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Good end to an enjoyable series
on 26 September 2013
Inevitably, the plot is full of political intrigue surrounding the 'Hundred Days War', which isn't my favourite plot device but is executed fairly well I must admit. Despite this I still felt a little disappointed by the novel. Robert, or Bit, who I did fall for in the first book lost a bit of his charm during his own story, maybe that was because he lost a lot of his mystery, I can't say.
Robert's difficulties in reconnecting to the world after his experiences during the war are dealt with well and his relationship with Lucinda is wonderfully, slowly developed. I was worried how they'd handle the story of Lucinda, the quietest of the three heroines of the series, and I was glad that she didn't undergo some sort of personality makeover to attract the hero.
Finally, the ending confrontation is a bit predictable, but nothing terrible in itself, albeit a bit rushed. Again, an epilogue would have really helped round off the story. I certainly preferred 'England's Perfect Hero' to 'London's Perfect Scoundrel' but 'The Rake' is still the best of the bunch for me with this offering coming in a respectable second place.