Retribution: The Rake and the Recluse, part 6
by Jenn LeBlancPublished by: Iris Photo Publish Date: Feb 28, 2012 Genre: Historical Romance / Romance Serial Series: The Rake and the Recluse Redux: part 6 Source: E-book provided for review by Author Review of books 1-3 | Review of book 4 | Review of book 5 My Rating:
Blurb from Goodreads:
A woman out of time.
A man stifled by propriety.
A nemesis determined to take her away.
A brother to the rescue.
How will a powerful Duke deal with a woman who doesn’t know her place? How will a woman used to the 21st century survive in time where she is considered property?
THE RAKE AND THE RECLUSE Part Six. Perry must find the woman who has managed to capture his heart, then he must find a way to keep her. Someone else is on the hunt, someone from her past who doesn’t appreciate that she still lives and breaths.
Francine Larrabee woke up on the wrong side of the century. She was fairly certain she went to sleep in her own comfy bed, but she doesn’t quite seem to be there now. Only adding to her problems is that she has no voice, is constantly being glowered at by a large, stunning man who is obsessed with propriety, and she is apparently betrothed to another horrid little man, determined to ruin her, and any other girls that get in his way.
How does she find herself in the past, when she couldn’t even find herself in her present? How does a self sufficient businesswoman survive in a time when women were still considered property for the whole of their lives and what is she going to do with this man who draws her to him so fiercely.
The outstanding Rake and the Recluse series comes to a sensational close with Retribution. In Retribution, Perry and his love must overcome obstacles of class, family approval, and a dangerous enemy set on retribution.
I loved this final installment in the series, not only do Perry and his love resolve their insecurities and plan for their future, but we also get to know more of the Trumbull family, including some intriguing cousins. (I still won’t give away the identity of Perry’s love, you have to read the series to find out who she is.) The story wraps up beautifully, I felt the emotions of the characters and wanted to cheer them on. There is some suspense about what Hepplewort is planning and what the outcome will be. All together, Retribution kept me fully engaged and I read this installment in one sitting.
I mention in my review of book 5, Submission, that I missed Gideon and Francine. In Retribution, I find that I did not miss them anymore. I was taken with Peregrine and his lady, fully engaged in their story. The relationship becomes less fragile as it develops and the growth in both of the characters is beautiful and satisfying. One of my favorite scenes of this entire series is in this book, in involves Perry, his lady, and a piano…
Retribution is a sensational, riveting conclusion to an already outstanding series. The Rake and the Recluse is simply beautiful, a “must read” series.
*Notes on the series:* Jenn LeBlanc’s photography interspersed throughout the story only enhances the story. Illustrated novels are a very new concept (as far as I know, unique to Jenn LeBlanc), but with both visually stunning photographs and impressive writing Jenn LeBlanc has created a new format for a literary masterpiece.
Each installment of this series is uniquely crafted to focus the storyline and engage readers. With the story broken into segments, the reader is able to really learn each of the characters and understand the setting. The reader is transported from the pages of the book into the story.
Have I made you curious? Good, because I recommend the full The Rake and the Recluse series to all readers of romance. Both Retribution and The Rake and the Recluse series get a 5 star rating from Book Savvy Babe. The series is on my favorite shelf, hopefully, you will find it on yours too.