How to Romance A Rake by Manda Collins

How to Romance a Rake (Ugly Ducklings #2)
by Manda Collins
Published July 31st 2012 by St. Martin's Press
ISBN: 0312549253 (ISBN13: 9780312549251)

review courtesy of the author

You can lead a wallflower to the ball, but you can’t make her bloom—unless one daring young bachelor turns up the heat…

What’s a nice girl like Miss Juliet Shelby doing at a place like Lord Deveril’s ballroom? With her shy demeanor, she’s a total stranger to the dance floor and a source of mockery for the ton. So imagine her surprise when Deveril gallantly comes to her defense—and offers to teach her to dance! Juliet can hardly believe the most handsome bachelor in London would notice her, until he takes her in his arms and sets her heart ablaze…

Lord Alec Deveril has never felt such a spark of attraction for an unmarried lady before. Unlike the “fashionable” ladies he’s accustomed to, Juliet possesses a generous spirit, a fiery intelligence—and an explosive secret. Deep in the London underworld, a dear friend has vanished, and Juliet fears the worst. Deveril insists on helping, escorting her through the darkest alleys in town. But he too is hiding a shocking secret—and the only way he can defeat the devil in his past is to seduce the angel in his arms…

My Thoughts:

Once again, Manda Collins proves to me that she is an author to watch! This was a heart warming book I really enjoyed!

The cousins are at it again, once again getting deep into solving a mystery. This time Juliet is spotlighted. Her piano teacher is missing, and not only did she disappear in the night, she left behind her most precious possession- her baby daughter. With not much to go on, Juliet makes it her mission to find the missing woman.  Don't try to guess this one, I thought I knew exactly who was behind the missing woman, but Manda fooled me!! In addition to penning historical and steamy, hot romances, she now can add mystery/suspense to her writing genres. LOL

Prior to an accident at age fourteen, Juliet was the most animated of her cousins. After the accident, she was left with a pronounced limp. Juliet would have been the belle of any ball, had it not been for the injury to her foot. Sure society knew of her disability but not the extent of her injury. She kept that to herself, even from her two cousins, the infamous "Ugly Ducklings". To make matters worst for Juliet, her own mother wished her to remain in her current position "at the edges of the ton", little by little her mother whittled down her self esteem and took her out of society's eye  as to not draw attention to herself.

One night, Juliet gets a verbal lashing from her mother as she catches her daughter doing the unthinkable, "learning to dance". Deveril witnesses the attack and comes to her rescue. Upon learning the Julie didn't dance, he took it upon himself to be her dance partner.  I immediately fell in love with Deveril. He comes to her aid more than once during this book, a true hero.

This was more than a love story, it had grit, determination, mystery, laughter, or my!!  I don't know that I have adequately expressed my thoughts on this book. It was a loving romance, a perfect romance on loving unconditionally. It makes me believe there are knights in shining armor out there for everyone. And can we be so lucky to find one of our own?

I want to thank Manda for offering me an ARC of this book. Don't miss out on my Interview with Manda Collins and Giveway. She's coming to Forever Book Lover on August 9th to chat about her new book, her characters and more.   She is also offering a copy of her latest book, How to Romance A Rake.  Please come by and check it out!!!

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Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

A mystery plus a young lady completely different from all the others, ho ... I like that very much !!! as always your review makes me want to read the book :)

Kat ~ Forever Book Lover ♥ said... Best Blogger Tips

It was a unique plot, very refreshing!

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