Blog Tour: How to Ravish a Rake by Vicky Dreiling

How to Ravish a Rake by Vicky Dreiling
Published Date: March 27, 2012
Publisher: Forever
Pages: 337, Paperback
Reviewed By: Isalys
Reason for Reading: Blog Tour and giveaway thanks to Hachette


Amy Hardwick has one last Season to shake off her wallflower image and make a love match. If she can't, she'll set aside her dreams of romance and return home to a suitor who can provide security-if little else. What she doesn't count on is the inappropriate-and irresistible-attention lavished on her in a darkened library by rake extraordinaire Will "The Devil" Darcett.


When Will is caught in a tryst with the ton's shyest miss, he knows he must offer for her hand. Yet Amy is not the shrinking violet she seems to be. Passion lies beneath her prim exterior and Will is eager to release it. But winning Amy isn't simply a matter of seduction; first, Will must convince her that he's mended his wicked ways.
We met Amy in the previous installments of Vicky's "How To Series" so we know that she's shy, sweet and possesses a secret talent for designing gowns.  However, in the face of her very last season in London, she is determined to shake off that wallflower image and make a love match.  If she doesn't, then she'll have to return to her home in the country and marry a man who has offered her security, but not love.

William Darcett is the younger brother of our hero in "How to Seduce a Scoundrel".  Known as "The Devil", he has earned his reputation as an unrepentant rake who lives to gamble and seduce women.  During a gathering one evening, they are caught in a compromising position that threatens Amy's impeccable reputation.  To Amy's chagrin, Will offers to marry her in an attempt to stop the London tongues from wagging.

Amy is truly one of the sweetest and most likable characters I've ever read.  She has an inner strength that didn't shine until now and it was delightful seeing her unfold. Will was actually quite the opposite.  Strong and crunchy on the outside with a soft, gooey center.  As the baby of a large family,  he was often dominated by his older siblings and so he sought to get away by traveling and carousing every chance he got. Together, they balanced each other beautifully.

Vicky has a wonderful talent for creating imagery.  You can very clearly imagine the gowns, the balls, and the settings as she paints them for you. The story was nicely paced and contained no shortage of humor.  One of my favorite characters is Will's Aunt Hester and she was responsible for several of the laugh out lout scenes! She is the aunt that speaks her mind without qualm for whether it's appropriate or not.  In addition to the comedic aspect of the story, Vicky also gives a very steamy romance.  There was always an attraction between Will and Amy, but it wasn't until Amy allowed herself to give into it that you realize how passionate she is. 

This was a great installment to the series and I highly recommend it to those who like a side of humor with their heartwarming romances.

PS: I have to share this limerick that Kati from Romancing Rakes For The Love of Romance wrote:

"There once was a rake named Will
Who rang up a large gambling bill
An heiress he must claim
To pay for his game
But in the end their secrets they must spill."

April 4 - April 10
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  1. I have not read anything from this series but I LOVE the way that you describe Amy and Will. It sounds like the author created characters that you love so now I want to read about them too!!

  2. Love the 'How To' series and I'm very excited to read How to Ravish a Rake. I remember reading about Will, he ought to be fun lol.

  3. Looking forward to reading this.Thanks for the chance to win it.

  4. I have yet to read anything from this author yet have been meaning to. This book sounds great!

  5. I'm really looking forward to reading How to Ravish a Rake, it sounds like such a fantastic story.

  6. Love this series. And Aunt Hester, who wouldn't love er. I really enjoy reading Vicky's work. Thanks for this opportunity.GFC name is Lucky74.
    Carol L.

  7. It's nice to know that this series has a sense of humor. Even the title of How to Ravish a Rake hints at that! Sometimes these romance books take themselves too seriously!

  8. I love this series and can't wait to read the next one! They are so funny and sweet! Thanks for sharing with us!

  9. Thanks for a wonderful post and giveaway! I have the first book in this series all ready to go on my Kindle and I can't wait to get started ;)

  10. Looks like a great read! I haven't read anything in this series yet, but I will have to check it out.

  11. Hi

    I love a great historical romance. I am excited to read this one. Great post!

    Thanks for the chance.


  12. Thanks for the giveaway. I would love to read this book. Please enter me.

  13. I really enjoyed reading the first two books in this series and can't wait to read this book. Your review/overview was really good. Thanks for the giveaway

  14. I cannot wait to read this book! It sounds so good!
    Thanks for the giveaway!!!

  15. Cool giveaway. Book sound Great. Thanks

  16. I read the first two books in this series and loved them. I'm sure this one will also be amazing. Can't wait to read this book to see what happens between Amy and Will. Thanks for the giveaway.

  17. I haven't read any of this series yet, but I've heard so many good reviews of them that I would love to read this one.


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