by Pearl Wolf

April 2010
ISBN: 978-1-4201-0481-3
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Mass Market Paperback

Lady Helena Fairchild is a very passionate chit. She is out to seduce her betrothed, Darlington, only to find herself in bed with the wrong man! Not just any man, but one of the most renowned rakes in London and beyond, Marquis of Waverly, Lord Desmond Bannington. Helena is mortified and embarrassed. Not only that, her betrothed calls off the engagement because she cannot be the “proper” wife of an ambassador. Hurt and confused, Helena hies off to the country only to find out that her escort is Desmond. Great, more embarrassment. Then she is finding herself shamelessly attracted to him. Oh, no!

Lord Desmond Bannington has been away from his home for twelve years of exile. He has been busy living a life of debauchery in France. Then he gets news his estranged father has died and the Crown is requesting his return to restore the marquis title to its formal glory, before his cousin Harry depletes it. Desmond makes the decision to completely change his rakish ways and turn over a new life. Then he finds Helena in bed with him and realizes change is not that easy. The temptation grows when he is requested to be her escort to his estate to stay with is grandmother.

Helena and Desmond find themselves falling in love with one another. The problem is there are so many people out there trying to drag their names in the dirt. So many trials and tribulations. Someone is after Desmond's title and land and in the meantime trying to destroy Helena in the process. Can these lovers overcome the pitfalls to be together?

Too Hot for a Rake is an exciting historical read. The characters are resilient and fight to attain what they so desire. I began to become frustrated because, when it seemed like the conflict was getting ready to be resolved, Ms Wolf throws another snafu into to the plot. This kept the story from dying out and continuously interesting. I really enjoyed reading this story. It kept me on my toes.

Reviewed in August 2010 by Lakisha.

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