***I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.***To Tempt a Rake by Cara Elliott
Series: Circle of Sin, #3
Published by Grand Central Publishing on February 1, 2011
Genres: Fiction, Historical, Regency, Romance
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Kate Woodbridge has spent most of her life sailing to exotic ports around the globe, acquiring an expertise in botany, along with a few less ladylike skills. So when a deathbed promise to her parents brings her to London to seek a reconciliation with her grandfather, the imperious Duke of Cluyne, she feels like a fish out of water in Polite Society. Her outspoken views and fiery temper tend to set off sparks—especially with the arrogant Conte of Como.
The man has a knack of getting under her skin, And if he gets too close, he might uncover her scandalous past . . .
A devil-may-care rogue, Marco finds Kate a tempting target for his flirtations. But when murder strikes at the duke’s country house, he suspects she’s hiding a dark secret. He has his own clandestine reasons for helping to prove her innocence . . . which leads them on a perilous journey from London to the glittering ballrooms of Vienna.
Sumptuous pleasures and gilded lies.. The city is.aswirl in decadence and deception, and they find themselves waltzing on a powderkeg of hidden passions and dangerous desires. For Kate and Marco must duel with a deadly villain—and confront their own explosive attraction.
I’m not going to do a synopsis since I think the above pretty much sums the book up really well.
Cara Elliott is a new to me author. I have not read the previous two books in this series so I’m not sure if I would have enjoyed the book more or not if I had read the previous two books first. With that said I thought this book read well as a stand alone. I was never lost and could easily keep up with the story. It was the main couple that caused me to not enjoy the book. Kate and Marco as a couple was boring to me. I could never really get into their story-line or into them as individuals.
Kate is a scientist and has been brought up in a life away from the London ton. Her mother ran off and married a man not acceptable to her family and was cut off. Kate is back in her grandfathers life and the ton to fulfill her parents wish to make amends with her grandfather. She has traveled all over with her parents and has been taught to think. You would think with all that I would have found her character more interesting but I was never able to enjoy Kate. My main reason for not enjoying her character was the fact that it was repeatedly brought up over and over again throughout the book how she didn’t fit into society and how much she didn’t enjoy it. I get it but man it seems like every other page kept pointing to this fact. Also she makes comments about her grandfather being awful but I never really got that. I never saw his interactions with Kate as being awful. It felt more like the grandfather just didn’t know how to act around the heroine. As for Marco he’s a rake. He has a reason for his rakish behavior which I found a little weak as a reasoning for him to act so blase about life. He was a bit more interesting then Kate but not by much. I thought the story had too much happening in it and could never see why these two even liked each other. There wasn’t much time spent on the development of their relationship. All I ever got was they were in lust with each other and nothing more.
The secondary love story between the grandfather and a fellow scientist friend of Kate kept this book entertaining for me. The little interaction between these two fulfilled the romance I was looking for. The murder mystery plot of this book kept me reading until the end. I am sad that I didn’t enjoy this book as much as I would have liked. I have heard nothing but great things about it. I didn’t work for me but if you like historical romances with murder mystery, smart heroines, and secret spy hero then you’ll enjoy this book. These are all elements that would normally guarantee enjoyment for me but somehow in this case fell flat.
★★ Book was read in February 2011. I own my own personal paperback copy. ★★
Books in this Series:
- To Sin With a Scoundrel (Circle of Sin, #1)
- To Surrender To A Rogue (Circle of Sin, #2)
- To Tempt a Rake (Circle of Sin, #3)