lady Be Bad is smart, witty and full of passion. Candice Hern's Lady Be Bad is so very elegant and yet is so very ardent. A story of awakening for both hero and heroine, Lady Be Bad is irresistible. At book's end, I was delighted by this gracefully written romance.
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I have enjoyed every book I have read by Candice Hern, and look forward to reading more of her books. I have discovered another favorite author who will be on autobuy.