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Saturday, January 28, 2017

Review: Rake to Riches by Nicola Davidson / @NicolaMDavidson

Series & Title: The London Lords, Book 2: Rake to Riches
Author: Nicola Davidson
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Publisher: Self-Published
Release Date: January 26, 2017
Genre: Historical, Romance
ARC Received From & Reviewed For: Nicola Davidson

With a fallen angel face, devastating charm and impeccable connections, life appears perfect for ton king George Edwards. Yet elaborate facades hide brutal family secrets and crippling debt, and when a blackmail letter threatens to reveal all, he has one chance at financial salvation: transform a wayward miss into a lady, and secure her a titled husband.

Heiress Louisa Donovan is desperate. Bad enough she must wed at all, but giving up science for embroidery and a loveless future is unendurable. She is ready to wage war on her latest comportment tutor…until she discovers he is the infuriating rake who long ago stole her heart with a scorching kiss. But even as two fiercely guarded souls learn to surrender, treachery awaits. Can new love conquer determined enemies with murder in mind?

George is a London Lord without a title. His charming smile hides a past riddled with cruelty and a life steeped in debt. Desperation has him accepting "employment", of a sort, and that is to take an ugly society duckling and turn her into a beautiful, graceful, acceptable swan. His target? His twin sister's good friend, Louisa.

Louisa isn't ugly, not physically. She's wealthy because her father's a successful tradesman. As such, she has a dowry to rival any societal debutante, maybe even more. But she has no interest in society, their rules, their gossip. Chemistry and George are really the only things that interest her. Yay! for the first. Not sure about the second. Why? Well, he stole a kiss, stole her heart with that kiss, and that was it.

Or it should have been until he came around again intent on teaching her how to be a proper lady. *snort* Good luck!

The relationship that ensues between George and Louisa is...amusing? I think that's the right word. It's amusing at best, tempestuous at worst. The way these two spark around each other, and I don't just mean from the attraction, it's a wonder their world didn't burn around them. Which might have been more beneficial than not.

George wouldn't have had to worry about being blackmailed about his history and being penniless.

Now, that was an interesting ride. Ms. Davidson did a marvelous job making sure the reason for George's "employment" wasn't lost in the romance that blossomed between him and Louisa. And while it took some time for the pieces and clues to fall into place, I was glad it was done in time with the rest of the story.

This is a terrific addition to this series. It might seem a bit slow at the beginning but it does pick up rather quickly, promise. Like Book 1, each character of this story, even the protagonists, were thoughtfully and wonderfully created. Each one brought a string of color to this story that, when woven between the others, helped makes this a beautiful story to read and experience. Well done, Ms. Davidson. I can't wait to see what you have in store for the rest of this series.

Nicola Davidson worked for many years in communications and marketing as well as television and print journalism, but hasn’t looked back since she decided writing wicked historical romance was infinitely more fun. When not chained to a computer she can be found ambling along one of New Zealand’s beautiful beaches, cheering on the champion All Blacks rugby team, history geeking on the internet or daydreaming. If this includes chocolate – even better!

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