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RUINATION : The Rake And The Recluse : Part Four (The Rake And The Recluse : A serial novel Book 4) [Kindle Edition]

Jenn LeBlanc
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Book Description

A woman out of time.
A man stifled by propriety.
A nemesis determined to take her away.
A brother to the rescue.

How will a powerful Duke deal with a woman who doesn't know her place? How will a woman used to the 21st century survive in time where she is considered property?

THE RAKE AND THE RECLUSE Part FOUR is full of revelations, celebrations, protestations and one surprise that will have you holding your breath for the final chapters. What has Perry done?

THIS IS PART FOUR in a SIX-PART SERIAL, they must be read in order for the complete story.

The FULL SERIAL is available in one edition here:

Full blurb:
Francine Larrabee woke up on the wrong side of the century. She was fairly certain she went to sleep in her own comfy bed, but she doesn’t quite seem to be there now. Only adding to her problems is that she has no voice, is constantly being glowered at by a large, stunning man who is obsessed with propriety, and she is apparently betrothed to another horrid little man, determined to ruin her, and any other girls that get in his way.
How does she find herself in the past, when she couldn’t even find herself in her present? How does a self sufficient businesswoman survive in a time when women were still considered property for the whole of their lives and what is she going to do with this man who draws her to him so fiercely.

Editorial Reviews


"Jenn LeBlanc did a brilliant job of making me hate these antagonists. This part has to be my favorite so far as I appreciated the early tension and then the sweet resolution at the end. I loved the dialogue in this part as Francine now has her voice back and used it to tell Hepplewort and his evil mother in detail how Gideon ruined her in their field. 
"I am ruined. This man lay me down in your field, and he ruined me. He took my - my maidenhead, and claimed my body as his, and I allowed him...My womb is for his children, my mouth is for his pleasure, my body is for his use alone...And with any luck, I am already with his child."
The pictures that were featured in Ruination depicted more emotion than the previous ones have.
-Monique, Asian Cocoa

Product Details

  • File Size: 1271 KB
  • Print Length: 191 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Iris Photo Agency (January 4, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007279GGI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #322,079 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars most emotionally-charged novella of the series (yet) February 20, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Ruination is another sensational installment in the already exceptional The Rake and the Recluse Series. I was not sure, when I first began the series, if the serial nature of the novellas would enhance or detract from the story line. Now that I am more than half-way through the series, I can safely say that the serial series is even better than the original novel. Each serial novella is more detailed, better edited, and gives more depth to the story.

A Duke provoked and a scandalous kidnapping make Ruination the most emotionally-charged and thrilling installment in The Rake and the Recluse series yet.

Ruination picks up right where novella 3, Taken, ends. Francine has been abducted and Gideon is racing to save her. Despite Gideon's best efforts, miscalculations cost both him and Francine. Francine is in a horrible situation (as you might expect for a kidnap victim), but she maintains her spunk. When Francine and Gideon are reunited, there is no keeping them apart. Neither want to loose the other again, and Francine becomes more at ease with being in this new time period. While Gideon and Francine's relationship solidifies, Perry begins acting strangely. Perry is not settling into his new role as guardian very well. Ruination sets the scene for Perry's secrets and story to unfold in the next installments, and I can not wait to read about it.

I have not at all been let down with this series. I had expected that these middle novella sections might taper off a bit, or show some weak points. However, my fears evaporated as I read Ruination. The storyline in Ruination kept me reading as fast as I could and the more I read the more I loved the characters.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful.. December 12, 2012
By Trish
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Loved Gideon, Francine and Perry. Love this whole series so far. The books are small but they keep you wanting to buy more.
Love Ms. LeBlanc's work.

BTW..The pictures are amazing!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars keep reading.......... April 27, 2012
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I will not write as much about this or the following series as I have written my whole review on Series 6 which you can..... with that being said I am giving this 5 stars all the way as I really loved each and every series!
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5.0 out of 5 stars 2 girls' review redux part 4 February 17, 2012
By Kati
Format:Kindle Edition
***original review and pictures posted at Romancing Rakes***

Jamie: Yay! I was so happy to find Ruination in my inbox. After the way Taken ended I was on pins and needles. Plus, you know its going to be good if it's title is Ruination.

Kati: So true! I woke up, checked my email and saw Ruination in my inbox, started reading and continued reading on the treadmill. This part is DANGEROUS! A friendly PSA from yours truly: When reading any parts of THE RAKE AND THE RECLUSE, make sure your feet is planted on solid ground or your butt planted in a chair with arm rests.

I must say that there's quite a bit of RUINATION in this book. That Francine is a hussy. One taste of The Sexy with Gideon and bam!

Jamie: But a hussy in a good way. I mean would you be able to keep your hands to yourself after Sexy Time with Gideon? I know I wouldn't. But, lets not get ahead of ourselves. Last we left our Francine she was being kidnapped! Hepplewort just doesn't know when to give up. Ugh and that mother of his. She's a real witch!

Kati: His mother is a piece of work. I like the fact that she told Francine that she was born to bear her issue. Um excuse me, two women can't make babies together. And Hepplewort is taking "mama's boy" to a whole `nother level. Yikes!

Jamie: I really just wanted to hit her. And Hepplewort too. But our boys ride to the rescue. Now... what shall we talk about that won't give away spoilers. There is a lot of ruining going around. And poor Ferry is just besides himself with everything. It's kind of funny to see him all flustered.

Kati: I love how you call them our boys. I don't know what is a non-spoiler so let's talk Ferry. Not to be confused with Perry. Oh Ferry the valet. He's such a funny character.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ruination? Oh, my... February 12, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
It only gets hotter! Looking for a book on a cold winter night to help warm you up? Perhaps a bit of summertime sizzle? With each new installment in The Rake and The Recluse serial, you find the story drawing you in more and more. You are turning the page, holding your breath for the big reveal, the "Aha!" when you realize that you have run smack into another cliff hanger! This one is no different.

We pick up the story in RUINATION after Francine's disappearance. We all know who is behind it, and there is never a doubt as to the culprit for Gideon and Perry. Our heros are off and running to rescue Francine before she falls victim to ruination by Hepplewort, who only wants her as his wife to produce an heir. I think it is safe to say that Gideon and Perry save the day, and Gideon, Tenth Duke of Roxleigh, one time recluse, sets his mind to ruining Francine for any other man. (And, boy, does he ever!)

The date is set.
The bride and groom
are ready. The only
thing missing now is
Perry, who returns
with some shocking
news of his own.

This is when the evil laughter I imagine as Jenn LeBlanc's plays in my head while we wait for the next installment of The Rake and The Recluse, Book Five: SUBMISSION.

Would I recommend this book to you? ABSOLUTELY! But, you must remember that this is a six part serial and they should be read in order: FREEDOM, FOUND, TAKEN, RUINATION, and soon to be released, SUBMISSION, and the conclusion, RETRIBUTION.

If you like your hero handsome, tall, strong, and powerful with plenty of -all I can think of to describe Gideon is- "Oh, yes..." to season him a bit more, then this is for you. What are you waiting for?
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars the whole thing....
For me it is not just one story alone. It is a must read the whole series. If you like the time travel read, then this one is for you.
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars RUINATION: The Rake And The Recluse: Part Four
Continues to be a Great Read!

As with the others before this one, I enjoyed this story and the story line was easy to follow. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Janie_tx
3.0 out of 5 stars the rake and recluse part four
Good. Though lots of spelling mistakes. Too short and jumps without connecting the story. Room for a lot of improvement. Though lots of potential.
Published 12 months ago by Bambi
5.0 out of 5 stars RUINATION
I love this story as always.
I like to read these books .
i would recommend this book to others
Published 18 months ago by shirley smith
5.0 out of 5 stars The Rake and the Recluse
I enjoyed reading about these two very different brothers and how the women who come into their lives change them for the better even though it takes awhile for each brother to... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Alice N. Steele
1.0 out of 5 stars The worst of the series
If you want to read one very long, tedious, unbelievable sex scene, these few chapters in the series are for you.
Published on July 6, 2012 by Karen
4.0 out of 5 stars So in love
**This serial novel needs to read in order. This review may contain spoilers.**

Ruination is part four in The Rake and the Recluse serial novel. Read more
Published on February 5, 2012 by AsianCocoa
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More About the Author

Colorado. Canon. Curls. CJs. Chuck Norris.
Born and raised in this beautiful state --very nearly with a camera in hand-- I never left. I started my own family, got used to the curls, went to college, built a CJ, started a business, and totally beat the daylights out of Chuck Norris, all with a camera in hand.

Spending my days in parenting chat rooms I got highly adept with one-handed typing and I can still type just about as fast with one hand as I can with two. It's a great talent to have when engrossed in a scene and in need of a hit of caffeine. Once I finished my first novel I quickly realized: I was born a photographer.

From the realization that someone ELSE would be shooting the cover of MY book my control-freak took over. What started as an easy cover shoot ballooned into this completely new kind of media, designed specifically for digital book readers. The Illustrated Romance.

I live and thrive off chaos and the constant flow of the creative process. I wears shorts and flip-flops year-round --much to the chagrin of my friends and family.

The images from my book started a ruckus, and from there, #StudioSmexy was born, I've since shot over 1,000 romance novel covers, and currently shoot custom images for very special clients.

My first novel THE RAKE AND THE RECLUSE: REDUX did its own Chuck Norris impersonation with the time travel charts on Amazon, where it took up residence for over two years. My new book ABSOLUTE SURRENDER is breaking hearts and making dreams come true all over the world.

You can find me on Twitter and Facebook sharing eye candy (NSFW) and being a total rock star.

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