Tuesday 13 December 2022

Book Review: Her Worthy Rake by Charlotte Anne (Historical Romance)

Title: Her Worthy Rake
Author: Charlotte Anne
Publisher: Escape Publishing
Publication Date: 1 January 2023
Pages: 165
Format: eBook - PDF
Genre: Historical Romance
Source: ARC via NetGalley 

Owen Tattershall might not have a title or immeasurable wealth like other gentlemen of his ilk, but he does have rather excellent taste in the waistcoat department-and taste counts for a lot amongst the ton. It also doesn't hurt that his adopted mother is the dowager Marchioness of Faye and his kind-of-cousin is the Duke of Woodhal. Unfortunately, prestige didn't save his family from the ravages of war, and now what's left is held together by nothing more than heartbreak, hope and bravado. To keep his memories of the war at bay, Owen immerses himself in his work ... until the day Sophy Calder comes colliding into his life.

Sophy has been fending for herself ever since her twin brother was press ganged to fight against Napoleon's forces. But the war ended almost two years ago, and still he hasn't returned. Knowing something dreadful has happened, Sophy is determined to find her missing brother, even if it means infiltrating the world that snatched him from her. But when she encounters Owen, she quickly finds her growing attraction for the only man who's taken her seriously threatening her long-mastered control.

Her Worthy Rake was an okay Regency romance more at the bodice-ripper end of the scale. Although I liked Owen and Sophy in their own rights, I never really got caught up in their 'romance', which seemed to hinge almost entirely on lust. They didn't have long enough over the course of the story to really get to know one another outside of attraction. The storyline was interesting; although, I couldn't understand her brother's motivation in going AWOL from her. It made him rather contemptible in my view. A few minor things niggled at me at marginally anachronistic, but there were no major issues on that front. It was a pleasing enough book to spend a couple of nights with but was not one I'd rush to read a second time. As such, I am giving it three stars.

I received this book as a free eBook ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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