It Takes a Rake
by Anna Bennett
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Pub Date 23 Jan 2024 | Archive Date 06 Feb 2024
St. Martin's Press, St. Martin's Paperbacks
The swoony, frothy finale to the Rogues to Lovers series from award-winning author Anna Bennett.
She’s about to face her biggest challenge yet…
Since she was a girl, Miss Kitty Beckett has been adept at finding trouble: sneaking brandy, running away, and getting under the skin of the boy who, like her, was an apprentice to an architect. Now Kitty’s a talented heiress who can take a dry building plan and breathe life into it with her pencils and paints. Also? She can spot a rake at a hundred yards—and she won’t be tricked or charmed into marriage. Certainly not by a man who might interfere with her dreams. When Bellehaven Bay announces its first ever architectural design contest, she vows to win—with a little help from her childhood rival.
Turning her buttoned-up nemesis into a certified rake.
Leo Lockland, a hardworking architect with a gift for numbers, has returned home after a few years in London, and he has secrets. The biggest? He’s been in love with Kitty since they were both apprentices. She refuses to give her heart to any man, but Leo’s determined to beat the odds—even if it means learning how to be a rake. Fortunately, Kitty’s willing to tutor him in the nuances of fashion, flirtation, and seduction in exchange for his help with the contest. But the whole plan would fall apart if she knew how he felt, so he’ll have to be very convincing.
Let the lessons begin…
Leo proves to be a surprisingly quick study in the ballroom, on the beach, and in the bedchamber. Before long, he’s softening Kitty’s hard edges with his wicked words and kissing his way past all her defenses. Perhaps she’s a bit too skilled at teaching, because her lessons are threatening to backfire, putting her closely guarded heart in grave danger…
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It Takes a Rake by Anna Bennett is the captivating and delightful conclusion to the Rogues to Lovers series. Anna Bennett possesses a remarkable talent for crafting tension within her writing. I found myself utterly engrossed in this novel, unable to tear myself away until I reached the final page. One aspect that particularly resonated with me was Bennett's portrayal of her heroes, particularly the intelligent and charismatic Leo. From the very beginning, Leo's captivating personality and unwavering affection for Kitty completely enthralled me.
This book is just plainly soul touching. It made me realise that there is always a magical love for almost everyone out there and it is beautiful and eternal. I thoroughly enjoyed it and finished this book in a day because I was so glued to it.
This is a well-written, entertaining, steamy, historical romance novel. It has a creative and intelligent female protagonist, a kind and caring male protagonist, wit, a touch of humor, secrets, relationship drama, supportive friends, a vividly described, beautiful beach setting, a heart-warming romance, and a happily ever after ending.
This is the third entry in Ms. Bennett's delightful Rogues to Lovers series, and it can easily be read and enjoyed as a stand alone.
St. Martin's Press, Anna Bennett, and NetGalley kindly provided me with an ARC of this wonderful novel, and this is my honest opinion.