Thursday, September 7, 2017

#Review: A RAKE'S GUIDE TO SEDUCTION by Caroline Linden

4 of 5 stars
I have not read the other books in the series, but it didn't detract from my enjoyment of this book. Ms. Linden has done a superb job with Anthony and Celia and their emotional connection years after Anthony had asked the duke to court her. The author takes the reader out of the dazzling ballrooms of London and focuses instead on what happens when a young woman's idea of love is sadly mistaken.

Anthony Hamilton is a scandalous rake, liar, seducer of woman, cheater at cards-everything the ton can think of to gossip about. Too bad most of it is untrue although that hardly seems to matter as the gossip seems to increase the more Anthony retreats from Society. Celia thought she was in love and unfortunately, she endured 4 years of a disastrous marriage. Now a widow at 22, she's a mere shell of her former self. When Anthony sees her current state of melancholy, he vows to lift her spirits and thus begins his outpouring of his feelings through daily letters to the sad widow.

I loved how the romance and eventually love blossoms between Anthony and Celia. From daily notes, to walks in the garden, to gazing at the stars, Celia begins to see Anthony as more than just her brother's friend. She begins to see the joy in life again and Anthony is thrilled to see the change in her. I could have been perfectly happy with this aspect of their relationship because it was so clear what they were feeling about each other without the numerous the sex scenes. Given that one sex scene was necessary to move the plot forward, I could have skipped the others as they are graphic in content. If you like a spice in your regency romances, you'll definitely enjoy this book.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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