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on 6 July 2013
I've read other books by this author before and enjoyed them, but I really loved "The Rake".
I have to say though that Reggie is a bit of an unlikely hero. An alcoholic gambling womaniser who's killed men in duels, he hated his uncle from whom he was set to inherit a title until a previously unknown heir arrived (story told in a previous book). Said heir gives him an estate, where he finds his estate manager is female. She has her secrets too, and for a while it looks as if there are too many problems in their lives to overcome for them to get together.
But Reggie is a strong man, with redeeming qualities, and gradually his past and his family's are revealed, and he struggles to overcome his failings. He also has a sense of humour, and a surprising sense of right and wrong, which make him genuine hero material.
Alys has a past which has left her feeling unloveable as a woman, but she is a fitting match for Reggie, who needs somebody strong, just as she needs a man she cannot dominate.
The sex scenes are not greatly detailed, but the passion between the protagonists is unmistakeable. The description of Reggie's struggles with his drinking are quite harrowing, and reveal more about his background, which makes him more sympathetic. All in all a great read.