Title: Wild, Wild Rake
Author: Janna MacGregor
Publisher: St. Martin’s Paperbacks
Release date: 25th February 2020
Genre: Historical Romance
Page count: 368 pages
Her first marriage was an epic failure.
Lady Avalon Warwyck never did love her husband. Arrogant, selfish, and cruel, it’s a blessing when she’s widowed and left to raise her son all by herself. Finally, Avalon can live freely and do the work she loves: helping fallen women become businesswomen. She’s lived these past ten years with no desire to remarry―that is, until Mr. Devan Farris comes to town.
Can he convince her to take another chance at happily ever after?
Devan Farris―charming vicar, reputed rake, and the brother of Avalon’s son’s guardian―is reluctantly sent to town to keep tabs on Avalon and her son. Devan wishes he didn’t have to meddle in her affairs; he’s not one to trod on a woman’s independent nature and keen sense of convictions. But she’ll have nothing to do with vicar with a wild reputation―even though he’s never given his heart and body to another. If only he could find a way to show Avalon who he really is on the inside―a good, true soul looking for its other half. But how can prove that he wants to love and care for her. . .until death do they part?
I was invited to read this book by the publishers via Netgalley and I was excited to read more by Janna MacGregor because I had missed a few of her books in my reading and blogging hiatus.
This book was okay for me it followed the set template within the historical romance genre and I enjoyed reading it to be honest but I felt that the book lacked in depth connections between the key characters which would have made me relate more to them or at least show me how they formed their relationship instead of Avalon saying how their relationship was formed.
The relationship between Avalon and Devan, I did somewhat enjoyed although I wished that Avalon wasn’t smitten by Devan so fast. I wanted her to like Devan slowly and come to respect him as an equal which did happen in the book but the inner monologue of Avalon showed a different case but then again I did understand, Devan is handsome.
In terms of plot, the book unfortunately was underwhelming. At first, I was intrigued because Avalon hated her husband and then she was widowed but as I was progressing through the plot of the book I realized there wasn’t much interesting things going on and the action that was present was so ham-fisted that it seemed comical.
To conclude, I felt like this book was a fun read albeit a non-impressive one and I have read better from the author. I’d still recommend this book if you are a fan of Janna and a fan of historical romance, just don’t expect much that’s all.