Thursday, December 27, 2012

Waking Up with a Rake by Connie Mason & Mia Marlowe

The fate of England's monarchy is in the hands of three notorious rakes.  

To prevent three royal dukes from marrying their way onto the throne, heroic, selfless agents for the crown will be seduce the dukes' intended brides.  These wickedly debauched rakes will rumple sheets and case a scandal.  But they just might fall into their own trap...

After he's blamed for a botched assignment during the war, former cavalry officer Rhys Warrick turns his back on "honor."  he spends his nights in brothels doing his best to live down to the expectations of his disapproving family.  But one last mission could restore the reputation he's so throughly sullied.  All he has to do is seduce and ruin miss Olivia Symon and his military record will be cleared.  For a man with Rhys' reputation, ravishing the delectably innocent miss should be easy.  But Olivia's honesty and bold curiosity stir more than Rhys' desire.  Suddenly the heart he thought he left on the battlefield is about to surrender.

I was initially pretty turned off by this book.  The premise really bothered me, for one thing.  The whole purpose of the book is that three rakes are supposed to ruin virgins.  Not really my kinda thing.  Immoral and just plain rude, if you ask me.  Also, the first several chapters were pretty disappointing.  Rhys, as a character, fell short of impressing me.  He's dry, lifeless and limp.  Once Olivia is introduced into the story, however, things finally take a turn for the better.  She's created beautifully as a person as well as a central character in the story.

Though most of the book was pretty predictable, a few good laughs really made it worthwhile.  Those of you who enjoy a good steamy sex scene will have plenty to absorb.  I normally skip past these, but the manner in which they're written just held me captive.  There are several phrases that I've never heard before.  They're vivid and entertaining and make the entire book one you'll want to pick up.  I've even found myself just randomly quoting lines from some of the sex scenes.  Must read to see what I'm talking about!

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.  Shawn

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