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Monday, October 15, 2012

The Unrepentant Rake by Barbara Monajem

The Unrepentant Rake by Barbara Monajem
Publisher: Harlequin Enterprises
Genre: Historical
Length: Short Story (96 pages)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Orchid

Beatrix March chose to be a governess rather than let an overbearing husband rule her. Although she never intends to marry, it doesn't mean she can't enjoy a man' —especially when tempted by notorious rake Simon Carling.

Little does she know that this rake is in the mood to wed...and when Simon wants something, he will go to outrageous lengths to get it!

Beatrix has vowed never to marry and believes the toebone of St Davnet in a silver reliquary helps her keep her independence. Employed as a governess, she longs to help the eldest daughter marry the man she loves. Unfortunately the girl's mama has different ideas and invites a known rake to a house party.

Simon Carling is fascinated by the governess. When Beatrix discovers her reliquary is missing he offers to help her find it. Their collusion leads to them becoming closer, but are either of them seriously interested in the other, or are they just enjoying themselves?

Although a regency romance, the characters in this books were not the usual type for this period. More outgoing and natural they were not hung up by the inhibitions of the period. Beatrix was a lovely lady who had her mind set on her independence, while Simon wanted to have his cake and eat it too. I won't say which one, if either, won as this would spoil the plot.

The fast pace and the fun between the two main characters, plus the typecasting of the lesser characters, makes this well worth a read even if you don't normally love regencies.