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All of London knows Phillip Montcalm’s name. It’s on the lips of a different lady every night… 
So it’s no wonder he’s called the Lord of the Rakes. Rumor has it he’s the most dangerous seducer in the city, with quite the extensive list of conquests. Talk of his prowess as a lover and his ingenuity in the bedroom are enough to make even the most prudish of ladies succumb to temptation. But as of late, ...

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Overview

All of London knows Phillip Montcalm’s name. It’s on the lips of a different lady every night… 
So it’s no wonder he’s called the Lord of the Rakes. Rumor has it he’s the most dangerous seducer in the city, with quite the extensive list of conquests. Talk of his prowess as a lover and his ingenuity in the bedroom are enough to make even the most prudish of ladies succumb to temptation. But as of late, Phillip has found himself a bit bored. Until he sets his eyes on a fiery newcomer.
 
New to independence and London, gorgeous heiress Lady Caroline Delamarre wants to make the most of her life. And when Phillip meets her gaze, she knows the perfect place to start: in his arms…and in his bed. But what begins as a long night of breathtaking passion leads to more than the two bargained for. Haunted by troubled pasts and inescapable family entanglements, each of them must decide if they can risk a gamble on what might be true love.

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Publishers Weekly
12/02/2013
Wilde’s strong and spicy debut reveals the vulnerability of the Regency era’s women. When Lady Caroline Delamarre learns that she is the sole beneficiary of a trust from her mother, she decides to move to London against the express wishes of her domineering brother, Jarrett, Earl Keenseford. Once in London, Caroline meets Philip Montcalm, the Lord of the Rakes. Their physical attraction is intensified by subtle glances, as the jaded Philip succumbs to Caroline’s innocent seduction. While their affair is fueled by lust, Philip is surprised to learn that he truly enjoys Caroline’s company and regrets that they cannot appear as a couple when out in public. As Caroline uncovers the intelligent man beneath Philip’s rakish exterior, he begins questioning his hedonistic existence. The allure of their sensual encounters is enhanced by the great depth of emotions revealed by these expertly crafted and unforgettable characters. Only a few anachronisms mar this attention-grabbing novel. (Feb.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425265550
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 2/4/2014
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 642,303
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

A longtime resident of the Great Lakes State, Darcie Wilde writes her sizzling-hot romances in Ann Arbor, Michigan. When not actually writing, she lives out her own happily-ever-afters with her husband of fifteen years, one rapidly growing son, one cat, and one writer’s group of infinite patience.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2014

    Loved It!

    Something and someone new to add to must read list. Fast pace, not alot of repeating the same thoughts over and over. The theme; suppress herione, overbearing father and brother great sexy hero. BUT it felt completely different and I loved it. I rarely write reviews, have over a 1,000 books on my Nook but I wanted to write about this one because I was so surprised. Additionally some great sex, she really knows how to write them hot but not overboard erotic.

    Enjoy,
    dlh

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 6, 2014

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    Though this was my first experience with a Darcie Wilde book, it

    Though this was my first experience with a Darcie Wilde book, it most definitely won’t be my last! From sizzling, steamy romance to witty, fun dialogue, this book is uber enjoyable! It’s most definitely not your typical historical romance!

    We meet our hero, Phillip Montague, and learn that he is, among other things, the second son and a rake in the truest of forms, but that certainly doesn’t mean that he is without boundaries. Hiding deep secrets, he makes sure to keep himself in Society’s good graces, while putting on the mask everyone expects him to wear. After all, if they are looking more at his behavior than his true character, they are less likely to see the “real” Phillip. All is going well until inside a crowded ballroom, he lays eyes on……

    Our Heroine, Lady Caroline Delamarre, out for her first season due to her overbearing and over protective father and older brother. Sheltered due to her (now deceased) mother’s unstable mental condition Caroline longs for nothing more than the freedom to experience life. When Caroline learns she is an heiress, she wastes no time finding a man she wants to experience life with. So when she finally gets to London, she seeks out none other than, The Lord of the Rakes. She’s not looking to settle down. She has no plans to marry now that she finally has her freedom. She simply wants to have a good time before buying her own cottage in the country and living independently and as she chooses. And who better to help her achieve that goal than Phillip?

    But as these two spend time together, they find that they might just be meant for each other. Throw in a crazy ex-lover, a scheming potential suitor, a deceitful, untrusting brother, and a father who is half-mad and you’ve got yourself one heck of a story! Can Caroline and Phillip trust each other enough to share their pasts and secrets and learn to love and relinquish control to each other?

    This book is HOT and will keep you enthralled from start to finish! If you’re looking for a historical romance with a twist and a bit of dominance in it, the Lord of the Rakes is for you! From the moment Caroline and Phillip interact, they have quite the sexual chemistry and reading as their relationship shifts from sexual to emotional is rather entertaining. They both state what they want from the beginning but as their feeling change, each of them becomes more vulnerable, which makes their characters so enjoyable! I loved this book and certainly will look for more by Ms. Wilde. This book is quite unique and it stand out from the crowd!

    Rating: 4.5

    Heat Rating: Hot

    Reviewed by: AprilP

    Courtesy of My Book Addiction and More

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  • Posted March 21, 2014

    Lord of the Rakes was the first book I¿ve read by Darcie Wilde,

    Lord of the Rakes was the first book I’ve read by Darcie Wilde, but it will not be the last as I will watch for any new releases from this author. This is a well written, very spicy, hot historical romance. I was very pleasantly surprised with this read. This book was tantalizing and a different pace than a normal sweet romance, although it is exciting and definitely worth it.
    The hero is, Phillip Montcalm, a true to form second son among the ton of society, and a rake in the truest sense. He does have some morals and keeps away from virgins or any lady unwilling to take part in his care free giving life. He likes his ladies willing to divulge in delights of the flesh but not of the heart. Therefore he became known as the Lord of the Rakes. From a very noble family he is received by the ton and cream of society and publically maintains being a gentleman. A cheating lover results in the hero taking a second look at his bored and predictable mundane life. Deciding to find a new lover he begins a search for something of a change and out of the ordinary.
    Who does he see across a crowded room, Lady Caroline Delamarre. This particular lady has been, more or less, surviving in the country. Caroline’s mother suffered depression and was kept away from all society by her husband and son, Caroline’s father and brother. Caroline was allowed small freedoms and did go to local parties and had local friends, but she really craved something more. With the death of her parents her brother refuses to allow her to become part of society in town. Now she is allowed only to be around her brothers’ friends, of which she has no plans to make a match with. She was however; very sure she did not want anyone dictating her life forever or deciding what she would be allowed to do or not do.
    She discovers she has money left by her mother and escapes, more or less, and sets up her own household in town.
    She is a strong outgoing person and decides she would much rather have lovers than an overbearing husband as her mother had. With this plan she will always be in charge and if she decides to end an affair she will when she wishes. So, when she meets Phillip’s eyes across the ballroom, she takes the initiative, and she goes after what she wants. From that moment meetings between the two are very different than what would be expected in society.
    The romance and steamy love scenes are great and the book moves along at a great pace without any boredom. The hero and heroine each have what the other needs which turns out to be a lot more than what is apparent in the beginning.


    All of London knows Phillip Montcalm’s name. It’s on the lips of a different lady every night…

    So it’s no wonder he’s called the Lord of the Rakes. Rumor has it he’s the most dangerous seducer in the city, with quite the extensive list of conquests. Talk of his prowess as a lover and his ingenuity in the bedroom are enough to make even the most prudish of ladies succumb to temptation. But as of late, Phillip has found himself a bit bored. Until he sets his eyes on a fiery newcomer.



    New to independence and London, gorgeous heiress Lady Caroline Delamarre wants to make the most of her life. And when Phillip meets her gaze, she knows the perfect place to start: in his arms…and in his bed. But what begins as a long night of breathtaking passion leads to more than the two bargained for. Haunted by troubled pasts and inescapable family entanglements, each of them must decide if they can risk a gamble on what might be true love.

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  • Posted February 26, 2014

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    Darcie Wildes new romance, Lord of the Rakes is set in the Regen

    Darcie Wildes new romance, Lord of the Rakes is set in the Regency era and adheres to some rules of the ton, while flouting others. Readers who are looking for a steamy romance between a sheltered young woman, gaining her independence and a man who is known for his sexual exploits will find this one right up their alley. Wilde uses beautiful prose and elaborate descriptions to engage the reader and keep them turning the pages. Her characters are fiery and full of surprises, but will Caroline let Phillip be her master or is their dalliance only a passing fling?

    What I liked:
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    Wilde sets the reader up with the idea that heroine, Caroline has been kept away from London by her father and her brother possibly because of a trust fund she has only recently become away of. Caroline is young and beautiful and she has lived on mother's stories of her social life in London and she wants to experience it for herself. In the process she intends to leave for France and never marry if she can help it. In the ton, reputation means everything but to Caroline is means very little, so the idea of taking a lover doesn't bother her. In fact she wants it very much. I thought maybe the fact that an innocent would choose to take a lover almost on a whim was perhaps a little far fetched but I went with it and found that Wilde made it seem more realistic the more I read.

    Phillip is widely known as a rake. He spends every night with a different woman. I could totally understand why he might be bored after a while. It might be a different woman, but it was still the same game. It was sort of expected from a second son, but it was getting out of hand and Phillip was beginning to think his life had become quite meaningless. I thought Wilde did an exceptional job with this character. His dominant behavior was certainly a surprise but not unbelievable. He was in a sense looking for something in his life he could control and his pleasure became that thing. 

    Once I got over the initial shock of finding a wee bit of dominant/submissive behavior in this book, I enjoyed where the author took it. She didn't add so much of it that it could be termed erotica, but she kind of whetted the appetite of the reader. Readers who are not used to that sort of thing may have found it uncharacteristic for the genre, but it may certainly have opened their eyes to the possibilities. I liked the brush with BDSM without all the entanglements. 

    What I didn't like:

    I liked this book, there were parts of it that were intriguing and thought provoking, but there were also parts where I felt the story was a little unrealistic to be set in the Regency period. The ton is very rigid and those who did not adhere to the unspoken rules were often ostracized. I just felt that Caroline's lack of concern over her reputation was not in keeping with the rules of the game for this kind of book. Might just be a personal thing, some movement within the confines of the Regency period is fine. 

    Bottom Line:

    This was a surprising novel and it was well written. Just a minor issue that is probably just a peeve of mine, doesn't take away from the overall enjoyment of this book. It will certainly open up the eyes of some readers and perhaps help them broaden their reading horizons. A good book, from an author I want to read again.

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