Is historical romance my favorite genre? It’s definitely in my top five. What’s not to like? Romance surrounded by customs, clothes, and rules from the past. Yes, please. (just take out the patriarchy, thanks.)
Wild, Wild Rake by Janna MacGregor did not disappoint on any of these points. An independent woman who supports women in need and a hot vicar…do I need to say more?
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WILD, WILD RAKE BY JANNA MACGREGOR
Publication Date: February 25, 2020
St. Martin’s Press
eBook & Paperback; 368 Pages
Series: The Cavensham Heiresses, Book #6
Genre: Historical Romance
Her first marriage was an epic fail.
Lady Avalon Warwyk never did love her husband. Arrogant, selfish, and cruel, it’s a blessing when she’s widowed and left to raise her son all by herself. Finally, Avalon can live freely and do the work she loves: helping fallen women become businesswomen. She’s lived these past ten years with no desire to remarry―that is, until Mr. Devan Farris comes to town.
Can he convince her to take another chance at happily ever after?
Devan Farris―charming vicar, reputed rake, and the brother of Avalon’s son’s guardian―is reluctantly sent to town to keep tabs on Avalon and her son. Devan wishes he didn’t have to meddle in her affairs; he’s not one to trod on a woman’s independent nature and keen sense of convictions. But she’ll have nothing to do with vicar with a wild reputation―even though he’s never given his heart and body to another. If only he could find a way to show Avalon who he really is on the inside―a good, true soul looking for its other half. But how can prove that he wants to love and care for her…until death do they part?
Praise for the Cavensham Heiresses Series
“Full-bodied romance…with intelligence and heart.”―New York Times bestselling author Cathy Maxwell
“Sparkling…MacGregor brings England’s Regency era to life.” ―Publishers Weekly
“Beautifully defined, exceptionally appealing.” ―Booklist (starred review) on The Bad Luck Bride
People are not always what they seem. Even if you think you know someone, they may be hiding behind a reputation or a mask and it takes time to see what’s underneath. That could be the subheading for Wild, Wild Rake by Janna MacGregor.
Avalon aka Lady Warwyck and Devan have known each other as annoying acquaintances for years. Devan likes to poke fun at Avalon and call her Lady Warlock for refusing to marry his best friend, and Avalon really just wants to stay as far from Devan and his rakish ways as possible.
When we first meet Avalon, she is dealing with a horrible marriage and a baby on the way. It’s one of the more embarrassing moments of Avalon’s life because people (including Devan) are able to see exactly how her husband treats her.
But then Avalon becomes a widow (thank god) and she lives in the hall her husband allowed her to have with her sister and her son. She’s independent, but that doesn’t mean she has control over her finances. This is 1815, after all. Gavin Farris, Devan’s brother, her husband’s best friend, and Earl of Larkton approves her finances.
And all of a sudden, the Earl is curious on what exactly Avalon spends her money on. So… he sends his brother to spy on her. Devan becomes the new vicar of Thistledown, the village Avalon lives in and where she spends her money helping girls and women who either want to get out of the sex worker business by choice or find themselves forced into it and need help.
Since her husband chose a sex worker and madam as a mistress, Gavin does not understand why she would protect these women and thinks that her money must be going elsewhere. Ugh, men.
So, he pretty much forces Devan into the position and so the relationship between him and Lady Warwyck begins.
As soon as Devan arrives, it’s a battle of wits (the best kind of battle). Avalon tries everything she can think of to get him to leave the village and Devan sees right through her and becomes determined to stay.
As they get to know one another through their various interactions, something changes. He realizes he was wrong about Avalon all along and once they start a relationship, Avalon realizes that Devan is anything but a rake.
Wild, Wild Rake is intense, sexy, captivating, and a bit of a feminist utopia. Imagine a village in 1815 where women can be cared for no matter what their past looked liked or what they liked to do. The village still has its problems, but Avalon soon investigates what’s wrong and works things out.
Devan and Avalon’s relationship is as sweet as it is intense and I enjoyed how well they worked together. They both fit perfectly in each other’s lives with Avalon helping him solve problems and Devan being the perfect mentor for her son.
I did think their first kiss came on a bit too quickly in terms of pacing, but I also understand it needed to happen for them to get to other “activities” before the end of the book.
I am giving Wild, Wild Rake by Janna MacGregor 4 out of 5 stars.
If you love historical fiction and/or you’ve read the other books in The Cavensham Heiresses series (this is book 6), this is definitely a book you want to check out.
About the Author
Janna MacGregor was born and raised in the bootheel of Missouri. She credits her darling mom for introducing her to the happily-ever-after world of romance novels. Janna writes stories where compelling and powerful heroines meet and fall in love with their equally matched heroes. She is the mother of triplets and lives in Kansas City with her very own dashing rogue, and two smug, but not surprisingly, perfect pugs.
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Blog Tour Schedule
Monday, February 24
Review at Rose is Reading
Wednesday, February 26
Review at Chicks, Rogues, and Scandals
Thursday, February 27
Feature at YA, It’s Lit
Saturday, February 29
Review at Reading is My Remedy
Monday, March 2
Review at Gwendalyn’s Books
Tuesday, March 3
Excerpt at What Is That Book About
Wednesday, March 4
Review at Bookish Bellee
Friday, March 6
Review at Historical Romance Lover
Monday, March 9
Review at Amy’s Booket List
Wednesday, March 11
Review at Bookish Rantings
Thursday, March 12
Review at Jessica Belmont
Friday, March 13
Review at A Chick Who Reads
Monday, March 16
Excerpt at The Lit Bitch
Tuesday, March 17
Feature at Historical Fiction with Spirit
Thursday, March 19
Excerpt at Cover To Cover Cafe