The race is on in this sexy Regency series. To prevent three dukes from shoving their way into the royal line, the monarchy will dangle the ton’s most notorious rakes before the dukes’ intended brides. They’ll cause a scandal, then call off any plans of matrimony. But just who will have the last laugh?
Nathaniel Colton’s polished Hessians have been in countless well-born ladies’ beds since the death of his fiancée. So it’s a small matter to him to frustrate the Duke of Sussex in his pursuit of Lady Georgette. But the lady is no easy conquest. Nathaniel has to make her believe he cares about someone besides himself—and no one is more surprised than Nathaniel when he realizes he actually does.
Review: You really can’t go wrong when the word “Rake” is in the title of a historical romance. I mean, really, it would be a crime. I’d never read anything by Connie Mason or Mia Marlowe, so I was really excited to dive into this book!
The book begins with wonderful scene setting. We meet Lord Nathanial. First let me just start off by saying, I have a hard time with second son titles because they sound so “normal,” but honestly, it ended up working in this book. Ahem, so we start with Lord Nathanial. Clearly he plays a mean card game and ends up winning a brothel. Lucky guy. At any rate, he soon finds himself at his late wife’s grave and in somewhat of a pickle, and this is something I really didn’t see coming. He has to seduce his dead wife’s sister.
No lie. I actually shivered when I read that. His dead wife’s sister? Well done Mia and Connie, well done!
He goes about to seduce his sister-in-law mainly to save his families reputation as well as his own. Though, the plan wasn’t to actually fall for the beautiful girl. Lady Georgette is in line for a Royal Dukedom. Regency readers will freak out over this notion. Most regency books talk about normal dukes, but a royal duke? Yeah, that basically means you get to be a princess, so it’s a REALLY big deal!
The problem? Lord Nathanial has been asked to be her protector as she is courted, not by the duke, but by his emissary.
But things just get weirder when Nate and Georgette can’t seem to keep their hands off of one another. I couldn’t help but root for them to run away together even though I know that society at the time would literally kill them.
I loved the character of Nate. He was a good rake, meaning, he had a heart and wasn’t a total man-whore, but really truly cared about Georgette and in the end put her above all else. To me, that’s just a good hero.
Georgette was independent and feisty yet still managed to stay un-annoying. I hate it when authors make the female leads so single-minded that all you want to do is bang them over the head with your kindle and knock some sense into them! I’m happy to announce that Georgette was the perfect combination of a strong woman and compromising/loving person.
I think my favorite part was the way that the love story was told. Both Nate and Georgette had this undeniable pull that was more love than it was lust. In the end, it made the story all the more worthwhile.
What I didn’t like? I feel like the end didn’t make sense. Wasn’t Nathanial being blackmailed? The guy who I thought was the bad guy was never mentioned again and then some random dude from the beginning shows up at the end and you find out he’s bad? It didn’t really work very smoothly, but I will admit that the love story overshadowed it so much that I didn’t really care anyway!
All in all it was a lovely story that I would of course recommend to lovers of historical romance!
A few sex scenes, minor cursing.