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.
The author of One Night with a Rake created a historical romance that centered around the era of England of old. The male lead, Nathaniel Colton, is the charming yet shiftless Rake that comes home to partake in a nefarious plan to protect his name and save his family from further shame. The object of his plan, Lady Georgette, is a virtuous maiden that is under serious consideration of being the country matriarch and, most importantly, the mother to the heir of the country. Nate’s job is simple-- seduce the lovely Georgette and claim her maidenhead thus ruining her, and by extension, her family’s path to the monarchy. The drawback: Georgette is the older sister of Nate’s departed true love Annie.
Historical romance is not my favorite genre for many reasons, but the author was very good at creating vivid scenes that depicted the dark and grungy years of Victorian England, including the seedy streets of its poorer population, and juxtaposing it with the supposed “civil” upper-class interactions. The love scenes where sensual explorations of a young maid and a more experienced rogue. The only weak points are the many allusions to Nate’s horrible military failure that lead to his desperate need to clear his name in the first place. Indeed, the author misses the mark of creating the feeling of over all shame and degradation that the military incident supposedly engenders. Unfortunately, the reader is left with a vague understanding even as you turn the last page.
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Carla