Sunday, May 17, 2020

Rakes and Roses by Josi S. Kilpack ~ Review

Title: Rakes and Roses
Author: Josi S. Kilpack
Genre: Proper Romance
Publisher: Shadow Mountain Publishing
Release Date: May 5th, 2020
Number of Pages: 320
Version Read: Paperback
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Book Blurb: Lady Sabrina endured an abusive marriage, a miscarriage, and early widowhood to emerge as a smart, successful, confident woman who found a way to make her mark in a man's world. She has friends and purpose, but cannot hide from the emptiness she feels when the parties are over and the friends have gone home to families she will never have.

Harry Stillman may be charming and handsome, but he's a gambler and a rake who has made a mockery of his privileges. He turns to the mysterious Lord Damion for financial relief from his debts, but still ends up beaten nearly senseless by thugs and left in an alley.

When Lady Sabrina comes upon Harry after the attack, she remembers the kindness Harry once showed to her six years ago and brings him to her estate to heal. Though their relationship begins on rocky footing, it soon mellows into friendship, then trust. But Lady Sabrina needs to keep Harry at a distance, even if he is becoming the kind of man worthy of her heart. After all, she is keeping a secret that, if exposed, could destroy everything she's so carefully built.

My Review: So this book starts with Lady Sabrina and Harry Stillman meeting while she is in distress in a garden and he is attempting to seduce a lady. He helps her by getting her friend and they don't meet again for several years. She has lost a child, an abusive husband (good riddance), and has become a wealthy lady who has become a secret money lender.

Our dear hero is a man who owes a lot of money to a moneylender named Malcolm and has no way to pay it back since he gambles it all away. He goes to Lord Damion Lady Sabrina) to borrow money so he can pay off all his debt. However right after his meeting with Lord Damion, he is beaten by Malcolm's men and left in the alley. Lady Sabrina finds him and nurses him back to health at her country house, this includes getting him off the sauce and back on the straight and narrow.

The romance in this novel felt nonexistent until the last 40% of the book and even then it seemed to drag on. I did mostly enjoy reading this novel even if towards the beginning I had to read through a lot of slowness.

Rating: 3½ stars

Author Bio: Josi S. Kilpack is the bestselling author of several Proper Romance and Proper Romance Historical series and a Cozy Culinary Mystery series. Her books, A Heart Revealed and Lord Fenton's Folly; were Publishers Weekly Best Romance Books of the Year. She and her husband, Lee, are the parents of four children.

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