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"Seamlessly blends gaslight-era fantasy and conventional historical romance."
"A spirited and compulsively readable paranormal-romance."
"Fans of the historical and the paranormal will not be able to put this excellent book down."
--Coffee Time Romance Reviews
"It's not often I see a story with this depth tied to the paranormal and historical world so effortlessly."
--Keeper Bookshelf Blog
- ASIN : B085FWFN2X
- Publication date : June 16, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 2092 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 267 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #5 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Top reviews from the United States
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There's an overabundance of sex for a story set in this era, and right from the beginning you can count of having a detailed description of what the H's 'manhood' is doing in any scene, just as if it were a live character with a speaking role. For much of the beginning the only characters were the H and his manhood. I was tempted to drop the story but did keep reading.
The author misses the point on many historical aspects of the time period. I'm a stickler for historical accuracy so these errors scream at me. The H and h are both age 25, but a woman would have been contracted into marriage many, many years before this, especially if her father was in financial straits. We're told the Baron holds something over her father, but we're never told what it is. A woman of 25 was considered 'on the shelf', or long past her expiration date. The h likes to get up in the middle of the night and bake, so she's in the kitchen, with her hair in a chignon. Nope, a lady has her hair taken down at night and braided before bed. The historical accuracy of this story faded in and out enough to make the read disruptive. There are also many proofreading/typographical errors that need correcting.
I didn't realize this was book 2 in the series until I finished it, but I didn't feel any disconnect due to not having read book 1 first. It is in my vast Kindle library, so I may try to get into it. This was a HEA stand-alone story that took me much longer to read than other books, precisely because it jumped around so much it was disorienting and I'd put the book down. Most days I can't stop reading.
Lady Victoria Hamilton has supernatural gifts, among them the ability to block others' psychic gifts, and to erase memories or ‘steal time’. Her gift puts her in danger because people could want to use it for criminal reasons. She also has been betrothed to an awful man, to get her parents out of debt. Finn Alexander was abandoned as a child in the slums of London. He was rescued by a benefactor who created a backstory for him, and they consider themselves brothers. Finn hears people’s thoughts and has powerful dreams. He is described as one of the most handsome men in England, living the hedonistic lifestyle of a rake.
Victoria and Finn are both struggling. They are both likable characters, faced with the challenges of their unusual gifts, differences in social status, and pressures on them from society and/or family. You can enjoy this as a standalone, but I suggest experiencing ‘The Lady js Trouble’ first if possible, just because it makes this great story even better. Finn was a secondary character in that first book. There are sightings of characters from the first book in this one, all adding to the richness of this tale. There are moments in this story to laugh and to cry, to say ‘awwww’ and say ’wow.’ I’m looking forward to the next in the series and hoping it’s about Fireball. Who’s he, you ask? Read the book!
I purchased this on Amazon after getting a review copy, to show support.
Mind reading supernatural and super handsome Finn🐺🍆⛲💪🔪, was found as an orphan street urchin using his talents to survive in the worst part of London.
Finn🐺🍆⛲💪🔪is rescued by Viscount Julian and he is claimed as his brother. He has a family, now. Finn🐺🍆⛲💪🔪 is easily accepted into the ton as the charming rake and illegitimate brother of Viscount Julian.
As an adult, Finn🐺🍆⛲💪🔪 uses his gift, charm and business sense to run a gambling hell for the upper crust. With his mindreading talents, he can assure that his clients never go crazy and lose the farm. The establishment is known for its fairness and has become very popular.
Julian needs the money and the contacts Finn🐺🍆⛲💪🔪 makes there for their purpose of gathering all the people with "special talents" he can find for the League of Lords.
Every one living at his estate has a paranormal talent of some sort. His wife is a healer with physic talents, able to heal with the laying on of her hands.
Finn🐺🍆⛲💪🔪 has been having dreams of a beautiful young woman of the ton.
As the daughter of an Earl, Victoria💃💋 is too good for him, but he gazes upon her at the parties from afar and has anonymously kept her out of embarrassing situations more than once. Suddenly, He realizes he cannot read her mind! She is an enigma to him, and when she is near, he cannot read the minds of those around her!
Victoria's talent is "stealing time". If she touches someone, she can cause them to forget recent happenings. A useful gift when picking pockets or stealing items, even wiping out the memories of indiscrete utterings or deeds.
Victoria💃💋 is very aware of the reputation of the ridiculously charming and handsome bad boy Finn🐺🍆⛲💪🔪. Yet, she is drawn💕 to him, and he to her. Finn🐺🍆⛲💪🔪 realizes he must take her to Julian. Julian must be made aware of her gift!
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The wordiness of the beginning dialogs between Finn and Victoria kind of threw me at first, but their verbal jousting is fun and entertaining. Victoria💃💋 unwittingly serves up innuendo after innuendo to Finn🐺🍆⛲💪, and he drinks it all up! Of course, he soon realizes she is an innocent, but that doesn't stop His constant flirting.
This is a standalone ADULT Historical Romance💕, and is written in dual points of view.
Top reviews from other countries
The Rake is Taken is a historical romance with a paranormal theme, something that is actually not easy to find.
I LOVE Georgette Heyer. I also love to read – and write - mysteries or romances with a paranormal theme. Given the short supply of this type of story I just had to grab it when it was on offer.
To sum it up, the novel didn’t disappoint. Given that this was the second in a series, and I hadn’t read the first there were a few question marks. Having said that, the author did a good job of creating a standalone novel, at least most of the time.
No issues there.
What threw me a bit at times was a tendency to over-descriptiveness (yes, Finn has super-blue eyes, but hey, I’m a savvy reader, I get it eventually and I do so a lot faster than the author seems to think). Also, the story seems to be mainly character-driven, which – for me – resulted in a lack of tension, danger, and plot development.
This might be me, however. I’m sure there are Romance readers out there, who love this type of deep sea diving into characters, their motivations, and the sparks they draw off each other. Don’t get me wrong, characterisation is very important, and the author knows what she is doing. These two are no cardboard characters, which is something I’ve encountered a lot in Romance.
Not the case here. Good. Had there been more suspense, less of the sometimes overdone raunchiness, and maybe a tick more of the paranormal skills fully driving the plot, I would certainly have upped the ranking. It’s still a clever premise and the writing is good – another thing one can’t take for granted these days. In the end, the reading experience is very individual. I love to write and read humour, but that’s not everybody’s cup of tea either.
I can definitely recommend this book.