Friday, March 13, 2020

Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours Book Review: Wild, Wild Rake

Wild, Wild Rake by Janna MacGregor

Publication Date: February 25, 2020
St. Martin's Press
eBook & Paperback; 368 Pages
Series: The Cavensham Heiresses, Book #6
Genre: Historical Romance
Her first marriage was an epic fail. Lady Avalon Warwyk never did love her husband. Arrogant, selfish, and cruel, it’s a blessing when she’s widowed and left to raise her son all by herself. Finally, Avalon can live freely and do the work she loves: helping fallen women become businesswomen. She’s lived these past ten years with no desire to remarry―that is, until Mr. Devan Farris comes to town. Can he convince her to take another chance at happily ever after? Devan Farris―charming vicar, reputed rake, and the brother of Avalon’s son’s guardian―is reluctantly sent to town to keep tabs on Avalon and her son. Devan wishes he didn’t have to meddle in her affairs; he’s not one to trod on a woman’s independent nature and keen sense of convictions. But she’ll have nothing to do with vicar with a wild reputation―even though he’s never given his heart and body to another. If only he could find a way to show Avalon who he really is on the inside―a good, true soul looking for its other half. But how can prove that he wants to love and care for her...until death do they part?

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Praise for the Cavensham Heiresses Series

“Full-bodied romance…with intelligence and heart.”―New York Times bestselling author Cathy Maxwell “Sparkling…MacGregor brings England’s Regency era to life.” ―Publishers Weekly “Beautifully defined, exceptionally appealing.” ―Booklist (starred review) on The Bad Luck Bride

About the Author

Janna MacGregor was born and raised in the bootheel of Missouri. She credits her darling mom for introducing her to the happily-ever-after world of romance novels. Janna writes stories where compelling and powerful heroines meet and fall in love with their equally matched heroes. She is the mother of triplets and lives in Kansas City with her very own dashing rogue, and two smug, but not surprisingly, perfect pugs.

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Review: Its hard to think of a rake as a vicar, but in the case of Wild Wild Rake that's the case. I loved Avalon and Devan, though there were times when I wanted to shake them both, especially Devan at the very beginning.

Both of them were guilty of making assumptions about the other without any real knowledge.

Avalon had a bad first marriage. Devan thought she jilted his friend, without knowing the truth.

What I liked was they did give each other a chance. I liked the amount of conversations that these two had. That is something that you don't often see in any romance let alone a historical romance.

This story is the perfect example of how things aren't always what they seem.

Both Avalon and Devan had preconceived notions about the other that were wrong.  The misconception about Devan is the most amusing, but I won't say anymore, because well, SPOILERS!

I've never read any of the Cavensham Heiresses series until now, and I definitely want to go back and read some, as I enjoyed Janna's writing style.

Both characters were very easy to like, though it was Devan that really won my heart. I also adored Thane, Avalon's son.

The only gripe I had with the book was the ending. I would have preferred the conflict that came at the end, or drama, rather, to really have something to do with Devan and Avalon, instead it felt like something that was happening just for the sake of conflict and it didn't seem right to me, even though the one character involved did stir up trouble earlier.

Overall a good read for fans of historical romance

Rating: 4 flowers


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Passages to the Past said...

Thank you for being on the tour, Andrea!

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