The Knave of Hearts: Rhymes With Love

The Knave of Hearts: Rhymes With Love

by Elizabeth Boyle

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Overview

In the fifth novel of the captivating Rhymes With Love series from New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Boyle, a young woman's hopes of a match encounter a wickedly handsome complication . . .

Lavinia Tempest has been eagerly anticipating a spectacular season. But one disastrous pile-up on the Almack's dance floor derails all her plans. Add to that, the very stunning revelations about her mother's scandalous past have become the ton's latest on dits. Lavinia's future has gone from shining bright to blackest night in one misstep.

Alaster "Tuck" Rowland admits he's partly to blame for Lavinia's disastrous debut. But it's not guilt that compels him to restore her reputation. Rather, he's placed a wager that he can make Lavinia into one of the most sought-after ladies in London. Who better than an unrepentant rake to set society astir?

Tuck's motives are hardly noble. But in teaching the lovely Lavinia how to win any man she wants, he suddenly finds himself tangled in the last place he ever imagined: in love.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062283962
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 01/26/2016
Series: Rhymes with Love Series , #5
Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 2,794
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Elizabeth Boyle has always loved romance and now lives it each and every day by writing adventurous and passionate stories that readers from all around the world have described as “page-turners.” Since her first book was published, she’s seen her romances become New York Times and USA Today bestsellers and has won the RWA RITA® and the Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Awards. She resides in Seattle with her family, her garden, and her always-growing collection of yarn. Readers can visit her at www.elizabethboyle.com, or follow her own adventures on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.  www.avonromance.com www.facebook.com/avonromance 

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The Knave of Hearts: Rhymes With Love 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed characters and plot as well as writing style!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read this the second time around! Liked it but it did drag at times! LORRAINE
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love her writing. The characters are always a joy to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like some of her previous books better,but this was good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is not one of her best books it is slow and boring but then again this is Elizabeth Boyle.
gaele More than 1 year ago
A disastrous debut in front of everyone who is anyone at Almack’s, Lavinia and her twin sister’s coming out has all the hallmarks of a future that is without prospect. But her mother’s scandal, and her own cut direct after an unfortunate fall in the ballroom that brought down the party like a house of cards, Lavinia is apparently without options. Tuck (Alaster) is also a man on the outs from society, not completely without his connections but tainted by scandal. As he had made a wager that he could make Lavinia the season’s sensation, and had a small hand in her spectacular failure at Almack’s, he’s decided to make Lavinia his project, and win the wager. Tuck must endeavor to assist and reshape Lavinia to win this wager, and keep her unaware of his true purposes. Since Lavinia is striving to be a proper young lady, to shake off the taint of her mother’s scandal, her association with Tuck, a reputed rake, is going to be more difficult than she imagined. Despite the fact that she is developing feelings for him, that she is certain are returned, his lack of thought toward his own marriage may just mean every man is second best in her mind. Secondary characters, particularly Tuck’s mother, are wonderfully presented and play an important part in both Lavinia’s rebirth and Tuck’s realignment of his own goals and desires. But, the wager hangs above them, a guillotine ready to drop, and will Lavinia understand that this was a wager made before their acquaintance… Fun, funny and completely engaging, Boyle keeps readers engaged and enjoying these two characters, so full of life and heart. More importantly, the reveal of the wager could spell disaster for this budding romance…or will it? Completely unexpected and so wonderfully clever the conclusion almost surpasses any expectations I could have had. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility
JensReadingObsession More than 1 year ago
I loved Tuck and Lavinia! One of my favorite things was the way she wasn't able to dance with anyone but him. Lavinia is all about being proper, but what she feels for Tuck is not proper at all. Tuck is the opposite of what Lavinia wants, but there is more to him that his reputation. There were times when the roles were reversed with these two and Tuck was the one lecturing about propriety. I found them to be perfect for each other as they accepted each other for who they truly are. 4.5 stars I received an ARC via Edelweiss for the purpose of an honest review. I was not compensated for this review, all conclusions are my own.
To_Each_Their_Own More than 1 year ago
Generally, I enjoyed The Knave of Hearts. I'm a fan of historical romance, and any new twists on familiar storylines make me happy. I liked that Knave of Hearts really embraces the fear of potential fallout for a young woman ruined in the eyes of the ton. I read this book quickly, and found myself picking it back up only a few minutes after putting it down so I could read 'just a few' more pages. I also enjoyed the chemistry between Tuck and Lavinia. I thought it was pretty strong, and I enjoyed their interactions and the blossoming of feelings between them. There's an intriguing cast of secondary characters, and some activities happening in the background of this story that I assume feature in other books in the series. I definitely would like to read more about many of them. They're a colorful lot, and I feel invested in them! I did find a few things were 'miss' for me, and they were definitely personal preference things. One is that I didn't like the way the story was framed so that a good chunk of the story was Lavinia recounting what had brought her to the current day in the story. The set-up is not one of my favourites, and I think if I had read other, earlier books in the series that had narrated a different side of events to that point, I might have liked it more. But because I came to this book first, I found this 'looking back to the past' set-up didn't add anything. I was also frustrated by how handcuffed Lavinia was by circumstances. So much of the early and mid story is really about her having to react to and cope with events caused by others in her life. I was glad when she finally was able to exert some agency, and chart her own course, but yeah... This is purely personal frustration. If the reader embraced Lavinia's journey more fully than I did, I think the book would be that much more fun to read! Bottom Line Elizabeth Boyle is a reliable historical romance writer, and I recommend you pick up anything written by her! The Knave of Hearts has moments of levity, of heat, of chemistry, of frustration. Definitely a great read heading into Valentine's Day, and even more so if you've already started the series. 4 stars For fans of historical romance, bad bets, women who dare.
Alyssa75 More than 1 year ago
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** The Knave of Hearts by Elizabeth Boyle Book Five of the Rhymes with Love series Publisher: Avon Publication Date: January 26, 2016 Rating: 4 stars Source: eARC from Edelweiss ***Warning: this is an adult book, and for the eyes of mature readers*** Summary (from Goodreads): In the fifth novel of the captivating Rhymes With Love series from New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Boyle, a young woman's hopes of a match encounter a wickedly handsome complication ... Lavinia Tempest has been eagerly anticipating a spectacular season. But one disastrous pile-up on the Almack's dance floor derails all her plans. Add to that, the very stunning revelations about her mother's scandalous past have become the ton's latest on dits. Lavinia's future has gone from shining bright to blackest night in one misstep. Alaster "Tuck" Rowland admits he's partly to blame for Lavinia's disastrous debut. But it's not guilt that compels him to restore her reputation. Rather, he's placed a wager that he can make Lavinia into one of the most sought-after ladies in London. Who better than an unrepentant rake to set society astir? Tuck's motives are hardly noble. But in teaching the lovely Lavinia how to win any man she wants, he suddenly finds himself tangled in the last place he ever imagined: in love. What I Liked: Upon finishing book four, I knew that the wait for book five would be torture. As much as I loved Piers and Louisa, I couldn't wait to read all about Lavinia and Tuck. The pair proved to be adorable and so well-matched! Proper miss meets scoundrel - a knavish fun-loving rake. I loved If Wishes Were Earls and The Viscount Who Lived Down the Lane, but I think this fifth book is my favorite of the three! I haven't read books one or two (yet). This book is told parallel (ish) to book four, The Viscount Who Lived Down the Lane. While Piers and Louisa are bickering and falling in love, Lavinia and Tuck are attempting to curb Lavinia's disastrous debut into society. Tuck has always been making wagers, on just about anything, and in a drunken state, he wagers that he'll be able to turn the Tempest sisters into Diamonds on society. But the Tempest sisters are true country misses, with a scandalous mother to boot. Tuck has his work cut out for him, and he is determined to help Lavinia win over society and marry a proper man. But something else is at stake, and it isn't proper at all. Ahhh, Tuck. He was hilarious in book four, and I adored him even more in this book. He's got the charm, the good looks, the swagger, the humor, but he's also a good guy, despite his knavish reputation. He has something hanging over his head - not going to Spain (to war) with Piers and Poldie. Poldie died and Piers was badly injured, but Tuck remained home. Why? You'll find out in this book! I fell in love with him even more, after learning why he didn't go. Did I mention that I love Tuck? I really do. He makes a wager on the Tempest sisters, which Lavinia and Louisa know nothing about. Lavinia thinks that he is being a noble gentleman, helping her learn to dance, trying to help her garner a better reputation after a terrible night at Almack's. Even though he made that wager, believe me, he wants the best for Lavinia for an entirely different reason, as he starts to fall for her! Read the rest of my review on my blog, The Eater of Books! - eaterofbooks DOT blogspot DOT com :)
terilhack More than 1 year ago
Lavinia Tempest has had high hopes for her season, but after a disastrous dance at Almacks with Tuck Rowland her prospects are dropping and her dance cards are empty. After being shunned by the Ton, and alienated by Society Lavinia is ready to give up and go to the country. Tuck has made a wager, the knave that he is, that Lavinia will be a lady of the first water and the darling of the season. Tuck must rally some forces to assist Lavinia in becoming popular, but also keep his wager secret from her. With some unconventional help in the form of Tuck Rowland's mother and "Uncle" Hero, Lavinia discovers herself and her own personal power, but will she lose hope when she discovers Tuck's secret wager on her future. For those who have read through the Rhymes with love series, The Knave of Hearts happens along the same timeline of The Viscount Who Lives Down The Lane #4 that followed Louisa Tempest's story. By getting both sister's points of view about the same timeline in the series is a delight to read, because you see what is happening from both sisters. With some fabulous writing and captivating characters, Elizabeth Boyle does it again with her Rhymes With Love Series. If you haven't read any of the previous books in the series, don't worry, pick this book up anyway and you can work your way back through the rest. This series is delightful all the way through and this book can help heat up those cool spring with these tension filled characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The perfect follow up to The Vicount Who Lived Down The Lane.