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  • Posted October 29, 2013

    I read the last book in the Drake¿s Rakes series (Always a Tempt

    I read the last book in the Drake’s Rakes series (Always a Temptress) in February, 2012 and have been waiting anxiously to find out what happened to Ian Ferguson!  We last left him in the ocean with a gunshot wound and presumed dead, not to mention that he was accused of being a traitor.  Finally, we are able to see what happens next.  My husband could not believe that I would anticipate a book for that length of time.  Well, I somehow managed to wait and it was so worth it!  I love Eileen Dreyer’s superb writing and I love the Rakes.
    The giant Scotsman, Ian Ferguson, is enmeshed in political and military intrigue.  He is accused of attempting to kill Wellington when he is actually protecting him.  Ian escapes the situation by diving into the sea and is shot in the process.  He makes his way to land and hides in a building on the property of Lady Sarah Clarke (who, in the most gigantic coincidence, happens to be best friends with his sisters).  Sarah’s husband went off to fight in the war against Napoleon four years earlier and has not returned.  She struggles to manage the estate and take care of various relatives and friends that live there.  The attraction between Ian and Sarah is swift and strong, but numerous issues prevent them being a couple.  Ian is engaged and needs his prospective wife to gain the political influence to initiate reforms.  Sarah has a missing husband and greedy relatives waiting to take the property at the first misstep.  Ian is a wanted man and Sarah is harboring a fugitive.  After Sarah helps Ian recover from his gunshot wound he heads to a nearby estate party to get help from his friends in proving his innocence.  Sarah has to accompany him as a semi-hostage.  It takes quite a bit of adventure and intrigue to unravel this complicated mess and the road to their Happily Ever After is difficult and twisted.
    We all enjoy following a good series, but once in a while a series really gets under your skin.  That is the way I feel about Drake’s Rakes.  The entire series is planned to encompass nine books and Dreyer has organized them into three trilogies or sub-series.  The first three (The Three Graces) were released in 2011 and early 2012.  Once A Rake begins the second trilogy (called Last Chance Academy for the school that Sarah and her friends attended).  It is not necessary to have read the previous trilogy to enjoy Once a Rake, but it is so much more interesting if you know about the other Rakes.  Each guy in this spy network has a unique personality and their interaction is a strong element of the series.  Once a Rake was exciting and emotional.  The relationship between Ian and Sarah was sweet, steamy and genuine.  Ian is a perfect example of the tough Scot with a soft heart.  Ian realized Sarah felt unwanted and he was so sympathetic and supportive.  There was a good lead-in for the next book, Twice Tempted, about Rakes Alex and Chuffy (I LOVE Chuffy!).  I hope it will be a much shorter wait – once I return to the world of the Rakes I never want to leave!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 3, 2013

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    Highly Recommended for Historical and Erotic Readers

    RATING: Five Stars!


    Colonel Ian Ferguson may be a rake, but he's no traitor. Accused of trying to kill the Duke of Wellington, the disgraced Scotsman is now a fugitive--from the law, the army, and the cunning assassin who hunts him. Wounded and miles from his allies, Ian finds himself at the mercy of an impoverished country wife. The spirited woman is achingly beautiful . . . and hiding some dangerous secrets of her own.

    All she needs is his heart . . .

    She was a child nobody wanted. Now for Lady Sarah Clarke, holding on to her vanished husband's crumbling estate is her final chance to earn respectability. She knows that hiding the devastatingly handsome Ferguson will jeopardize her home. Common sense demands that she turn him in. But a single, delirious kiss shatters her resolve . . . and awakens a passion that neither of them can escape.


    Oh this was a good read! It was engaging, romantic, and full of highly suspenseful action. The best part about the book, though, was the twists and turns you came across as a reader. The author did a phenomenal job at making the reader feel as though the direction of the story was going one way, only to give you a nice surprise in the end.

    The character base of this story will draw you in and the reader finds themselves wanting more, even long hours later when all is done. The plot was thick with tension and even though Sarah does a great job at fighting against what she wants—and even at times convincing the reader she shouldn’t have it—her desire gets to be too much.

    What a thrilling and sexy ride this book turned out to be. I highly recommend this to both historical and erotica readers. And I wouldn’t wait a day longer than necessary—pick it up now!

    Five out of five stars.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2014

    Worth the wait! (LVR)

    More Drake's Rakes, please :)

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  • Posted December 2, 2013

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    This is the first book I¿ve read of the Drake¿s Rakes series but

    This is the first book I’ve read of the Drake’s Rakes series but it won’t be the last. It was such a charming treat that I plan on reading all that came before and I can’t wait for those that are next in line. I love me a sexy Scot and Ian Ferguson is an exceptional hero from the moment he first appears on the page. He is a defender; he is gallant and brave even while wounded and struggling to survive. Not to say he’s also unbelievably charming. Sarah was a fabulous heroine and because she was so well developed it made her so easy to I loved this book and was captivated from the very beginning. I loved that their relationship seemed destined to go nowhere and yet without giving away the ending I also love me some HEA. This book had a little bit of everything for me; a Regency setting, strong and amiable characters, a great conflict, a sense of danger and a sweet love story. I’d highly recommend this to anyone who loves Regency romances.

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