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Sunday, March 3, 2013

‘Mama says you are dangerous’…

…so declares the scheming young thing to confirmed rake Lord Deben on the darkened terrace.

Burrows’ opening salvo has Henrietta Gibson rescuing Lord Deben from a determined debutante’s attempt to entrap him into marriage. A hidden witness, Henrietta turns the young woman’s story into one of a ‘slight’ mishap easily misunderstood. Marriage for Lord Deben is averted. Henrietta’s charitable act towards the notorious rake makes her a target for the disgruntled pair and she teeters on the brink social disaster.
Twenty-two and experiencing the London social scene, Henrietta is a likeable character.
Lord Deben is charming and misunderstood.
Never Trust a Rake by Annie Burrows is a fascinating Regency romp with which to while away an afternoon.

A NetGalley ARC

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