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To Refuse A Rake

To Refuse A Rake

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by Kristin Vayden

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Emma has sworn off love.

After all, it is pointless to subject oneself to such torture when in the end, heartbreak is inevitable. Just like her sister had suffered. So, when Lord Daventry, the muddy brown-eyed boy from her childhood, returns to society she refuses to even look at him... well, maybe she'll look once.

Or twice.

But only


Emma has sworn off love.

After all, it is pointless to subject oneself to such torture when in the end, heartbreak is inevitable. Just like her sister had suffered. So, when Lord Daventry, the muddy brown-eyed boy from her childhood, returns to society she refuses to even look at him... well, maybe she'll look once.

Or twice.

But only because his eyes have changed into the most decadent color of dark chocolate. And his tanned skin from his travels is distracting, especially paired with his wide and devilish grin.

The stirring of her blood from his hot whisper in her ear is nothing... at least that's what she tells herself.

Lord Daventry has one response to marriage. Drink Brandy. Especially when his mother decides it is time for him to produce an heir. Reluctantly, he attends his first ball since returning from India, swearing to head to White's shortly after the first dance. However, he is pleasantly surprised to discover that Miss Emma Kingsly, the same girl he tried to kiss when she was nine, is still unmarried.

Her frigid demeanor should have warned him off... but unable to ignore a challenge, he plunges in head first... never expecting to fall in love with the one woman in the ton completely set against marriage.

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Kristin is a stay at home mom of four children ( soon to be five!). She stays busy with homeschooling three of them and chasing the fourth around the house. Her inspiration for the romance she writes comes from her tall, dark and handsome husband with killer blue eyes. She loves to make soap, sauerkraut, sourdough bread and gluten free muffins. Life is full of blessings and she praises God for the blessed and abundant life He's given her.

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To Refuse A Rake 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was offered an arc of this book. This is the first histrocial romance I have read and first book by Kristen and it will not be the last I absolutely love everything about the book! 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was fortunate enough to get an ARC from Kristin Vayden in exchange for my honest opinion of this book, I loved it!! It had a great story line and was well written. I have and will continue to recommend this book to others. This is a great Regency Romance. I can't wait to read more of Kristin's work! Emma had only seen the devastating side of love and marriage from watching her sister. So she vowed that she would not let anyone get that close and she would never marry. Then Hudson, a man she knew in their youth came back to London. Would he be able to catch her eye and change her look on love? Or would he prove to be just like all the others?
lissasue25 More than 1 year ago
I was offered an ARC in exchange for an honest review of this book. I have read several historical romance novels by Rachel Van Dyken, Kristin's sister, and have enjoyed each one. This is the first novel that I have read by Kristin Vayden but it definitely will not be the last. "To Refuse a Rake" begins with Emma Kingsly and Hudson Daventry as children. The best line of the book comes in the beginning when Hudson tells Emma that one day she will be begging him to kiss her. I thought that was just the best line and just set me up for the wonderful love story to follow. However, it isn't always as easy to fall in love even though they are both equally attracted to each other. Due to Emma's sister being scorned by love, Emma has her mind up that she will never marry and she will remain alone for the rest of her life. Then Hudson, now Lord Daventry, comes back into her life. He relentlessly pursues her and with stolen kisses, Emma realizes that she is falling in love with him. The most entertaining section of the book occurs at Lady Linden's house party. The antics of the others, including Lord Daventry and Emma, are hilarious. Kristin is a wonderful writer and I definitely plan on reading her other novels.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kristin Vayden's regency romance, To Refuse A Rake, reunites Miss Emma Kingsley and Lord Hudson Daventry. They had grown up together as children, but had not seen each other for years until they meet again as adults at a ball. Emma wants nothing to do with love and Hudson has no interest in marriage -- that is until he sets eyes on Emma at the ball. What happens next is.....a wonderful story! It was an absolutely engaging, well written book. It is a captivating read filled with characters that were spirited, witty, strong and loyal! Emma and Hudson's romance was touching and sexy. Does it get better than that? I will confess to staying up to the wee hours just to finish this book! I would absolutely recommend this book! I received an ARC of To Refuse A Rake from the author, in exchange for an honest review.
More_Than_A_Review More than 1 year ago
I loved the prologue where Hudson tries to get Emma to kiss him… at the age of nine. It sets the stage for their lively banter and unique relationship.  You can see my full review at More Than a Review dot com where I rate the level of sex, violence, language and drug/alcohol use in books.  
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Their romance was sweet. I loved his determination and her confident nature. The story us well written. My only disappointment was a few pages in the middle that kept skipping, its hard to read a story when you miss a page or two. Overall it was an enjoyable short story approx 147 pgs on nook.
RtBBlog More than 1 year ago
Posted on Romancing the Books blog Reviewed by Jen Review Copy purchased by self When a request for a review of this book came across my desk, I was intrigued enough to go buy a copy (at 99¢, it was a great deal). In the end, I was left wanting a little more. Don’t get me wrong, I liked the story… it was just a little under developed for my taste. So, let’s back up a little. We have Emma and Hudson who knew each other as children and after she spurned his advances (she was eight or nine and denied him a kiss), they go their separate ways. Fifteen or so years later, Hudson is home after a stint in India and is enchanted when he reunites with Emma and decides he’s going to melt the ice princess and make her his. OK, pretty solid plot. Perhaps not the most original, but it’s one I can appreciate and there is a lot of wiggle room to come up with a solid story. Problem is since the book is 166 pages, there isn’t enough time to develop the characters or introduce any real resistance to the romance. Now there is tons of romance as Hudson woos Emma. But the only real problem to overcome is Emma’s fear of falling in love and surrendering her heart to someone else. Now that’s a valid problem, but it’s not enough for a satisfying romance… at least in my mind. I could’ve just used something more. A love triangle, a villain… something. Even adding to the secondary plot of Emma’s sister would’ve helped. All that said, I did like the book. The writing style flowed and while I may have tired of the description of Hudson’s chocolate brown gaze (I counted… it was used 21 times), the writing was easy to read and enjoy. I am looking forward to trying this author again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have to say this book was disappointing. After reading all the glowing reviews, I wonder if I read the same book? Or, maybe I might have liked it better if it had been free? All I can say is that it needed a better edit than it received. Way too many repeated words and phrases. His "chocolate" eyes, or her "flesh"...doesn't she have skin? And what is wrong with "brown"? It really seems to me that the author needs a good thesaurus. I liked the story overall, which is why this book gets 3 stars.