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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Review: The Rake's Handbook by Sally Orr

The definitive guide to seduction...
The Rake's Handbook was written on a dare, and soon took the ton by storm. Now its author, Ross Thornbury, is publicly reviled by the ladies-who are, of course, forbidden to read the handbook-but privately revered by the gentlemen. Unfortunately, Ross's notoriety is working against him and he flees London painfully aware of the shortcomings of his own jaded heart.
Spirited young widow Elinor Colton lives next to Ross's country estate. She's appalled not only by his rakish reputation, but also by his progressive industrial plans. Elinor is sure she is immune to Ross's seductive ways. But he keeps coming around...impressing her with his vision for England's future and stunning her with his smiles.
How does one resist the man who wrote the manual on love?

Sally Orr creates some fantastically engaging characters in this lovely historical romance. Elinor Colton is a refreshing character so full of emotions that it was practically impossible to not develop a deep of connection with her. There is just something so darn refreshing about her, especially considering she is not the average young heroine but a more mature woman. It was equally impossible not to develop a connection with Ross Thornbury who is so darn irresistible with his charming, dashing ways. With every interaction between these two I knew that they were perfect for one another. Elinor's foppish nephew is a joy to meet. I enjoyed getting to know someone beyond the caricature. The story left me with such a big smile and a happy feeling that I am still experiencing days later. If you are looking for a wonderful romantic tale then I highly suggest this one to help you escape from the everyday mundane.

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