His Wicked Smile (Redcakes Series #3)

His Wicked Smile (Redcakes Series #3)

by Heather Hiestand


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Some temptations are impossible to resist, even for a bakery heir. . .

Ann Haldene is the most beautiful woman Gawain Redcake has ever seen. A gifted healer who soothes his battle-scarred body like never before, the widow's touch has a powerful effect on him. It's no wonder the rugged Redcake heir forgets his quest for a society bride during one passionate night in Ann's arms. But once he learns she is pregnant with his child, he searches for her, intent on giving her his name, if not his heart. . .

Ann is shocked by Gawain's proposal, mostly because he has not uttered a word of love. For the sake of their baby, she accepts, even knowing that Gawain dreamed of marrying to secure a title and all she has is a severed royal Indian bloodline. Now the new bride faces her greatest challenge: showing her husband that their union is more powerful than pedigree--and love is the ultimate reward. . .

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ISBN-13: 9781601832290
Publisher: Random House
Publication date: 05/01/2014
Series: Redcakes Series , #3
Pages: 274
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.62(d)

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His Wicked Smile 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Book was a great and a quick read, I like this one the best.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good series. Have enjoyed each book!
sallymel More than 1 year ago
I had never read anything by this author before and I was pleasantly surprised how well she writes. Unusual twists and plots.  Kept my interest in the whole series of the Redcake family, their spouses and friends in Great Britain during the late 1800s. The author illustrates how the women of that period were beginning to have employment and fulfillment even when they marry and have children. Also depicted throughout the series are some of the new inventions that made living better as well as the tea and spice trade England  has with India.The romantic interests also are intriguing as well as mysteries that are solved. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A Myrt's Review His Wicked Smile (Red Cakes series) by Heather Hiestand So Much More Than a Romance This Victorian era novel contains much more than the usual romance where the hero and heroine fall into instantly in love and after a few obvious misunderstandings live happily ever after. Gawain Redcake is a pragmatic wealthy man who has decided to boost his social position by marrying a bride from a titled family.  Ann Mai Haldene is half Indian and is a skilled cook and healer using her mother's Indian ingredients and techniques. A young widow, Ann runs an inn with her brother-in-law.  Gawain stops at the inn and ends up spending a passionate night with Ann before going on his way the next day.  They only to come together months later. However, they stay in each other's thoughts, especially for Ann who discovers she is pregnant. Ultimately, they each go looking for the other, managing to miss each other before finally meeting in London.   There is a strong attraction and bond between the two but the story also opens up to give the supporting characters a larger impact on the story. Some characters are not as they first seem and develop more as the story goes on. Along with the romance there is the unsolved murder of Ann's first husband running through the story which Gawain becomes more and more caught up in solving.   The book takes more than a perfunctory look at the racial issues Ann faces around her as she travels to London.  Ann also deals with Gawain's social snobbery as he tries to limit her use of her healing skills to those he considers socially inferior.  I liked the passion between Gawain and Ann and especially the fact they acted like grown ups - albeit not always sensible grown ups but the difficulties they faced were more than the usual superficial misunderstandings in romance novels.  I was caught up in how life must have been during that time for those who were outside of Society.  I found this to be a very enjoyable read with more elements to the story  than I had expected and liked very much.  It's a great read for historical romance lovers. The book is the third in the Red Cakes series and can be read as a standalone as I read it but several of the characters are from the previous books and I think their back history would be helpful in keeping them straight.  If the first two are as good as this one, then they're definitely worth a read. I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Historical_Romance_Lover More than 1 year ago
This is book 3 in the Redcakes series. Having spent a passion filled night with the widowed Ann Haldene, Gaiwain Redcake goes about his business and returns to London. Unfortunately, he can't seem to get Ann out of his mind. Not only was she able to help with the pain of his wounds, but she gave him a night of passion that he can't seem to forget. Returning to the establishment that Ann owns, Gaiwain learns that she is pregnant and has gone to London in search of him. Finally connecting with her in London, Gaiwain insists that they marry. Ann is shocked at his proposal. If she was to marry again, she wanted to do it for love. She feels that Gaiwain is only marrying her to give their child his name. Can they take what was a one-night stand and make it a marriage filled with love? Having not read the other stories in the series, I was a bit confused with who everyone was at the beginning of the story. It took me a couple of chapters to keep the names straight in my mind and what their relationships where to each other. I would definitely read the other books in the series before reading this one to avoid the confusion. This story is a little later in time than most of the books that I read (Regency and earlier), so it was a nice change in pace. It was interesting to me to see a family that was tied to a bakery as I am a huge Cake Boss fan. That part of the story intrigued me enough to want to read the other stories in the series as they appear to have more of their story take place within the bakery. You don't often see other ethnicities in historical romances, so it made the heroine stand out to me. She was descended from Indian royalty but was living the life of a commoner. Her cultural background added something different to the story. The author was not shy about mentioning the discrimination that she would have received during that time making the story all that more authentic. This is definitely one for the keeper shelf! Thanks go to Kensington books via NetGalley for a copy of the book in exchange of an honest review.
2_PMVH More than 1 year ago
Welcome back to the Redcake's Tea Shop and Emporium. The place that collects crazy, wacky, stubborn and strong females that, heaven forbid, love to work and have a purpose out side of the marriage and family. Gawain Redcake is the only son, constantly in his father's shadow, so he joined the Army to become is own man. While stationed in India, he learned about Indian teas and medicines. Gawain returns from war wounded and with an eye that's almost blind. Sir Redcake, his father, makes him learn the money end of the Emporium and thus begins his world of number from Hades. Gawain believes Indian medicine will give him his sight back and that starts his business of India's teas and herbs. When Gawain's riches get him out from under his father's thumb, he has only one ingredient left to a knighted by the Queen, a suitable and titled wife. Gawain sets his sights on his brother-in-law's sister, Lady Elizabeth. Ann Mai Haldene is the half Indian and half English. Her mother was a daughter of an India's Maharaja and taught the knowledge of Indian medicine at the Royal India physicians' feet. Ann was raised in England and taught the India's medicine from her mother. Ann married and lived a peaceful and happy life in Leeds at the family Inn and she begins her career in Indian medicine. After her husband is brutality murdered, she continues to runs her family's Inn with her brother-in-law, Harry, and sister-in-law, Fern, and continues her Indian medicine. Gawain goes to help track down his brother-in-law's sister, Lady Elizabeth, and STOP her Greta Green wedding. Along the way he stays at Ann's Inn and is instantaneously drawn to her curvy body. Ann notices his pain and offers to help him with her Indian medicine. They talk about Gawain's work, his plans for live and her medicine. During Ann's sensual and arousing massage, Gawain loses all his pain and worries and he gets as hard as a rock. Ann has never craved a man physical since her husband death. They give into their passions and have a night and early morning full of animalistic and earth moving sex. Gawain leaves a few days later to continue his search for his future wife. Ann goes back to her normal life with her family and medicine. Either expect to other another again. What do they say about best laid plans? Oh yeah, they never ever work out! Ann becomes pregnant with Gawain baby and she goes to London to find him. Gawain keeps traveling England and Scotland looking for Lady Elizabeth and for his growing business. He goes to see Ann again and learns she in London and INCREASING! These two keep missing one another and they ultimately meet again at Redcake's and thus begins their obstacles driven journey. They have meddling in laws, an adorable baby, an undying desire, Redcake's sweets, a murder to solve, did I mention down and dirty sex, Royal India's jewels, English racists and two strong willed characters that must learn the word COMPROMISE! Will Gawain let his stubborn wife practice her medicine? Will Ann destroy his dream of a knighthood? Will Lady Elizabeth ever be found? This is the third installment of the unique and yummy Redcake's series. I enjoyed Gawain's character learning that Ann can be a good wife and mother and still do her medicine. Ms. Hiestand delighted me with Ann's wounded yet caring heart. Ann learned that she DESERVED love and respect from her stubborn hubby, but also from herself, too. Gawain acted like typical struggling hubby from the 1950s TV shows. Fern and Noel were like the frosting and sprinkles on top of this book. Ms. Heistand's stirred in an arrogant man, whipped in a driven woman and baked them in the crazy, female powered Redcake world and served up a great story for my book diet. Sorry I got caught up in the whole bakery theme. I did enjoy this book, but it wasn't as humorous as the first two. I give Ms. Heistand 3 fingers up and 7 toes.
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