Tuesday, February 12, 2019

#Review: TAKEN BY THE RAKE by Shana Galen

  4 of 5 stars

Miss Honoria Blake has tried hard to downplay her beauty especially after a terrible experience with a family member. She is recruited by the Scarlet Pimpernel to forge documents for French nobility trying to flee the Revolution and for the first time, her skill is appreciated and not just her beauty. When Laurent, Marquis de Montagne, shows up at the safe house in Paris, Honoria finds him arrogant and selfish. Laurent was rescued by the League because of his knowledge of the prison that houses the royal children. After spending a month in prison himself, he is hell-bent on rescuing the children whether the League helps him or not. He's willing to die in the attempt. Honoria's opinion of him starts to change when he rescues her from a mob. They are then sent to a safe house together that overlooks the prison to watch and learn schedules of the guards, maids and anyone else who enters the prison. 

This is another well-written story about the horrors of the French Revolution, but I wasn't really a fan of Laurent. He was selfish in changing the plan to rescue of the children at the last minute when it was not what had been planned by the League. He put everyone at risk and Honoria paid the price. The romance between the two felt a little too much like insta-love to me. They'd only known each other a few days and yet Honoria loved him? If you like reading about the French Revolution, this is the story for you.

I received a copy of the book in exchange for a fair and honest review and was not obligated to leave a review.

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