To win a race to Paris, dashing Lord Boyce Parker hires a balloon. He expects to be crowned the victor and become famous for his courage and intelligence. Only then can he regain his father’s respect from the scandal of publishing the naughty book The Rake’s Handbook: Including Field Guide.
Bluestocking Miss Eve Mountfloy makes a bargain with the handsome Pink of the Ton. She’ll fly the balloon during the dangerous crossing to France, if he lets her finish her scientific experiments to predict violent storms and thereby save lives.
Eve proceeds with her studies, but the results are not what she expected. Chafing to keep warm creates unusual sensations everywhere. Then when Lord Parker asks if she is curious about the heat generated by a kiss, well, she is curious. It seems Lord Parker is performing experiments of his own that will forever change Eve’s perception of the word “results.
I received a ARC copy in exchange for an honest review, thanks to Netgalley and Sourcebook Casablanca
I had high expectations of When A Rake Falls, but this is the first book I have had the opportunity to read from this author. I had seen some high ratings and reviews, so I was pretty excited to start this one. But I had the most difficult time getting into it. I don’t know if it was just me or I was in the mood for something more engaging. I would say that this is a story that had some quirky moments and a few scenes that were pretty fun to read. But as a whole, I wouldn’t say it was the type of story that I was necessarily in the mood for. I did enjoy the characters, and the plot was pretty steady and had many enjoyable qualities to it, but I just couldn’t see the romance in this one. I could see the friendship building the two, but the actual romantic relationship I just could never really connect with. For me it was like they went from being friends to loving each other and I didn’t see the transition at all. I wanted to, I really wanted to love this one, but it just didn’t happen. I found the story to have great humor, and some entertaining characters, and even though it wasn’t my favorite romance to read, I do plan on reading the first book and maybe I will enjoy it more.