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Tuesday, November 9, 2021

Book Review: The Rake of Hearts by Emily Windsor

The Rake of Hearts (A Lady to Suit #2) by Emily Windsor
Genre: Adult Fiction (Historical Romance)
Date Published:  August 23, 2021
Publisher: Senara Press Ltd

When the heart is afire…
By his own admission, Lord Ernest Brook is a rake. With sapphire gaze, sinfully handsome looks and a duke for a brother, the pleasures of London have come with ease…apart from one.
Ever since the gauntlet of her first wintry dismissal was thrown, the widowed Hebe Lock has stirred his deepest desires, but just what would it take to woo such a woman?

Sparks will fly.
Hebe Locke has vowed to never again fall for a scoundrel after her brief marriage to one left her broken and haunted.
Now she finds comfort with paintbrush and canvas, but as a female artist in a male world, commissions are as rare as a ballroom without rakes.

A castle of enchantment.
As the heat of late summer warms the land, an ancient, moated castle plays host to a widow and a rake, both concealing passions contrary to their reputations.
But as Lord Ernest awakens Hebe’s desire and thaws her frozen emotions, can she hold true to her vow?
Or can this rake win the one heart he yearns for?

Sensual Regency romance with warmth and wit, this tale also includes a disreputable aunt with a secondary love story, Cotswold country fairs, sinful masquerades and...a goat. 

The Rake of Hearts is the second book in the A Lady to Suit series(previously The Games of Gentlemen) by Emily Windsor. Remember Casper from the first book? This is his brother Earnest's story. I'm happy to say we do get to see Casper and Evie a bit, so it was nice to see how those two are doing. 
We don't get to see much of Earnest's rakish side, which was fine. Once Hebe comes in the picture, I don't think he cared about other women anymore. Whether he wanted to or not. Hebe was stubborn. She was set on not falling in love, and you can't blame her. Her first husband was a real... winner. We also get a little side story involving Hebe's Aunt which it pretty adorable. It was all in all a cute story with a lot of horses! That's always a happy combination for me. 

The ARC of The Rake of Hearts by Emily Windsor was kindly provided to me by the author for review. The opinions are my own.

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Emily grew up in the north of England on a diet of historical romance and classical mythology.

Unfortunately, you couldn’t study Georgian slang or the Regency London Season, so she did the next best thing and gained a degree in Classics and History instead. This ‘led’ to an eight-year stint in engineering.

Having left city life, she now lives in a dilapidated farmhouse in the country where her days are spent writing, fixing the leaky roof, battling the endless vegetation and finding pictures of well-tied cravats.

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