How to Romance a Rake

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How to Romance a Rake

Ugly Ducklings

How to Romance a Rake is a delightful historical romance with an unusual twist to the storyline. It adds a tenderness that will endear you to the characters from the start and give a gentle tug to your heartstrings on more than one occasion. I don't recall ever reading a romance where a hero or heroine had an actual handicap, but this one was well written, showing compassion and real feelings. The hero started out rescuing a damsel in distress, but easily fell in love while doing so. The supporting characters add to the story and make it complete. This is my first Manda Collins read, but it won't be my last. I enjoyed this story and look forward to reading many more in the future!

Juliet had been involved in a carriage accident and was left with a pronounced limp. Now she tries to keep a low profile and not draw attention to herself, thinking no eligible, handsome bachelor will want her. Her cousins are the ones who are beautiful, charming, and quite a catch, not her. When a friend offers to help her learn to dance, she decides to take him up on the offer. She's grateful for his friendship, but knows that's all it will ever be. As he learns the circumstances of her family dynamics, he realizes Juliet needs to be rescued, but isn't sure if he's the man for the job. When he can't help himself and kisses her, the sparks will slowly ignite a relationship neither is ready for.

Book Blurb for How to Romance a Rake

You can lead a wallflower to the ball, but you can't make her bloom--unless one daring young bachelor turns up the heat...

What's a nice girl like Miss Juliet Shelby doing at a place like Lord Deveril's ballroom? With her shy demeanor, she's a total stranger to the dance floor and a source of mockery for the ton. So imagine her surprise when Deveril gallantly comes to her defense--and offers to teach her to dance! Juliet can hardly believe the most handsome bachelor in London would notice her, until he takes her in his arms and sets her heart ablaze...

Lord Alec Deveril has never felt such a spark of attraction for an unmarried lady before. Unlike the "fashionable" ladies he's accustomed to, Juliet possesses a generous spirit, a fiery intelligence--and an explosive secret. Deep in the London underworld, a dear friend has vanished, and Juliet fears the worst. Deveril insists on helping, escorting her through the darkest alleys in town. But he too is hiding a shocking secret--and the only way he can defeat the devil in his past is to seduce the angel in his arms...

Night Owl Reviews Jul, 2012 4.00