Series: The Royal Rakes #1
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca in January 2013
Source: Publisher ARC
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The Fate of England's Monarchy Is In The Hands of Three Notorious Rakes.
To prevent three royal dukes from marrying their way onto the throne, heroic, selfless agents for the crown will be dispatched...to seduce the dukes' intended brides. These wickedly debauched rakes will rumple sheets and cause a scandal. But they just might fall into their own trap...
After he's falsely blamed for a botched assignment during war, former cavalry officer Rhys Warrick turns his back on "honor." He spends his nights in brothels doing his best to live down to the expectations of his disapproving family. But one last mission could restore the reputation he's so thoroughly sullied. All he has to do is seduce and ruin Miss Olivia Symon, and his military record will be cleared. For a man with Rhys's reputation, ravishing the delectably innocent miss should be easy. But Olivia's honesty and bold curiosity stir more than Rhys's desire. Suddenly the heart he thought he left on the battlefield is about to surrender...
I really enjoyed reading Waking Up with a Rake by Connie Mason and Mia Marlowe. Honestly the pacing was quick, the characters were quite a bit of fun, and the mystery kept me intrigued through the whole story. There was quite a slew of secondary characters and you know I’m a sucker for some great secondary characters.
Rhys and Olivia are a great couple to read about. You can tell that Rhys is a man who feels like the only option left to him is to be a rake. He doesn’t realy want to be a rake but it’s the only thing he knows to do. His alpha maleness definitely shined in moments of high tension or stress. It did make Rhys seem a little bit like an ass at times.
Olivia is a smart woman who doesn’t have much time for social convention. She reminded me very much of an ugly duckling type. She just didn’t quite fit in but she was her daddy’s favorite. Olivia would rather spend time riding her horse astride like a man or cultivating her orchids than in a tea parlor. She also seems to be more logical oriented than emotional oriented except when it comes to her temper!
If you’re looking for a great historical romance that is enveloped in political intrigue and a decent cast of characters make sure to pick up Waking Up with a Rake by Connie Mason and Mia Marlowe.