- File Size: 1409 KB
- Print Length: 225 pages
- Publisher: Dragonblade Publishing, Inc.; 1 edition (July 9, 2020)
- Publication Date: July 9, 2020
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B089T835R8
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #905 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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PURSUED BY THE RAKE was another light and fun Regency romance that follows one Miss Hazel Curwen, a ruined former lady-in-waiting to the scandalous Princess of Wales, and Sir Joseph Sayle, the rake who comes to her rescue in her time of need and proves himself to be not only her hero, but the love of her life...
I believe this was my third experience with Ms. Lancaster's writing and I think probably my favorite by her so far. She does a great job of introducing a large cast of characters, but never overwhelming the reader with so many names and faces. And except for the villain I pretty much adored the entire cast too, most especially Hazel and Joe though. Their romance was a little slow to build and not as all-consuming as I'd have preferred, but still lovely nonetheless. They had a strong and undeniable connection, as well as a delightful blend of sexual tension and simmering passion. Other than a few kisses there is only one sex scene though, before marriage, and right near the very end.
Like the other couple of books I've read by this author there was a lot going on in this tale and never a boring moment either. It was filled with action, adventure, charm and wit, and was just a delightful read from start to finish. The entire story takes place in just over a week's time (except for an epilogue two months later) and I liked the fact that Hazel and Joe spent most of that time in each other's company too.
There were also a couple of side plots and romances that weren't resolved to my complete satisfaction however, which is one of the reasons I did not give the book five stars. I have my fingers crossed that Selim and Emma (Joe's friend & sister) will get their own romance sometime in the future though. My only other complaint would have to do with the villain who didn't get the comeuppance he so rightly deserved and just seemed to be forgotten about. As the mastermind behind the ruin of Hazel and I assume the three other ladies-in-waiting whose stories are in the making, I'm guessing we haven't seen the last of him yet...
Ages: Hazel (22) Joe (unknown)
Setting: August 1814, England
Pages & Kindle Locations: The story itself contained 223 pages and ended at 99% and location 3682.
Nothing better than be at the beginning of a series, no feelings of having missed something, no regret to have not read the book before, no visiting characters as everyone is newly introduced.
I have read quite a lot of regency stories, and few to none where with the Princess of Wales as a “side character”, as even if she is not physically present, she is part of the plot. Every regency set story mentions Prinny but near to none his estranged wife. Plus, while I have read some romances with ladies-in-waiting, I quite thought it was a custom of the past, well something before the XIXth century. But of course, there are royals, so there is a court with its lot of courtiers.
Hazel and Joe courtship was quite sweet, while Hazel after her first encounter with him labeled him as a rake, and tried to avoid his presence. When in time of need, he is the only one to step in and help her.
And very soon, she realizes everything she thought about him was only preconceived ideas. He is his reputation but also a kind and caring man, not one to hesitate to give a hand when necessary.
Joe knows his relationship with Hazel was strained by their first meeting, she dislikes everything he represents.
But the more time they spend time together, the more she lets her enmity shows. Revealing the fair and thoughtful woman she is.
This is a journey of discovery for them, where they bury the past and their false assumptions to open their heart to something they did not expect.
Both are very likable characters and while I did not agree with Hazel last move, I also understand why, because it was a considerate choice.
Mrs Lancaster gifts us with a lovely tale of seing past society’s lenses.
I hope we will see again Selim.
I was granted an advance copy by the publisher Dragonblade Publishing, here is my true and unbiased opinion.
You will feel sorry for what transpires with our h and her 3 friends. Through no fault of their own, their reputations are ruined. I can't imagine living in this time period and even though innocent, you are ruined.
This story has so many layers to it that made for excellent entertainment. We have a Turkish friend of the H's who may be friend or foe. A nasty villain who has done so many things to discredit the h. But, unlike some stories, where the h make ridiculous choices, our h uses her brains and doesn't succumb to his plots. We haven't truly figured out why he has orchestrated the ruination of these women. I'm sure that will be in the proceeding stories.
Romance builds slowly, a tad of spice outside of marriage, heat level 2.5 out of 5 if that. Surprises and twists that made me smile. I can't tell you how many times, I knew where the author was taking the reader, and nope another twist (in a good way).
No cheating with our H/h, no cliffhanger for our couple, HEA, romance and a tad of spice. Again, one of this author's best stories. (ljb)