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Recent Release Review- How To Rescue A Rake by Jayne Fresina

Title:  How to Rescue a Rake (The Book Club Belles Society series)

how to rescue a rake

Genre: Historical Romance/Regency

Author: Jayne Fresina

Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca, Jan. 5, 2016

Pages: 384

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Rating: 4

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

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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.

 

 

 

 

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Review-Sinfully Ever After by Jayne Fresina

Title: Sinfully Ever After (Book Club Belles Society)

Sinfully Ever After

Genre: Historical Romance, Holiday

Author: Jayne Fresina

Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca, Dec 2, 2014

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Rating: 4.5

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from Amazon.com:

Teaching scandalous young men a lesson? This is not your typical book club

To Rebecca Sherringham, all men are open books-read quickly and forgotten. Perhaps she’s just too practical for love. The last thing she needs is another bore around-especially one that’s supposed to be dead.

Captain Lucius “Luke” Wainwright turns up a decade after disappearing without a trace. He’s on a mission to claim his birthright and he’s not going away again until he gets it. But Becky and the ladies of the village Book Club Belles Society won’t let this rogue get away with his sins. He’ll soon find that certain young ladies are accustomed to dealing with villains.

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They first met in Brighton when her brother owed a debt to him and he agreed to take a kiss from her for payment of the brother’s debt.  Now five years later he has come home to find that she lives in the same village and thinks he is there to collect the debt.

If this sounds like a typical predictable romance novel you are in for a nice surprise.  This author has developed Characters that live and breathe on these pages.  She has taken the romantic triangle premise from Austen’s SENSE AND SENSIBILITY and made it her own while at the same time giving much credit to Ms Austen.  She has taken familiar tropes such as sibling estrangement and shown how maturity can lead to family harmony. This is an author to watch.  I highly recommend this historical romance and this author.

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