ARC Review: How to Romance a Rake by Manda Collins

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ARC Review: How to Romance a Rake by Manda Collins
How to Romance a Rake

4 Stars

Book Info

Released: July 31, 2012
Genre: Historical Romance
Series: Ugly Ducklings #2
Published by St. Martin's Paperbacks
Pages: 336
Format: ARC
 

 

 
Miss Juliet Shelby has had a tendre for the dashing Lord Alec Deveril since she first met him, but as one of the “Ugly Ducklings” she knows he is well above her social standing and despite his gentlemanly manners and friendship she knows he will never want anything more. As well as being on a lower social rung, she is also crippled and cursed with a selfish overbearing mother who is ruthlessly intent on her marrying a man she finds repulsive and a little scary. But with one of Juliet’s old friends disappearance and the offer of dancing lessons, Alec and Juliet become close and neither can seem to deny their attraction.After reading How to Dance with a Duke I have been looking forward to reading the next in the Ugly Ducklings series and I wasn’t disappointed, it was fun, romantic and sweet. As with How to Dance with a Duke the book had a mystery to be solved, which gave Juliet and Alec an excuse to spend time together, but more then that the mystery itself was genuinely interesting if not a little disturbing (in a good way!) and I liked the unexpected twist at the end.

Although the title of the book How to Romance a Rake is deceiving as I thought Alec was in no way rakeish at all, he was a gentleman and a very sweet, gallant one and I did like him. He was the kind of man you would bring to meet your parents but would still ravish you on the carriage back home! Juliet, although I preferred Cecily from the first book, I still really liked and it isn’t often that you have a heroine with such a disfigurement.

This was an enjoyable almost a friends-to-lovers book where the hero and heroine were perfectly suited and an interesting mystery to make sure the story is told at a steady pace, I highly recommend it!

*ARC provided by publisher

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About Manda Collins

Manda Collins spent her teen years wishing she’d been born a couple of centuries earlier, preferably in the English countryside. Time travel being what it is, she resigned herself to life with electricity and indoor plumbing, and read lots of books. An affinity for books led to a graduate degree in English, followed by another in Librarianship. By day, she works as an academic librarian at a small liberal arts college, where she teaches college students how to navigate the tangled world of academic research. A native of coastal Alabama, Manda lives in the house her mother grew up in with two cats, sometimes a dog, sometimes her sister, and always lots of books.

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Maria D.

Thanks for the review – this sounds just like the kind of historical romance I enjoy reading

Landry Breaux

I haven’t read the first book in this series but it sounds like a good one!