Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Jamie + Kati Release Day Historical Review: How To Ravish A Rake by Vicky Dreiling

HOW TO RAVISH A RAKE by Vicky Dreiling
Series: How To #3
GENRE: Historical
LENGTH: 400 pages
PUBLISHER: Forever (April 1,2012)

Amy Hardwick has one last Season to shake off her wallflower image and make a love match. If she can’t, she’ll set aside her dreams of romance and return home to a suitor who can provide security—if little else. What she doesn’t count on is the inappropriate—and irresistible—attention lavished on her in a darkened library by rake extraordinaire Will “The Devil” Darcett . . .

When Will is caught in a tryst with the ton’s shyest miss, he knows he must offer for her hand. Yet Amy is not the shrinking violet she seems to be. Passion lies beneath her prim exterior and Will is eager to release it. But winning Amy isn’t simply a matter of seduction; first, Will must convince her that he’s mended his wicked ways . .
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*ahem* Kati has done another limerick that might make you cringe because it's as awful as Charles Osgood's poetry (see: How To Seduce A Scoundrel)

There once was a rake named Will 
Who rang up a large gambling bill
An heiress he must claim
To pay for his game
But in the end their secrets they must spill

Kati: Ah! So we finally get Will and Amy’s story. Totally NOT disappointed. But then again, Aunt Hester stole the show along with grandmamma and her shouting of “Are you Scottish, dear?” because of Amy’s red hair. Ha! I feel like I want to do this review in quotes because there were just some memorable lines. What do you think?

Jamie: After reading How to Seduce a Scoundrel we all knew that I loved Will and his bad boy attitude. And Amy... shy Amy. I’ve loved her since How to Marry a Duke. The thought of these two getting together had me desperate for their story. I loved it. I was not disappointed at all. Devil Darcett certainly lived up to his name. But I was very happy to see Amy coming out into her own.

Kati: Amy certainly has it in her mind that this is THE season for her. I guess I would too if some creepy vicar from my hometown thinks we belong together. Poor Amy, even after telling Mr. Crawford that he shouldn't wait for her, the man takes it upon himself to still insert himself in her life via letter. Doesn't he know that 'no' means 'no'? I'm glad she and the Devil got together. They play off each other so well. Amy, the emerging wallflower and the Will, the lovable rake with wanderlust.

Jamie: Oh that lovable rake. I have to say for someone nicknamed the Devil, Will is a good guy. He’s a man. He stepped up when he needed to and that is probably why I love him. Okay, so he may have been a bit of trouble but he took care of Amy when he needed to... like in the wine cellar. And he did agree to court her when he didn’t have to. But we don’t call him Devil for nothing. He is a clever rake.

Kati: Yes, the wine cellar. I really did enjoy the fact that he was willing to do the whole relationship thing backwards. Getting married and then courting Amy. It was sweet but between Amy’s secret of sketching dress designs and getting paid for it and Will’s initial need to pay a gambling debt by marrying an heiress (thanks to the suggestion of his too-far-in-their-cups friends...although I can forgive Bell because he caught my attention with his mysteriousness), they both sort of dance around each other. But when the ravishing starts...that is all I have to say.

Jamie: Oh the ravishing! Will is very good in that area and I have to say that little shy Amy isn’t that shy in the bedroom. She’s a bit of a vixen underneath. And she has a backbone. I love when she defended Will to his family. I am not a fan of the way his family treats him. Oh, and Bell... well he certainly has an air of mystery around him. And I do like a bit of mystery around a man.

I also love the set of secondary characters. We get a bit of Hawk and Julianne and get a chance to see how things are with them. But the scene stealer's are Aunt Hester and Grandmamma.

Kati: Aunt Hester with her ugly purple turban and Grandmamma with her fascination of all things Scottish by screaming at Amy every chance she gets. *shakes head* I’m still intrigued by them. After all, Hester has gone through 5 men. What the heck happened to all of them?

I did like the fact that we got to revisit Hawk and Julianne and Tristan and Tessa for a bit. Oh, and poor Georgette whose mother is experiencing hot flashes and she doesn’t know it, takes it out on her daughter. I’m glad Georgette and Beau (one of Julianne’s ex-suitors) got together. Vicky did a great job finishing up her story as well.

Jamie: Yes. I’m happy that Georgette and Beau found love with each other. I have a bit of a crush on Beau. But back to Will and Amy. They had a lot to overcome and we all know secrets always come out. My only complaint is that I thought the ending was a bit rushed.

Kati: I will have to agree with you on that one. However, I did like the rest of the book. In true Vicky Dreiling fashion, she kept me captivated and laughing until the last sentence. My side hurt so badly and I was snorting like crazy on a plane that the person next to me probably wished they were sitting elsewhere.

Jamie's Favorite Quote:
Will touched his forehead to hers and rubbed her back. Of course, he was aroused, but their breath frosted in the air, and she was a virgin. He pressed her head against his shoulder again and nuzzled her hair.
She placed her slender hand over his chest. "Your heart is beating so fast."
He tightened his hold on her, a little undone by her innocence.
Kati's Favorite Quote:
Grandmamma tugged on his arm. “What did he say?” she shouted.
He raised his voice. “I need an occupation.”
Grandmamma clasped her hands and bellowed, “The church would be perfect.”
Hester scowled at her sister. “Maribelle, the parishioners would revolt. The papers have named him the devil.”
“That isn’t very nice,” Grandmamma hollered. “You go first.”
“Go where?” Hester called out.
“To the devil,” Grandmamma shouted.
We waited a really long time for How To Ravish A Rake. Like FOREVER! But it was so worth the wait. Between Amy’s growth in her confidence and Will realizing that there could be more to not having so much wanderlust, comes an enchanting story full of love, laughter, secrets, heartbreak and two very memorable funny ladies. Fans of Dreiling will definitely not be disappointed since this book has her signature hilarious antics, witty quips, heart tugging “you belong with me but I don’t know how to tell you” moments and ravishment involving some a finger painting scene with liquor that you’ll never forget. It’s been burned into our brains.

If you haven’t been reading Vicky Dreiling then you have been living under a rock. Oh... and did we mention that her first two books are up for RITA ® ’s? They are! She is a triple nominee. So we suggest you go and get How To Marry A Duke, How To Seduce A Scoundrel and How To Ravish A Rake and get to reading. This is a great ending to the reader dubbed ‘How To’ trilogy and we can’t wait to see what she has next in store for us. So step on it Vicky!

***review copy provided by author***

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