A Rake's Reward (Merry Men Quartet Book 2)
A treasure lost…
American Sara Whately came to England with a single goal: recover a long-lost family treasure. Her father had long ago renounced his title and abandoned his country, but desperate financial straits call for desperate measures. Gaining access won’t be easy. The jewels are hidden on an estate Sara’s grandfather lost long go in an unlucky turn of the cards. And then there’s the vexing, villainous, valiant Viscount Reath…
A jewel of a woman…
Sinclair Stratton, Lord Reath has always gotten everything he wants—money, privilege, and women. But after ten years in India, he’s returned to England, ready to make amends for his youthful follies. He plans to return his ill-gotten estate to its rightful owner but the man is impossible to find. And despite still being one of the most sought after rake’s in town, the bold American beauty he keeps encountering seems to be immune to his charms and dashing good looks.
While Sara has promised to not just search for her grandfather's jewels, but make an attempt at fitting into society, it might just be that Viscount Reath is the treasure she actually needs.
Plot/Idea: 10 out of 10
Originality: 9 out of 10
Prose: 9 out of 10
Character/Execution: 10 out of 10
Overall: 9.50 out of 10
Bond demonstrates clear mastery of the Regency Era along with a decidedly playful side as she introduces readers to Sara Whatley, an American from Philadelphia in London under the pretense of being presented to society by her aunt, but actually there to recover her family’s lost treasure. Rapid-fire action blends perfectly with quietly intimate, and, at times, hilarious scenes. The role of plucky American is rarely played in the genre, and it adds a new dimension, offering an outside-looking-in perspective that is very unique and a breath of fresh air.
Date Submitted: June 02, 2016