Elinor Colton has just come out of mourning for her husband. Just starting to enjoy society again, she attends the local assembly where she is told that a rake is now amongst them and warned to stay clear of him. Little did she know, he was the man to enchant her earlier in the night.
Ross Thornbury can't live down his reputation as a rake. Having written The Rake's Handbook with two of his friends on a drunken dare, everyone thinks they know what type of man he is. He just wants to make improvements to his land and move ahead with plans for building steam engines on his property. Only one thing stands in his way. He needs permission to cut across Elinor's land to get his project to work.
As Ross spends time with Elinor to convince her to go along with his ideas, his attraction for her grows and he allows his rakish ways to show. When he lets his attraction to Elinor go too far, will he lose the girl and his plans for the future?
I liked Elinor. It's not often that we have a widow in a story who is still in love with her husband. They are often relieved that their husbands have passed because of some reason or another. This added another element to the story. Elinor didn't feel it was right to feel what she was feeling toward Ross. She thought is was a betrayal her late husband's memory.
Ross on the other hand, had no qualms about his attraction to Elinor and finds himself going after what he wants. Showing that he is a good guy under all that rakish behavior, he steps up when he has compromised her.
Orr had me laughing out loud throughout the story and I'm looking forward to reading about the other two authors of The Rake's Handbook!
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