Waking up with a Rake
by Connie Mason and Mia MarlowePublished by: Sourcebooks Casablanca Publish Date: January 1, 2013 Series: The Royal Rakes #1 Source: E-Galley provided by publisher via NetGalley Heather’s Rating: Blurb from Goodreads:
The race is on in this sexy new 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?
Rhys plans the seduction of Olivia like the cavalry officer he was, but when a series of mishaps convinces him that someone wants to get rid of her–permanently–he becomes her fiercest protector…even at the cost of his own heart.
Book Savvy Babe’s Review:
Waking up With a Rake is a charming read that had me absorbed, entertained, and looking forward to future stories. Rhys is sent to ruin a young lady to keep her from marrying a Duke, and thereby preventing said Duke from getting closer to the throne of England. The subterfuge is a new, seemingly out-there concept, but it proved to be a very fun read. Olivia was more than Rhys expected, she spoke her mind, she was clever, and alluring. Rhys was conflicted in his duty to ruin her and his feelings of protectiveness to her. When Olivia’s father enters the picture, and attempts are made on Olivia’s life, Rhys is given a new mission, one he is more than happy to fulfill.
Waking up With a Rake is a light-hearted, highly enjoyable story. Rhys was given a mission that made him uncomfortable, but his desire to be redeemed in his family’s eyes won out. Rhys and Olivia develop a relationship fairly quickly, but their story goes beyond that. Rhys has to deal and come to terms with his past and repair his relationship with his family, and Olivia is a pawn in a game to hurt her father. The pair help each other out and find a partner in each other.
Waking up With a Rake is a great historical romance read, and I’m looking forward to read the next two installments in the series. I am eager to learn more about the other 2 rakes, and meet their ladies. The Royal Rakes series is off to a promising start. If you enjoy historical romances, I recommend giving Waking up With a Rake a try.