- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 556.0 KB
- Print Length: 164 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 161194709X
- Publisher: Bell Bridge Books (15 Aug. 2016)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01KGLKBRY
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #84,832 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The plot has everything one could want - the older rake, returned to London after inheriting his title after being banished for one specific youthful indiscretion [albeit one of many!], the spinster aunt who looks after her siblings' children, but has depths of passion yet unaroused, the beautiful niece who has her own ideas of where her destiny lies, the youthful nephew, struggling with the temptations for a young man newly arrived in London, the pompous brother and sister-in-law, the rake's envious friend, out to cause maximum mischief - and many more characters, all entirely relevant to the plot.
There were a couple of incidents towards the end of the book that could have done with a little explanation, but it didn't really matter and I'm not complaining! I loved this book.
The Spinster and the Rake is a familiar trope to readers of romance: bad boy meets innocent heroine, but as usual Anne Stuart puts her own twist on it.
Gillian Redfern divides her time between the households of her two sisters and domineering elder brother, running errands for them, helping with their children and generally behaving as an unpaid servant. She does have her own money, thanks to legacies from her mother and an aunt, but has sleepwalked into her current lifestyle without realising it. It takes a chance meeting with the wicked Marquis of Marlowe for her to understand what she has been missing.
I enjoyed the banter between the characters and their growing respect for each other. I liked the way Gillian was not some downtrodden Cinderella character but quite capable of standing up to her bullying elder brother. The minor characters were well-drawn too - Gillian's nephew, who has incurred gambling debts, and her niece, who is determined to marry an impoverished Vicar. Not to mention her sister-in-law, who hardly moves from the sofa, no matter what disaster threatens the family!
If you enjoy this book then you will love The Devil's Waltz, which has a similar plot and is one of my all-time favourite books. If romantic suspense is more your thing, then I'd recommend Anne Stuart's Ice series.
Thank you to Anne Stuart, Bell Bridge Books and NetGalley for my copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
The Rake: Ronan Patrick Blakely, Lord Marlow, is a man of great charm and little moral character, a gambler, a womanizer, and handsome as sin to boot. He was forced to leave England 20 years previously for dallying with a married woman.
Gilly & Ronan meet when her carriage’s axle breaks. They are attracted to each other & she at first refuses to give him her name.
But Lord Marlow is about to discover that Miss Redfern is more siren than spinster. She amuses him, arouses him, and, much to his dismay, makes him a better man. Gillian will discover, in turn, that Lord Marlow possesses the power to turn her into a very wicked woman. The rake and the spinster are poised to find a love that neither could have imagined. Both of them act out of character around each other & their dialogue is witty & leaves you smiling
There are a few problems for them with a gambling nephew, a determined niece, the past history with Derwent & a friend who has wager with Ronan that he’ll ruin Gilly. A figure from Ronan’s past appears & helps ease things.
This was everything I enjoy in a Regency romance, gorgeous hero – I love a rake especially if they are like a chocolate, hard on the outside but with a soft centre! A put upon heroine who decides enough is enough & her true strength comes out.
This book was originally released in the early 80s but not all dated & I recommend it as an easy very enjoyable read that will make you smile
I received an ARC copy
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