- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 1488 KB
- Print Length: 250 pages
- Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing, LLC (29 Mar. 2017)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B06XS2R38K
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #430,398 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Writer and the Rake Kindle Edition
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Her characters don’t lie demurely on the page awaiting gentle discovery, instead they rise up from the start to smack you in the mush (British slang for mouth). They are flawed, often graceless, their redemption hard won—and they are all the more delicious for it. Her plots are far from ordinary; instead they are twisted and tangled and messy like life itself—laugh, because if you don’t you will cry.
And Ms Moore brings all this into play in The Writer and The Rake. Brittany will make your eyes water—but you have to adore her misbehavior—and Mitchell will kick your pulse into a faster beat, because his reaction to Brittany is just so damn hot. His patience, his control, his defences (watch them crumble), his heart—this is a real man, jaded but never beaten.
A time-travel tale with a difference, which I cannot recommend too highly.
The story was hugely entertaining and made me laugh out loud. There were plenty of twists and turns in the plot and the author kept me guessing as to how it would all end - right to the end. Brittany and Mitchell become more self aware as the novel progresses, and neither of them is the same person by the end of it. Brittany especially comes to realise what she really wants out of life - and the answer surprises her.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a quirky romantic romp with a difference.
Brittany Carter is an author, who drinks, smokes, and parties too much. After a surreal encounter with a character called Morte, she's transported to the Georgian era and meets bad boy Mitchell Killgower, who is locked into an inheritance dispute with some hateful relatives of his deceased wife. When Brittany materialises out of nowhere, he hopes she can prove useful by pretending to be his obedient and mousy wife for long enough to hoodwink those who hold the purse strings and stop his son getting the inheritance. The only trouble is that the feisty Brittany is incapable of fitting into this role and Mitchell has truly met his match on the impossible person's front.
I don't want to give too much away, as this will spoil readers' fun; and the novel is such great fun, in a quirky sense of the word, always sustaining a wonderful forward momentum with wonderfully entertaining dialogue. Come to think of it, I don't recall the author using any dialogue tags at all, and if she did, they weren't intrusive.
Brittany is often insufferable, but also pretty cool in a chaotic way. Mitchell is a Mr Darcy type: dark, handsome, brooding, stubborn, hard to impress, and master of his heart, but decidedly sexier than the original. His relationship with Brittany is meant as a short-term arrangement of convenience and nothing more. And the feeling is mutual ...until it isn't.
Speaking of the raunchy scenes, Shehanne Moore knows how to write about sex in a way that's humorous, playful, erotic and, at times, intense. It's never explicit, because it doesn't need to be; the subtle interplay of all the human senses is sufficient.
On the hilarity front, the crowning moment for me is when Mitchell rifles through Brittany's bag and puzzles over its contents from the future, and then questions her about one of the items in particular.
If you haven't already guessed, I fell in love with Mitchell and felt really sorry for him when Brittany kept appearing and disappearing. A rake like Mitchell does not give his heart easily to a woman, preferring the casual company of floosies when needs dictate.
The Writer and the Rake can be read as a standalone novel, even though it's the second part of a series. One reviewer has suggested that, in order to understand the time mutants better, it's an idea to read the series in the right order, starting with The Viking and the Courtesan.
As you can imagine, Time Mutants #1 is near the top of my reading list, as I can't get enough of Shehanne Moore's writing and am delighted to have discovered someone with such a fresh and original voice.
A highly recommended read.
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