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Feature book: Wild, Wild Rake

29 July 2020

Wild, Wild Rake by Janna MacGregor

Subgenre: historical romance
Release date: 25 Feb 2020
Publisher: St Martin’s Paperbacks
Format: ebook and print
Length: 361 pages
RRP: $7.89 (ebook); $16.99 (print)

The Marquis of Warwyck, known for his wicked ways, prefers his mistress to his wife. His wife was nine months pregnant when he told her she was banished to the country property as he was installing his mistress, with their child, into the city house, and he is in love with his mistress. And this is the opening to this story.

Through the words of her husband, Avalon the Marchioness of Warwyck, is deeply maligned and has been given the nickname of Lady Warlock. Naturally as a young girl she was in love with another, but her parents organised this marriage for her. Both Avalon and Richard did not want to be in the marriage, but the times dictated they stay together.

The Marquis died (thankfully) leaving his unwanted wife and his beloved mistress. Avalon has decided that the Warwyck family seat should become a place that protects women from men like her husband. Avalon works hard to develop a sense of security and sense of worth for women who have been abused by men. Unfortunately, her husband’s words have convinced his friends that she is mean and a spendthrift. So a guardian has been assigned for their son who will also oversee the finances.

Devan Farris has been asked to fill the parson’s role at the local vicarage, and also tutor the young Marquis. He does this under suffrage as he knows he is at his brother’s service as the family vicar. Devan also has a reputation as a wild rake even though he is a vicar, a possibility I suppose. But Devan has a secret about his wild ways.

Naturally, as Devan comes to know Avalon, he finds a woman very different to what has been said and ascribed to her. He helps her with her charitable works and sometimes takes over. Avalon explodes when he does this as she will never be ruled by a man again.

Devan has an admirer who creates some rumours about her and Devan, but Devan and Avalon know this wasn’t possible as they were together locked in the wine room. They decide they need to marry and quickly, more to save Devan’s reputation than hers as a widow. This leads to some uncomfortable moments, but they work their way through it.

The opening of the story really blew me away. I hadn’t read an opening like that. As I read further, I found that the story did have some interesting twists and innovative storylines which kept me reading. There were some very obvious storylines but that is balanced by the twists, so the story felt new.

I did enjoy this story.

Reviewed by Heather

A review copy of this book was provided by the publisher.

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