Her first marriage was an epic failure.
Lady Avalon Warwyck never did love her husband. Arrogant, selfish, and cruel, it’s a blessing when she’s widowed and left to raise her son all by herself. Finally, Avalon can live freely and do the work she loves: helping fallen women become businesswomen. She’s lived these past ten years with no desire to remarry―that is until Mr. Devan Farris comes to town.
Can he convince her to take another chance at happily ever after?
Devan Farris―charming vicar, reputed rake, and the brother of Avalon’s son’s guardian―is reluctantly sent to town to keep tabs on Avalon and her son. Devan wishes he didn’t have to meddle in her affairs; he’s not one to trod on a woman’s independent nature and a keen sense of convictions. But she’ll have nothing to do with a vicar with a wild reputation―even though he’s never given his heart and body to another. If only he could find a way to show Avalon who he really is on the inside―a good, true soul looking for its other half. But how can prove that he wants to love and care for her – until death do they part?
Title: Wild, Wild Rake
Series: The Cavensham Heiresses #6
Author: Janna MacGregor
Genre: Historical Romance, Regency Romance
Published: February 25, 2020
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
My Rating: 4.5 stars
Like the other stories in The Cavensham Heiresses series, Wild, Wild Rake could be read as a stand-alone title for the story is self-contained enough to have it feel completely whole in just one story – but, frankly, the rest of the series has been an utter delight to me, so I would definitely recommend that you read it in order if at all possible.
There are always two sides to every situation, and in many cases, to each person – the real one and the perceived one. Previously in this series, Avalon didn’t come off as the most pleasant woman around town and it was only near the end of the last story that we got a glimpse of Avalon’s true situation. So, before I had even opened up the book the idea of this heroine intrigued me for I really wanted to know more, to understand why on so many levels. All of that was most delightfully delivered in Wild, Wild Rake. And, oh my goodness, who wouldn’t fall for a naughty vicar, even if that reputation is pure fabrication as a protection from Devan’s overbearing, bullying brother. Together they make a most unusual couple, but one that eventually works quite believably well.
All that you’d really need to know before picking up Avalon and Devan’s story can be found in the Cover Description – I don’t intend to go into spoilers for this one (like all stories) is best experienced first hand. Yet the emotional impact of Wild, Wild Rake is something that I feel you’ll enjoy on several levels for different reasons. What the world, the ton, knew of both of these people is so far from the actual truth to be ridiculous in fact. Both have had their lives changed, controlled by others. Each would have had a much different life if they had been given that choice. But the time period they lived in wouldn’t allow for that freedom. Once you know their backstory, get to see them as real people, not the general perception of them, Avalon and Devan will capture your heart as they heal each other in so many ways. There is definite sizzle here, and our vicar is very, very well-read (wink) it seems or possibly has quite the imagination for his passion for Avalon rings true and deep. Admittedly, Avalon holds on to that icy persona longer than I’d hoped for, but then that has been her shield for so long that it’s difficult to let a safety net go.
I had an amazing time in this world once again, and would not hesitate to recommend Wild, Wild Rake to any Historical or Regency Romance reader who enjoys a bit of naughty, sizzle and discovering the true people behind the masks they wear, and definitely a couple falling in love when least expected. I had fun and I believe you will, too.
Wild, Wild Rake releases on February 25, 2020.
*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*
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