Review: Lord of the Rakes by Darcie Wilde

So it’s no wonder he’s called the Lord of the Rakes. Rumor has it he’s the most dangerous seducer in the city, with quite the extensive list of conquests. Talk of his prowess as a lover and his ingenuity in the bedroom are enough to make even the most prudish of ladies succumb to temptation. But as of late, Phillip has found himself a bit bored. Until he sets his eyes on a fiery newcomer.

New to independence and London, gorgeous heiress Lady Caroline Delamarre wants to make the most of her life. And when Phillip meets her gaze, she knows the perfect place to start: in his arms …and in his bed. But what begins as a long night of breathtaking passion leads to more than the two bargained for. Haunted by troubled pasts and inescapable family entanglements, each of them must decide if they can risk a gamble on what might be true love.

Lady Caroline is more than a bit surprised when she finds out that her now deceased mother left her a trust and she had no clue about it. Caroline had been practically imprisoned in her home all her life with only short forays out into country society. She sees this trust as her way to freedom from her overbearing brother and she’s going to take it. Her best friend is getting married in London and then she plans on heading to the Continent, possibly forever.

In London, at her very first ball, she sees Phillip. She’s immediately told to ignore the man as he’s known as the Lord of the Rakes and she should have nothing to do with him. Caroline knows that she never plans on marrying but after being cooped up she wants to live and that includes experiencing passion. She sends Phillip a note and they meet in the garden. From that moment they both know that they will continue the tryst in private.

Phillip is immediately taken with Caroline. He can’t stop thinking about her and wants her in so many different ways. He was getting bored with his life and Caroline opens new doors to excitement, except, he starts to want to see Caroline constantly and wants no other woman. This is perplexing to him but he goes with it. As he gets to know Caroline better he starts to really look at his life and what he sees isn’t something he’s happy with. For both his own happiness and hopefully that of Caroline he decides to make a change. Unfortunately Caroline may be forced back into imprisonment if Phillip can’t help her out.

This is a new book by a new author and I have to say I enjoyed almost every minute of it. I was immediately engaged in the story from page one and couldn’t wait to see what happened next.

I think I liked Caroline so much in this book because she was so different. I suppose I thought as she had been out of her home so little that she would be shy and not know what she wanted but that wasn’t the case at all. She may have been sheltered but she knew exactly what she wanted and went after it. She had some misgivings a time or two but for the most part took the bull by the horns.

Phillip was a tad bit stereotypical as the rake but his character was well written and I found myself rooting for him. I wanted him to be with Caroline and the way the author had him growing in the book may have been a bit predictable but it worked.

Overall I found Lord of the Rakes to be a very good book and I’m looking forward to reading what Ms. Wilde writes in the future.

Rating: 4 out of 5

Darcie Wilde


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