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Never Romance a Rake by Liz Carlyle

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Cover art: Never Romance a Rake Reviewer: Wendy Rucci
Title: Never Romance a Rake - 3rd in the Nevelle Family series
Author: Liz Carlyle
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN-13: 978-1-4165-2716-9
Release Date: July 2008
Genre/Sub-genre: Historical Romance
Year/Setting: Regency London
Overall Rating: 4.0
Sexual Content Rating: Sensual
Language (Profanity/Slang) Rating: Mild
Violent Content Rating: Moderate
Liz's Website: www.lizcarlyle.com


Kieran, Baron Rothewell is a ruthless man who uses gambling, drinking and women to help drown his sorrow and make him temporarily forget the past. But one fateful night, he makes a bet which seals his fate and the fate of the innocent Mademoiselle Camille, and seals their fate he does when he wins the beautiful woman in a card game in order to keep her from the other wicked men who are vying for her.

Mademoiselle Camille Marchand, abandoned by her no good father, is the prize in a card game. Camille, almost twenty eight years old, needs to fulfill the terms of her grandfathers will But time is running out on her and she needs to get married and have a child very soon. In fact, she only has six weeks to find a husband before she loses her inheritance.

Kieran and Camille marry, neither of them planning to fall in love. But soon, Kieran finds that he doesn’t want to continue his philandering ways because he truly doesn’t want to hurt Camille. He feels that she has been hurt enough by a father who did not want her. Camille, even though she tries not to care for Kieran finds that he is not the rake he appears to be. As time goes on, their relationship takes a turn that neither of them expects.

I really enjoyed this book. Although this type of story has been told often, the author managed to keep things fresh and interesting. I enjoyed the interaction between Kieran and Camille and also the way they fought hard to deny their growing feelings.

Miss Carlyle’s use of Baron Rothewell’s illness worked well as a device to bring the couple closer together. I think that it helped them to discover how important they really were to each other. I also thought that the character of Camille, herself suffering from a bad past, accepted Kieran for the man he was, and while hoping he would love her, did not try and change him.

Overall, this was a very good book. It is the first book I have read by this author and I would certainly consider reading another.

Wendy

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