by Gail Ranstrom

December 2004
ISBN: 0-373-29331-3
Reviewer Graphic Button Harlequin
Mass Market Paperback

The Wednesday League is at it again in Gail Ranstromís newest novel, The Rakeís Revenge. This novel continues Ranstrom's writing career that keeps getting better and better! This book is full of fun, exciting characters, and a story that is hard to put down! This book also brings back many favorite characters from Ranstromís previous books.

What happens when you fall in love with a woman who you think might be responsible for your familyís greatest tragedy? Well, needless to say, sparks are going to fly! This is the position that Rob McHugh finds himself in, when he falls for Afton Lovejoy, a woman who is masquerading as a fortune-teller to discover who killed her aunt. Rob and Afton, both working to discover who killed their loved ones, uncover a love for each other that they never imagined would develop. Also, Ranstrom has created a character in Afton who is so refreshingly real and direct; this is no simpering miss. She is a real woman off to save her little part of the world. Iím sure many of us can relate to a character who is trying to discover who has hurt her family. The only downside to this wonderful book is a slightly slow beginning, but if you are already fans of The Wednesday League, the wait is worth it!

This book is a lot of fun to read. The connection between Afton and Rob is apparent from the start. The incorporation of a fortuneteller in the story is also a fresh twist that really gives this book a boast above others in the genre. I really enjoy the flirtatiousness that takes place between Rob and Afton. Strange you might say, but who doesnít love a little fun in a book? However, that does not mean that this book does not have some meat to it. Rob is trying to get over the guilt of his wife and sonís death, and Afton is desperately searching for a place to belong after losing most of her family to one tragedy or another. These factors make the romance all the more touching for the reader. This book is another keeper if you love a story about a strong woman and the man who falls head over heels in love with her.

Reviewed in February 2005 by Jen.

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