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'The Passionate Love of a Rake' overflows with sensuous Regency romance.The second in the Marlowe Intrigues this is definitely my favourite so far.
Robert the elder brother of Edward who we met in The Illicit Love of a Courtesan (Marlow Intrigues, #1) is the passionate rake. A dark, brooding man full of mystery is gradually unraveled by Jane the Dowager Duchess of Sutton, his first love.
This story oozes romance and heartbreak.
Jane's story reveals the exploitation of women in Regency society. Finally free of her cruel, aged husband she finds his son determined to extract the fortune his father left her by whatever means he can.
The depth of the depravity Jane experienced combined with what she sees as Robert's abandonment of her when she needed him most ensures the story is rife with emotional conflict.
Robert's perceptions change as the story develops and he realises why Jane rejects him even if her body cannot.
The story is effortless to read, pure escapism with plenty of excellent supporting characters to hold your interest aside from the passionate romance between Jane and Robert.
The political nature of the society during this time is well described as is the indiscriminate censure it dealt out to those out of favour.
If you are looking for something to warm the winter evenings 'The Passionate Love of a Rake' is perfect.
I received a copy this book from Harper Collins HarperImpulse via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.