One Night with a Rake by Connie Mason and Mia Marlowe

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One Night with a Rake by Connie Mason and Mia Marlowe
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Genre: Historical
Length: Full Length (342 pgs)
Heat: Spicy
Rated: 4 Stars
Reviewed by Poppy

For King and Country, three notorious rakes will put all their seductive skills to work. After all, the fate of England’s monarchy is in their hands.

Since the death of his fiancée, Nathaniel Colton’s polished boots have rested beneath the beds of countless wayward wives and widows of the ton. He’s careful to leave each lady smiling, and equally careful to guard his heart. So seducing Lady Georgette should pose no problem. But the beautiful reformist is no easy conquest, and Nate’s considerable charm fails to entice Georgette to his bed. To woo her, Nate will have to make her believe he cares about someone besides himself—and no one is more surprised than Nate when he realizes he actually does.

We first meet the hero, Nathaniel, when he is being ordered to seduce the heroine, Georgette. This was to prevent her from being able to marry a Duke, one of the King’s sons. There were political reasons that people wanted this to be stopped. Nathaniel does not want to do this, but is being blackmailed into it. I didn’t like him at first, but gradually fell for him.

We first meet our heroine, Georgette, when she is trying to sneak into a House of Ill Repute to rescue one of the girls working there. Running into problems, she is rescued by Nathaniel. We also meet Mercy, a girl she has rescued from a similar situation. She is helping Georgette in her efforts to rescue these girls.

Nathaniel begins his attempt to seduce Georgette, but finds himself having a difficult time trying to losing his heart to her. He really admires her personality and courage. She is strong-willed, determined and very stubborn, except with her parents. It turns out there is a good reason for that behavior.

There are so many things that are going on at the same time, mysteries, murder, romance in the upper halls, and in the kitchen that it is fun seeing what is going to happen next.

I really enjoyed this story, and I loved all the characters also. I would highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys regency stories with a twist of the unexpected. This one is unique.

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