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Waking Up With a Rake by Connie Mason

Friday, January 18, 2013
Synopsis: The race is on in this sexy new Regency series. To prevent three dukes from shoving their way into the royal line, the monarchy will dangle the ton's most notorious rakes before the dukes' intended brides. They'll cause a scandal, then call off any plans of matrimony. But just who will have the last laugh?

Rhys plans the seduction of Olivia like the cavalry officer he was, but when a series of mishaps convinces him that someone wants to get rid of her--permanently--he becomes her fiercest protector...even at the cost of his own heart.

Waking Up With a Rake is a decent, fast-paced read that I for the most part enjoyed. I am a total history geek so I loved them talking about the unmarried Dukes and alluding to what was going to happen. Although I did really enjoy the book there was a lot going on and at times it was hard to follow there were at least three mysteries happening at a time and I sometimes felt as if I should have been taking notes or drawing diagrams to keep track. The twists and turns were well done and in some cases surprising, which I found to be refreshing.

I was not a huge fan of the main heroine, Olivia, she was a little too naïve and vapid for my tastes and I found myself rolling my eyes at her repeatedly. I like Rhys, the rake of the title, he is an interesting character with a lot of personal baggage to deal with. A lot of his internal struggles come from a disgrace suffered from his time at war and it is interesting to see how that shaped who he became after. I like that Rhys was backhandedly honest with Olivia about who he was from the start and she still decided to take a leap.

Review by: Jennifer

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