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The Art of Taming a Rake (Legendary Lovers) Mass Market Paperback – January 26, 2016
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I loved this book. Quinn and Venetia are really likable characters. They have both been burned by love before and neither is going to willingly fall in love again.
When Venetia learns that Quinn is courting her sister, she is determined to get him to stop. She was hurt by the rake she was betrothed to and as Quinn was a good friend of his at the time, she assumes he is cut from the same cloth - there is no way she is going to let him marry her sister.
Quinn is not quite the rake Venetia has portrayed him as and unbeknownst to her - he has no desire to marry her sister. His plan is twofold - first to let his sister and cousin believe he is courting a woman so they will back off with their matchmaking and second to restore Venetia's sisters status in the ton. He feels some guilt about his part in Venetia's failed betrothal and her exile.
Neither is prepared for the attraction that simmers between them and when circumstances force them to marry, the agree to a marriage in name only. Ah, the best laid plans :)
Someone is trying to kill Quinn and unfortunately Venetia is caught up in the attempts. So before they can go their separate ways - they have to catch the killer. This gives them time to get to know each other and to explore the attraction they share.
This book was very well done. The mystery is good, but doesn't overshadow the romance. The love scenes are very warm and well paced. The book is well written and flows nicely and finishes nicely (even without an epilogue). It could easily be a standalone read. But you will get the most enjoyment by reading the series in order.
Both the hero and heroine want to stay unattached, but the sparks that fly when they meet captures and holds a physical attraction they can not deny. Fiery passion ignites between these characters!
Venetia Stratham, thinking the hero's intentions are anything but honorable toward her sister, boldly tracks the hero and enters a gentlemen's club to warn him to stay away from her sister. Quinn finds everything about her totally irresistible, except when she threatens, in front of everyone present, to shoot him if he doesn't do as she says. Despite whether she actually meant her words or not, when an attempt is made on his life, Venetia is looked toward as a suspect. Quinn, who totally doubts that she is responsible, does the only thing he thinks he can do, he proposes.
Although she vows to ignore and remain immune to him in every way, her body doesn't listen and has a mind of its own.
I highly recommend this and any other book written by this author to anyone who loves to read historical romance. This one is a winner!