Title: The Rake’s Handbook: Including Field Guide
Genre: Historical Romance
Author: Sally Orr
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca, Nov. 2014
Source: Free for review from the publisher
Sexy Rating: 5
Description from Amazon.com:
The definitive guide to seduction…
The Rake’s Handbook was written on a dare, and soon took the ton by storm. Now its author, Ross Thornbury, is publicly reviled by the ladies-who are, of course, forbidden to read the handbook-but privately revered by the gentlemen. Unfortunately, Ross’s notoriety is working against him and he flees London painfully aware of the shortcomings of his own jaded heart.
Spirited young widow Elinor Colton lives next to Ross’s country estate. She’s appalled not only by his rakish reputation, but also by his progressive industrial plans. Elinor is sure she is immune to Ross’s seductive ways. But he keeps coming around…impressing her with his vision for England’s future and stunning her with his smiles.
How does one resist the man who wrote the manual on love?
Elinor and Ross are both misunderstood by society and therefore have a common ground for getting along. Ross needs Elinore’s land in order to further his Industrial plans and embarks on a mission to change her mind about denying his goal. Elinor has been listening to others’ advice and fears that Ross’ plans will mean detriment to her home and property. In spite of their views being at odds, they have an undeniable attraction for each other.
This is the first novel by Sally Orr and it is my prediction that she will be writing many more. There is lots of sexual chemistry, some misguided influences and even some nefarious characters causing all sorts of problems. There are pages filled with humor and drama. Ms. Orr touches all the bases. Her side characters are well drawn. Berdy, Elinor’s nephew, being a teenager in need of lessons in maturity and Lady Helen, Ross’ mother, needing a wake-up call (which she gets from Elinor). This is a light hearted look at late Regency society.