Spinster and the Rake by Anne Stuart

Not your normal cookie cutter regency romance.  The hero is most assuredly a rake of the most outrageous variety and the heroine had the bravery and courage to stand up for herself even when her family wouldn’t.

I received an ARC or review copy of this book from the author/publisher. All opinions are my own.

spinster-and-the-rakeTitle: Spinster and the Rake
Author: Anne Stuart
Publish Date: republished August 15, 2016
Genre: Historical Romance
Source: NetGalley

Publisher’s Description: The Spinster: As a maiden aunt, Gillian Redfern lives as an unpaid servant to her demanding family. Little wonder she finds the attentions of a rake distracting, and even less wonder that her usual good sense begins to unravel when Lord Marlow takes her in his arms.

The Rake: Ronan Patrick Blakely, Lord Marlow, is a man of great charm and little moral character, a gambler, a womanizer, and handsome as sin to boot. He has no qualms about placing a wager on the virtue of one small, shy spinster.

But Lord Marlow is about to discover that Miss Redfern is more siren than spinster. She amuses him, arouses him, and, much to his dismay, makes him a better man. Gillian will discover, in turn, that Lord Marlow possesses the power to turn her into a very wicked woman. The rake and the spinster are poised to find a love that neither could have imagined.

If only someone weren’t out to destroy them both . . .

Nervous Nellie’s nervousness necessitates knowledge of the novel. In other words…spoilers.  *BEWARE*


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This was a re-publish from a 1982 regency romance.  Regency romances never go out of style because their style was the 1800’s in England.

There was no serious grit in this book, but it wasn’t exactly sweet either.  The heroine had a feisty, wanton side to her that made me like her.  She did belabor the fact that she was firmly and irrevocably ‘on the shelf’ which at some times annoyed me and at other times made me hate the situation she was in. She was being used by her family as a built in baby sitter.  She was made to feel meek and submissive. All of which, Ronan Blakely proved to Gillian Redfern that she was not.

badge4v5This story had a few different elements between the regular spinster/rake story line.  Gillian’s family didn’t protect her- didn’t particularly care what happened to her.  Ronan, while intrigued by the elder Redfern sister, did not act the gentleman at all.  In fact, he was somewhat callous toward Gillian which did not look good on a hero.  That in itself was a defining feature for me.

It’s not my intention to turn anyone off from this book.  Quite the contrary.  This story was off the beaten path from normal regencies and though there was an awful, hurtful truth exposed, Gillian was the perfect lady and I was proud to call her my heroine book friend.

Other recommendations…

…you might try  Amy Corwin’s books Fencing For Ladies or The Bricklayer’s Helper.  You might also want to look into Alexandra Hawkins Lords of Vice series.

I received an ARC or review copy of this book from the author/publisher. All opinions are my own.

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About Nervous Nell Justice

I read, read and then read. I love my life as a reviewer because I get to meet some awesome people who love books too. It's a fantastic world to live in!My favorite genres: Urban Fantasy, Regency Romance, Paranormal Romance, Paranormal Thrillers, Paranormal Mysteries, Vampire Romance, Historical, Contemporary or Futuristic Mysteries and Thrillers, Steampunk Fantasy and Mysteries, Police Procedurals and Political Thrillers.

Posted on January 16, 2017, in 4-Good, Both Genders, historical fiction, Nervous Nellie, Review and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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