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Friday, September 27, 2013

Review: One Night with a Rake by Connie Mason and Mia Marlowe

One Night with a Rake by Connie Mason
Publication date: June 4, 2013
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Series: Regency Rakes #2
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The collaborative force of Connie Mason and Mia Marlowe is not to be trifled with. They bring delicious stories filled with passionate and intriguing characters, which is just the case in One Night with a Rake.

Lord Nathaniel Colton and his two friends, Lord Rhys Warrington and Sir Jonah Sharp, have been tasked with seducing the potential brides of three royal dukes to prevent their producing the next heir to the throne. Nathaniel's mission is to seduce Lady Georgette, so his defeat at Mauberge in the Napoleonic Wars would not be implicated with scandal, ruining his family's good name and his sister's chances for marriage. The only problem is, Georgette is the sister of his cherished and dead fiancée.

From the beginning, it is clear that Nathaniel is more than the roguish façade he creates, and the sum of his bedroom seductions throughout the ton. Underneath that devil-may-care attitude is a man who deeply cares for his family and will do anything to protect them, even if it means sacrificing himself in a dastard act for the crown. His devotion to his dead fiancée, Anne, is even more poignant and touching and reveals vulnerability in his character, making him more human, and thus lovable. It takes a strong woman to reach out to his soul and get him to live again, a woman like Georgette, who is a determined reformer trying to end prostitution, who nevertheless calls force heroic attributes in Nathaniel when she constantly gets herself in trouble. Nathaniel and Georgette's interactions are like icing on a cake, a delicious treat that is both sweet and engaging.

The story is fast-paced, and the plot neither drags nor moves too fast for character relationships to strengthen and develop. It was great fun to see Nathaniel regain the ability to love another after Anne's death, and especially how that is done considering he set out intending only on seduction. Georgette's forgiving him did not come to be as outlandish as in the act in the previous book, which is a boon to this book's crafting. Brava to the authors for creating such an enjoyable book; I look forward to reading the last in the trilogy involving Sir Jonah Sharp!

Rating: 4 tulips 

*ARC via The Romance Reviews
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