The Regency is my favourite period to read in historical romance, so I was excited to try Rake With a Frozen Heart.
First of all, I loved this book. You might wonder why I only gave it 4 out of 5 stars – well I shall explain as I review, though there may be some spoilers while I do this…
Rafe is the rake in question. Since a bad marriage he has tried to care for no-one (even himself I think), but the heroine – Henrietta a governess (my favourite of the two) unexpectedly needs his help after being attacked. Unfortunately, Henrietta is then blamed for a theft in the household of the unscrupulous lady she works for as a governess, and her flight from the house causes her to be rescued by Rafe yet again.
I’m normally a total sucker for a rake, but Henrietta I found particularly loveable and I was rooting for her the whole way through. She, like Rafe has not had the most easy of lives emotionally, but her warmth defrosts Rafe’s heart well and truly! It is also good that he made me very cross at times – it means that I cared about the characters. I also loved Sgt Benjamin Forbes of the Mouse and Vole – I think he deserves his own book!
The reason why I only gave the book 4 stars is that I thought the accusation of theft towards Henrietta was resolved too early on in the story, and perhaps a little too easily. This meant the last few chapters felt a bit flat for me. However, the very last chapter and epilogue ended the story on a high note and I still enjoyed it very much.
There is chemistry between the Hero/Heroine throughout and some very sensual scenes.
The book is also beautifully produced with a lovely cover! Loving the new look M&B
I look forward to reading more of Marguerite’s books in the future, and would actually love to revisit Rafe and Henrietta sometime. Well, a girl can dream…
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I have also recently read Marguerite’s Titanic: A Date With Destiny ebook novella, which I gave 5 stars! I won’t review it here yet to give readers a bit more a chance to read over the 100th anniversary of the sinking. I will say that I thought it was very good indeed.