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Recent Release Review- To All The Rakes I’ve Loved Before by Anne Barton (novella)

Title:  To All The Rakes I’ve Loved Before

To All The Rakes I've Loved Before

Genre:  Historical Romance Novella

Author: Anne Barton

Publisher: Grand Central, Forever, Sept 3, 2013

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from amazon.com:

After being jilted by her former beau, Miss Amelia Wimple retreated to her Mayfair town house and her ever-growing collection of gossips rags. Now, almost two years later, not even her beloved cousins, Rose and Olivia Sherbourne, can persuade her to give love another chance. But an unexpected midnight caller may open her heart once more.

Lord Stephen Brookes is the prince of pleasure, the duke of decadence-and it seems his exploits have finally caught up with him. When Stephen comes to Amelia seeking refuge, she can’t deny him . . . or the intense desire he sparks. As he attempts to heal her broken heart, they indulge in a private passion unlike anything either has experienced. Stephen knows sweet, sensual Amelia is meant to be his one and only. Now, he will do whatever it takes to convince her that a rake really can change his ways.
(25,000 words)

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This is a well written regency historical romance novella.  When Stephen, Lord Brookes lands on Amelia’s doorstep beaten to a pulp she agrees to take him in and call a doctor.  Amelia’s mother is away and although she knows it is improper she agrees to keep Stephen at her home for a few days while he recovers from his wounds.  I think we can say that the rest of the story is quite predictable but Barton does have a way with deft characterization .

This is a lovely story for a quick read to satisfy your urge for some hot regency ro

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Review-When She Was Wicked by Anne Barton

Title:  When She Was Wicked

When She Was Wicked

Genre: Historical Romance

Author: Anne Barton

Publisher: Grand Central, Forever, Jan. 2013

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from amazon.com:

Dressmaker in London’s busiest shop, Miss Anabelle Honeycote overhears the ton’s steamiest secrets-and (occasionally) uses them to her advantage. It isn’t something she’s proud of, but the reluctant blackmailer needs the money to care for her gravely ill mother. To make up for her misdeeds, Anabelle keeps to a firm set of rules:

Never request payment from someone who cannot afford it.

Never reveal the secrets of a paying client.

Never enter into any form of social interaction with a client.

Her list keeps her (somewhat) honest-until she encounters Owen Sherbourne, the Duke of Huntford.

Not only does Owen nip Anabelle’s extortion plans in the bud, the devilishly handsome Duke soon has the sexy seamstress dreaming of more than silks and satins. With Owen Anabelle enjoys pleasures she never imagined. . . until a scandal from the past resurfaces. Now her rules could mean his family’s ruin. Owen’s searing kisses carry the promise of passion, but how will he react when Anabelle’s most devastating secret is finally revealed?

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This is Anne Barton’s first novel and all Historical Romance fans should stand up and cheer for this delightful addition to the genre.  The reader knows that what Anabelle is doing is morally wrong but we long for her redemption and happily ever after.  The Duke is everything Anabelle could want but the differences in their social standing is impossible to overcome.  There are difficulties a plenty on this road to true love.

I could not put this book down.  It was as if once I closed the book perhaps everything would stall and I must keep reading so that these wonderfully nuanced protagonists would not suffer from my neglect.  Barton’s ability to create a believable situation out of unbelieveably difficult circumstances is nothing short of miraculous.  Her side characters are just begging for their own books and Anabelle’s sister Daphne is the star of the next book due later this year.  I’m also hoping for Rose and Olivia’s books in the future.

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