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Never Romance a Rake by Liz Carlyle

Never Romance a Rake (edition 2008)

by Liz Carlyle

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Title:Never Romance a Rake
Authors:Liz Carlyle
Info:Pocket (2008), Edition: 1st Pocket Books Pbk. Ed, Mass Market Paperback, 448 pages
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Never Romance a Rake by Liz Carlyle



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Again a tortured hero. Good plot.
Maybe the language is too modern at times, but all in all this is a good series. ( )
  Marcella1717 | Jan 22, 2016 |
  Ebeth.Naylor | Sep 30, 2013 |
Amazon received,headless woman cover ( )
  romsfuulynn | Apr 28, 2013 |
NEVER ROMANCE A RAKE begins when the Comte de Valigny gambles away his daughter's hand in marriage. Camille is pretty and has a good dowry, but I had a hard time believing a pair of dissolute aristocrats would compete to leg-shackle themselves to a woman of poor reputation, whom they have never previously met, when neither is in need of money. Sleep with? Sure. Marry? No. Actually, Camille is the one who needs to get married, and she's not too particular about the groom.

Kieran has a terminal illness and since he expects to die shortly he's able to see marriage as an act of charity; he's saving Camille from marriage to a disgusting pervert. Camille tells Kieran that she's not very interested in wastrels like himself, but she has a use for his name and his seed - they're how she'll gain access to her inheritence.

Both are determined not to develop any emotional attachment for one another.

From there on out it's all moody histrionics. Kieran isn't much of a scoundrel - he's more like a martyr who's chosen death by non-traditional means. He spends his time wallowing in self-loathing and making sure that Camille is well taken care of. He realizes he's becoming attached to her, but he doesn't want Camille to be upset when he dies so he struggles to maintain distance. He spends a lot of time moping.

As for Camille...first she loathes Kieran because she thinks he's just a loser addicted to vice. Then they get married, and she has a crisis of conscience - how could she like sex with such a bad man? So far so good. But before long, she starts to actually like Kieran. And then the reader is treated to endless mental monologues about whether or not it's ok to like Kieran, and how she doesn't want to get hurt.

The sex is pretty tame. Every once and a while there's a hint of the kind of dark dominance that you expect to find in a novel about a woman gambled away during a card game, where Kieran is demanding and a bit crude, but these rare moments felt out of place to me. The truth is that Kieran is not an alpha male at all - he's pure beta. In a confrontation his most violent move is generally retreat, and from the start, it's really just a question of how long it will take Camille to take charge of him. Never the reverse.

Liz Carlyle's Devil trilogy has exactly the kind of romance I was hoping to find here - exuberantly sensual, with just enough edge to be exciting and a little dark. NEVER ROMANCE A RAKE is just gormless. Liz Carlyle used to be on my auto-buy list - but this is the third or fourth book of hers to disappoint me, and I don't think I'll be picking up another in the future. ( )
  MlleEhreen | Apr 3, 2013 |
After what felt like a slow start, the back half of the book went much more quickly for me. This is a very solid and enjoyable story. ( )
  snugasa | Mar 4, 2010 |
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A cynical rake joins a sinister game of cards with dangerously seductive stakes. Abandoned by her highborn father --until he decides to use her--Mademoiselle Camille Marchand puts no trust in an aristocrat's honor, especially that of the notorious Kieran, Baron Rothewell. She too is gambling--for her life--and Rothwell is just one more card to be used. But whatever dark desires run through his veins call to her own, and the heart plays its own game --winner take all.… (more)

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