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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Rake’s Ransom by Barbara Metzger

Rake’s Ransom by Barbara Metzger
Publisher: Untreed Reads
Genre: Historical
Length: Short Story (127 pgs)
Heat Level: Sweet
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Stephantois

Madcap Tomboy... When the local magistrate jailed Jacelyn Trevaine's pet dog as a public nuisance, the country miss knew he meant to blackmail her into socializing with his nephew. High-spirited Jacelyn decided to free her dog by kidnapping the precious nephew, but unfortunately she abducted the wrong gentleman! Her captive was none other than handsome Lord Leigh Claibourne--returned war hero and rake extraordinaire. And four hours alone with the libertine Earl was tantamount to social ruin. Of course if she was already ruined, Jacelyn may as well give society something to be scandalized about...

Hardened Womanizer... Claibourne found country life tiresome and dull ... until he was kidnapped by an irrepressible chit whose candor was utterly disarming. Even rakes have their points of honor, however, and when the situation threatened to compromise Jacelyn, the cynical nobleman was forced to give the appearance of being betrothed to her. Claibourne never gave something for nothing. And in the case of the deliciously appealing Jacelyn, he'd hold her reputation hostage…for a rake's ransom.

One of the reasons I love Regency novels so much is they’re a fun and sometimes humorous read.

Despite this story having situations I’d seen before, it held my interest from start to finish. One reason for that was the heroine. It’s always fun to hear about the lead character through someone else’s viewpoint before you get to ‘meet’ them and I think that’s what worked so well with this story. She wasn’t your usual Regency young lady and her interaction with everyone along with her antics made for a humorous read.

I enjoyed the witty banter which is a must for this sub-genre and the many cast of characters that appeared throughout the story. The pacing was good and the author conveyed a good sense of this period in British history including some of the eccentric characters who frequent the pages of a Regency novel.

I’ll be looking for more historical titles by the author. If you’re a die-hard Regency fan, you won’t want to miss this one.