The Lure of a Rake (The Heart of a Duke Book 9) Kindle Edition
|Length: 313 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled|
|Page Flip: Enabled||
Switch back and forth between reading the Kindle book and listening to the Audible narration with Whispersync for Voice. Add narration for a reduced price of $1.99 when you buy the Kindle book.
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.
Customers who bought this item also bought
Would you like to tell us about a lower price?
Top customer reviews
They are surpassed in cruelty only by The Duke of Ravenscourt, father to the Marquess of Saint Albans. The Duke is a cruel and depraved man who has shared his depravity with his son Cedric, initiating with a whore at the age of 13. While the Duke has left bastards all over the country, at least Cedric has managed to make better use of birth control. The one thing his father wants from him now is to marry and produce an heir but Cedric refused to spread his tainted blood to another generation.
Genevieve and Cedric meet accidently at the Duke’s Ball – neither knowing who the other was. While it wasn’t love at first site, there certainly was an attraction. Within a week they are married but it isn’t a love match. He needs to marry to ensure that his father doesn’t cut off his funds. She needs to marry anyone or her father will marry her off to one of his school friends. Part of the agreement is that this will be a marriage of convenience. He will continue with his rakish ways and she will have freedom to do what she wishes.
Their marriage takes on an almost Jekyll and Hyde quality. By day, Cedric joins his wife in gardening or drawing and by night he continues to frequent his gentlemen’s clubs. Things come to a head when Genevieve decides to surprise him at a party one night and all her worst nightmares seem to come true.
She realizes that even though she loves Cedric it is not enough and she returns to the country. Only after losing her does Cedric realize what he has lost and must look inside himself to see if he would continue on as he was going or prove that he was the man she believed he could be.
Christi Caldwell writes amazing characters and you feel their pleasure and their pain. There were more than a few times where tears came to my eyes before she allowed us to share in the Happily Ever After. Even though this is the 9th book in the series, it can be read as a stand-alone book.
Genevieve and Cedric are two people who have been used and abused by those who were the closet to them. Genevieve betrayal found her exiled from her family and left alone. Cedric betrayal found him exiled in a prison of his own making. While Genevieve grew strong in her time away, Cedric became weak and believed he was nothing more than a monster.
When Cedric meets Genevieve, he finds a women who has no desire to use Cedric for his wealth or his title. Instead he meets a women who understands Cedric, sees the darkness that covers him, accepts him for who he is, but challenges him to be the man he could be. Genevieve is such a breath of fresh air, that he can't help but be intrigued by this women.
Genevieve has finally found a man who doesn't care about her past scandal. Cedric see's Genevieve for who she is, a smart, strong and capable women. He doesn't want to control her, but wants to encourage her in the things that make her happy.
Both Cedric and Genevieve are put in an impossible position, which leads them to agree to marry. However, their marriage is less than happy. Cedric is too wrapped up in his past. He is too afraid to let it go, as it is the only thing that has kept him warm all this years. His fear, has created a fractured marriage that appears to be irreparable, due Cedric's betrayal.
The books was ugly, messy and hard for me to read at times, but it painted a beautiful but tough picture of what it really takes to make a relationship work with a person who has a very dark past that has impacted his soul in more ways then one.