A few weeks ago when we were treated to a good amount of snow here in CT I found myself with the perfect opportunity to catch up on some reading! Inadvertently I ended up with a “raunchy romance weekend”, reading a good number of Harlequin romance novels over the course of two days. I guess my brain needed to shut down and veg out. The Wicked Lord Rasenby by Marguerite Kaye fit the bill perfectly, and so I kicked off my weekend.
Clarissa Warrington is the polar opposite of her sister. Poised, honorable, and shrewd, she upholds all of the moral standards of her family. Her sister Amelia, on the other hand, is a reckless and foolish girl who lives for the materialistic pleasures in life. Although she doesn’t have bad heart, Amelia is costing her family a lot of money that they don’t have, and it is up to Clarissa to make sure that Amelia doesn’t ruin her reputation in order to gain the next dress or ball that she is chasing. Unfortunately, things come to a head when Amelia decides that she will attempt to fool the Ton’s most notorious Rake, Lord Rasenby, into marriage by seducing him and gaining his fortune, saving the family from financial ruin. Clarissa realizes, however, that this plan will never work, and attempts to strike a deal with Lord Rasenby, now known by his surname, Kit, in order to save her sister’s reputation. Originally intending to only divert Kit’s attentions while her sister can make an exit from her attachment to him, Clarissa begins to realize that Kit is much more than he has been made out to be, and finds herself surprisingly intrigued by this devilish Rake. What will become of her plan? Will she be able to save her sister’s honor while protecting her own?
Unfortunately I found it really difficult to get into the story Kaye presented to us. Neither of the characters jumped off the page, making it hard for me to enjoy their story. The idea and back story of the characters were interesting and creative, but lacked a certain je ne sais quoi. Kit’s character development just didn’t seem realistic, and for someone who prided himself on never getting “caught” into a relationship, he certainly was blindsided by Clarissa. Clarissa is on the opposite spectrum of personalities: 100% prudish (not bashing this) and making comments about the way other women act (i.e flirting, wetting their undergarments). The entire situation was unfortunately confusing and didn’t leave me with the warm fuzzies that I have had with other historical romances.
Overall, you obviously need to make your own decisions about the novel. The novel was well written, but unfortunately never pulled me in. Although Kaye has made an interesting story on the surface, the execution wasn’t enough to make this blogger want to be a part of the story. Have you read this book – agree/disagree? Sound off below!
2 out of 5 Stars
This is my seventh completed review for the Historical Fiction Challenge