Lord of the Rakes

Darcie Wilde. Berkley Sensation, $7.99 mass market (320p) ISBN 978-0-425-26555-0
Wilde’s strong and spicy debut reveals the vulnerability of the Regency era’s women. When Lady Caroline Delamarre learns that she is the sole beneficiary of a trust from her mother, she decides to move to London against the express wishes of her domineering brother, Jarrett, Earl Keenseford. Once in London, Caroline meets Philip Montcalm, the Lord of the Rakes. Their physical attraction is intensified by subtle glances, as the jaded Philip succumbs to Caroline’s innocent seduction. While their affair is fueled by lust, Philip is surprised to learn that he truly enjoys Caroline’s company and regrets that they cannot appear as a couple when out in public. As Caroline uncovers the intelligent man beneath Philip’s rakish exterior, he begins questioning his hedonistic existence. The allure of their sensual encounters is enhanced by the great depth of emotions revealed by these expertly crafted and unforgettable characters. Only a few anachronisms mar this attention-grabbing novel. (Feb.)
Reviewed on: 12/02/2013
Release date: 02/04/2014
Genre: Fiction
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