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Rescued by a Rake [Kindle Edition]

Gwenan Haines
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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Book Description

In a desperate attempt to flee the advances of her lecherous employer, governess Lydia Taylor steals his pistol and sets off across the Yorkshire countryside. After spending two months as a virtual prisoner at Stanbury Manor she wants nothing to do with Lord Hugh Stanbury—or any other man.

When Lord Jack Sibley glimpses a ghostly figure wandering the moors his first instinct is to ignore the auburn-haired beauty. Rumored to be the devil incarnate, he has a reputation as a heartless scoundrel who murdered his brother’s fiancée on the eve of her wedding. Does Jack set out to rescue the beautiful woman to placate the demons that haunt him--or is his mission merely a clever ruse to bed yet another woman?

Whether she is threatening him with a pistol or seducing him by firelight, the 23-year-old Lydia is as untamed as the moors she grew up on. Though he dare not admit it, Jack may have finally met the only woman whose passion can rival his own . . . but if he is certain of one thing it’s that passion can be deadly.

Length: 15,000 words (novella)
Heat Level: Spicy

Editorial Reviews


This was a good novella I liked the characters' stories and the author used great detail in describing Victorian England. It was very well written. The sex scenes were mild (I've definitely read steamier). I like the fact that Jack and Lydia led complicated lives and had their own issues to deal with, and of course who doesn't love a happy ending. -4 Ravens, Great Minds Think Aloud

This book is number one in the 'Rakes and Rogues' series, and I will definitely be reading the next installment when it is released. Well done Ms. Haines!
 --The Romance Writer's Reads

I enjoyed this short story. Lord Stanbury was a SCOUNDREL!!! How awful to be subjected to unwanted advances by one's employer for needing to make a living. The steamy encounters between Lydia and Jack were HOT!!! - Tia, Goodreads Reader

Product Details

  • File Size: 173 KB
  • Print Length: 47 pages
  • Publisher: Gwenan Haines (October 15, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005WAVO62
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #288,342 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Raking Good Read October 17, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
RESCUED BY A RAKE is a fun read. The moor sets a Gothic mood, but the tone isn't dark or heavy. For such a short read Ms Haines has managed to create likeable and believable characters. Lydia is feisty and bold, capable of taking care of herself, but when she finds herself on the run from a lecherous employer she accepts the help of Jack, a man harboring guilt for the death of his brother's fiancee. The sexual tension and love scenes between them are well done and definitely steamy.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Delightfully Spicy Quick Read December 2, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I enjoyed this very much, it seemed a longer story than it actually was. Gwenan Haines packs a lot into it, keeping the tension high until the end. She paints a great picture of a Gothic setting which never degenerates into the too dark or too grim. What leaps out at you in this story are the characters: a strong heroine, no simpering virgin this, well able to take care of herself and sure of what she wants, and a darkly handsome hero suffering from a sad past and hiding away from the world immersed in his painting. The air fairly crackles between them and the high octane sex scenes are deftly drawn.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable, short read November 22, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Lydia is a governess running away from her lecherous employer. With nothing but a stolen pistol and the clothes on her back, she leaves after being attacked by her boss. As she escapes across the moors she is spotted by Jack Sibley, a dark Lord with an equally dark past. Fireworks spark between them instantly, and Lydia decides that she wants Jack at all costs. Undeterred by the scandal that surrounds him, she sets out to win his heart, but isn't shy about offering up her body in the process.

What I liked about this book: Gwenan Haines is a very talented author. She writes in a way that is captivating, and the story moves along at a nice pace. Since this is a short novella, naturally the story is quite pacy, but she does a good job of giving you alot of meat to chew on in a short amount of time. I also really liked Lydia's character. Considering that this is set in England at a time when most women are sexually stifled and restrained, Lydia is a rare find. She is unashsamed of her desire for Jack and has no qualms about making sure he knows exactly what she wants. When she strips down to nothing and asks him to draw her nude (he is an artist), there is nothing coquettish about the moment. When he declines and she asks him to make love to her instead....I just about had a little book-gasm!

What I didn't like about this book: While I liked that there was alot of substance for such a short story, it was almost TOO much at times. I felt like there's alot to digest when the book is only 15,000 words and there is not very much room for character development. I would have really liked to read something like this in novel length so that I could get to know the characters, especially Jack since he has been accused of murdering his brother's fiance the night before the wedding.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Moor Love October 27, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Governess Lydia Taylor is on the run from a lecherous employer. She'd planned to be in town by evening, but a storm has trapped her on the moors. Holed up in his manor house, Jack Sibley is hiding from his dark past and trying to lose himself in his art. A chance glance out the window and he spies a woman in trouble and rushes to her rescue.

But once he has her, will he let her go?

Rescued by a Rake is a great short story, brimming with lush details of Victorian England, Gothic atmosphere and hot sex scenes. With a deft hand, the author shows how Lydia needs rescuing from her circumstances while Jack needs to be freed from the prison of rumor and innuendo. Can they overcome their fears enough to trust that love can control their passion without destroying themselves in the process?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Looking forward to the next installment to this series December 27, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a short gothic-romance story and I really enjoyed getting to know Jack and Lydia. The story is well paced and well written but it was over way to quickly. Still, there was a hint that Jack's brother Will might be alive and if thats the case, I look forward to him patching things up with his brother, as I felt it was the only thing left unresolved. But it was a delight to read about Lydia - no shame is being vocal about what she wants and I felt Jack was perfect for her. Very intense couple and I highly recommend this novella.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun, but too short. June 17, 2013
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I would have loved to have Lord Stanbury caught in his "lie" about Lydia. For Lord Sibley to just rescue her again was simply not enough for me. I wanted Stanbury taken down a peg or two or three for casting about aspersions about our heroine. Also, Stanbur's wife needs to grow a backbone regarding his philandering.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Enjoyable Short Read ~ United By Books Review July 17, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Lydia is a governess. After an unwanted advance on her was made by the despicable Lord Standburry, she escapes into the cold and rainy night with his pistol as her only source of protection. Fighting the elements of the weather she rushes blindly into the night. She thinks she is heading to town, but winds up at the moors, and right into the path of the rake lord, Jack Sibley. Fighting a few of his own ghosts Jack happens to see Lydia outside in his moors caught in the storm. When he sees Lydia he is drawn to her wanting nothing more than to protect her and her fiery temper even with a pistol pointed at him. Lydia has heard rumors about the devil Sibley but her growing feelings of attraction and love won't be stopped once she sees the true Sibley.

I really enjoyed this book. It may not be for everyone cause everything is kind of fast paced in this short novella. I had never heard of Gwenan Haines before this review was requested, but I can tell you I am happy I know her work now. For a short read, it is captivating and it had a bit of excitement along with the romance; not to mention the passion between the characters. Though it was spicy and the sex scenes were hot, it wasn't overboard. I wish it was longer not because it needed to be, but cause I didn't want it to end, and it would have built the intrigue and our feelings for the characters more. Lydia is feisty and knows how to take care of herself, but underneath it all there lays a slight hint of vulnerability. She is also a woman who knows what she wants and isn't afraid to take it. Jack is your handsome yet addictive leading man who is tortured by the pass demons and lets people think of him as "the Devil" when he is caring and tender and passionate. I believe Haines is a talented author that i will enjoy reading more of her work. I will be looking out for the next book in the Rakes and Rogues series.

I recieved a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars CAN I HAVE MY MONEY BACK PLEASE?
I feel compelled to write this review because I thought the story was incredibly badly written. I love trashy historical romance to the point of guilty addiction, but beyond the... Read more
Published on July 17, 2012 by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Read
In Rescued by a Rake, events start dramatically as Lydia Taylor, on the run, rushes across the windswept Moorlands to a backdrop of lightning. Read more
Published on June 12, 2012 by LAS Reviewer
3.0 out of 5 stars ;0)
Lydia is a governess and is on the run from her employer, Lord Hugh. While on the run she stumbles on to the property of Jack with a reputation of his own. Read more
Published on February 13, 2012 by Lady Raven RAVE!
1.0 out of 5 stars Oh, good grief
I don't like writing bad reviews, but romances like this one drive me to it. If you like modern people doing modern things (like carefree unmarried sex with no shame devolving on... Read more
Published on February 7, 2012 by Lynn M. Siprelle
5.0 out of 5 stars Quick and Dirty
This is a novella, so not too long, but it was a good read and I definitely enjoyed it. I liked the sample and the rest of the novella lived up to my expectations. Read more
Published on January 21, 2012 by Maya Olliver
1.0 out of 5 stars A little ridiculous....
I was excited to read this book because of the summary of the story, but I found myself constantly rolling my eyes as I read it. Read more
Published on January 19, 2012 by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars Not a smooth read... A stretch to believe
Although a quick read, it wasn't worth the time. The storyline was uneven, and hard to believe. The passion was ice cold.
Published on January 7, 2012 by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars you can't give a "no star" rating...unfortunately
This book is ridiculous. While both the hero and the heroine seem intriguing, the idea that this young woman would find herself pulling off her clothing and straddling him less... Read more
Published on January 1, 2012 by tracytastic
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More About the Author

Gwenan Haines writes paranormal fiction, urban fantasy and romantic suspense. After working in Washington, D.C. for several years, she decided to turn her adventures into stories. She has traveled to Italy, Sweden, Germany, Russia, Greece and other countries. Her favorite destination? Too tough to call, though she has vivid memories of sleeping on the deck of a Greek ferry and riding with mujahidiin resistance fighters along the Afghan-Pakistani border. Her life now is much more sedate, but she does her best to live vicariously through her characters. She loves to hear from readers and to befriend fellow paranormal junkies on Facebook.

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