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A Rake's Guide to Pleasure (Zebra Historical Romance) Mass Market Paperback – 7 Sep 2008
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So when the handsome and notorious Duke of Somerhart starts to take an interest, Emma knows she needs to focus on the cards and stick to her plan. Because no matter how gorgeous the man is, she has no intentions of becoming his mistress. Yet Hart is so very tempting - and to a woman with nothing left to lose, he might just be a gamble worth taking.
The all-powerful duke and loving brother of TO TEMPT A SCOTSMAN returns, this time in his natural habitat of the London Ton. Hart is a dangerous man with a cruelly sensual edge, notorious in for his youthful passion, and much whispered about for his discretion. But Emma runs him through the emotional wringer until he no longer knows what to think of feel. Yet he doesn't give up. Which is perfect for Emma. Independent, intelligent and adventurous, she's determined to live her own life, but not to the full thanks to emotional scars and fears. Hart has similar scars of his own, and the pair spark, wound and entice each other in equal measures.
(As for Emma's fortune-hunting friend, Viscount Lancaster, and that intriguing scar... his story comes next - One Week as Lovers)
As always Dahl portrays her characters with sympathy and flair, making them fascinating to read about, with plenty of weaknesses and flaws. Emotional at times, humorous at others, and always compelling, this is a thoroughly enjoyable read.
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Emily's family has died. She has no money, so she pretends to be a titled widow so she can attend London parties and gamble with men. She is a skilled gambler and plans to earn enough money so she can support herself with the interest income without getting married. Hart is a Duke planning never to marry. He sees Emily gambling and is attracted to her. She doesn't want a relationship and is planning on leaving within about a month. Her fear is that someone may find out that she is not who she says she is.
I like strong, independent, smart women, and I enjoyed the way Emily bested men at gambling. But for some reason I did not enjoy the rest of the story around her. I did not like some of her choices. In addition, she must lie throughout the book to keep her secret, but even in the end, she continues lying - to herself and to Hart. Hart realizes this and knows he just needs to see through her to the truth and pay no attention to her words. It was ok as a typical romance novel, but it didn't hold my interest as well as other books have. I wasn't surprised or delighted, and a couple of times, I wanted it to be over.
Story length: 289 pages. Sexual language: moderate. Number of sex scenes: 4. Length of sex scenes; 1 to 15 pages. Total number of sex scene pages: 25. Setting: 1844 England. Copyright: 2008. Genre: historical romance.
For a list of my reviews of other books by this author, see my 4 star review of "Lead Me On" posted 3-23-10.
A Rake's Guide to Pleasure is a cute romantic story. Emma is a woman with spunk and determination. She has goals and nothing will stand in her way. She has no regret posing as someone she's not. In her mind, she's not stealing from the noblemen; she is winning the money fair and square. I thought that her goading the men into gambling or betting on games of chance were cute and funny. When Hart enters the picture, I knew that Emma had met her match. Emma constantly frustrated Hart and left him flustered. Their romance was gradual and sweet. I wouldn't call it a hot relationship despite Hart's past as a rake. He was quite gentle with her.
A Rake's Guide to Pleasure is a nice, romantic story that at times was humorous and sweet. The attraction was gradual but the sex wasn't too steamy even for this supposed rake. There were moments of steaminess but not enough in my opinion. Hart defies his reputation as a rake and is the hero that rescues the damsel in distress. But like most heroines with spunk and spine, Emma doesn't want to be rescued. Even when he perceives Emma's betrayal, he can't help but come to her aid.
The story was an exceptional find and I hope we hear more from this talented author. But her publisher needs to let her have more pages, this one was under 300. With such a unique voice she needs to be given more pages to create really fullbodied romances to flesh out the conflict. This one ended rather abrubtly and this reader didn't want to let these characters go.
The dialogue is sparkling, the character revelations are deep and vivid, the writing is elegant. Such a great book!