cover image Rakes and Roses

Rakes and Roses

Josi S. Kilpack. Shadow Mountain, $15.99 trade paper (320p) ISBN 978-1-62972-735-6

A rogue changes his ways in Kilpack’s uplifting third Mayfield Family Romance (after Daisies and Devotion). Lady Sabrina Carlisle, the illegitimate daughter of a duke, is wary of marrying again after her abusive husband dies. Determined to do some good in the world, Sabrina uses her immense wealth and the alias of Lord Damion to help settle the debts of men she believes are redeemable. When rake Harry Stillman’s uncle refuses to pay off his gambling debt, Lord Damion steps in to help. Harry meets with Sabrina disguised as Lord Damion in London and believes his fortunes are on the rise, but on the walk home he is severely beaten. Kilpack flips the typical Regency romance script, with the heroine rescuing the hero and taking him to her Wimbledon home to recuperate. Though Harry suffers alcohol withdrawal, he appreciates Sabrina’s determination to help him heal. Their friendship blossoms into attraction, and Harry hopes that if he can prove he’s changed his ways, Sabrina might consider a future with him. Kilpack’s strong, upright heroine who finds a way to claim her power in Regency society sets this love story apart. This magnetic tale will appeal to fans of emotional romance. (May)