Every so often I like to stray from my usual historical fiction novels for a bit of fun, light reading. I thank TLC Book Tours for sending me a copy of The Rakehell of Roth by Amalie Howard at no charge for my honest review.
About The Rakehell of Roth:
As owner of the most scandalous club in London, the last thing the notorious Marquess of Roth wants is a wife. Keeping up his false reputation as a rake brings in the clients with the deepest pockets―money he needs to fund a noble cause. Even though everything inside tells him not to leave his beautiful, innocent wife behind at his country estate…he must.
But three years later, tired of her scoundrel of a husband headlining the gossip rags, Lady Isobel Vance decides enough is enough. She is no longer a fragile kitten, but as the anonymous author of a women’s sexual advice column, she’s now a roaring tigress…and she can use her claws.
Isobel decides to go to him in London, channeling her powers of seduction to make him beg to take her back. But she didn’t expect her marauding marquess to be equally hard to resist. Now the game is on to see who will give in to the other first, with both sides determined like hell to win.
About the Author:
AMALIE HOWARD is a USA Today and Publishers Weekly bestselling author, most notably of The Beast of Beswick, “a smart, sexy, deliciously feminist romance,” and one of O-The Oprah Magazine’s Top 24 Best Historicals to Read. She is the co-author of the #1 bestsellers in regency romance and Scottish historical romance, My Rogue, My Ruin and What A Scot Wants, and has also penned several young adult novels, critically acclaimed by Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, VOYA, School Library Journal, and Booklist, including Waterfell, The Almost Girl, and Alpha Goddess, a Kid’s INDIE NEXT selection. Of Indo-Caribbean descent, she has written articles on multicultural fiction for The Portland Book Review and Ravishly magazine. She currently resides in Colorado with her husband and three children. Visit her at amaliehoward.com
Sometimes I just want a fun, light read. Not that I don’t enjoy my historical fiction books – I do. I truly do but I live with a headache 24/7 so there are times when I don’t want to be dealing with history but really just want to escape into a bit of a love story. The Rakehell of Roth was perfect for that. It gives a reader just what she might want to while away an afternoon; pretty people, a grand love story, magnificent affairs (take that as you will) and not having to think all that hard. Bonus points here for a spunky heroine.
In this tale our rake, the Marquess of Roth marries our heroine, Lady Isobel because if he doesn’t marry by a certain age he loses his inheritance and that is not going to happen if he can avoid it. So he finds himself a suitable woman, marries her, beds her and leaves her in the countryside to go back to London to enjoy his life. Little did he realize that she was not going to stand for this.
What follows is what you would expect but it is done well and with a bit of a twist as our young bride turns out to be far more than he bargained for. OK – maybe that is not so much of a twist but how she manifests herself is – at least as far as the romance novels I have read. I will admit to not having read as many recently as in my early years. It was a fun, fast read that I made my afternoon fly.
The book is explicitly sexy so if you are one that just doesn’t want to go there do go here.
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