Lord Rakehell

Lord Rakehell

by Virginia Henley

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Some men thrive on scandal.

Lord James Hamilton, heir to the Duke of Abercorn and newly appointed attendant to the young Prince of Wales, is in no rush to find a wife. A lover of all things pleasurable, he’s earned his reputation as a rakehell. But when a feisty beauty piques his interest, James finds himself obsessed with learning more about her, and to make her his own.

Lady Anne Curzon-Howe has long been besotted with the handsome James—ever since he compared her to a wild Irish rose. While Anne has many suitors, the elusive James is the one who draws her fancy. But his rakish ways are notorious for a reason, and convincing him to love only her will be an incredible—albeit rewarding—challenge....

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ISBN-13: 9780451415035
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/02/2014
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 738,824
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.60(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Virginia Henley is the New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty novels including The Dark Earl, The Irish Duke, and The Decadent Duke. A grandmother of four, she lives in St. Petersburg, Florida with her husband.

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“Virginia Henley writes the kind of book you simply can’t stop reading.” —Bertrice Small

“No one is better than Virginia Henley.”—The Best Reviews

“Virginia Henley…transports you to another time with love, passion, and story telling. Great read!”—Fresh Fiction

“Entertaining, funny, and catchy.”—Night Owl Reviews

“The characters are refreshingly fun and the story is a delightful romp from beginning to end, with the perfect balance of impudence and romance.”—Publishers Weekly

“A gently suspenseful tale…filled with satisfying historical detail and actual characters from this intriguing period.”—Booklist

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Lord Rakehell 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good but not great.
Under_The_Covers_BookBlog More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Guest Reviewer/Kimberly & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog Anne Curzon- Howe has been infatuated with James Hamilton since the older Hamilton called the pretty young girl a Wild Irish Rose. Years later, the handsome rake, and heir apparent to the Dukedom of Abercorn, James Hamilton is now appointed attendant to the Prince of Wales and attending the young prince is no easy job, but watching over randy young prince is his cross to bear. Lady Anne Curzon-Howe, now seventeen, but passing herself off as eighteen to have her coming out, still has James Hamilton on the brain and she is determined to curb his rakish ways. But it is no easy task with James’ younger brother John Claud following her around like a puppy dog, and her bitter half sister Emily trying to foil her at every turn. But when James mistakes Anne for a mistress of another man, Anne decides to keep up the charade to teach the rake a lesson. James attempts to woo Anne into an illicit affair only to find that she is in fact an honorable lady, but he still wants this young woman and he will do what he must to have her, even if it means dispensing with his rakish ways. However, James must overcome his reputation to persuade Anne’s family that he is a decent suitor, but outside forces chip at the unstable relationship that Anne and James attempt to build. Lord Rakehell by Virginia Henley is an enjoyable and frustrating read. Just when the reader wants all to go smoothly a wrench is thrown in to create mayhem. Isn’t that the appeal in a romance though? I mean it would be a total bore if all were predictable, and Lord Rakehell is anything but that. Once in a while I wanted to smack Anne, but then again, I had to remember that she was only seventeen and her episodes of immaturity though annoying, were understandable. James Hamilton is a dream. Handsome, intelligent and loyal, this man goes above and beyond the call of duty to protect those he cares about. I really enjoyed Lord Rakehell and I hope you will as well.
Bitten-By-Love-Reviews More than 1 year ago
Lord James Hamilton, heir to the Duke of Abercorn and newly appointed attendant to the young Prince of Wales, is in no rush to find a wife and take on a more responsible life. A lover of all things pleasurable, James has earned his reputation as a rakehell of London. But when a feisty beauty piques his interest, James finds himself obsessed with learning more about her, and even contemplates making her his own. Lady Anne Curzon-Howe has long been besotted with her dear friends’ handsome elder brother, James—ever since the moment he compared her to a wild Irish rose. While Anne has many suitors, the elusive James is the only man who draws her fancy. But Lord Hamilton’s rakish ways are notorious for a reason, and convincing him to love only her will be an incredible—albeit rewarding—challenge.... Lord James Hamilton definitely lives up to his title and Virginia Henley shows just why there are almost 10 million copies of her novels in print! You know when you pick up one of her books you are going to get lots of passion, historical details and an intriguing plot. James is a definite charmer and yet even with all his conquests I couldn’t find myself getting to angry with him. I loved watching Anne go from an infatuated young girl to a determined woman. I loved all the characters in this story as each and every one from the hero and heroine to the one appearance extras all were so fantastically written that I felt as if I was interacting with each and every one. This author has such a talent for making the reader bond with her characters and for me there was a definite connection.
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Justpeachy1 More than 1 year ago
Virginia Henley has written many historical romance novels that have pleased fans for years. Her latest novel, Lord Rakehell is no exception. It is a romance filled with lush imagery, details of life at court, and a poignant romance. Henley's ability to transport the reader back in time is amazing, as well as, her well thought out plot points and her knack for character development. Readers who are looking for a good romance by a well known author need look no further, Lord Rakehell is just what they are looking for! This is actually the first novel I have read by Virginia Henley, so I wasn't quite sure what to expect. Henley has sold a lot of romances and readers have great praise for her writing. The beginning of the novel was somewhat tedious and it took awhile to get down to the romance, but once you got there, Henley did an amazing job of bringing the characters to life and giving the reader a reason to be interested in them.  Henley's writing style is very descriptive and she brings the court of Queen Victoria to vibrant life. Her characters are very well written in the fact that readers will feel like they are a part of the story, experiencing the feelings of Anne and James right along with the characters. That is not an easy feat and Henley pulls it off with style. Lord Rakehell has a good but somewhat predictable plot. However, Henley puts and unexpected spin on it that readers will find engaging and worth their time to read. James Hamilton is heir to the dukedom of Abercorn and attendant to the Prince of Wales. He notorious for his womanizing ways and has no intentions of settling down. But a kind word from his past has drawn the attention of Lady Anne Curzon-Howe. When Anne and James meet a misunderstanding occurs that completely changes the direction of their relationship. James mistakenly believes she is the mistress of a friend and see's no exception to his rakish ways in trying to garner her favor.  Anne lets James continue to wrongly believe that she is a mistress and not a lady for some time. When it is finally revealed to him that Anne is really a lady and an attendant of the Princess of Wales, he is so far taken with her that he is willing to give up his worldly ways to woo her. I thought Henley did a fantastic job of turning the story on it's end by using a bit of psychology on the hero. Anne was offering him what he wanted in a sense, an uncomplicated arrangement. But it was anything but what he believed it would be. This was a wonderful plot point that will win over fans in a heartbeat.  Lord Rakehell may take a bit to get to the good part, but when it does readers will be glad they stuck it out and waited to see what happened. I loved Henley's descriptions of Queen Victoria's court and all of the behind the scenes facts that the reader learns about court life and the goings on in the public eye, as well as, behind closed doors. It was informative as well as entertaining and added a lot to the overall plot. There were a few instances when the heroine spoke in a more modern way than I expected, but that was a minor thing in comparison to the overall story. I thought the romance was tender and romantic and I am looking forward to reading other books by the author.
MyBookAddictionandMore More than 1 year ago
An absolutely refreshing love story written by Virginia Henley! From the moment that Lord James Hamilton, in an effort to cheer her up, told twelve year old Lady Anne Curzon-Howe that “she was as beautiful as a Wild Irish Rose”, she was smitten. Five years later, seventeen year old Anne is posing as eighteen and having her first season, and she’s got her sights set on one man, Lord James Hamilton. When James sees Anne at Newmarket, he mistakes Anne for the mistress of Henry Fane (who is Anne’s brother in law) and approaches her about becoming his mistress. Giddy with the excitement of drawing James’ attention, Anne decides to continue the charade and meets James for a drink. Knowing that the game can only last so long, Anne eventually allows James to learn that she is actually a lady, during a masquerade ball. Baffled by the fact that while he should be raging mad at Anne for her deceit, he can’t stop thinking about having her. When his younger brother John Claud announces to James that he is going to marry Anne, James is honor bound to leave Anne alone, until Anne confines in James that she has no intentions of ever marrying John Claud. Then all bets are off. When Anne is appointed as a Lady in Waiting to the new Princess of Wales, James and Anne find themselves able to spend time together and begin a sweet, passionate romance, one that is quite respectable, despite James’ past ways. As fate seems to throw wrench after wrench into their romance, James and Anne find that they must persevere through whatever life throws at them in order to find the happiness they both know they will have in each other. A magnificent historical romance! This novel is set during a four year time period, so the plot is fast paced and constantly moving. The characters are uniquely lovable and well written. When I first began reading this novel, I was frustrated at the slow pace and the seemingly irrelevant storyline that was beginning between The Prince of Wales, Teddy, and James. I decided to stick with it and see where the story was going and I was quite glad that I did. The background work that is laid during the first few chapters is so crucial to understanding the plot and character dynamics throughout the rest of the story. I loved the way that Ms. Henley can make real historical figures come to life and make the reader relate to those people. This novel was my first experience with Ms. Henley’s work, or any novel like it, but this book is one I could read again and again. I encourage you to pick up a copy today! Rating: 4.5 Heat Rating: Mild Reviewed by AprilP Courtesy of My Book Addiction and More
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