ARC Review: A Good Rake is Hard to Find by Manda Collins

Posted April 11, 2015 by Suzanne in Reviews / 3 Comments

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ARC Review: A Good Rake is Hard to Find by Manda Collins
A Good Rake is Hard to Find
by Manda Collins

2.5 Stars


Released: 31 March 2015
Series: Lords of Anarchy #1
Published by St. Martin's Paperbacks
Pages: 320
Format: eARC


“My world was not rocked, there wasn’t even a slight tremble.” ~ Under the Covers

Someone has murdered Miss Leonora Craven’s brother, and she knows just who to blame; the Lords of Anarchy. The Lords of Anarchy may just be a driving club, but Nora believes there may be more going on in the club than meets the eye. To find out who killed her brother and bring him to justice though Nora needs help, help in the form of her brother’s best friend and her ex-fiancée, Lord Frederick Lisle. Although she called off the betrothal it becomes clearer as the investigation goes on and the danger increases that her feelings towards Freddy haven’t changed, but Nora has a shameful secret of her own, one that means that marriage to the man she loves is out of the question.

My world was not rocked, there wasn’t even a slight tremble, unfortunately I found myself disappointed with A Good Rake is Hard to Find. I was hoping for an exciting tale full of intrigue and lots of sparks as Nora and Freddie both investigate a murder and rekindle their romance, that however, was not what I had.

The danger and intrigue was a little lacklustre and as you know who-dun-It from the start, there wasn’t even a mystery to unravel. It also ended and resolved itself so quickly that if you blink you miss it. Altogether, the excitement I was hoping for in this aspect of the book was missing.

But, this is a romance, my prime reason for reading isn’t for a spot of murder, however, Freddy and Nora were also a little lacklustre in that aspect as well. Although they did make a nice couple, I failed to caught up in their chemistry or really feel that they were madly in love with one another. It just felt very…nice. Nice and civilised.

Although this book wasn’t awful, I admit I did find it a little boring and probably isn’t something I would ever recommend. But, I do have hopes for the next book in the series Good Earl Gone Bad, which features Freddie and Nora’s best friends, for whom sparks are already flying…even if they are angry ones!

*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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Gosh, we all seem to be admitting our ages…and I hate that I am at the point in life when admitting my age is a “thing”…whodda thunk it? I was kind of hoping I would remain 21 forever. However, I have moved out of that New Adult stage of my life and am now strictly in the Contemporary Romance age zone of 28. I would prefer to be in an Urban Fantasy arena, but I don’t think I own enough black leather. However, I could probably squeeze into some PNR, I am fully prepared to give a horn job to my favourite demon, or suck on my sexy vamps…fangs and I am definitely up for some heavy petting with some fine looking shifters. Than again their’s always Sci Fi…I am fully prepared to do the right thing and help some poor alien race with more 6 packs than a supermarket repopulate their planet. Not that I am loose woman or anything.

Annnnnd I will stop myself there, before I start waxing lyrical about my love of historical romance and fantasy as well; no one needs to know about my elf fantasies. As you can tell, I adore and day dream about most romance genres, and my three big loves are 1) reading about romance 2) writing about romance and 3) talking about romance with my gals. Which, is why I love Under the Covers so much, I get all my bookish needs satisfied and don’t get judged when I talk about my favourite characters like they are real people. Which they are right?
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Thanks Suzanne for the review


aw i’m sorry to read this…i usually enjoy her books 🙁

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Bummer you didn’t enjoy.