To Kiss a Rake by Barbara Monajem – a Review
WHEN A LADY IS ABDUCTED BY MISTAKE . . .
Melinda Starling doesn’t let ladylike behavior get in the way of true love. She’s secretly assisting in an elopement . . . until she’s tossed into the waiting coach and driven away by a notorious rake.
REVENGE REALLY DOESN’T PAY.
Miles Warren, Lord Garrison, comes from a family of libertines, and he’s the worst of them all—or so society believes. When Miles helps a friend to run away with an heiress, it’s an entertaining way to revenge himself on one of the gossips who slandered him.
Except that he drives off with the wrong woman . . . and as if that wasn’t scandalous enough, he can’t resist stealing a kiss.
5 out of 5 for this reader folks!
Want to know what I love more than almost anything? Finding a new historical romance author to fall in love with. YUP … Barbara Monajem just found herself on list. I adored this book!
While helping friends, both Melinda and Miles find themselves in a situation that they never saw coming. A situation that fate surely understood however! WINK! Facing ruin and injured, Melinda reluctantly agrees to become Miles betrothed. Miles, who couldn’t care two you know what’s for society’s opinion is amazed that he is opting to do right by lovely Melinda. That one shared kiss must of set of some serious fireworks.
Meeting a little girl living next door to her betrothed that is being severely punished unjustly reminds Melinda of her own childhood. When Melinda discovers who Rebecca is (the illegitimate daughter of Miles), she becomes this little girl’s strongest advocate. Miles, who truely adores his daughter, believes that Melinda would never accept Rebecca and reluctantly begins to look at fostering his daughter elsewhere. When Melinda’s beautiful character and harsh history comes forth, Miles begins to understand his like as a rake is truely over for he is going to fall in love with his wife.
Both of these characters were so well developed. Barbara peels back their layers throughout this entire story making them more endearing by the page. They are well matched and in truth end up rescuing the other from a life of misery. I loved that they both hated what society considers proper and opt instead to do right by the other as well as innocent little Rebecca. When Melinda took Rebecca’s care (or lack there of) in hand, I found myself wanting to high five her fine hand. I also like nothing more than reading a rake being brought to his knees by a loving woman who will treat him right.
Flowed from page to page, I found I gobbled this book up quite quickly. I will be keeping an eye out for this author and any future work she releases!
HAPPY READING! 🙂
Reviewed by Rachel
Copy provided by Author