Title: The Rake
Genre: Historical Romance
Author: Mary Jo Putney
Publisher: Kensington Publishing,1989/2012
Sexy Rating: 5
Description from amazon.com:
…Disinherited and disgraced, Reginald Davenport’s prospects cried for a dire end. But fate has given him one last chance at redemption – by taking his rightful place as the heir of Strickland, his lost ancestral estate. Davenport knows his way around women, yet nothing prepares him for his shocking encounter with Lady Alys Weston. Masquerading as a man in order to obtain a position as estate manager of Strickland, Alys fled a world filled with mistrust and betrayal. She was finished with men – until Strickland’s restored owner awakens a passion she thought she would never feel. A passion that will doom or save them both …if only they can overcome their pasts…
Both protagonists have scandalous pasts that they are trying to overcome. This is one of the first books written by Mary Jo Putney and the book is so overwhelmingly realistic that I’m sure she was channeling a member of the aristocracy of that era. Her scenes are vivid and the emotions of her hero and heroine are heartfelt. The author skillfully draws us into their lives so that pages of this book turn swiftly for we must find out their fates.
This is a long book, 396 pages, and I do think it could have been a bit shorter but then I wouldn’t want to be the one to edit out one word of copy. I enjoyed this book and recommend it. It is a reprint of an earlier published work so you may want to look for the original.