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Today, we're joining forces with Silver Dagger Book Tours and Avon Books to bring to your attention the FIRST release in the NEW Union of the Rakes SERIES from author Eva Leigh. TAKE HEED, FELLOW HISTORICAL ROMANCE READERS! If you've a love of finding yourself lost between the pages, you adore bookish characters because they remind you of, oh...I don't know...YOU or your closest besties/mates...and you wouldn't mind getting lost in the stacks while swimming in the baby blues of a fellow booklover/scholar....*sigh*...oh, wait a second, I had a point here. *ahem* Anywho, if all that sounds good, you're SO in for a treat! May I introduce, today's blog tour guest and book of choice...
My Fake Rake
The Union of the Rakes, Book 1
Genre: Historical Romance
Publication Date: November 26, 2019
In the first book in Eva Leigh's new Union of the Rakes series, a bluestocking enlists a faux suitor to help her land an ideal husband only to be blindsided by real desire…
Lady Grace Wyatt is content as a wallflower, focusing on scientific pursuits rather than the complications of society matches. But when a handsome, celebrated naturalist returns from abroad, Grace wishes, for once, to be noticed. Her solution: to “build” the perfect man, who will court her publicly and help her catch his eye. Grace’s colleague, anthropologist Sebastian Holloway, is just the blank slate she requires.
To further his own research on English society, Sebastian agrees to let Grace transform him from a bespectacled, bookish academic into a dashing—albeit fake—rake. Between secret lessons on how to be a rogue and exaggerated public flirtations, Grace’s feelings for Sebastian grow from friendship into undeniable, inconvenient, real attraction. If only she hadn’t asked him to help her marry someone else...
Sebastian is in love with brilliant, beautiful Grace, but their bargain is complete, and she desires another. Yet when he’s faced with losing her forever, Sebastian will do whatever it takes to tell her the truth, even if it means risking his own future—and his heart.
I was smitten from the start!
Okay, so not from the START start, but virtually from there.
You see, the cover screamed old school romance, and it is keeping in mind time, place, and gentilities, BUT there is a certain spark of whit, humor, intelligence, and sensuality that will have it appealing to readers outside the usual historical moniker. Now, the point I was trying to make about "not from the START start" was that I may have passed it by if not for the background...did you catch it? The heart-eyed couple caught in an embrace are in front of...bookshelves? Hmm....I had to know more! So I read the synopsis, and I thought...well, this sounds rather promising, and the rest is...history!
It's a she likes him, but he doesn't SEE see her, although the friend likes her, but she doesn't SEE see him, and once a plan is hatched to snag the first "he's" attention for her, all the feelings start to get...muddled. No, that's not right. I think more accurately, though neither wants to admit it at first, their feelings for each other become clearer than fresh washed crystal. The tactics employed to gain our girl Grace the "man of her dreams", serve their purpose...just perhaps not fully in the way they were intended...which leads to some rather interesting circumstances, close calls, flaming kisses, and...well, I don't want to ruin things, but trust me, IT'S GOOD. Does Mason (the object of her long unreturned affections) finally take the hint? Does Grace even want him to at this point? What of dear Sebastian? Oh so many questions, and so many delicious ways to answer, but, you'll have to read it to find out!
In the end, it's a Historical Romance for time and place, that's for certain, but with all the witty banter, scholarly humor, and scorching glances, there's not a Romance reader that wouldn't LOVE to step into Grace's shoes for a turn. I know I would...IN...A...HEARTBEAT. *sigh* Hey, how can you NOT love a leading lady with a mind of her own, a leading man with enough wherewithal to appreciate a woman for everything she is, and the sparks that fly from a friends-turned-more storyline? Exactly. So yeah, if you're spending New Year's Eve in this year, send 2019 off with this dazzling display of fireworks! You won't be sorry.
Eva Leigh is a romance author who has always loved the Regency era. She writes novels chock-full of determined women and sexy men. She enjoys baking, spending too much time on the Internet, and listening to music from the '80s. Eva and her husband live in Central California.
Eva also writes in multiple romance genres as Zoë Archer.
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