Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Jamie + Kati Historical Review: FOUND:The Rake and the Recluse Part 2 by Jenn LeBlanc

FOUND: The Rake and the Recluse by Jenn LeBlanc
GENRE: Historical
LENGTH: 31,123 words
PUBLISHER: Jenn LeBlanc (December 30, 2011)

This is PART TWO of The Rake And The Recluse, it has been completely re edited with new scenes and new images and is being released as it was originally intended, as a six part serial novel. This is NOT a series it is a SERIAL, that means it has to be read in order.

A woman out of time.
A man stifled by propriety.
A nemesis determined to take her away.
A brother to the rescue.

How will a powerful Duke deal with a woman who doesn't know her place? How will a woman used to the 21st century survive in time where she is considered property?

THE RAKE AND THE RECLUSE Part two finds Francine in the world of the Duke of Roxleigh. The clashing of worlds in first installment of the completely revised novel continues as Francine finds her footing, discovers secrets about her elusive host, and learns more about herself than she ever thought possible.

Francine Larrabee woke up on the wrong side of the century. She was fairly certain she went to sleep in her own comfy bed, but she doesn’t quite seem to be there now. Only adding to her problems is that she has no voice, is constantly being glowered at by a large, stunning man who is obsessed with propriety, and she is apparently betrothed to another horrid little man, determined to ruin her, and any other girls that get in his way.
How does she find herself in the past, when she couldn’t even find herself in her present? How does a self sufficient businesswoman survive in a time when women were still considered property for the whole of their lives and what is she going to do with this man who draws her to him so fiercely.
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Kati: Ahhhhhhh! Part 2 of Jenn's serial novel and I bet I know what you did when you got it: ogled the pictures. And squealed when you saw Perry's name. At least that's what I did.

Gideon & Francine
There are a few things I didn't notice in my first reading of the original book like the Iron Duke Taproom (a nod towards Jenn's favorite book?) or the names of the cousins (Auberry and Fallon). She's got an interesting way of putting in minute details that you may not catch while reading since you're ogling the pictures.

What about you? Catch anything non-spoiler worthy this read through?

Jamie: Well, duh. Of course I looked at the pictures first... multiple times. Then I saw Perry and I got all excited. And Amberly Shaw! I have a little crush on him.

But Perry... I love him and I love the way he and Gideon interact. Seriously, I can just see him goading his big brother and being a nuisance like any little brother should.

Kati: Oh Shaw the architect. He's got a little secret of his own.

I think this quote pretty much sums up our beloved Viscount Pianosexoverlord:
This man was the quarterback, the prom king, Mr. Popular, the ever-elusive crush who didn’t know you existed, and here he was with her, giving her all of his attention.
Jamie: That describes Perry to a T. I’m pretty sure if I ever meet him I would just giggle every time he talked. I would also probably do something inappropriate like pinch his butt.

But, I digress. Part 2 finds us being introduced to whole slew of characters, from Roxleigh’s cousins to two people that are the key to who Francine is.

Kati: *snort* Yeah. Inappropriate. I would probably throw myself at him and then demand that he play something on the piano. I’m getting ahead of myself. Totally hyping up the piano scene. But yes. The boys sure do have a lot of cousins and those two people will solve the mystery of Madeleine/Francine.

Why Your Grace. I believe you've
lost your shirt...
Jamie: Ok, enough being inappropriate, lets talk about the book. Part 2 is titled Found. What do you think is the significance of that?

Kati: Because we found Perry? But seriously, I think it refers to a few of things. 1)Remember the girl in the first part? Meggie's sister and what happened to her? 2)That poor chap Amberley Shaw gets lost in the maze and Francine helps him out. 3)Gideon finds *giggle* a way to communicate with Francine through sign language due to loosing her voice (kudos to Shaw for being awesome and knowing how to sign) 4)And the most important: who IS Francine/Madeleine.

What's your take on the title?

Jamie: I like the “because we found Perry” answer. But along with all of your answers, let’s not forget that Gideon finds that he really cares about Francine and he doesn’t want to let her go.

What about your favorite moment? I was trying to find my favorite quote but I found myself liking the whole scene. So my favorite moment is when Perry interrupts Gideon’s dream of Francine and Perry is told that he is to be drawn and quartered. Oh, that Perry.

just a tad sloshed
Kati: I like your answer. And haha. I totally agree. I think my favorite moment is near the end when Perry decides to become the guardian of the Larrabee girls and find out at there's 4 of then. He then proceeds to drink himself into a stupor.

Speaking of the end, what the heck was that all about? Definitely had me wanting and eagerly awaiting the next installment.

Jamie: Jenn LeBlanc is a TEASE! And that picture, oh just about died! And despite her picking that point to end this part I will still give this 5 stars.

Kati: Agreed. 5 stars or in this case 5 purple hearts. And yes, that picture had me flipping the rest of the pages going, "Wait, there's got to be more." Jenn's done it again, leaving us slightly satiated but hanging on to that precipice hoping to get the full blown fireworks and satisfaction.

OVERALL: Oh you guys, this Rake and Recluse Redux is such a fabulous idea. Additional scenes, gorgeous never-before-seen photos and endings that keep you coming back for the next installment. A dashing Duke with a glowering problem, a silent but headstrong 21st century girl, the quarterback Viscount brother, the architect with a secret and of course, half of the mystery of Francine Adelais Larrabee solved. It is strongly recommended that you read this serial in order. Each installment does not stand alone.

***review copy provided by author***

*Please note all pictures are property of Jenn LeBlanc. They may not be copied, reproduced or downloaded without the consent of the owner or the hounds of hell will be set upon you. Please contact Jenn if you would like to use any of these images for posts.*

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