Series: Honeycote (novella)
Format: ebook via Netgalley
Length: 117 pages
Publisher: Forever (September 3, 2013)
After being jilted by her former beau, Miss Amelia Wimple retreated to her Mayfair town house and her ever-growing collection of gossips rags. Now, almost two years later, not even her beloved cousins, Rose and Olivia Sherbourne, can persuade her to give love another chance. But an unexpected midnight caller may open her heart once more.
Lord Stephen Brookes is the prince of pleasure, the duke of decadence-and it seems his exploits have finally caught up with him. When Stephen comes to Amelia seeking refuge, she can't deny him . . . or the intense desire he sparks. As he attempts to heal her broken heart, they indulge in a private passion unlike anything either has experienced. Stephen knows sweet, sensual Amelia is meant to be his one and only. Now, he will do whatever it takes to convince her that a rake really can change his ways.
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To All the Rakes I’ve Loved Before is a delightful little novella sure to make you smile. In this story we meet Miss Amelia Wimple, jilted bride, recluse, and daughter of a veritable harpy. It’s impossible not to like Amelia – she’s forthright, amusing, and delightfully free of artifice. Our hero is of course a dashing rake known as Lord Brookes. He is none of the things Amelia is - he is brash, irresponsible, and often guilty of making poor decisions. It’s one of these decisions that quite literally brings him to her door in the middle of the night.
As with most novellas, for the romance to work our hero and heroine must already be known to each other. This is the case here. I found their history to be both believable and charming. The pace of their burgeoning relationship, however, at times strains one’s credulity. For Regency England, Amelia in particular behaves like a hoyden. I’m not saying it’s wrong, mind you – the steamy scenes between the two were both sweet and sexy – but it’s not very historically accurate. Their relationship was rushed as well. Amelia keeps saying she doesn’t want to get married, and within a few days of Lord Brookes’ company, she’s devastated that he hasn’t proposed yet. Perhaps in a longer, novel-length work, that would have seemed like less of an issue. If that doesn’t bother you, read on and enjoy! The dialogue between Lord Brookes and Amelia is witty and honest, and the ending will leave you satisfied and happy.
“Gently, she smoothed her thumbs over the sides of his jaw, marveling at the warm, abrading feel of his skin. He quieted a little, and as some of the tension left his body, his lips parted. Even though the lower one was split and swollen, she found herself staring at those lips, wondering what they might feel like if she touched them with her own, and what it might feel like to be properly kissed – or rather, wickedly kissed – by a man like him.”