Rakes and Radishes

Rakes and Radishes

by Susanna Ives

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When Henrietta Watson learns that the man she loves plans to marry London's most beautiful and fashionable debutante, she plots to win him back. She'll give him some competition by transforming her boring bumpkin neighbor, the Earl of Kesseley, into a rakish gothic hero worthy of this Season's Diamond.

After years of unrequited love for Henrietta, Kesseley is resigned to go along with her plan and woo himself a willing bride. But once in London, everything changes. Kesseley—long more concerned with his land than his title—discovers that he's interested in sowing wild oats as well as radishes. And Henrietta realizes that gothic heroes don't make ideal husbands. Despite an explosive kiss that opens her eyes to the love that's been in front of her all along, Henrietta must face the possibility that Kesseley is no longer looking to marry at all...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781426890567
Publisher: Carina Press
Publication date: 09/01/2010
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 230,253
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Susanna Ives grew up in the rural South, spending most of her youth at the local theater, acting in productions or helping backstage. Eventually she left her small town for the city lights of Atlanta, where she attended college and later worked as a multimedia developer. These days she chases after her two energetic children, designs web pages, and writes.

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Norfolk, England 1819

Lord Blackraven could see her from the rocky cliff. She walked, trancelike, into the murky ocean of her doom. The moonlight illuminated her pale skin as her raven hair floated on the water. He jammed his heels into his stallion's ribs, sending the beast sailing over the ravine. The branches slapped his face, keeping him from his beloved. He screamed her name wildly, "Arabellina! Arabellina!"

She heard his call but mistook it for the fevered voices in her confused mind. Lord Blackraven was never coming back. He was dead. Stabbed. Every dream of happiness lay buried with him. She took a long breath, her last, and sank into the swirling waves, the stone tied to her feet taking—

A quick motion in the periphery of Henrietta's watering eye yanked her attention from her book. Had the mail coach come? She anxiously peered out the window to the cobblestone road just beyond the ivy-covered garden gate.

No mail coach. Just her elderly neighbor standing in her worn, sagging morning dress, shooing chickens off the road with a straw broom. Henrietta's heart sank. The mantel clock chimed the hour, sounding like two spoons being clanked together ten times. The mail was twenty minutes late! This proved what she always suspected, that the Royal Mail Service held a personal grudge against her.

Nestling back in her chair, she drew the thick woolen blanket about her to shield herself from the ever-present draft in the old parlor, and returned to the last page of The Mysterious Lord Blackraven.

She took a long breath, her last, and sank into the waves, the stone tied to her feet taking her deep into the sea's turbulent belly.

"Arabellina! No!" Lord Blackraven scrambled down the rocks as the last bit of Arabellina's raven hair disappeared under the foaming waves. He dove in, grabbing her sinking body and pulling her up.

In her confused state, Arabellina fought his arms. He lifted her shaking body to the surface and wiped the curls from her face, his eyes frantically searching hers.

"Am I dead? Is this heaven?" she asked.

"No, my love. It is I, Lord Blackraven. I've come back for you, my darling. I love you. I've always loved you."

Henrietta closed the book, wiped her weeping eyes with the sleeve of her muslin gown, and peeked out the window again. A chicken and a few fat, dirty sheep. But no mail coach.

Oh, hang it!

She exhaled, blowing stray black curls off her forehead. In just three days she had gobbled up the novel while waiting on a letter from her cousin Mr. Edward Watson. Now she would have to wait another year for her next book—and pray to God that Edward's letter would arrive first!

She tossed the finished volume onto the side table with its sisters. She had promised to smuggle the books to the other ladies in the village. They, too, were wild to read Mrs. Fairfax's latest gothic creation, even if they had to hide the sensational volumes under their beds or in their sewing boxes. Henrietta had no need for such measures. Her father gave little notice to his daughter's reading habits, too lost in his theoretical world of numbers and space.

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Rakes and Radishes 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Characters with wit and brains; humor woven all through the book--this was hot and sweet and wonderful.
AAR More than 1 year ago
RAKES AND RADISHES by Susanna Ives is a wonderful historical Regency romance set in 1819 England. It is well written with details, depths, twists and turns. It has astronomy, romance, lost love, agriculture, secrets, betrayal, finding true love, sowing wild oats, finding the truth about love and lost, and requiting lost love. The characters are strong, determined, believable and will tug at your heart strings. The hero, Kesseley, is strong, handsome, a country bumpkin, an earl, loves agriculture, seen his parents harsh marriage, his father is brutal to his mother,would rather be in his country estate than in London, knows he needs to find a wife but he is in love with his neighbor and has been since they where children, Henrietta. The heroine, Henrietta, is beautiful, strong, misguided, thinks herself in love with her cousin, Edward, who is a poet, doesn't notice Kesseley, her neighbor. To her he is a good friend and confidante.She learns of Edward's betrothal, for she believed he loved her and intended to marry her and take her away from the country to London. She enlists, Kesseley, to clean himself up, become a true rake and take Edward's betrothed away from him. After Kesseley, his mother, and Henrietta go to London for the season, she soon learns there is more to Kesseley than meets the eye, for he cleans up handsomely. She realizes she is actually in love with Kesseley, but to late, he decides his heart can no longer take her repeatedly refusal of his affection. We have country bumpkin meets London society. What happens is truly an adventure in love and finding your true love. I would recommend this book especially if you enjoy some sweet sensuality, adventure, love, wisdom, deception and coming to terms with your past and future. This book was received for review from Net Galley and details can be found at Carina Press and My Book Addiction And More.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A memorable writer equal to Katharine Ashe, Elizabeth Hoyt & Lorraine Heath.
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I loved this book- i only wish i could read more
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it. Not your typical sappy love story. Great subplot and other storyline that keeps you guessing.
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MsJSS More than 1 year ago
One of the best Historicals I've read in a while. Broke my heart at least a half dozen times.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Henrietta cries so much, and Thomas swings like a crazy pendulum. The best characters were the secondary level which makes the book a somewhat hard slog. Ugh.