Title: The Rakess: Society of Sirens Book #1
Genre: Historical Romance/Regency
Author: Scarlett Peckham
Source: Free for review from the publisher
Publisher: Avon, April 2020
Rating: 3 (just okay)
Sexy Rating: 5+ (very sexy, erotic)
Violence Rating: 4 (some violence, no deaths)
Description from Amazon:
She’s a Rakess on a quest for women’s rights…
Seraphina Arden’s passions include equality, amorous affairs, and wild, wine-soaked nights. To raise funds for her cause, she’s set to publish explosive memoirs exposing the powerful man who ruined her. Her ideals are her purpose, her friends are her family, and her paramours are forbidden to linger in the morning.
He’s not looking for a summer lover…
Adam Anderson is a wholesome, handsome, widowed Scottish architect, with two young children, a business to protect, and an aversion to scandal. He could never, ever afford to fall for Seraphina. But her indecent proposal—one month, no strings, no future—proves too tempting for a man who strains to keep his passions buried with the losses of his past.
But one night changes everything…
What began as a fling soon forces them to confront painful secrets—and yearnings they thought they’d never have again. But when Seraphina discovers Adam’s future depends on the man she’s about to destroy, she must decide what to protect… her desire for justice, or her heart.
I know that there have been women throughout the ages who flaunt society standards to make a point but this woman, Serafina, played out like a modern 21st century woman, not an enlightened Regency woman. She seemed more interested in her raunchy matings then her suffrage movement. She seduced Adam until the intelligent man could do nothing but succumb to her . All that being said, Scarlett Peckham can create characters that also seduce the reader into their problems and love-life. I found the writing superbly constructed. The side characters, many who will be featured in the series, were well drawn. This is a good start to the series and I hope future books will feel more Regency and less Contemporary.