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Never a Gentleman (Drake's Rakes Series #2)

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3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

What happens when an ugly duckling realizes she was a swan all along?

Diccan Hilliard is a man defending his country and will do everything in his power to work toward protection of the crown, even marry a woman he is not particularly fond of. Grace Fairchild had spent her life living with her father during his military career traveling ...
Diccan Hilliard is a man defending his country and will do everything in his power to work toward protection of the crown, even marry a woman he is not particularly fond of. Grace Fairchild had spent her life living with her father during his military career traveling across the globe saving lives and surviving her mother's scandals. But Grace always dreamed of being her own person and never thought to wake up in a strange bed with Diccan next to her and members of the ton crashing through the door to catch them. Someone is setting both of them up a reason neither can fathom and now they are married to resolve the potential scandal and don't know what to do with one another.

Grace knows the military and the horror of battle and from this has so many loyal soldiers to her they even have a name "Grace's Grenadiers" that are determined to make sure she is happy and Diccan is treating her right. Diccan has his own group called "Drake's Rakes" who are fighting a sinister and treasonous bunch of men that are determined to bring the English dynasty to its knees and the most treacherous one of all just escaped from prison and is looking for revenge. Diccan must sneak away under the cover of darkness and do his best to not let Grace know what he is up to or his true feelings for her. He believes keeping emotionally distant from her will make the pain less horrible should they be parted, but Grace doesn't want a pretend marriage she wants the love for Diccan to be returned. She transforms herself into the belle of the ball and is taught the proper behavior of someone in her social stature. But giving up her charity work and ignoring her friends is bad enough but Diccan's total disregard for the respectability of their marriage has to stop. Grace uses all her wiles to turn his head and get him back in her arms and sharing a bed, will it be enough to win him over?

It takes a near death experience, rogues, rakes and rebel rousers to shake Diccan out of his present state of mind and realize that there are more important things in life than just oneself. Diccan and Grace separately are strong fighters but together they will save the country, their marriage and possibly one another from danger.

This second book in the series is a wonderful combination of romance, mystery and thrilling suspense. You fall in love with Grace immediately but Diccan takes a little time to understand but once you figure out the truth is hidden inside him the reader knows love can conquer all.

posted by The_Reading_Reviewer on March 31, 2011

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Double the pain

I bought this at the same time I bought the first book in the series, I should have waited until I read the first one. Diccan and Grace are forced to wed. Much is made about how plain Grace is and how handsome Diccan is (Dick would definitely fit him as a nickname). Thi...
I bought this at the same time I bought the first book in the series, I should have waited until I read the first one. Diccan and Grace are forced to wed. Much is made about how plain Grace is and how handsome Diccan is (Dick would definitely fit him as a nickname). This story just like the first in the Drake's Rakes series has untold suffering by the poor heroine while the male lead must do dangerous and mysterious things all for the good of the country (like cheating on the heroine - I REALLY HATE THAT). There is one scene in the book that is just totally reprehensible to me, Ugh. He, of course, cannot tell her anything because she is just a stupid, useless woman even though Grace has constantly proven how tough and trustworthy she is.....sigh. I wanted to shake Grace and tell her to shoot the SOB and I would help bury the body. Enough already with torturing the female lead characters. I will not continue this series as the males seem to be devolving with each book.

posted by ornerylibrarian on April 4, 2011

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2011

    OK

    The book was good and had a good plot, but it just dragged for me. I felt that the dilema between the couple dragged. I think that she definatly could have done it better. Half the time I just wanted to take the hero out back, and kick the crap out of him. Stupid doesn't begin to define his thought process. All in all the book was pretty good. Though if you are looking for a page turner I wouldn't say this is is the book for you.

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