Sunday, May 5, 2013

One Night with a Rake by Mia Marlowe & Connie Mason + Featured Freebie

One Night with a Rake (The Royal Rakes, #2)
For King and Country, three notorious rakes will put all their seductive skills to work. After all, the fate of England's monarchy is in their hands.

Since the death of his fiancĂ©e, Nathaniel Colton's polished boots have rested beneath the beds of countless wayward wives and widows of theton. He's careful to leave each lady smiling, and equally careful to guard his heart. So seducing Lady Georgette should pose no problem. But the beautiful reformist is no easy conquest, and Nate's considerable charm fails to entice Georgette to his bed. To woo her, Nate will have to make her believe he cares about someone besides himself—and no one is more surprised than Nate when he realizes he actually does.

My Rating: 5 Roses

Lovely! One Night with a Rake was a wonderful historical romance, a perfect addition to the Royal Rakes series. Even better than the first!

I had two small issues with the book, but they didn't hamper my enjoyment at all. So, I'll just get them out of the way. First, I didn't understand why it was necessary to include the sister/ex-fiance plotline. It didn't really fit into the plot and really only served to add conflict when there was already plenty of conflict.
Second, I feel like Nate should have told Georgette the truth about what he was asked to do after they fell in love. If anything, just for the sake of honesty in their relationship.

But, those issues were very minor and I still adored this book.
Now to the good parts.

Georgette was a wonderful heroine. She was strong and clever and extremely determined when she wanted to be. Which tended to get her into trouble, not the least of which was going to the seediest areas of London to rescue a prostitute without any way to protect herself. I liked that she was so intent on helping others-even if she did get herself into trouble while trying to help. Regardless, she was a lovely character.

Nate was brilliant. He was an honorable man at heart and it was very clear that he didn't want to have to ruin Georgette. I loved that he was such a noble gentleman, even in this most odd of situations. He was a perfect hero-sweet, strong, protective, honorable. I adored him.

The romance between Georgette and Nate was so sweet. Despite the obstacles in their way, they were clearly a perfect couple from the start. And there was a nice helping of spice to go along with them. 

The plot was well-paced and I was hooked throughout the entire book. There were thrills to be had-mostly because of Georgette's impulsiveness. And the ending was wonderful. I can't wait to find out what happens with the third royal rake, Jonah, in the next book-Between a Rake and a Hard Place.

One Night with a Rake was a top notch historical romance. Romance lovers, you have to read this book.

*Thanks to Netgalley and Sourcebooks Casablanca for a copy!
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Lady Chastity Fairfax is a young noble woman who finds the restrictions of her life in England nearly impossible to stomach. It is 1908, and she both envies the freedom that the men around her enjoy and resents them for the control they hold over her own life. Desperate to become independent and free from the loathsome betrothal her father has arranged for her, Chastity boards the Mauritania to start fresh on the ranch of her brother in Texas. Aboard the Mauritania, and in the guise of a young man, Chase meets the handsome Colton Webb. Her initial attraction to his raw masculinity turns to disgust when she becomes privy to his chauvinistic philosophy of relationships between men and women. And when she learns that he is both her brother's neighbor and rival, she shrewdly vows to punish making him fall in love with her. For all her schemes, Lady Chastity hadn't planned on the passion she'd feel for Webb. And she is devastated to realize that if she follows her own heart, she must give up her independence and succumb to the repugnant institution of marriage.

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