Wednesday, May 22, 2013
To Capture a Rake by Lori Brighton
"After her husband's death, Elizabeth Ashton knows she must remarry ? and fast. But not just any man will do. She must find Lord Ashton's long-lost bastard nephew and convince him to wed, cementing his claim to the family fortune and rescuing Elizabeth from certain ruin. Her desperate search will reveal a world she never knew existed ? and a love she never dreamed possible? Forced into prostitution to protect his darkest secret, Gideon spends his days pleasuring London's wealthiest women. Only one hope burns inside his guarded heart: that someday he will escape the gilded confines of Lady Lavender's brothel and reclaim his freedom. When a widow hires him for a two-week-long seduction at her country estate, he spies his chance ? never imagining the young beauty will reawaken a passion he thought long dead? Bound by desire, only together are they strong enough to face their enemies ? and to claim the promise of love."
Set in Victorian England To Capture a Rake is a little different from other romances. It is however the second book I have read lately where the hero is a male prostitute. Gideon Drake is the unlikely hero. Elizabeth Ashton is the one to rescue him. I liked both characters. Their journey to a HEA was interesting and full of surprises. Both kept secrets and that added to the tension. There were also some side characters that caught my interest. I do wonder who Mr. Smith really is.
The story had some disconnects but as I was reading an ARC they may not be in the final edition. There were some surprises in the story. This is the second book in a series and I liked the story enough to go find book one. To Capture a Rake will be released in June of 2013.
Montlake Romance published To Capture a Rake by Lori Brighton in 2013.