To Tempt A Rake [NOOK Book]

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Kate Woodbridge has spent most of her life sailing to exotic ports around the globe, acquiring an expertise in botany, along with a few less ladylike skills. So when a deathbed promise to her parents brings her to London to seek reconciliation with her grandfather, the imperious Duke of Cluyne, she feels like a fish out of water. Her outspoken views and fiery temper tend to set off sparks in Society-especially with the rakish Conte of Como.

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Overview

Kate Woodbridge has spent most of her life sailing to exotic ports around the globe, acquiring an expertise in botany, along with a few less ladylike skills. So when a deathbed promise to her parents brings her to London to seek reconciliation with her grandfather, the imperious Duke of Cluyne, she feels like a fish out of water. Her outspoken views and fiery temper tend to set off sparks in Society-especially with the rakish Conte of Como.

A devil-may-care rogue, Marco finds the alluring and mysterious Kate a tempting target for his flirtations. But when murder strikes at the duke's country house party he begins to suspect that she's hiding a dark secret. He has his own clandestine reasons for offering to help her prove her innocence . . . And so begins a journey of dangerous deception that leads from England to the glittering ballrooms of Vienna, where Marco and Kate must duel with a deadly villain . . . and their own explosive attraction.
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Editorial Reviews

Publilshers Weekly
Raves for To Tempt A Rake:

"From the first page of this sequel to To Sin With A Scoundrel and To Surrender To A Rogue, Elliott sweeps her readers up in a scintillating and sexy romance between Katharine...and Comte Giovanni. ... Heated passions come to a boil."

Booklist
Rave for To Tempt A Rake:

"Elliott expertly sifts a generous measure of dangerous intrigue into the plot of her latest impeccably crafted Regency historical, which should prove all too tempting to readers with a craving for deliciously clever, wickedly sexy romances."

romancejunkiesreviews.com
For To Surrender to a Rogue:

"The second book in the CIRCLE OF SIN series...is simply magnificent. The characters experience real growth. James and Alessandra fight like cats and dogs, ...but the passion between these two could set something on fire."

Huntress Reviews
For To Tempt A Rake:

"3 STARS ! A very good story and well worth your time to enjoy. This author remains one of my favorite romance writers about the Regency era."

rtbookreviews.com
For To Surrender to a Rogue:

"4 Stars -- HOT ! Elliott's ability to merge adventure, romance and an intriguing historical backdrop will captivate her readers and earn their accolades."

theromancereadersconnection.com
On To Sin With A Scoundrel:

"Cara Elliott's scorching hot debut...has created a captivating world that makes you feel as if you yourself are close friends with all of her characters."

wewriteromance.com
For To Surrender to a Rogue:

"4 Stars! Sensuality Level: 3 1/2 Hearts! An astoundingly fresh, sexy historical....witty dialogue, vivid settings...the thrilling tale of Lady Alessandra della Giamatti and Lord James "Black Jack" Pierson....Ms. Elliott has another refereshing regency on her hands with this one. It's interesting, fast-paced and very believable."

Romance Reviews Today
For To Sin With A Scoundrel:

"A well-constructed novel of relationships and suspense. Great character development, plentiful dialogue often touched with humor, spicy sexual tension, and exciting plotlines combine to make it a winner."

-Singletitles.com
On To Sin With A Scoundrel:

"The first in the Circle of Sin series by talented author Cara Elliott...this story had everything a reader could desire in a book, adventure, humor, mystery, romance, and a very naughty rake."

Huntress Book Reviews
On To Sin With A Scoundrel:

"4 1/2 stars! Author Cara Elliott has created a magnificently compelling read! She has paired a scholar and a scoundrel...and I had a wonderful time watching the chemistry of these two characters mix."

From the Publisher
Raves for To Tempt A Rake:

"From the first page of this sequel to To Sin With A Scoundrel and To Surrender To A Rogue, Elliott sweeps her readers up in a scintillating and sexy romance between Katharine...and Comte Giovanni. ... Heated passions come to a boil."—Publilshers Weekly

Rave for To Tempt A Rake:

"Elliott expertly sifts a generous measure of dangerous intrigue into the plot of her latest impeccably crafted Regency historical, which should prove all too tempting to readers with a craving for deliciously clever, wickedly sexy romances."—Booklist

For To Tempt a Rake:

"Blue Ribbon Rating! The third installment of the wickedly scrumptious CIRCLE OF SIN series...breaks the mold. ...a uniquely entertaining, heart stopping read. Nothing is sexier than a sinfully handsome, arrogant...libertine that hides behind the ain of a traumatic past. Kate is a decidedly fun and one-of-a-kind female protagonist.....It's that good."—romancejunkiesreviews.com

For To Tempt A Rake:

"3 STARS ! A very good story and well worth your time to enjoy. This author remains one of my favorite romance writers about the Regency era."—Huntress Reviews

For To Surrender to a Rogue:

"4 Stars -- HOT ! Elliott's ability to merge adventure, romance and an intriguing historical backdrop will captivate her readers and earn their accolades."—rtbookreviews.com

For To Surrender to a Rogue:

"Ms. Elliott's amazing gift of bringing her characters to life makes this reader crave for more. With mystery, intrigue, laughter and hot steamy passion...what more could any reader want???"—theromancereadersconnection.com

For To Surrender to a Rogue:

"The second book in the CIRCLE OF SIN series...is simply magnificent. The characters experience real growth. James and Alessandra fight like cats and dogs, ...but the passion between these two could set something on fire."—romancejunkiesreviews.com

For To Surrender to a Rogue:

"4 Stars! Sensuality Level: 3 1/2 Hearts! An astoundingly fresh, sexy historical....witty dialogue, vivid settings...the thrilling tale of Lady Alessandra della Giamatti and Lord James "Black Jack" Pierson....Ms. Elliott has another refereshing regency on her hands with this one. It's interesting, fast-paced and very believable."—wewriteromance.com

Raves for To Sin With A Scoundrel:

"In this nicely steamy debut, ...the romance is well drawn and intriguing."—Publishers Weekly

For To Sin With A Scoundrel:

"A well-constructed novel of relationships and suspense. Great character development, plentiful dialogue often touched with humor, spicy sexual tension, and exciting plotlines combine to make it a winner."—Romance Reviews TodayOn To Sin With A Scoundrel:

"The first in the Circle of Sin series by talented author Cara Elliott...this story had everything a reader could desire in a book, adventure, humor, mystery, romance, and a very naughty rake."—-Singletitles.com

On To Sin With A Scoundrel:

"4 1/2 stars! Author Cara Elliott has created a magnificently compelling read! She has paired a scholar and a scoundrel...and I had a wonderful time watching the chemistry of these two characters mix."—Huntress Book Reviews, huntressreviews.com

On To Sin With A Scoundrel:

"Cara Elliott's scorching hot debut...has created a captivating world that makes you feel as if you yourself are close friends with all of her characters."—theromancereadersconnection.com

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780446558525
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 2/1/2011
  • Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 131,170
  • File size: 777 KB

Meet the Author

Cara Elliott started writing Western novels at the age of five. Later she changed her genre to Regency romance after reading Pride and Prejudice. She graduated from Yale University, and she now lives and works in New York City.
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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 April 13, 2012

    I love Cara Elliott "Rake" books

    I love the "Rake" books. They aren't the same story and the heroines don't have the same personality.

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  • Posted March 30, 2011

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    DANGEROUS< SENSUOUS AND MYSTERIOUS IS TO TEMPT A RAKE!

    Dangerous, sensuous and mysterious is the best way to describe Regency historical romance author, Cara Elliott's concluding installment in her circle of Sin series, To Tempt a Rake by Forever, an imprint of Grand Central Publishing released in February 2011 is a true pleasure to read. Kate Woodbridge is anything but a conventional Regency lady. Back on English soil Kate is determined to reconcile with her grandfather, Duke of Cluyne. She finds friends in the group of scholarly women in the Circle of Sin who are just as passionate and uncharacteristic in their pursuit in science as she is. A botanist at heart all Kate wants to do his learn more in her field and forget her wayward past. But that isn't possible when the devastatingly devilish handsome Conte of Como walks back into her stirring up emotions she thought long dead and buried. The one saving grace, the Conte doesn't seem to recognize her. Marco, Conte of Como has the world at his knees and beautiful women begging to grace his bed, except the lovely blonde beauty Kate. She would rather have her nose in a book, studding her plants or spending time with her Circle of Sin comrades. Thing is Marco cannot shake the feeling that he has met Kate before. The sparks fly every time their near and things are heating up just when Marco should be concentrating on his own mission. "Most females were simple to figure out, but Kate Woodbridge was different. An enigma. A puzzle whose pieces he could not quite fit together. She intrigued him." The scene above perfectly describes Kate Woodbridge and is why she is one of my favorite characters in To Tempt a Rake. Call me unconventional because I adore a strong, independent unconventional lead female character that knows what she wants and goes for it. Ms. Elliot is a mistress of skillfully crafting a flesh and blood character that make you want to absorb every word she pops on paper. Kate had me laughing, smiling and yes giggling at her inventive ways of keeping Marco at arms length. Marco the ever and very persistent rogue was not having it. Theses characters were such a pleasure to watch that I had a difficult time letting them go. To Tempt a Rake has a cast of charismatic characters and all our favorites from To Sin with a Scoundrel and To Surrender to a Rogue make an appearance adding their intoxicating stamp to an already sensual romance.The one that mad my heart swoon was the one and only the rake himself, Giovanni Marco della Ghirardelli, Comte of Como. I remember falling for the devil-may-car rogue at the end of To Sin with a Scoundrel. I remember thinking, "Wow, who is this guy?" Marco is strongly and well written as a man who goes through life not taking anything seriously; that drew my eye to him. I knew that the more I read the more I would uncover a man who was tormented by his past and trying to make restitution for a crime he believed he was guilty for. Marco grew up shutting everyone out to protect himself. The fact that Kate is unconventional and not the kind of woman he usually gravitates towards lends credit to Ms. Elliott's unique techniques in showing her readers a deeper side to this rogue. Okay, so I'm a sucker for an brilliantly written, beautiful romance that grabs my emotions from the start. To Tempt a Rake has every element that makes a perfect romance and gives readers exactly what they need at the end.A Happily Ever After.

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  • Posted February 1, 2011

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    Bridget's Review

    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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  • Posted December 24, 2010

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    exhilarating historical romance

    Having sailed around the world for her vocation, American botanist Katharine Woodbridge travels to England to end her estrangement from her grandfather, the staid Duke of Cluyne. Kate's biggest fear upon arrival amongst the shocked Ton (re her behavior) is not with reconciliation with her relative, but from the Italian Conte of Como, Marco Ghiradelli, who might expose her.

    Marco enjoys baiting Katharine as they have witty word wars. However, he cannot understand why he thinks he knows her though he cannot fathom from where or when. His work disallows what he wants to do, make love with the frisky intelligent American. All bets are off when someone frames Kate for murder and an assassin threatens the Vienna peace conference. As Marco works both with Kate at his side, a traitor sets in motion a deadly counter plan.

    The third Circle of Sin thriller (see To Surrender to a Rogue and To Sin with a Stranger) is an exhilarating historical romance starring a serious scholarly scientist and a seemingly worthless wastrel. Their pairing make for a fast-paced tale especially when the local switches to Vienna on the eve of a historical conference. Although the traitor seems inept except for hiding behind a veneer of aristocratic polish, readers will enjoy dancing at this waltz.

    Harriet Klausner

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