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.
Title: Never Resist a Rake
Author: Mia Marlowe
Series: Somerfield Park #2
Genre: Historical Romance
Published by: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Published on: 2 June, 2015
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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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.