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His Reckless Bargain (Rakes & Rebels) (Volume 8) Paperback – February 5, 2014
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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Cynthia Wright says: Because so many readers have asked, "In what order should I read the Raveneau & Beauvisage books?" - here is that oft-requested list! Although the titles stand alone, these series intertwine with some characters crossing over, and many readers enjoy them in chronological order: 1749 - HEART OF FRAGILE STARS 1781 - SILVER STORM 1783 - CAROLINE 1789 - TOUCH THE SUN 1793 - SPRING FIRES 1798 - SMUGGLER'S MOON 1814 - SURRENDER THE STARS 1814 - HER DANGEROUS VISCOUNT 1818 - HIS RECKLESS BARGAIN 1903 - TEMPEST (now available!) My career as a novelist began when I was twenty-three, with a phone call from New York announcing that CAROLINE would be published by Ballantine Books. Can you imagine my excitement? I went on to write 12 more bestselling historical romances set in Colonial America, Regency England & America, Medieval England & France, and the American West. My novels have won many awards over the years, but what means most are readers' messages like this one: "When I read your books, I can't wait to turn the page, but never want the story to end." It's been a thrill to have all my novels published as eBooks (newly edited, with gorgeous new covers!), and I have also released an all-new Raveneau Novel, TEMPEST and the first book in a new Raveneau series set in Cornwall in 1798 called SMUGGLER'S MOON. I'm currently at work on the second book in the Raveneaus in Cornwall series. Today I live in northern California with my husband, Alvaro, in a 1930's Spanish cottage. When we aren't riding our tandem road bike or traveling in our vintage Airstream, I love spending time with family, especially my two young grandsons. I also recently received a degree as a Physical Therapist Assistant and feel blessed to have two rewarding careers!
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With all that being said, this book has it all. Thieves, suspense, danger, sadness, attempted rape and twists that you certainly get your monies worth. You get passionate lovemaking, mildly descriptive, fantastic secondary character's that brought some funny and endearing moments.
No cliffhanger, HEA, a romance that builds slowly and great banter from our H/h especially in the beginning. I loved the spirit of our h and she didn't change. This whole series is amazing, and I highly recommend them all. Even though this is book 5 of the series, I've read the others a long time ago, and this can stand alone. But, was nice revisiting our H father again. (ljb)
Nathan Raveneau is the kind of hero you will daydream about afterwards for months. This juicy apple definitely didn't fall far from the tree! Like his dashing father he's a daring sea captain with a reputation that "set London society on its ear," earning himself the nickname of the "Scapegrace." One night in London he crosses paths with an old family friend, Nicholai Beauvisage, who tells him about threats made against his daughter. During the course of their conversation, Nathan realizes that Nicholai is the owner of a parcel of land in Barbados that borders his own plantation and the two reach an agreement. In exchange for spending a few months protecting Beauvisage's headstrong daughter from her menacing former employer, he will get title to the land he has wanted for so long. The only catch is that he needs to be in mild-mannered disguise so that Adrienne will cooperate. Goodbye "Scapegrace," hello spectacle-wearing, scholarly Nathan Essex.
Little did he know that the young lady in peril was none other than the very same infuriating chit that earlier that day had nearly wrecked his phaeton in her single-minded, frivolous pursuit of THE PERFECT fan. Adrienne Beauvisage would not be easy to protect. To quote from the book, "...the more she was encouraged to behave properly, the more she felt the urge to run free." Still, you would think that keeping a girl living as a paid companion to an eccentric old lady residing at a country estate would be relatively easy. Right? Not quite. They find themselves thrust into one nefarious plot after another and fleeing to Barbados only to find even more danger than before.
There are some great characters in this book--especially the quirky and one-of-a-kind Lady Thomasina Harms. She has an utterly ridiculous filing system she requests her companion Adrienne to follow in her library (by color of the spine!), she conspires to marry "Miss Beau" to her dandy of a son, and has a dog that she spoils in the most outlandish ways. The villains are so dastardly that you cheer when they meet their match in the swashbuckling Raveneau. And as usual, the book is peppered with delightful secondary characters that give glimpses into the life and times in both England and the changing social climate of Barbados. As with all of this author's books, the story is well written, carefully edited, and rich in detail with fully developed characters and settings. Her books are truly several notches above the norm. They are so much more than the typical romantic fluff!
Once you finish this wonderful story, you will be eager to move to TEMPEST, the conclusion of this family saga. Then, sadly, that's the end. But never fear, then you can move to the author's Western novels...
featuring the Raveneau's and the Beauvisage's. As soon as I finished one book, I had to race on to the next. Her plots are amazing and believable as well as carefully researched. I loved them all. She has also written three books about the early American West. I don't much for Westerns, but I am going to read them just because Cynthia Wright wrote them. I'm sure they will be good.
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.gives a history. This series is one of my favorites.