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Waking Up with a Rake (Regency Rakes) by [Mason, Connie, Marlowe, Mia]
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"Full of sweet romance, explosive passion, and a few shocking twists... a marvelous read. " - Imagine a World

"Such a lovely read that when it was over, I wanted more... The love scenes were scorching and the romance on key!" - Romantic Romps

"Deliciously scandalous, with authentic settings, realistic characters and wicked seductions. 4 Stars" - RT Book Reviews

"Definitely a HOT book. It's full of sweet romance, explosive passion, and a few shocking twists. Romance lovers, you've found a book that you'll adore." - Imagine a World

"From the very beginning of starting to read this story I could not put it down and read it into the wee hours of the morning." - Angles with Attitude

"A wickedly fun, hot, sexy heart pounding romance that will curl your toes!" - Rogues Under the Covers

"Full passion and mystery. The twists and turns in the plot led to a very interesting turn out. " - Cocktails and Books

"Engaging and entertaining... " - Under the Boardwalk

"A charming read that had me absorbed, entertained, and looking forward to future stories. " - Book Savvy Babe

"A fast paced and adventure filled story from the first page to the last. " - My Book Addiction and More

"A wickedly funny, sexy historical romance that is sure to captivate you." - Romance Junkies

About the Author

Connie Mason is the bestselling author of more than thirty historical romances and novellas. Her tales of passion and adventure are set in exotic as well as American locales. Connie was named Story Teller of the Year in 1990 by Romantic Times, and was presented a Career Achievement award in the Western category by Romantic Times in 1994. Connie makes her home in Tarpon Springs, Florida, with her husband, Jerry.

Connie was featured on a segment of "48 Hours," a CBS television production that devoted a one-hour program to the romance industry.

In addition to writing and traveling, Connie relishes telling anyone who will listen about her three children and nine grandchildren, and sharing memories of her years living abroad in Europe and Asia as the wife of a career serviceman. In her spare time Connie enjoys reading, dancing, playing bridge and freshwater fishing with her husband.

Mia Marlowe is a rising star whose Touch of a Rogue was named one of Publishers Weekly's Top Ten Best Romances for Spring 2012. Mia learned about storytelling while singing professional opera. She knows what it's like to sing a high "C" in a corset, so she empathizes with the trials of her historical heroines. Mia resides in Boston, Massachusetts. For more visit www.miamarlowe.com.

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  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (1 Jan. 2013)
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x97368864) out of 5 stars 28 reviews
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x973810d8) out of 5 stars Innocent woman ruined? Or love of a lifetime found? 3 Jan. 2013
By BookAddictToTheExtreme - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
This review was first posted at Reading Between the Wines!

What will a man do to protect his family from dishonor and to regain his own? Anything. Even ruin an innocent young woman by relieving her of her maidenhead so that she is no longer considered an acceptable option for a marriageable wife to three royal dukes. What our rake Rhys doesn't expect to find, is that innocent Olivia burns with untapped passion that intrigues him. Or that she would be suck a pleasure to keep company with that his heart quickly becomes involved. Making it an internal war between what he has to do to regain his lost honor, and what his heart wants to do.

This was a pleasant read. It has intrigue. A few nice twists and turns in the plot, and even though you know that innocent Olivia will be ruined, it was done a tad differently than I expected. My only complaint is that Olivia gave Rhys like instant forgiveness after she'd found out that he'd been sent to ruin her, and well that doesn't fly well with me. Maybe because I'm a vengeful woman who would kick a man in the balls and burn down his house if he tried to pull that crap with me, but then, well that's just me. I guess Olivia is infinitely kinder than I am. Still a nice weekend read to help sweep you away from the real world. I give it a four wine glass toast and hope you enjoy it!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x977d5ec4) out of 5 stars Lacks a little magic, but still provides an entertaining story 24 Mar. 2013
By The Romance Reviews - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
WAKING UP WITH A RAKE has the mystery, seduction and angst, but the characters seem to suffer with the chemistry out of the bedroom. This first installment in a new series from Connie Mason and Mia Marlowe lacks a little magic, but still provides an entertaining story.

Both main characters made me very uncomfortable. I understood Rhys' reasons for taking this mission, but no matter how I looked at it, I just could not accept it. It was too cold and despicable for the hero of a romance novel. I was never convinced he had enough reason to even think about taking this mission to ruin Olivia. As the story progressed, I found him somewhat redeeming, but it never seemed to be enough. He never seemed to have enough of a guilty conscience over what he originally set out to do.

Olivia, on the other hand, was disappointing because she seemed to fall so easily into Rhys' trap. After knowing the hero for just a few short days, she seemed to dispose of all her moral convictions and accept the physical pleasures Rhys was offering. You expect their attraction, but I wanted her to have a little more strength and willpower to resist it. About half way through the novel, the plot starts to take a reasonable path to fix their dangerous flirtation, but by that point I was just unhappy with the characters' overall development.

With all that being said, I have always found the love scenes and/or seduction penned by Ms. Marlow and Ms. Mason to be absolutely scorching and toe-curling. WAKING UP WITH A RAKE was no different, but without the emotional attachment to the characters, they unfortunately fell flat. In hindsight, I think the seduction happened too early on and the mystery overwhelmed their romance in the end. It was all too much too soon. Still, the writing was fabulous and the even though the plot development had a few hiccups, it was still strong. It's not a bad story by any means, but I personally lost the connection with the characters and could not fall in love with the rest.

I'm very sad to say this wasn't my favorite collaboration from Connie Mason and Mia Marlowe. Then again, my expectations may have been a tad high considering how much I loved their last two creations. Rhys and Olivia were just too unconventional for me and lacked the qualities of a true historical romance hero and heroine. Yet that doesn't lessen my excitement for the next two novels in this series. Despite my disappointment, I still saw glimpses of the things I love best from this dynamic duo. They still add the fun and excitement into historical romance by taking risks and establishing engaging dialogue between the characters. So I still look forward to their next venture. This is book one in The Royal Rakes series, but the other two leading men are mentioned so briefly, you will barely remember they were introduced. With that being said, you could certainly move straight into book two. I enjoyed this novel, but WAKING UP WITH A RAKE isn't one destined for my `keeper shelf.'

Reviewed by Lisa Jo
for TheRomanceReviews.com
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x972cbfa8) out of 5 stars Being this rake's target for seduction and ruin never sounded more deliciously wicked. 2 Jan. 2013
By MsRomanticReads - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
My first introduction into the world of romance was through historical romances when I was a teenager. There was just something about the genteel manner between men and women from that time that has always held an appeal for me. Not so much the often prudish restrictions, but the effort a man would put forth to court a woman, and the way a woman could win a man over without being overly ... flirtatious. I like heroines who buck convention and society's rules. I got that in this story, even if it was to a lesser degree than what I usually read. This story was still very enjoyable to me on every level. Maybe even more so because the gentleman was a rake, and a delicious one to boot.

The year is 1818 and the race for the crown is on. Three dukes are determined to wed and sire a future heir. Each duke has an eye on a prospective bride. The Duke of Clarence has his eye on the rich commoner, Olivia Symon. However not everyone wish to see these dukes succeed. Enter Lord Rhys Warrington, a dishonored former military captain and notorious rake. He is sent to seduce and ruin sweet Olivia in exchange for information that could change his life and save his family further disgrace. However Olivia is unlike any woman Rhys has ever met, and he soon finds feelings of guilt warring with his sense of honor. How does he choose between her, his honor and his family?

Olivia was a great heroine. Mainly because she was both a bit of a tomboy as well as a refined lady. She had opinions and wasn't afraid to voice them in selective company. She may be a virgin, but she wasn't completely naïve, thank goodness. Rhys was the perfect counterpart for her. He's our classic tortured hero. He struggles with the demons of his past - regrets and self-chastisement that he left behind on a bloody battlefield in France. After being outcast from his family and society, he spent his time gambling and numbing his feelings in the arms and beds of countless women, building his reputation. But even said reputation doesn't seem to scare Olivia away. She's intrigued by him and his being very upfront about it. When the slow seduction begins, it made me shiver and laugh at times. It wasn't a full on assault, but a sweet teasing. It was meant to coax Olivia, arouse her, intrigue her. Her naivete and inquisitiveness eventually seduces him right back. Seeing him so perplexed was actually quite adorable.

I also enjoyed the element of danger that added to the drama. Someone had it in for Olivia, but for what reason we don't know until the end. I had my suspicions, but I was wrong. A Goodreads reviewer noted that the villain's motive seemed random. I disagree. It may not have had that "bam" impact, but the circumstances surrounding it were legitimate. It sounded to me like the villain was a little off his rocker.

The love scenes were all sizzling hot, which surprised me a little. Were men and women in that time that wanton? Either way, they got no complaints from me. If I read this again, I'll need to have a fan at the ready. The climax at the end was predictable, but I liked the hero swooping in like a knight in shining armor to save his beloved. That's something I normally look forward to - the swoon.

If you like historical romances with some drama thrown in, and you look forward to the hero and heroine engaging in scandalous behavior, then this is a book for you. I really enjoyed it for the romanticism, and I'll definitely be reading this again.

Note: I know the blurb says Rhys Warrick, and in my review I refer to him as Rhys Warrington, but the ARC copy I received was an uncorrected advance copy. Personally, I hope the author goes with Warrington. It just sounds sexier.

Disclaimer: I won the ARC review copy in a contest hosted by the author. An honest review in exchange was requested but not expected.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x974465a0) out of 5 stars Slow read and not too exciting. 23 Jan. 2013
By Lanie - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I have read all of Connie Mason's books and I really thought this one did not live up to her previous ones. It was rather slow moving. I was disappointed and am not sure if I could really recommend it for others to read.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9734ccf0) out of 5 stars Gripping Read 25 Jan. 2013
By LAS Reviewer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Trading favors and wagering against an admitted rake was Olivia's first mistake. The second was falling for him.

As a first born wealthy heiress from an untitled family, Olivia's prospects for a husband are slim and her social awkwardness and lanky physique don't help matters either. However, she may not have to search far since one of the royal dukes has made his interest known, but first she must be "interviewed". Olivia is not so naive to be unaware that the royal duke's real interest is mostly in her untouched state and fertile future to secure his own seat on the throne. It's all politics, but for the sake of her family's future and mostly that of her sisters, Olivia may not have much choice in her match with the aging duke. That is until temptation walks in upsetting her quiet life and challenges her to become a knowledgeable virgin.

Lord Rhys Warrington lives a wastrel existence after a defeat in battle leaves him and his two best mates mired in scandal. Three years after the offending event, Rhys now finds himself faced with the proposition of a lifetime to restore his and his family's honor. But it will mean seduction of the wrong kind of girl - a virgin. As an admitted libertine and rake without any gentlemanly qualities, Rhys should have no problem bedding the unknowing chit and ruining her chances of a royal dukedom. It is Rhys' conscience, however, that poses the problem and controls even his most basic of instincts especially his physical responses. When it becomes clear someone else is threatening Olivia's physical well-being, but with deadly intentions, Rhys must decide his priorities and what his true intentions toward the lady are.

A story complete with an overbearing mother, an unlikely romance and a deadly whodunit mystery to solve set in a time where propriety and acceptance in high society were the concerns of the day. However, a Hymen Hunt is underway and there are several players who have a stake, political, vengeful or otherwise, in the outcome. By these twisted circumstances is how our leads meet and their headstrong personalities and brilliant banter kept the story paced perfectly. I really enjoyed the sexual banter and how the whole "knowledgeable virgin" venture led to some very steamy scenes.

Olivia is not the typical heroine in description and I believe Rhys said it best when he described her as "endearingly awkward". On the other hand, Rhys fits the physical embodiment of a rake perfectly, but with a much deeper side that only comes out when he's around Olivia. It's his rakish attitude that makes him charming and frustrating at the same time, but it definitely keeps things interesting. My complaint comes from these two falling for each other too soon and I would have liked to see Olivia's intelligence shine just a bit more by her holding off on Rhys' advances longer.

I believe the author duo did a fabulous job taking historically realistic events, people, places, and things and twisting them in their own imaginative way. Since we were introduced to three determined rakes in need of reforming and vindication at the beginning of this story, I am eagerly waiting to see what happens with the other two. For all historical romance fans this is definitely one not to be missed.

Originally posted at LAS Romance Reviews
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