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I stayed up late reading and blame author Wendy Vella for my poor work performance the next day. She is just too entertaining. 'Regency Rakes' has all the things that make HR fun to read. Bit of adventure, well drawn yet flawed characters, passionate romance in the library the shrubbery etc and best of all witty repartee. I appreciate that fact that Wendy Vella avoids 'template' heroines. Each of the lead characters has their own unique personality.
In the first book the Duke of Stratton's abusive father forces him to marry the very weird Eva. He struggles to contain his anger against her, unaware her father is an even worse parent. Mousy Eva comes out of her shell thanks to new friend Claire, but her husband is suspicious of her. The couples' journey from mistrust and anger is pretty touching.
There is more humour in the second book about Claire who receives unwanted attention from frenemy Simon, Viscount Kelkirk. Simon suspects Claire is in danger, but due to years of friction she refuses to confide in him. There is a lost child in this story, a theme that always sucks me in, and it is very well done too. Sniff, sniff.
The final book has the fiestiest heroine Prudence who teaches her little brother to protect himself through fencing. Claire's brother Lord Belmont broke Prudence's heart when she was a debuntee, so when he offers protection she refuses. This couple has the best banter and the plot is pretty gripping.
Another reviewer gave this book great praise and five stars. I had already read the set but hadn't reviewed it partly because I wasn't sure of my feelings. I therefore decided to read all three books again. If you are not a Regency Period fan and don't know much about it then you will probably not agree with me. In my opinion, however, the following applies: The first book was the best but had some glaring errors as did the other two. These books are set in the Regency Period at which time fashion dictated that women wore Empire Line dresses which were NOT form fitting. They were caught under the bust with a wide ribbon, usually, tied in a bow at the back. They also wore corsets, although lighter than the previous century or Victorian times. (Think of Pride and Prejudice and the apparel worn in the TV series, or the ballroom scene in War and Peace.) Men did NOT wear NECK TIES. They wore CRAVATS. A Duchess NEVER curtsied to those of lower rank. They curtsey to her and she nods her head. Dukes and Duchesses are one step from royalty. I cannot even start with incorrect use of words (e.g. the use of WHICH instead of WHOM) which basically comes down to poor editing. What I did like we're the strong female characters but, on the other hand, that strength became foolishness when they didn't trust in their strong men. It always helps to have allies. The core stories were enjoyable and each one was different but the melodrama became too much at the end of the third book. For me this set was eminently forgettable but I'm sure that many of you will enjoy it and relax for a few hours.
3 enjoyable books in a lovely series. If you love a strong determined heroine then these are the books for you. These ladies are no shrinking violets and the men they meet and fall in love with are their perfect match
I give this five stars as it is nice to have three romances where the characters are followed through each one so we come to know them well. I would normally subtract one star for the lack of proof reading (did nobody read them again before putting them into a collection?) but as I downloaded it while it was free I cannot do my normal nitpicking. Very enjoyable romances.
I picked this up when it was free. As I started reading the first story, I realised I'd already read it (as a single novel). Oddly, I enjoyed it more this time than I apparently did the last time (according to my last review). I also enjoyed the other two stories. There were plenty of things going on, plenty of sizzle, and I thought it was a good read.
Thoroughly enjoyed these three stories. Handsome, strong heroes and feisty, beautiful heroines; even the minor characters came to life. They were all page turners and I could only find fault with the spelling and wondered whether someone actually proofread these books. Will definitely read this author again.