Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Never Trust a Rake by Annie Burrows + 4 Featured Freebies

Never Trust a Rake
"Rumor has it that the Earl of Deben, the most notorious rake in Londoon and in need of an heir, has set aside his penchant for married mistresses and turned his skilled hand to seducing innocents!"But if Lord Deben expects Henrietta Gibson to respond to the click of his fingers he can think again. For she knows perfectly well why she should avoid gentlemen of "his" bad repute:

1. One touch of his lips and he'll ruin her for every other man.

2. One glide of his skillful fingers to the neckline of her dress will leave her molten in his arms.

3. And if even one in a thousand rumors is true, it's enough for her to know she can never, "ever" trust a rake....

My Rating: 4/5

A very sweet historical romance. Never Trust a Rake, though not amazing, was an excellent read...
I loved the heroine of this book, Henrietta. She was a tough woman who didn't suffer fools gladly and stood up for herself. At first, she was a little abrasive and somewhat judgmental-especially toward the hero-but it got better fairly quickly. She definitely grew on me. 

Lord Deben was a sweetie. I adored him. His life had been isolated because of how his parents treated him and his siblings, so the poor man never knew anything other than indifference or resentment. Just that made him a sympathetic character. But, he was also sweet, kind, thoughtful, and basically the perfect man if every way :)

The relationship between Henrietta and Lord Deben was sweet as sugar with just a touch of spice. I loved them together. Both of them were in love with each other by mid-book, but both were too insecure and pigheaded to admit it. But it didn't bother me because it was well done. It allowed their relationship to grow while adding an element of true love and longing. They were such a lovely couple and I was so happy for them when they finally admitted their feelings for each other. 

The plot was steady. It wasn't fast, but it didn't drag either. That is what kept me from saying the book was amazing. I really liked it and thought it was very good but it wasn't earth-shatteringly spectacular. 
The ending was perfect for the story and it left me smiling and happy with how everything was concluded.

Overall, Never Trust a Rake is a wonderful historical romance that I would recommend to any lovers of the genre. Absolutely lovely.

Thanks to Netgalley for a copy!

So, do you think you'll give it a read? Let me know in the comments :)
Since I haven't done a featured freebie in a couple of days and won't be able to for a couple of days, I''m letting you know about 4 free books I've found:

1) The first is a boxed set of my absolute favorite medieval, highland romance series: Unleashed (The Highland Historical Trilogy) by Kerrigan Byrne. This series is fantastic! Go forth and get it for free!
Unleashed (The Highland Historical Trillogy)Meet the MacLauchlan Berserkers...
Roderick –
He’s death for hire, cursed by a malicious enemy who left him unable to speak.
She’s a refugee with a dangerous secret that could cost her life.
Outnumbered by thousands, he’s fated to die in battle like so many Berserkers before him. Could the strength of their love defy destiny?
Connor –
He’s a mercenary Laird who fears nothing but the darkness inside him.
She’s a noble beauty, sold to the highest bidder.
He mistakenly rescues her from a fate worse than death, but now she’s his captive.
They must battle their pride and their explosive attraction to each other in order to defeat a common enemy who threatens the clan’s survival.
Finn –
He’s a nameless bastard, stalking the Highlands bent on revenge and murder when he stumbles on an infant deserted in the snow.
She’s a desperate woman who’s lost everything, including her dignity.
They are three of the world’s Unwanted. On a snowy Solstice night, their tale becomes one of blood and vengeance, of love, redemption, and forging the bonds that make a family.

2) The next is a regency romance that I thought was pretty good: Improper Pleasures by Cheryl Howe. Go forth and get it for free!
Improper Pleasures (The Pleasure Series)Lady Astra Keane ruins herself a second time by seducing her late husband's younger American cousin when he arrives in England to inherit a title and the estate she loves. Discovering she has no funds to start a new life, Astra justifies her proposition to secretly become James's mistress as the only hope of providing a stable environment for her daughter. Her arrangement with James Keane allows Astra to remain the mistress of her home while she explores her long denied passions with a man she finds irresistibly attractive. Though warned not to fall in love with her paramour, Astra soon discovers she'll never make a proper mistress to James. Her heart has become involved but she refuses to give up the affair.
James Keane knows Astra is hiding secrets about her past, but he finds he can't resist her offer to become his mistress. He makes it clear that he'll be returning to America as soon as he turns around the bankrupt estate he's inherited. Though he has no reason to trust her, James doesn't believe Astra coud be involved with the string of accidents that have befallen him since his arrival. Rumors of the Keane Curse leads James to believe his misfortune has a human source, one that he intends to uncover. He only hopes his investigation doesn't reveal he has fallen in love with a woman who wants him dead.

3) Third is an interesting sounding regency novella that sounded cute: To Love a Thief by Darcy Burke. Go forth and get it for free!
To Love a Thief (Secrets & Scandals)To set things right, she has to be very wrong…
Former constable Daniel Carlyle hasn’t the foggiest notion how to be a viscount. No one is more shocked than he when his father’s second cousin and his son die on the same day. When a prominent earl offers to guide Daniel through Society and the House of Lords, he’s grateful to have a champion. Things seem to be falling into place when he meets a lovely young woman he intends to make his viscountess. Until he catches her stealing from his mentor.
The moment Jocelyn Renwick glimpses her family's stolen heirlooms in the possession of a wealthy earl, she demands their return. He dismissively insists they’ve been in his family for generations, and she privately vows to get them back at any cost. But the law-abiding Lord Carlyle foils her plans, and she reluctantly partners with him to solve the theft of her property. When they discover the earl is up to his ears in criminal acts, he threatens to link Daniel to his gang of thieves. Jocelyn must decide if justice for her family is worth risking a chance at love

4) Finally, I have another regency novella that sounds good: To Wager the Marquis of Wolverstone by Bronwen Evans. Go forth and get it for free!
To Wager the Marquis of Wolverstone (Wicked Wagers BK2-Regency Romance) Long NovellaThey Say Revenge is Sweet…
Marcus Danvers, the Marquis of Wolverstone, is renowned for his cynical demeanor. It's rumored that long ago, a beautiful woman broke his heart. Now he lives life for pleasure. He’s the consummate, handsome rake. If anyone tries to get too close—let’s just say his bark is as bad as his bite. That is, until the beautiful, as she is deceitful, Contessa Orsini re-enters his life with a wager he cannot resist. When he wins, he’ll have Sabine exactly where he wants her—in his bed and at his mercy.
Forced to return to England and avenge her father’s death, Sabine knows the one person who can help her is the only man she has ever loved—Marcus. The man who hates her with as much passion as he once loved her. But Marcus doesn’t know that by winning the wager he’ll also be getting his revenge. For there are some secrets best left buried…


  1. Thanks for the freebie info and the review. Going shopping right now!