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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Disappointmentville: The Spinster and the Rake by Anne Stuart | #BookReview #AnneStuart

- This was an ARC book - Available Formats through Amazon: Paperback - Pages: 164; Kindle Edition - File Size: 556 KB; Audible – Unabridged | Release Date: August 15, 2016 | Publisher: Bell Bridge Books | Obtained: NetGalley

"The Spinster and the Rake" by Anne Stuart

Author's Book Description : The Spinster: As a maiden aunt, Gillian Redfern lives as an unpaid servant to her demanding family. Little wonder she finds the attentions of a rake distracting, and even less wonder that her usual good sense begins to unravel when Lord Marlow takes her in his arms.

The Rake: Ronan Patrick Blakely, Lord Marlow, is a man of great charm and little moral character, a gambler, a womanizer, and handsome as sin to boot. He has no qualms about placing a wager on the virtue of one small, shy spinster.

But Lord Marlow is about to discover that Miss Redfern is more siren than spinster. She amuses him, arouses him, and, much to his dismay, makes him a better man. Gillian will discover, in turn, that Lord Marlow possesses the power to turn her into a very wicked woman. The rake and the spinster are poised to find a love that neither could have imagined.

If only someone weren’t out to destroy them both . . .

My Book Review : 2.5 out of 5 stars. This was an okay novel. But I could NOT stand ANY of the secondary characters and it just tampered with my liking of the rest of the novel. At 75% of the way through this novel, I almost gave up on it because of my dislike for everyone other than Gillian and Ronan, but I’m glad I plowed through because the best part of this novel is how Ms. Stuart wrapped up the ending. Though the ending was charming enough to put a smile on my face, it couldn’t make up for the bratty secondary characters which is why the rating is what it is.

I’m sorry I cannot, in good conscience, recommend this novel. Nevertheless, if you do read it I hope you’ll enjoy it more than I do!

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Book Teaser(s) :
"I am so glad to see your eyes are blue. I had been hoping they would be, but everyone I asked during the last two weeks couldn't remember. I suppose it is because you usually keep them meekly downcast. You shouldn't, you know. They really are magnificent."
"You asked people what color my eyes are?" she demanded in horror. "You must be mad!"
"Merely eccentric. Is your hair red or blond? I still cannot see beneath that intimidating bonnet." He leaned down to peer at her earnestly, forcing a reluctant laugh from her.
"Behave yourself, Lord Marlowe. It's a bit of both."
"You should laugh more often," he observed, a thoughtful expression on his world-weary, handsome face. "It proves you aren't nearly as starched-up as you pretend to be. I don't despair of you yet." ~ within Chapter 4
At least, she thought defiantly, she was the prettiest thirty-year-old spinster she had ever seen. Not a complete antidote yet. ~ within Chapter 6

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