How to Rescue a Rake by Jayne Fresina
Also by this author: The Wicked Wedding of Miss Ellie Vyne, Once Upon a Kiss
Series: Book Club Belles Society #3
Also in this series: Once Upon a Kiss, Before the Kiss
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca
Genres: Adult, Historical, Historical Romance, Romance
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HOW TO RESCUE A RAKE:
Reject his marriage proposal
Nathaniel Sherringham has returned to Hawcombe Prior a changed man. Gone is the reckless rake who went out on a limb to propose to Diana Makepiece three years ago. Now Nate's mysterious new wealth has the town's rumor mill spinning. To stir things up (and get Diana's attention), Nate boldly announces his plans to marry "any suitable girl" under the age of 25.
Diana, now 27 and still single, is acutely aware of Nate's return. When her mother suggests a trip to visit a cousin in Bath, Diana leaps at the chance to escape the heartbreak and regret she can't help but feel in Nate's presence...and avoid his irritating charade to find a bride.
But for Nate, Diana has always been the one. He might just have to follow her to Bath and once again lay his heart on the line to win her attention-and her heart. - via GoodReads
I was in need of a historical romance. I picked up How to Rescue a Rake by Jayne Fresina because it brought me current with a series and I knew it would make me giggle.
How to Rescue a Rake is a second chance romance and Fresina did it well. There was no doubt that neither Nathaniel nor Diana were ready for each other the first go ’round. Diana was too pretentious and wasn’t able to think for herself. Nathaniel was nowhere near ready for the responsibility of a household.
I enjoyed the story much more when the setting shifted from Hawcombe Prior to Bath! The second courtship began and it’s when I became invested in their romance.
Unfortunately Diana felt a little flat for me. I was most looking forward to her book. She is the Belle that I identified with most. I didn’t love Diana the way that I thought I would. I didn’t even really start liking her until she started making decisions for herself.
I feel like How to Rescue a Rake wrapped up the Book Club Belle Society series. It feels like a good place to stop but I would love to see a book for Sarah Wainwright. It wouldn’t hurt to check in on the older Belles as well!