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I love Zorro. Who doesn't? And Captain Rakehell, for all that it is a rather stupid name, is a Regency Zorro. He's absolutely wonderful. My only issue with this book is that it wasn't longer and more drawn out. It is a full-length book, but even so far too short for this delightful story and characters. Charles was dreamy, Teddy was hilarious, Andrew was just as he should be. But Lesley stole the show and rightfully so as it was his stage after all. Amanda was equally lovely. This was a fun romp, not a farce, just a rollicking good time of a regency. Expertly written. This is by far one of my favorites. Don't let the title put you off, this is a very good book, it is not a farce, and there is a very amusing romance. I just wish it had been longer. Amanda should have had to stew a little longer about the ineligibility of her masked man as her lover and Lesley most certainly should have had to act the dandified eunuch more than just once. Very highly recommended for all Regency Romance lovers.
I liked the idea of it but it just didn't work for me. I read a ton of romances and this one just didn't come together like I wanted. Needed more interaction and developing if the romance. Fell in love too soon and with no good reason.
My mistake was not reading the free sample before purchasing this book. I trusted the other review. However, I found this book to not be worth nearly 2.99, although that could be because I've been reading $.99 ebooks for the past week or so, and those have been better than this, which I paid three times as much for. I'm all for fun and silly books, but this one was so shallow it wasn't even worth the effort. His whole love thought process was "hey, she's hot!" and her's was "hey, he kissed me! And I liked it!" Nobody had any depth, or grew as a person. Which I admit, is probably a bit of a lofty goal for a romance novel, but I can dream, can't I? If you're looking for good cheap regency romance novels, I'd suggest trying Delle Jacobs, particularly The Mudlark or His Majesty, Prince of Toads. Don't waste your time on this one, as it moves too fast, gives the characters little background motivation for the things they do, and ends quite ridiculously.
I've read Ms. Michaels' work before and liked it. Unfortunately, Ms. Michaels in this book produced a heroine that I suppose was meant to be "feisty," unconventional and brave but crossed the line into spoiled, self-absorbed, selfish, imnature, unkind, and overly-convinced of her own intelligence and rightness. The hero's not much better, but at least he doesn't appear to be mean. I gave an extra star for this undeveloped tale because at least it is not a coyediting disaster.
Captain Rakehell was a fun regency romance. Much did seem unbelievable for the era but it made for some smiles and cheering up while reading. It did get confusing with the various characters, like the thiefs and others introduced as family and friends. They were put into the story so fast that when reading on, it was often needed to go back and remember who they were. Even with these issues, its worth the read for some fun time reading.
Lynn Michaels has managed to capture the essence of the Regency period in a clever little comedy of manners that I venture to say would make Jane Austen smile. Mistaken identities, meddling relatives and a Countess who has fainting down to an art form are just a few of the obstacles that stymie two people determined not to honor their family's wishes to be betrothed and mark Captain Rakehell as a thoroughly enjoyable Regency romp.
What a fun book!!! If you're looking for a deep, serious plot, this isn't it. ;) Lots of fast paced lines, kewel twists and turns, terrific irony. The humor and almost frantic pace remind me of those black and white comedies Cary Grant used to do with Katharine Hepburn. Which I adore, btw, even though I can't for the life of me remember what they're called.
Amanda's and Lesley's families are longtime friends and have decided they should marry. She does not have fond memories of him and he doesn't like being blackmailed by his mother, so they each set out to get out of the engagement by making the other cry off. Throw in a Zorro-ish second plot about him wearing a mask and getting mistaken for a thief then recruited by Bow Street and you have a great ride.