RAKES AND RADISHES
- Pub. Date: September 2010
- Publisher: Carina Press
- Sold By: Barnes & Noble
- ISBN-13: 9781426890567
- ISBN: 1426890567
From the Publisher
When Henrietta Watson learns that the man she loves plans to marry London’s most beautiful and fashionable debutante, she plots to win him back. She’ll give him some competition by transforming her boring bumpkin neighbor, the Earl of Kesseley, into a rakish gothic hero worthy of this Season’s Diamond.
After years of unrequited love for Henrietta, Kesseley is resigned to go along with her plan and woo himself a willing bride. But once in London, everything changes. Kesseley—long more concerned with his land than his title—discovers that he’s interested in sowing wild oats as well as radishes. And Henrietta realizes that gothic heroes don’t make ideal husbands. Despite an explosive kiss that opens her eyes to the love that’s been in front of her all along, Henrietta must face the possibility that Kesseley is no longer looking to marry at all…
SOURCE: THIS BOOK WAS RECEIVED FOR THE PURPOSE OF REVIEW FROM NET GALLEY!
RAKES AND RADISHES by Susanna Ives is a wonderful historical Regency romance set in 1819 England. It is well written with details, depths, twists and turns. It has astronomy, romance, lost love, agriculture, secrets, betrayal, finding true love, sowing wild oats, finding the truth about love and lost, and requiting lost love. The characters are strong, determined, believable and will tug at your heart strings. The hero, Kesseley, is strong, handsome, a country bumpkin, an earl, loves agriculture, seen his parents harsh marriage, his father is brutal to his mother,would rather be in his country estate than in London, knows he needs to find a wife but he is in love with his neighbor and has been since they where children, Henrietta. The heroine, Henrietta, is beautiful, strong, misguided, thinks herself in love with her cousin, Edward, who is a poet, doesn’t notice Kesseley, her neighbor. To her he is a good friend and confidante.She learns of Edward’s betrothal, for she believed he loved her and intended to marry her and take her away from the country to London. She enlists, Kesseley, to clean himself up, become a true rake and take Edward’s betrothed away from him. After Kesseley, his mother, and Henrietta go to London for the season, she soon learns there is more to Kesseley than meets the eye, for he cleans up handsomely. She realizes she is actually in love with Kesseley, but to late, he decides his heart can no longer take her repeatedly refusal of his affection. We have country bumpkin meets London society. What happens is truly an adventure in love and finding your true love. I would recommend this book especially if you enjoy some sweet sensuality, adventure, love, wisdom, deception and coming to terms with your past and future. This book was received for review from Net Galley and details can be found at Carina Press.
REVIEWED BY: April Renn