Author: Georgina North
Publication Date: 24 January 2023
Format: eBook - EPUB
Genre: Historical Romance
Source: ARC via NetGalley
It’s a truth, universally acknowledged, that even the most determined bachelor can’t resist fate—or a pair of fine eyes.
Lucius Anselme, the new Marquess of Windmere, is no stranger to responsibility. He visits his new estate in the Berkshire countryside a man with a plan: Set Tamarix Hall to rights and return to London in time to enjoy everything the season has to offer—the theatre, the balls, the women. What he doesn’t plan for is making the acquaintance of Miss Cressida Ambrose. She’s clever, beautiful, and just the kind of young lady who might tempt him if he wasn’t wholeheartedly opposed to matrimony.
Marriage may be a woman’s best chance at a comfortable life, but for Cressida Ambrose, she’d sooner walk into a lake with pockets full of rocks than be subjected to the whims of a man, especially one as irritating as the new Lord Windmere, who flirts and teases and frustrates her by turn. She’s content to fade into spinsterhood, until disaster strikes.
Unfortunately for her, he’s the only one who can pull her back from the brink of ruin. And unfortunately for him, helping her means doing the one thing he promised himself he never would.
The Rake of Tamarix Hall was a generally enjoyable historical romance that I finished over two nights. It follows fairly standard tropes, so you know roughly what to expect from the story, but there was enough original content in the plot to keep it feeling fresh. I liked both Lucius and Cressida as characters; however, I found some of their jibes at each other a little harsh at times. It just felt a tad too strong given the eventual romance and the fact that, while they were dealing with the own baggage in the way they reacted, neither had done anything to the other to require that level of vitriol. But that aside, it was an entertaining story with a pleasing ending and no glaring anachronisms, so I can recommend it to lovers of Regency romance. I am giving it four stars.
I received this book as a free eBook ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.