- Paperback: 344 pages
- Publisher: Quillfire Publishing (April 18, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0990022978
- ISBN-13: 978-0990022978
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.9 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 48 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,578,735 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Beauty and the Rake Paperback – April 18, 2015
|New from||Used from|
The Amazon Book Review
Author interviews, book reviews, editors picks, and more. Read it now
Frequently bought together
Customers who viewed this item also viewed
"A bittersweet historical love story that tells a story of love, loss, and redemption...A nice change from the usual trend of historical romances playing out among the aristocrats. Dynamic characters and a well-plotted storyline shows Monroe's obvious attention to detail and allows readers an intimate view of the attitudes towards the lower class and the struggles that they endured day-to-day to survive." -Smexy Books, Reviewer's Top 2015 Books
"Fast paced tale with a deliciously wicked blend of danger, suspense and romance. Well written with Ms. Monroe's aplomb for history and her unique writing style." -My Book Addiction
"An exciting tale of intrigue and love." -Tracey Devlyn, USA Today Bestselling Author
"The angst of her hero and heroine as two wounded individuals, both inside and out, was palpable throughout the author's well written work." -Jenerated Reviews
"A gritty, realistic, and superbly written love story. Erica Monroe demonstrates yet again her superb writing abilities, her profound understanding of human nature, and gives us a wonderful historical romance that is wonderfully different from anything out there!" -Fresh Fiction
"A tender and sensual romance...an engaging and satisfying read, and one I'd certainly recommend." -All About Romance
"I was fully involved in this novel emotionally. It is so rare that we are given a window into another part of the Victorian-Regency-Georgian London that does not involve Dukes and Duchesses, and ballrooms...This novel was gritty, realistic and paints a picture that was engaging and a joy to read." -The Keeper Bookshelf
"Beauty and the Rake is a well-written and developed romance between a pair of engaging protagonists. I will certainly be keeping an eye out for whatever Ms Monroe writes next." -Romantic Historical Reviews
"I liked how the tension was put into the story through the twists and turns of wondering when Abigail's nemesis would finally make his move. From beginning to end this story had me enthralled and I was delighted with the final result and Michael and especially Abigail getting their happy ending." -Straight Shootin' Book Reviews
From the Author
Beauty and the Rake: A scarred factory worker enters into a scandalous wager believing herself to be a beast, but the roguish Metropolitan Police Inspector who wins her virginity only sees the beauty inside of her.
- Full of Secrets and Mysteries
- Pre-Victorian Romantic Era London - 1832
- Alpha Hero
- Class Warfare/Cross-Class Romance
- Fish Out of Water
- Law Enforcement
- Scarred heroine
- Tortured hero/heroine
- Ugly Duckling
- Woman/Man in Peril
If you buy a new print edition of this book (or purchased one in the past), you can buy the Kindle edition for only $1.99 (Save 60%). Print edition purchase must be sold by Amazon. Learn more.
For thousands of qualifying books, your past, present, and future print-edition purchases now lets you buy the Kindle edition for $2.99 or less. (Textbooks available for $9.99 or less.)
Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features:
Showing 1-6 of 48 reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
BEAUTY AND THE RAKE is a beautiful love story, with extraordinary complex characters, and as with the previous books in this series, I am in awe of Erica Monroe’s dedication to recreating the Regency era; everything feels authentic: the characters, the dialogue, the working class world of Abigail and Michael. BEAUTY AND THE RAKE is exciting, suspenseful, sexy; it’s a superbly written love story that you will remember long after you have finished reading the book! Thank you, Ms. Monroe!
* I received an ARC for an honest review.
Abigail lives in Whitechapel with her younger sister and their gambling addicted father. Her entire life was focused on getting out of the slums until her plans were thrown awry when she was captured and tortured by a serial killer. She managed to escape, but has been dealing with the physical and mental scars ever since. Now, her life is taking another difficult turn when she discovers her father is on the brink of being thrown into debtor's prison. Abigail decides to take advantage of this situation and convinces her father's opponent to forgive the debt in exchange for having her in his bed for two weeks.
Michael is an inspector for the Metropolitan police and is feeling disgruntled with his job and his life at the moment. His chance meeting with Abigail and her offer to warm his bed seems like an opportunity to escape from his unhappiness for a short amount of time. It also doesn't hurt that he is very attracted to Abigail. Beauty and the Rake follows the two weeks that Abigail and Michael interact in his house and, because this is both a romance and a Beauty and the Beast retelling, it showcases the growing relationship between these two complex individuals.
This is the third book in the Rookery Rogues series and, while I haven't read either of the prequels, I was able to dive right into the world and it didn't miss a beat. Erica Monroe does a wonderful job of providing insight into the less than savory aspects of Victorian London and the setting really comes alive. I have been trying to read more historical romances that don't focus on the aristocracy and this worked perfectly for that initiative. Abigail and Michael both come from humble beginnings and are used to working for survival and their happiness. This made it very easy to relate to them and their struggles.
What I liked the best about this book was the way that the author played with the familiar aspects of this type of story. There are plenty of references to the original fairy tale and the Disney movie to make me smile without feeling like the story was following a checklist. The connections were subtle, but fun to discover. The most fascinating part was the way that both Abigail and Michael embodied the characters of Beauty and the Beast. Abigail's scars make her feel like she is a monster while Michael feels guilty for being part of the investigation team that left her vulnerable to her captor in the first place. I love it when writers play with familiar elements of tropes and give them upgrades which is definitely what happened here.
I just had a fabulous time reading Beauty and the Rake. It was dark, romantic, and full of things that hit all my buttons. Abigail and Michael are complicated characters who definitely deserve their happy ending and it does not come easy. I will be reading more in this series and was super excited to see that I had previously purchased book one. Yeah for discovering a new to me author with a decent-sized backlist!