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  • Posted January 9, 2011

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    Surrender to this book and you will lose your heart to the romance of the story

    Katharine Kylie Woodbridge has led so many lives and the one she leads now is a mixed blessing as she struggles to find her place in society and the universe in general. She has a brilliant scientific mind with a love of botany so her scientific friends in the Circle of Scientific Sibyls known as the Circle of Sin know she is book smart and still loving and caring. But since her parents death and the place she resides with her very rigid grandfather is less than ideal. She must stay to try and restore the relationship but he is very judgmental and refuses to acknowledge that she has a heart and a brain.

    When Kate collides with Giovanni Marco Musto della Ghiradelli an enchanting but dangerous rake Kate knows better than to mix passion with reason but does she listen to herself, of course not. Marco is hypnotizing and has the smooth Italian accent to sway every reasonable thought out of her head and warm her heart. Kate is a woman of science but even she knows at some point there has to be an anchor in live that will provide some stability and even out the rough waters you go through and Kate wonders secretly is Marco that person for her. Her past may have collided with Marco's before but now she is not wandering the world with wanderlust parents she is trying to be a respectable London socialite, sort of, maybe, but not so much.

    But before too much thought can go into the relationship a murder happens during a quiet country house party and all fingers are pointing right at Kate as the murderer. Is Kate capable of such violence, could she have stabbed a man in the heart, does her past lend to violent tendencies? So many believe she is the culprit but the two men she needs to stand up for her do and with Marco and her grandfather refusing to let the accusations fly she might get out without losing her head, her heart is another matter altogether. Marco has more than a few secrets and surprises of his own and a resolution to solve the matter quickly which shocks everyone especially Kate. In the end Kate and Marco show that together they are a team no evil doer can break up or tear apart.

    Bravo to Ms. Elliott for writing a series where you can not literally decide which one you like the best. I read each one swearing "she can't top this" and yet she has and did. Kate and Marco are the adventuresome of the trilogy and they are so endearing because both are not damaged but guilt ridden by past mis-deeds. They are both independent and venerable at the same time which is always something I can relate to. What I do love about Kate is that she can take care of herself but does not mind that sometimes it is nice to have someone else row the boat and make the decisions while always landing on her feet.

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  • Posted February 1, 2011

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    To Tempt A Rake is the perfect romance for Valentine's Day. I fell in love with the chemistry between the main characters and I'm patiently awaiting more from Cara. She creates the most interesting characters and intriguing plots.

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  • Posted January 28, 2011

    Tempting and Satisfying treat for Valentine's Day

    Last year, Regency author Cara Elliott introduced us to the Circle of Sin -a group of scholarly ladies who would rather engage in scientific experiments than make afternoon calls. Elliott released back to back books, To SIN WITH A SCOUNDREL and TO SURRENDER TO A ROGUE, with a hint that the third member of the Circle, Kate, would find adventure and romance in the final book of the series. TO TEMPT A RAKE delivers both a transcontinental adventure and a passionate romance with Comte Giovanni Marco Musto della Ghiradelli. Marco portrays himself as a disinterested rake seeking pleasure, but his façade hides many secrets.

    TO TEMPT A RAKE opens in London with Kate - the daughter of an American privateer and a runaway English lady - trying to make peace with her aristocrat grandfather. As Kate tries to find a place in polite society, enter Marco with a mysterious past. They flirt at social functions but Kate keeps her distance to protect her own secrets.

    Kate accompanies her Grandfather to his ducal estate for a house party with European diplomats ready to embark for the Congress of Vienna. Marco follows Kate under the guise of entertaining the diplomats when in fact he is there to unmask a traitor. Kate becomes entangled in the web of intrigue as the traitor casts suspicion on Kate as a cover for his exit. Marco and Kate proceed to the Congress of Vienna to prevent an assassination that would disrupt Europe's delicately brokered peace. As Kate and Marco unmask the traitor, they also unmask their feelings for each other. In the end, Elliott delivers another satisfying romantic adventure. The book may be part of a series, but it stands alone in character development.

    I enjoyed Kate's growth from a rebellious "American" to a resourceful "lady" who realizes her life, and the world around her, is not all black and white. But the special treat was Marco. Like his famous chocolate namesake, Marco is multilayered and richly fulfilling.

    Perhaps it is no coincidence that the publishers released TO TEMPT A RAKE in time for Valentine's Day - it is a classic romance book worthy of Cupid's arrow.

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