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The Rake and the Recluse: Books 1-4
     

The Rake and the Recluse: Books 1-4

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by Jenn LeBlanc (Photographer)
 
Francine Larrabee woke up on the wrong side of the century. She was fairly certain she went to sleep in her own comfy bed, but she doesn’t quite seem to be there now. Only adding to her problems is that she has no voice, is constantly being glowered at by a large, stunning man who is obsessed with propriety, and she is apparently betrothed to a horrid little

Overview

Francine Larrabee woke up on the wrong side of the century. She was fairly certain she went to sleep in her own comfy bed, but she doesn’t quite seem to be there now. Only adding to her problems is that she has no voice, is constantly being glowered at by a large, stunning man who is obsessed with propriety, and she is apparently betrothed to a horrid little man, determined to ruin her, and any other girls that get in his way.

How does she find herself in the past, when she couldn’t even find herself in her present? How does a self sufficient businesswoman survive in a time when women were still considered property for the whole of their lives and what is she going to do with this man who draws her to him so fiercly.

Editorial Reviews

Tracy Guest
"It’s really quite a lovely love story when you get down to the nitty gritty. Francine and Gideon, the Duke, had a wonderful romance and I loved seeing Gideon becoming the man I think he was meant to be. He truly blossomed with Francine and I loved seeing that.

I also really liked Perry and Gideon’s characters together. They had lost both of their parents and had formed a bond between them that was quite unshakable. I love reading about family ties that survive tragedy..."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780981672052
Publisher:
Iris Photo Agency, LLC
Publication date:
04/08/2011
Pages:
343
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.85(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Jenn LeBlanc is a photographer and author in Colorado who wears shorts and flip-flops year-round much to the chagrin of her friends and family. Her first novel, The Rake and the Recluse will be released February 10, 2010. The novel is a one of a kind illustrated romance novel and will be available primarily as an eBook!! Follow her blog at http://IllustratedRomance.com/blog or on twitter @JKLeBLanc for up to date information!

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The Rake and the Recluse: Books 1-4 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
RtBBlog More than 1 year ago
Review by Jen Review originally posted at Romancing the Book I won this book months ago on GoodReads and it's been sitting on my self just taunting me. So when I arranged to have Jenn guest at Romancing the Book, I figured this would be the time to read the book. What I found was a delightful debut novel... complete with pictures. I'll be honest. I don't think the photos in this book really added much to me. It's an interesting concept, but in the end it just felt like filler to me. However, I did enjoy the story. A girl time travels back to Victorian England, falls in love with a reclusive Duke, has an evil Earl chasing her, and ends up with a rake as her guardian. At times the characters (in particular the rake, recluse and bad guy) all seemed a little cookie cutter in characterstics and action. But luckily, the plot and the character of Francine helped make this an enjoyable read. There were a few times where actions or situations seemed a little too unbelievable and there were a few editing issues. But this is still a solid, read that kept me turning the pages. And I hope that "the rake" from The Rake and the Recluse gets his own story since he was left hanging as this novel concluded.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
amazing! read three times!!
Lindsey1 More than 1 year ago
One minute Francine was in a taxi on her way to an important presentation staring down at a photo, then the next she falls in front of startled horses and before an even more startled Duke. Roxleigh, also known as Gideon holds her close and brings her to his estate, and has a doctor tend to her injuries. When she comes to, she is in a proper bad mood and lets rants run free to his Grace, the Duke. In the process, her throat injury flares up causing her to have no voice. Thank God she knows sign language to communicate. No one has ever done that to him and in turn his interests are piqued and he cant get the feel of her or scent of her out of his head. What they didn't know, was when this occurred, she had been running from the horrid little man, Hepplewort. The man she was betrothed to, thanks to her parents, who sold her to him 10 years before but had to wait till she came of age. As the feeling and connection between Francine and Gideon, the rules of propriety must be taken into account, even if they're misplaced at times and passions flare. The Larrabee's set out to find their daughter, and once found, reclaim her to return her to her betrothed Hepplewort. Gideon is about to offer a solution to keep Francine with him but would ruin him. Younger brother and Viscount Perry step in and takes on the responsibility so his brothers name is not left in ruins. After All, as a rake, his is already questionable. They enter in a contract with the Larrabees and must break the news to Hepplewort that he is no longer betrothed. In which case Hepplewort is not happy at all. Upon learning this, he goes to a ball and interrupts the night when the Duke announces that he is now the betrothed to Francine. Hepplewort wont go soundly and winds up taking her. The Duke sets out to get back the love of his life, even if that means having to throw propriety out and ruin her. Jenn LeBlanc is a new author to me. I was on the edge of my seat throughout this book. As the feelings and passion grew i held my breath in anticipation cause i knew they were meant to be. I rejoiced for the characters when they dealt with Hepplewort. There were also times when I laughed out loud. I haven't read a book like this before but I can tell you that Jenn LeBlanc has been put on my favorite authors list. And I cant wait to see what's next. I'm hoping there is a book for the ever elusive rake Perry cause not only did Francine and Gideon steal my heart but so did he. Depending on how you get this book in the paperback there are pictures through out it that depicts the scenes she is writing and they fit so beautifully. The book was lovely. I enjoyed it thoroughly