Never Resist a Rake by Mia Marlowe

June 2, 2015 Historical Romance, Reviews 0 ★★★½

I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Never Resist a Rake by Mia MarloweNever Resist a Rake by Mia Marlowe
Series: Somerfield Park #2
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on June 2, 2015
Genres: Historical Romance
Pages: 384
Format: eARC
Source: the Publisher
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three-half-stars
John Fitzhugh Barrett is surprised to discover that instead of being a bastard, he’s the legitimate heir to the Somerset marquessate. Once word gets out that he must continue the Somerset line, eligible bachelorettes from across the country descend upon Somerfield Park, hoping to snatch John up before it’s too late. But John has no interest in a woman who’s only after his title.

Rebecca Kearsey, the daughter of a threadbare viscount, is the only one who understands. However, as her desire for John begins to build, she becomes painfully aware that she isn’t considered grand enough by Polite Society to be a future marchioness. Intrigued by the idea of challenging society’s rigid values, John’s interest in Rebecca grows. But can she show him that love is more than just childish rebellion?

Unexpectedly minted the heir to the Marquess of Somerset, John Fitzhugh Barrett’s life prior to the revelation that his parents had a valid marriage was one of want, need, and the knowledge that he was the unwelcome and forgotten bastard.  His anger towards the Barrett family leads him to pursue the allures of the gaming hells, boxing rings, and whatever other exploits he can scrounge up with his group of Daemon Club “friends.”  It is on such a night that John comes face to face with Miss Rebecca Kearsey, the unwilling “prize” in the night’s boxing match. Grateful to her rescuer, Rebecca is persuaded by John’s family to convince him to return to Somerset House and take a wife from the eligible ladies invited to the Hunt.

Ok, for starters – this is not the book to read if you require absolute adherence to Regency rules and etiquette.  Many situations happen and statements are made that simply would have been completely unacceptable and unrealistic in the Regency era.  Additionally, I did think the ending was very rushed and ill-paced.  Satisfying, yes.  But it was like the author got towards the end and realized she had to wrap up the story with 50 less pages than originally anticipated.

That aside, this was a fun read.  Rebecca has a sharp intellect and passion for astronomy as well as a compassionate heart and desire to see those around her well cared for.  John is just the right amount of reckless which leads to many a hare-brained adventure and moments of potential scandal that had me on the edge of my seat wondering if someone was going to discover them (and I won’t spoil whether they were or were not caught – go read it for yourself!).  Together, they brought out the best in the other and mended the broken family fences.

A very sweet, entertaining romance with somewhat-mild sex scenes, this story focused on the character development, the growing love between John and Rebecca, and reuniting of broken families.

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