Genre: Historical Romance
Author: Vicky Dreiling
Publisher: Grand Central, Forever, may 2013
Source: Free for review from the publisher
Sexy Rating: 5
Description from the author’s website:
WILL A RAKE’S WICKED WAYS
Andrew Carrington, Earl of Bellingham, believes in being a gentleman, whether it’s fishing a soggy stranger out of the Thames or assisting a fetching lady into his bed. If the stranger becomes a friend and the lady a mistress, all the better. He certainly welcomes the opportunity to help Laura Davenport, a dazzling young widow with a rebellious stepson. Her gratitude, he hopes, will take an amorous form. But from the moment he sets foot in her drawing room, he gets far more than he bargained for …
LEAD THE LADY ASTRAY?
It was a moment of desperation. On the brink of losing her stepson, Laura turned to the notorious Lord Bellingham for help. Suddenly she, a vicar’s daughter, is in the precarious position of resisting his tantalizing advances. How Bell earned his wicked reputation is clear; the surprise is how much more there is to him than the gossip sheets could possibly reveal. Now every moment with this dangerously desirable man puts Laura’s good name at risk-and promises pleasure unlike any she has ever known …
This is a light regency, with over tones of more modern problems. Not that rambunctious teenagers are confined to the 21st century, it is just that I think that discipline in the early 1800’s was more strident then what is represented here. Too much felt like a contemporary story with a regency setting. That complaint aside this was a good story and a good read. I like the way Ms Drieling writes. She does come up with some different ideas for her novels which is welcome among the glut of wealthy- innocents-at- a- ball- finding-a –husband novels. The characters are well developed and a preview of the next book indicates a welcome book about one the more entertaining side characters.