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His Wicked Smile (Redcakes Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

Heather Hiestand
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Book Description

Some temptations are impossible to resist, even for a bakery heir. . .

Ann Haldene is the most beautiful woman Gawain Redcake has ever seen. A gifted healer who soothes his battle-scarred body like never before, the widow's touch has a powerful effect on him. It's no wonder the rugged Redcake heir forgets his quest for a society bride during one passionate night in Ann's arms. But once he learns she is pregnant with his child, he searches for her, intent on giving her his name, if not his heart. . ..

Ann is shocked by Gawain's proposal, mostly because he has not uttered a word of love. For the sake of their baby, she accepts, even knowing that Gawain dreamed of marrying to secure a title and all she has is a severed royal Indian bloodline. Now the new bride faces her greatest challenge: showing her husband that their union is more powerful than pedigree—and love is the ultimate reward. . ..

"A delightful, sexy glimpse into Victorian life and loving with two wonderfully non-traditional lovers." --Jessa Slade, author of Dark Prince's Desire and the Steel Born series

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    • File Size: 1344 KB
    • Print Length: 276 pages
    • Publisher: eKensington (May 1, 2014)
    • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B00GYLVVS4
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Lending: Enabled
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #403,627 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    3.0 out of 5 stars Not my favorite in the series December 17, 2014
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    I thought the writing was very good. But I really didn't feel the love between Gawain and Ann.

    I don't know when they fell in love or why. That Ann loved her first husband was never in doubt. There is even a passage in this book explaining how they met and her immediate response to him.

    Other than the connection between them because of their son and their sexual attraction - I felt nothing between these two. And I thought that Gawain was a bit of a jerk to Ann on more than one occasion. I also don't think he ever really redeemed himself.

    The murder mystery was ok - but definitely not riveting.

    I don't think I would read this particular book again - but I will, without a doubt finish this series.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars So Much More Than a Romance! July 28, 2014
    By Myrt
    Format:Kindle Edition
    This Victorian era novel contains much more than the usual romance where the hero and heroine fall into instantly in love and after a few obvious misunderstandings live happily ever after.

    Gawain Redcake is a pragmatic wealthy man who has decided to boost his social position by marrying a bride from a titled family.  Ann Mai Haldene is half Indian and is a skilled cook and healer using her mother's Indian ingredients and techniques. A young widow, Ann runs an inn with her brother-in-law.  Gawain stops at the inn and ends up spending a passionate night with Ann before going on his way the next day.  They only to come together months later. However, they stay in each other's thoughts, especially for Ann who discovers she is pregnant. Ultimately, they each go looking for the other, managing to miss each other before finally meeting in London. 

    There is a strong attraction and bond between the two but the story also opens up to give the supporting characters a larger impact on the story. Some characters are not as they first seem and develop more as the story goes on. Along with the romance there is the unsolved murder of Ann's first husband running through the story which Gawain becomes more and more caught up in solving. 

    The book takes more than a perfunctory look at the racial issues Ann faces around her as she travels to London.  Ann also deals with Gawain's social snobbery as he tries to limit her use of her healing skills to those he considers socially inferior.

    I liked the passion between Gawain and Ann and especially the fact they acted like grown ups - albeit not always sensible grown ups but the difficulties they faced were more than the usual superficial misunderstandings in romance novels.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars An Awesome Book! January 31, 2015
    Format:Kindle Edition
    I really enjoyed reading His Wicked Smile (Redcakes), all about Gawain Redcake who is a tea importer along with herbs used for medicine & Mrs. Ann Holdene an owner of a Inn in Leeds. Gawain meets Ann at her Inn while he's traveling with his brother-In-law Judia Redcakes, in the search to find his sister-in-law Beth who ran off with Manfred Cross to Scotland. The entire family is in an up-roar over Beth running off! Gawain is in an awful lot of pain from his thigh, and doesn't travel well. Mrs. Holdene is an Indian princess & a healer and she has certain Sabs and oils that if messaged just right will loosen the knotted flesh and allow him to travel easier. The author wrote an incredible story and the characters, definitely bring the story to life. It's about two very different people who in the end have mutual goals that complement each other nicely. Read this book because it will make you Lau, cry, sigh, shake your head and cum a lot! This is the third book in the Redcake series and each one has been very different but intertwine's the entire family and leaves you satisfied yet yearning for more about this incredible family. Because of the time frame in history the men are portrayed as being the heads of the households and that women though important stay home and take care of the family & the house. Well in this family the women are incredible in their business sense as well as their homey sense, and tend to want to make decisions without their husbands consent, because after all they know what's best. I hope you enjoy reading the Redcake series as much as I've enjoyed reading it. I can't wait to read the fourth book in this series.
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    4.0 out of 5 stars Satisfying October 22, 2014
    Format:Kindle Edition
    Reviewed by Rachel's Willful Thoughts

    When an Englishman with war injuries decides to consider taking a bride, the idea of a well-bred, innocent young lady seems rather appealing.

    However, if you've read the first two installments in Heather Hiestand's Redcakes series, then you know to expect the unexpected. In HIS WICKED SMILE, Gawain Redcake encounters a beautiful widow skilled in Indian healing arts.

    Based on the threads of this storyline, there are plenty of characters who are vying for their own opportunity for top billing. Many of the familiar characters from the first two books make cameo appearances, allowing the reader to see how the overall storyline progresses through time.

    There's plenty of drama centering around a murder and stolen jewels. As Gawain's love interest, Ann Haldene doesn't exactly fit society's list as an acceptable partner. She proves to be a multi-faceted character, fully capable of holding her own. Pair her up with a member of the Redcake family and the sparks are guaranteed to fly.

    The end result is a satisfying romp through Regency England that provides yet another chapter in the Redcakes series.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    The whole Redcakes series is amazing
    Published 5 months ago by Shereesh Akins
    5.0 out of 5 stars Tea, jewelry and murder
    Gawain Redcake sets out with his cousin Lewis and his newly married friend Lord Judah after they discover that Lady Elizabeth has eloped with the bride's brother. Read more
    Published 7 months ago by msdeemorning
    4.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed Gawain and Ann's story
    This is my first time to read this author. I enjoyed Gawain and Ann's story. Ann is a widow and owns an inn. Read more
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    I enjoyed this so much the best in the series
    Published 7 months ago by Carolyn J Young
    5.0 out of 5 stars Continue to be a great series.
    All of the Redcakes books thus far have all been exciting reads. Each book has it's own unique twists and turns. Read more
    Published 7 months ago by J. Okerlund
    5.0 out of 5 stars Another great book in the series
    One wonderful thing about a series is learning what happens to the many characters involved in previous books. Read more
    Published 8 months ago by Ginny
    3.0 out of 5 stars Not so wicked read
    This was an enjoybale read with a sedated pace and not much excitement. Thought there wasn't much of a love story, the book was focused more on the indivu=idual characters and how... Read more
    Published 11 months ago by Reader
    4.0 out of 5 stars Great Read!
    This is book 3 in the Redcakes series.

    Having spent a passion filled night with the widowed Ann Haldene, Gaiwain Redcake goes about his business and returns to London. Read more
    Published 12 months ago by teach4173
    3.0 out of 5 stars FUN READ!!
    Welcome back to the Redcake's Tea Shop and Emporium. The place that collects crazy, wacky, stubborn and strong females that, heaven forbid, love to work and have a purpose out side... Read more
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    More About the Author

    Heather Hiestand is the author of fifteen novels as well as many novellas and short stories. Her first sale was in the mystery genre and since then she has focused on romance, eventually splitting her identity and becoming Anh Leod for erotic romances. She co-writes historical fantasy novels as well.

    She lives in Washington State with her husband and son. Her website is, her blog is, and she is active on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Goodreads.

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