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Friday, September 27, 2013

To All The Rakes I’ve Loved Before by Ann Barton

After being jilted by her former beau, Miss Amelia Wimple retreated to her Mayfair town house and her ever-growing collection of gossips rags. Now, almost two years later, not even her beloved cousins, Rose and Olivia Sherbourne, can persuade her to give love another chance. But an unexpected midnight caller may open her heart once more.

Lord Stephen Brookes is the prince of pleasure, the duke of decadence-and it seems his exploits have finally caught up with him. When Stephen comes to Amelia seeking refuge, she can't deny him . . . or the intense desire he sparks. As he attempts to heal her broken heart, they indulge in a private passion unlike anything either has experienced. Stephen knows sweet, sensual Amelia is meant to be his one and only. Now, he will do whatever it takes to convince her that a rake really can change his ways.

Oh my, but I have spent hours daydreaming about being swept away by a Regency rapscallion and it seems so has Ann Barton for she brings to life a sublimely delightful scoundrel with this story. I remember reading that a reformed rake makes the best mate and let me tell you Lord Stephen Brookes is one very successful seducer. He is ultimately charming and genuinely likable. I love that his feelings run deep and that he makes no excuses for his outlandish behavior. Amelia is a wonderful heroine who I found it very easy to relate to, because who hasn’t felt like an outcast? I enjoyed her non-traditional attitudes and her no-nonsense manner. I was fond of the sweet yet sexy story and the fun adventure it took me on. The author has a skillful style with description and dialogue and this novella has turned me into a fan and I cannot wait to read the other Honeycote books.

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