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GIVEAWAY & REVIEW How to Ravish a Rake by Vicky Dreiling @foreverromance @vickydreiling


Book Description
March 27, 2012
SCANDALOUS DESIRES . . . 
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 . . .


DEVILISH DELIGHT
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 . . .



About the Author
Vicky Dreiling is a confirmed historical romance junkie and Anglophile. Frequent business trips to the UK allowed her to indulge her passion for all things Regency England. Bath, Stonehenge, and Spencer House are among her favorite places. She is, however, truly sorry for accidentally setting off a security alarm in Windsor Castle. That unfortunate incident led her British colleagues to nickname her "Trouble."

When she's not writing, Vicky enjoys reading, films, concerts, and, most of all, long lunches with friends. She holds degrees in English literature and marketing. A native Texan, she shares her home with her daughter and a spoiled mini-lop rabbit who lives in a slightly gnawed cardboard cottage.

You can learn more at:
VickyDreiling.net
Twitter @vickydreiling
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Vicky-Dreiling-Historical-Author

 Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Forever; Original edition (March 27, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446565407
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446565400
SOURCE:  PUBLISHER


MY THOUGHTS
ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT


Known as a wallflower, heiress Amy Hardwick goes to London for one last season to try to change that and makes every effort to return eye contact, dance and do a bit more than wait in the wings and gossip.  She has also decided to turn her hobby of designing dresses into a bit more.  Although women are frowned upon for engaging in trade during the 1800's, she secretly cuts a deal with a dress maker and sees her creations cause a bit of a stir.  The dresses she wears does more for her visibility than anything she has tried before.  Will Darcett also notices her and although Amy will have nothing to do with this notorious "devil", she does find herself intrigued by him.  So when the two are accidentally locked in the wine cellar during a party, she finds her reputation is ruined and the two must marry. Which it seems works perfectly with Will's plans to marry an heiress to pay off his gambling debts.  This is where the story really gets interesting!


As an only child, Amy has had more freedom than most women in society during this time period but it also seems that she has a hard time coming to grips with how society limits her actions.   She has the backbone to make Will behave and actually court her, through a fun wager of her own, that the story becomes a totally swoon worthy read!  There are also many characters like Will's Aunt Hester, who add zest and plain spoken truth.  She loves to put the family in their place.  Will's sisters, Harmony, Patience and Hope are chatty and a bit overbearing but still loving towards their brother.  This story is the third in a series, but you don't need to read the other two and it easily stands alone.  It is wonderful how the Happy Ever After comes full circle for these two, who at first seem unsuited towards each other.  You will find yourself googling the fashions described in the book during this time period since the descriptions are just scrumptious! 


Overall, I adored how Dreiling worked in the mores of the 1800's and gave it a bit of a modern twist making the characters of Will and Amy actually make the best of a bad situation.  Amy, although she is described as not that attractive, learns that with the right clothes, she can highlight her good points.  I know Will is described as a rake and not caring about anything except his own pleasure, discovers a responsibility towards Amy and decides he does have a conscious after all.  So far this is my favorite book in the series.  Now, I haven't read about the next book in the series but I hope it isn't too far off since Dreiling has become one of my favorite historical romance authors!  






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Winner will be chosen by Random.org on 4.19.12.  Only one winner per mailing address.
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81 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for agreeing to be part of my blog tour and for the fantastic review! I'll be posting it on my website.

    I'm working on the next book now and will keep everyone posted when I have pub dates. There's something a little extra special with the next set. Cheers!

    Vicky Dreiling

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  2. Thanks Vicky -- I was hoping you would post about your next book. They always leave with a sigh and a smile!

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  3. This sounds like a book I'd really enjoy! I love that the heroine is not perfectly flawlessly stunning and learns to dress to enhance her good points!

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  7. I love Vicky's books. The first two in the series were great and I can't wait to read How to Ravish a Rake!

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  12. I have the first two books in this series and loved them. Can't wait to read this new one. Congrats on the new release.

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  81. AND THE WINNER IS:

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