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A Good Rake is Hard to Find: A Lords of Anarchy Novel (The Lords of Anarchy) Mass Market Paperback – March 31, 2015
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About the Author
Manda Collins spent her teen years wishing she'd been born a couple of centuries earlier, preferably in the English countryside. Time travel being what it is, she resigned herself to life with electricity and indoor plumbing, and read lots of books. When she's not writing, she's helping other people use books, as an academic librarian.
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A DUKE IS HARD TO FIND by Manda Collins is a heart -touching historical romance about the once engaged Leonora Craven and Lord Frederick Lisle, forced to reunite to solve the suspicious death of Leonora’s twin and Freddy’s dear friend, Johnny. This historical romance is the first novel in the Lords of Anarchy series, a book that has sat on my TBR list for over a year.
Miss Leonora Craven is a poetess and a bluestocking past the “age of marriage” (boy do I hate that phrase) when she seeks out her old flame to demand his help. She is witty, strong-willed, and not afraid to speak out about controversial topics to change societal justice. Though she has flaws like the rest of us mere mortals, she is not afraid to admit she’s wrong. It is nice to see character growth in a strong female lead, especially since it doesn’t happen as often as it should in romance.
“Freddy” aka Lord Fredrick Isle was also a character I was very fond of. He is rather ashamed of his past as a rake, and it was a struggle for him to go undercover as a Lord of Anarchy when all he wanted was to prove he’s changed. However, he’d do anything for the man who was like a brother to him — even if it meant getting close to the woman who broke his heart.
The main characters were well rounded and tugged at my heart strings. They’ve been through so much and came out damaged, but resilient. I also liked the secondary characters – the two living close friends of Freddy AND Leonora’s two close friends. I cannot wait to read their stories next!
I recommend this novel to historical romance lovers and those who are knew to the genre. This is the perfect novel to for those who are curious to see if historical romance is right for them — just remember to keep the tissues handy!
I liked this book - but I didn't love it.
The main reason would be Lenora. I didn't like the secrets she kept from Freddy and I don't think she was sufficiently repentant.
Freddy was great. I loved him and thought he deserved better than Lenora.
The mystery was well done, but the ending was a bit rushed and anti-climatic.
The story itself was well written and the plot stayed on point. The love scenes were steamy and I really did believe these two loved each other.
I will most definitely read the other books in the series and would recommend this book to anyone.
A Good Rake Is Hard to Find offers the perfect balance between mystery and romance that I have come to expect from Manda Collins. I think it is this author’s best book yet. Freddy is a delight as a “good rake”! (What is it about heroes named Freddy? Heyer, Gracie, and now Collins have created heroes to adore with this name.) And I love Nora’s independence and the fact that she is a poet who accepts payment for her work regardless of the eyebrows such action raises. The villain is appropriately vile and his deserts appropriately just. Evil proves to be a hydra-headed beast, and I can’t wait for the next book in this series.
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Sexual Content: Subtle
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content: None
Violent Content: Moderate
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