This is an Official Review by an Eye On Romance Official Reviewer
for How to Ravish a Rake
Date of Review: 06/26/12
One is the wallflower in her last season before marriage to a vicar and the other a traveller with a yearning to be abroad again. What he needs are the funds, what she has are the funds.
Amy Hardwick is on her last season and has been queen of the wallflowers. She is there for her friend but also really wants to have a last look before she has to decide if she really wants to marry the local vicar. She really wants a loving marriage like her parents have and is afraid that she will disappoint them and she does. Amy has a skill as she designs unique gowns and wears them to the different balls and gets noticed for those gowns. She also takes payment and is conflicted when she marries as to whether to tell her husband or not. She faces another challenge in the vicar who will not take no for an answer.
William Darcett is a second son and had a four year tour abroad. He would rather be overseas but is stopped by his family. He realized if he wants funds he needs to marry and sets his sights on Amy. Will tried to gamble his way to overseas funds and becomes indebted to another Lord for twenty thousand pounds. Much to his chagrin, Amy constantly rebuffs him. It is when they are accidently locked in the wine cellar that they must marry so Amy is not ruined although nothing untoward happened. Will isn’t good at relationships as most of his relationships with women have lasted about a fortnight.
When Amy and Will must marry, her parents agree but are concerned about the reason and her father gives Will a most proper grilling about his intentions and ability to make his daughter happy. To make the best of the situation Amy and Will agree to have courtship after the wedding and all goes well until things intensify and both want out of the courting arrangement as they can no longer wait for the final consummation.
This is a story of two opposites; the wall flower and the rake who can’t do long term relationships. But as we know a good woman will help the rake to change his ways. When the pair divulge their secrets, the working at design and the gambling debt, they come to a better understanding and can make the final step to happiness. I really enjoyed this story of the rake and the wallflower.