To Capture a Rake (Seduction) Paperback – June 4, 2013
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As a child, Lori Brighton relished the thought of a life filled with adventure in far-off places. Determined to become an archaeologist, she earned a degree in anthropology—only to discover that digging in the dirt beneath the punishing sun wasn’t much fun. She packed up her love of history and took a job in an air-conditioned museum, yet still her thirst for adventure wasn’t satisfied. And so she began to write, bringing the people in her imagination to life on the printed page. With her debut novel Wild Heart, she finally married her loves of history and adventure. Today she is the author of more than a half-dozen historical romance, paranormal romance, and young-adult novels.
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It's about a man that had a bad start in life as a child growing up. He had also suffered great loss of loved ones. To make his living he wound up working in a brothel.
Elizabeth also had a rough life growing up and she now has two children she is responsible for. To make a long story short, she has learned that her mother-in-law is out to kill her and wants to take everything from her. Elizabeth's husband is dead and she really needs a protector.
She finds out through investigation that Gideon and she has ties and he can be her salvation.
It's a good love story with some suspense thrown in. It has a good ending which I liked.
The only reason I gave it three stars instead of four is because sometimes it was just too wordy and had several characters that were kind of hard for me to keep up with. It was just probably me though.
All in all it was a good book at an affordable price that I really enjoyed.
It was well written and held my interest. I recommend this book to anyone who would like to spend an afternoon reading a good love story
In all his time as a male prostitute at Lavender Hills, Gideon Drake has never been hired out, never been allowed to leave the gilded cage in which he pleasures the well-heeled wives of London. So when a young widow convinces Lady Lavender to release her prize stud for a week-long seduction at a country estate, Gideon spies his chance for escape. It is the perfect plan--until his beautiful client reawakens a passion he thought long dead...
After her husband's death, Elizabeth Ashton knows she must remarry, but not just any man will do. She must find Lord Ashton's long-lost bastard nephew and convince him to wed, cementing his claim to the family fortune. Of course, rescuing herself from certain ruin means venturing into Lavender Hills and putting her life into the hands of a dark, handsome rogue as notorious for his cold heart as he is for his sexual expertise. Somehow, Elizabeth must convince him to love her, to marry her, and ultimately to save her.
One touch will ignite the flame of their passion. One kiss will prove this liaison unlike the others. Bound by desire and need, only together are they strong enough to face down their enemies--and to claim the promise of love.
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BUT....im just NOT loving this like I did the first book. I was sooo looking forward to Gideon's story but I just can't get into this.
I think its mainly because I dont really have an interest in the "heroine" of this story, i cannot see how Gideon is attracted to Elizabeth...I just don't "get" it. I will try to persevere but right now im not holding out alot of hope. Which is a shame because I loved the previous book.
Gideon for much of the book lives up to his 'bad boy' image, he's snarly, untrusting and seriously damaged from his traumatic childhood and yet throughout the novel he shows vulnerability. It was these glimpses that made him such a great hero, although not in the same league as such tragic hero's as Acheron, Zsadist and Ian Mackenzie, but in my opinion not many hero's are, he still intrigued me and kept me engaged.
I also liked the heroine Elizabeth and from reading the other reviews on Amazon I know a lot of people had a problem with her but I didn't understand why. She is a courageous, big-hearted, family-orientated woman who doesn't care that Gideon was a whore or lived in the slums. She is able to see past the harsh exterior he presents to the world to the strong, troubled and protective man inside, and really what more do you want in a heroine.
I thought the storyline of the book was good, although as it mainly revolves around Elizabeth and her family at their estate it is easy to forget that Gideon is a prostitute, well expect for his constant reminders, but you know what I mean. In terms of setting, in contrast to the first novel where the brothel as a setting was intrinsically linked with the plot and was one of the main obstacles in Alex's and Grace's Happy Ever After, in this book the brothel and threat of Lady Lavender was a distant almost easily resolved problem. The obstacle instead came in the form of Elizabeth's mother-in-law, however, as I don't want to ruin the story I will leave that for you to discover when and if you read the book.
The reason I didn't give this book five stars like the first one was I wasn't gripped, I didn't feel like I couldn't stop reading and just had to find out what would happen to the characters. It was still a very good book though and I would certainly recommend it and I will be reading the next one which is about James. Also I slowly feel that things are being revealed about Lady Lavender as in both books we have been given snip-bits into her pass so I will be intrigued to see if her back story is ever fully uncovered as I find her a very fascinating if slightly scary character.
Also if you don't know where the other hero's I mentioned are from, firstly where have you been? and secondly these are there books if yours interested in tragic tortured heroes: Acheron by Sherrilyn Kenyon, Lover Awakened by J.R.Ward and The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie by Jennifer Ashley!
He is one of the superb male prostitute and knows how to please the ladies with his cold heart and cruel ways.
The "Lady" agrees that Elizabeth can borrow this man of beauty for a week at a good price.Gideon sees this as his chance of freedom.He is really sick of what he is doing.
Elizabeth reawakens the passion that he thought he had lost as life in the brothel was just a job.
I found the scenes of sexual activity left me cold not tittilating at all.In fact it was close to boring.It is an unlikely tale but that is what a novel is about.Perhaps too unlikely.
I did enjoy a few parts but it is not a book for me.
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