Never Resist a Rake: Somerfield Park #2 by Mia Marlowe

Never Resist a Rake: Somerfield Park #2 by Mia Marlowe

The road to love is never easy and often times it takes some well-placed advice from an older and wiser friend or relation to make Happily Ever After happen. For the denizens of Mia Marlowe’s Somerfield Park, the Dowager Marchioness of Somerset, Lady Phillipa, is the lady to call upon for any kind of advice. And so, to celebrate the June release of her latest book, we are pleased to share a piece of advice from Lady Phillipa. In addition, I also have an excerpt and a tour-wide giveaway where you could win one of  5 copies of A Rake By Any Other Name, the first in Marlowe’s Somerfield Park series.

Never Resist a Rake

I’ve read the second book in another series from Mia Marlowe, and enjoyed the characters and the premise, so I was curious to grab this title to see what it was all about.

John had grown up believing himself illegitimate, and was fostered by a family who gave him only the most basic of necessities, with little affection while growing up.  Raised to rely on his wits, with an understandable anger at the father who cast him off after never actually annulling the marriage to his mother, John is living as much away from society’s approval as possible.

Now in line for the title of Marquess with a substantial change in his circumstances, John is barely interested in proper society, nor at the dozens of appropriate eligible young ladies thrown at them by scheming mamas and his grandmother, Lady Philippa.

Rebecca is the daughter of a Baron whose gambling has brought the family into penury. With reduced circumstances, Rebecca’s options for a marriage befitting her title are slim.  Encountering John in a museum is innocuous enough, but when days later she is the winning prize in a bare knuckle fight in a gaming hell in Whitechapel.  John removes her from the hell and returns her home, assuming their acquaintance is at an end.   When he is set upon and beaten days later because of this involvement with Rebecca, it is her face that is by his bedside when he wakes.

These two have lovely interactions, and their difficulties with society (both due to fathers bad behaviors and the anger and frustrations those bad acts have wrought) bring them a piece of common ground.  Rebecca’s real intentions are to help John reunite and settle the issues with his own family: John’s anger toward them and years of neglect are understandable.

While set in the Regency era, Marlowe uses the settings and behavioral conventions of the time as guidelines, and does not adhere to the propriety of the day.  While I’m not a stickler for a rigid adherence, there were enough hallmarks and insets to bring the time to light while keeping the story enjoyable for modern eyes.

Solid secondary characters, plenty of twists and danger and several lovely moments of reunion and reconciliation, this was a fun story with plenty of moments to smile.

Never Resist a Rake: Somerfield Park #2 by Mia Marlowe

Title: Never Resist a Rake
Author: Mia Marlowe
Series: Somerfield Park #2
Genre: Historical Romance
Published by: Sourcebooks Casablanca
ISBN: 149260271X
Published on: 2 June, 2015
Format:eARC
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Pages: 352
Rated: four-stars
Heat: One FlameOne Flame

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Can he fool his new family?

John Fitzhugh Barrett, surprised to learn he is heir to a marquessate, is determined his new status won’t mean giving up his freedom. But as families from all over England descend upon Somerfield Park for the shooting season, their unmarried daughters are lining up to bag the newest trophy buck—him.

Or is he only fooling himself?

John’s instinct for self-preservation inspires him to divide his attentions between a scandalous young widow, and the safely ineligible Rebecca Kearsey, daughter of a destitute baron.

The charade gives John the illusion of controlling the game but when he loses his heart to the beautiful Rebecca, all bets are off.

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A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

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John Fitzhugh Barrett was not going to make a fool of Baron Kearsey’s daughter. No, sir. From all accounts, the new Lord Hartley had been running with a fast crowd and had no doubt kissed dozens of women.

Fancy women. Loose women. Women whose kisses would turn a man’s knees to water.

Rebecca would show him. A virtuous girl was just as good as a bad girl. Better. She’d kiss him all right. She’d kiss the man into next week.

She prided herself on reasoned thought and knew she was being illogical, but before she could untangle all the invalid syllogisms running through her head, she pressed her mouth against his with such force, their eye teeth knocked together. No matter. He wasn’t going to think her a missish little thing who kissed like an awkward first cousin. She was going to put some passion into it.

As much as she knew about passion, at any rate.

He covered her hands with his and she realized he was trying to encourage her to soften her grip on his ears. So she uncurled her fingers and slid her hands down to palm his cheeks.

He groaned into her mouth.

I’m getting good at this.

Then when he groaned again, she decided it was probably not a good thing. There was a definite edge of pain in the sound. Her fingertips were pressing too hard on the skin around his swollen eye.

Botheration! There were so many things to think about all at once. She eased up. Her lips softened and she slanted her mouth over his.

This time the groan was different—pleased and needy all at once. A little feral.

The thrill of danger danced on her spine. Imagining kissing a man was safe. Holy, almost. She could envision a perfectly acceptable setting for the kiss—a garden in full bloom, an elegant parlor after a well-spoken proposal, before an altar and a church full of witnesses. Heaven knew, she’d dreamed of a kiss often enough.

Kissing a man for real as he reclined in his bed was wicked beyond imagining.

Her imagined kisses were always chaste too. This one was decidedly not. Something inside her went all warm and liquid.

John cupped the back of her head with gentleness as he teased her lips to part by tracing the seam of them with the tip of his tongue. She gave up, and he invaded her. His breath swirled into her, filling her, drawing her back into him.

His tongue, oh Lud, his tongue…

Rebecca had never suspected a kiss could be so…so…involving. It wasn’t just their mouths meeting. Every fiber in her body strained toward him.

She had to stop right now or she’d never be able to. She pulled back and, to her surprise, he let her go. She almost expected him to drag her down onto the feather tick with him.

A wicked part of her was disappointed when he didn’t.

 

 

 

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About Mia Marlowe

Mia's work has been featured in PEOPLE magazine's Best of 2010 edition. One of her books is on display at the Museum of London Docklands next to Johnny Depp memorabilia. Her books have been tapped for numerous awards including RomCon's Reader's Crown, RT Reviewers Choice and Publishers' Weekly named her Touch of a Rogue one of their 10 Best Romances!

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