Author: Annabelle Greene
Publisher: Carina Press
Publication Date: 12 October 2020
Format: eBook - EPUB
Genre: MM Historical Romance
Source: ARC via NetGalley
As a young man, Sir Gabriel Winters left behind his status as a gentleman, turning his back on his secret desires and taking a self-imposed vow of celibacy. Now he’s a chaste, hardworking vicar, and his reputation is beyond reproach. But, try as he might, he’s never forgotten the man he once desired or the pain of being abandoned by his first love.
Edward Stanhope, the Duke of Caddonfell, is a notorious rake, delighting in scandal no matter the consequence. With a price on his head, he flees to the countryside, forced to keep his presence a secret or risk assassination. When Edward finds Gabriel on his estate, burning with fever, he cannot leave him to die, but taking him in puts them both in jeopardy.
With the help of a notorious blackmailer, a society of rich and famous gentlemen who prefer gentlemen, and a kitten named Buttons, they might just manage to save Edward’s life—but the greatest threat may be to their hearts.
The Vicar and the Rake was an entertaining read from start to finish. The period setting was well portrayed, and both Gabriel and Edward were engaging and well-drawn characters. The plot was full of fun and excitement, and the pacing was nicely handled, moving at a good speed that helped hold my interest throughout. The romantic moments and sex scenes were well balanced against the action and drama, so it never felt as if they took over the plot. So, overall, I would recommend this book to fans of historical MM fiction. A rating of 4.5 stars from me.
I received this book as a free eBook ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.