Monday, November 11, 2013

Once a Rake by Eileen Dreyer

Once a Rake (The Drakes Rakes, #4)
Release date: October 29, 2013
Publisher: Forever
Genre: Historical (Regency) Romance
Series: The Drake's Rakes #4

All he wants is her help . . .

Colonel Ian Ferguson may be a rake, but he's no traitor. Accused of trying to kill the Duke of Wellington, the disgraced Scotsman is now a fugitive--from the law, the army, and the cunning assassin who hunts him. Wounded and miles from his allies, Ian finds himself at the mercy of an impoverished country wife. The spirited woman is achingly beautiful . . . and hiding some dangerous secrets of her own.

All she needs is his heart . . .

She was a child nobody wanted. Now for Lady Sarah Clarke, holding on to her vanished husband's crumbling estate is her final chance to earn respectability. She knows that hiding the devastatingly handsome Ferguson will jeopardize her home. Common sense demands that she turn him in. But a single, delirious kiss shatters her resolve . . . and awakens a passion that neither of them can escape.

My Rating: 4 Roses

Thrilling and romantic, Once a Rake was a lovely historical romance. I really enjoyed reading this wonderful book. Really a lovely read.

Sarah was a great heroine. She was the kind of heroine that had a quiet strength. She wasn't overly bold and constantly sassy, but she was a tough woman who would do anything to survive and protect her family. I really liked her. I thought she was a wonderful character.

Ian was also great. He wasn't polished and charming, but he definitely had his own char. He was brutally honest, very loyal, incredibly brave, extremely determined, and super sweet when he wanted to be. I really liked him.  He was strong, honorable, and adorable.

The romance was lovely. Sarah and Ian were sweet together. They were really a perfect match. Their feelings for each other were obvious and they didn't bother denying them. As for the spice factor, I would describe it more as sensuous than outright steamy and I thought it was well done. There were a few roadblocks along the way, some that Sarah and Ian created for themselves, and they caused some annoyance but these two got through them all. I thought they were a lovely couple.

The plot was fast paced. I wasn't entirely hooked, but I was kept interested the entire way through. I just wasn't completely drawn in. But, I still really enjoyed the story and the ending was perfect. There were thrills along the way as Ian ran from those who wanted to arrest him and tried to clear his name. That provided for some excitement, which made me enjoy the story all the more.

Once a Rake was a wonderful historical romance. It was thrilling and romantic and I really enjoyed reading it. Lovers of romance, you should definitely check this book out.

*I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review


  1. Lovely review! This author is on my list, but I don't know why I haven't read her, A few of her books are at my local library, so I will have to check her out!! I especially love those quietly strong heroines. They are my favorites.

  2. I agree, the quietly strong heroines are the best. They also tend to be a bit more rational, which is a nice change for the melodrama of some heroines. You should definitely check this author out! I've only read this book of hers, but it was wonderful :)