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Never Resist a Rake (Somerfield Park) Mass Market Paperback – June 2, 2015
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"Marlowe's delightful tale is replete with unexpected characters, a wonderful romance and a page-turning plot. Marlowe cleverly turns a rascal into a hero readers will adore, while adding a depth of emotion that will touch their hearts." - RT Book Reviews, 4 1/2 Stars
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"Never Resist A Rake is a tale of redemption and finding your own path, its a story that is paved with adventure, mystery, flaming desire and a poignant romance...TOO DELICIOUS TO RESIST!!" - Addict of Romance
"A very sweet, entertaining romance..." - Plot Twist Reviews
"I would definitely recommend this novel for people who love Historical, Regency Romance or simply a fun, engaging love story. Give this one a chance to charm you go pick it up." - Keeper Bookshelf
"This was another shining example of author Mia Marlowe's talent for keeping the reader totally engrossed in a fast-paced, well-written romance, complete with a dusting of suspense. " - CK2s Kwips and Kritques
"Marlowe is a new to me author and I will be adding her books to my always growing TBR pile! I need to read the first book in this series, A RAKE BY ANY OTHER NAME, and hope there are more to come!" - Romance Junkies
" I recommend this book for all historical romance lovers, particularly those who like to see a hero who has to battle with himself, and then enjoy a very satisfactory happy ever after." - Long and Short Reviews
About the Author
Mia Marlowe is a rising star whose Touch of a Rogue was named one of Publishers Weekly's Top Ten Best Romances for Spring 2012. Mia learned about storytelling while singing professional opera. She knows what it's like to sing a high "C" in a corset, so she empathizes with the trials of her historical heroines. Mia resides in Boston, Massachusetts. For more visit www.miamarlowe.com.
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I tried to like Rebecca, honestly I did. She’s the daughter of an impoverished peer who has always existed on the fringe of the ton, she’s also a blue-stocking with a particular interest in astronomy – she even shares my name. There were so many things about her that I should have been able to like. And yet… yes, and yet. The way she bosses John about and orders him to forgive his family, as if the rift between them is completely his fault – even after she knows all the facts – really grated on me. It might also have been nice to have found out more about how she ended up in the boxing crib at the start of the book.
Then there’s her behavior. She mumbles and flutters about propriety, but by that point she’s already been in John’s bedchamber alone, has ridden for hours with him in an open carriage, then stayed unchaperoned at an inn – admittedly not completely overnight, but near enough. If she was really worried about being ruined, she probably should have mentioned it at any of those points, not when they’re just sitting in a garden. As for everything else that follows between them… It just didn’t fit in with a supposedly intelligent young woman who respects societal rules.
John has a few more excuses, since he was raised in the country and only recently came to London after the shock of discovering that he’s the legitimate heir to a marquess. He’s pretty stubborn and obviously wounded by his childhood, but at least he’s not malicious. I couldn’t quite work out what he saw in Rebecca, to be honest, though I definitely understood his stance when it came to his grandmother. He’s an okay hero, I suppose, but he’s going through so many emotional changes that I spent too much time feeling sorry for him to really like him.
Beyond these two there are a lot of other characters, many of whom take over scenes and chapters, keeping sideplots and undercurrents bubbling. John’s family get plenty of time and attention, as do his servants, while friends and villains have their moments too. If I’d cared more about the romance I might have been annoyed by all the side-tracking, but since I didn’t, I didn’t mind too much.
On the whole the research is good and the details are interesting, although I don’t think any Regency resident would have considered Somerset close to London. I also felt quite bad for the pink dress that got hanged in the wardrobe (surely it wasn’t that bad), nor am I entirely sure what chestnut rain looks like, apart from a shade of hair, but the occasional odd phrasing aside this book was a nice easy read with nothing too serious or upsetting.
Depending on how much patience you have for modern behavior from “historical” characters, there is plenty to like in this book. I just wish I’d found the romance as compelling as the relationship between John and his father. It might also have been nice to have seen less of the other characters, but if I’d read the first in the series perhaps I’d be happy to have them all back. In all it’s a pleasant read, but not a keeper.
(I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.)
It wasn't until he saved a young lady of quality, proof positive to Miss Rebecca Kearsey, daughter of a destitute baron, that guilt by association didn’t pertain to John. He was her hero for all time and even though her standing as the daughter of a minor earl would not put her in competition as a candidate for wife of a Marquess, she couldn’t help but dream. As it turned out, when it came to John, his family noticed Rebecca seemed to hold some sway over him and his grandmother wasn’t above using her to get John to Somerfield Park.
*** This was another shining example of author Mia Marlowe’s talent for keeping the reader totally engrossed in a fast-paced, well-written romance, complete with a dusting of suspense. NEVER RESIST A RAKE was an endearing treat and the romance between John and Rebecca was quite sweet. However, if one were at the House Party at Somerfield park one would easily see that many of the guests had their own agenda’s.
So come and enjoy the house party with the creme of the crop of desirable debutantes, John’s grandmama has selected and would foist upon him for consideration of marriage. But don’t overlook the surprise guests John invited on his own. And do totally enjoy a wonderful co-conspirator John is in cahoots with to foist upon dear grandmama in order to gain his perfect mate!
Bottom line: NEVER RESIST A RAKE has a lot going for it including a beautifully played out romance, a rat of a former friend, and how one very astute baron’s daughter was able to bring John back to relish and appreciate his new family.
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