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Once a Rake (Drake's Rakes Series #4)
     

Once a Rake (Drake's Rakes Series #4)

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by Eileen Dreyer
 

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In the bestselling tradition of Stephanie Laurens and Eloisa James...

All he wants is her help . . .

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,

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In the bestselling tradition of Stephanie Laurens and Eloisa James...

All he wants is her help . . .

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.

Editorial Reviews

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"Sexy, intense, and graced with heart-melting sensuality, this increasingly complex tale of treachery is another exquisitely written winner from a writer who just gets better and better."—Library Journal on Always A Temptress

"Fueled by a surfeit of sizzling sensuality, chilling suspense, and delectably dry wit, Always a Temptress brings Dreyer's first historical trilogy to a smashingly successful conclusion. Strong secondary characters add depth and humor to the book's emotionally compelling, impeccably researched plot as Dreyer again deftly combines deadly intrigue and sexy romance in a swoon-worthy read."—John Charles, Booklist

" 4.5 Stars! Readers would never suspect that Dreyer earned her reputation writing contemporary romance. Her novels have every hallmark of a memorable historical romance: passion, unforgettable characters, an engrossing plot. May she continue to deliver her fantastic historicals!"—Kathe Robin, RT Book Reviews

"Readers will love the well-rounded characters and suspenseful plot, and will cheer on intelligent, resourceful Olivia and Lady Kate as they take on disparaging men, backstabbing relatives, and stealthy assassins."
--- Publishers Weekly

John Charles - Booklist
"Fueled by a surfeit of sizzling sensuality, chilling suspense, and delectably dry wit, Always a Temptress brings Dreyer's first historical trilogy to a smashingly successful conclusion. Strong secondary characters add depth and humor to the book's emotionally compelling, impeccably researched plot as Dreyer again deftly combines deadly intrigue and sexy romance in a swoon-worthy read."
Kathe Robin - RT Book Reviews

" 4.5 Stars! Readers would never suspect that Dreyer earned her reputation writing contemporary romance. Her novels have every hallmark of a memorable historical romance: passion, unforgettable characters, an engrossing plot. May she continue to deliver her fantastic historicals!"
Library Journal
★ 10/15/2013
Framed for the attempted murder of the Duke of Wellington, Ian Ferguson, wounded and on the run, is desperate to get to London before the real traitors cut him down. His only hope is Lady Sarah Clarke, whose husband has been lost at Waterloo and on whose land Ian has been hiding out. Helping Ian could endanger Sarah and her vulnerable household, something he's not willing to allow until fever—and Sarah—take over his life. Danger from disparate sources threatens at every turn, but a touch of humor keeps things humming in this lively adventure that gets more intriguing as it goes along. The infamous flask continues to play its role in this dynamic, engaging series title. VERDICT Exquisite writing, historical accuracy, a clever plot, and complex, enthralling, walk-off-the-page characters make this another fascinating gem for the award-winning Dreyer (Always a Temptress). She lives in St Louis.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781455519323
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Publication date:
10/29/2013
Series:
Drake's Rakes Series , #4
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
680,489
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.30(d)

Meet the Author

New York Times best-selling author Eileen Dreyer has won five RITA Awards from the Romance Writers of America, which secures her fourth place in the Romance Writers of America prestigious Hall of Fame. Eileen is an addicted traveler, having sung in some of the best Irish pubs in the world. Eileen also writes as Kathleen Korbel and has over three million books in print worldwide. Born and raised in Missouri, she lives in St. Louis County with her husband Rick and her two children.

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Once a Rake 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
MoRWAReviewsSTL More than 1 year ago
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!
DComfort More than 1 year ago
RATING: Five Stars! ABOUT THE BOOK: 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. MY REVIEW: 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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
More Drake's Rakes, please :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bitten-By-Love-Reviews More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
WorldsCollide More than 1 year ago
Thrilling and romantic, Once a Rake was a lovely historical romance. I really enjoyed reading this wonderful book. Really a lovely read. Sarah was a great heroine. She was the kind of heroine that had a quiet strength. She wasn't overly bold and constantly sassy, but she was a tough woman who would do anything to survive and protect her family. I really liked her. I thought she was a wonderful character. Ian was also great. He wasn't polished and charming, but he definitely had his own char. He was brutally honest, very loyal, incredibly brave, extremely determined, and super sweet when he wanted to be. I really liked him.  He was strong, honorable, and adorable. The romance was lovely. Sarah and Ian were sweet together. They were really a perfect match. Their feelings for each other were obvious and they didn't bother denying them. As for the spice factor, I would describe it more as sensuous than outright steamy and I thought it was well done. There were a few roadblocks along the way, some that Sarah and Ian created for themselves, and they caused some annoyance but these two got through them all. I thought they were a lovely couple. The plot was fast paced. I wasn't entirely hooked, but I was kept interested the entire way through. I just wasn't completely drawn in. But, I still really enjoyed the story and the ending was perfect. There were thrills along the way as Ian ran from those who wanted to arrest him and tried to clear his name. That provided for some excitement, which made me enjoy the story all the more. Once a Rake was a wonderful historical romance. It was thrilling and romantic and I really enjoyed reading it. Lovers of romance, you should definitely check this book out. *I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review