Title: How to Rescue a Rake (The Book Club Belles Society series)
Genre: Historical Romance/Regency
Author: Jayne Fresina
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca, Jan. 5, 2016
Source: Free for review from the publisher
Sexy Rating: 4
Description from Amazon.com:
HOW TO RESCUE A RAKE:
Reject his marriage proposal Nathaniel Sherringham has returned to Hawcombe Prior a changed man. Gone is the reckless rake who went out on a limb to propose to Diana Makepiece three years ago. Now Nate’s mysterious new wealth has the town’s rumor mill spinning. To stir things up (and get Diana’s attention), Nate boldly announces his plans to marry “any suitable girl” under the age of 25.
Run away Diana, now 27 and still single, is acutely aware of Nate’s return. When her mother suggests a trip to visit a cousin in Bath, Diana leaps at the chance to escape the heartbreak and regret she can’t help but feel in Nate’s presence…and avoid his irritating charade to find a bride.
But for Nate, Diana has always been the one. He might just have to follow her to Bath and once again lay his heart on the line to win her attention-and her heart.
The Book Club Belles Society: Before the Kiss: A Book Club Belles Society Novella Once Upon a Kiss Sinfully Ever After How to Rescue a Rake
This novel is based on the Jane Austen novel Persuasion. Ms. Fresina liberally peppers the book with quotes from this classic. Nate Sherringham was cruelly rejected when he proposed to Diana Makepiece three years ago. He left Hawcombe Prior to heal his wounded heart and make something of himself. Diana, did love Nate but thought him too frivolous and unsettled to marry him and he left town without even a “good-bye” which made her furious.
We have the couple three years later still angry. Nate is angry because he was summarily rejected and Diana is angry still because she thinks him a flirt and immature. They are both in high dungeon but at the same time overwhelmingly attracted to one another. There is a scheming mother who we dislike for her interference and then she redeems herself by books end.
Ms Fresina has given us marvelous characterization with scenes that ring true to the Regency Era. Because of the addition of the Austen’ quotes we can see the comparison to that classic work. We are treated to a follow-up of the members of the Book Club Belles Society that we have met in preceding books. I can recommend this book to HR fans. This is a standalone novel with reference to past books in the series.