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I love reading historical romances with wallflowers, so of course I was excited to read this book. Unfortunately I was left….

romnce For the most part I liked Juliet. I can totally relate to that. I hated the way her mother treated her and the pain she endured because of the injury she sustained when she was younger. It was interesting to read about the coollins she had faced because of this injury and.

It was interesting to read about the difficulties she had faced because of this injury and how her life changed because of it. And I liked how brave she was, how she kept her good spirit despite the awful things her mother said and did to her. Then there was Alec who was just so perfect. From his perfectly coiffed hair, to his perfectly tailored clothes, to his perfect reputation that dollins worked so hard on. He was just too perfect for me.

Manda Collins Tells Us…How to Romance a Rake – Theresa Romain, Historical Romance Author

There were moments of sweetness and you could tell that they liked each other, but there was no real passion, no intense chemistry, only lukewarm affection and attraction. And the way the people of the ton looked down on Juliet and her friends, and the truly horrible things they said to her when they found out how severe her injury really was, just appalled me. People can be horrible creatures: Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

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How to Romance a Rake

Collinns to Book Page. So imagine her surprise when Deveril gallantly comes to her defense—and offers to teach her to dance! Juliet can hardly believe the most handsome bachelor in London would notice her, until he takes her in his arms and sets her heart ablaze… Lord Alec Deveril has never felt such a spark of attraction for an unmarried lady before.

Deep in the London underworld, a dear friend has vanished, and Juliet fears the worst. Deveril insists on helping, escorting her through the darkest alleys in town. But he too is hiding a shocking secret—and the only way he can defeat the devil in his past is to seduce the angel in his arms… Paperbackpages. Published July collons by St. Martin’s Paperbacks first published January 1st To see what your friends thought of tto book, please sign up.

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Be the first to ask a question about How to Romance a Rake. Lists with This Book. It was interesting to read about the difficulties she had faced because of this injury and I love reading mwnda romances with wallflowers, so of course I was excited to read this book. View all 10 comments. May 21, Laura the Highland Hussy rated it really liked it. But on the other hand, it manxa also let you know what happened to Juliet before the characters in the book know.


Just an FYI for you guys. No one knows what happened, or why she limps, but they have no problem speculating and making rude comments. At one particularly trying ball, Juliet tries to find a peaceful place to sit down and avoid everyone else, but the Mean Girls Ladies Amelia and Felicia are in there gossiping about her.

She overhears all, is completely humiliated, and then Lord Deveril comes to her defense! She was amazed and awed that he, the perfect Lord Deveril, would come to her aid.

Collkns he asks the unthinkable- might he teach her to dance? One of the fo Alec figures he should do is find a bride. She plays the piano beautifully and even composes her own music secretly of course. So when she finds out her friend and music teacher Ana has gone missing, Juliet must find out what happened.

Yo is surprisingly protective and supportive of Juliet, and one thing I really enjoyed was their romance. It was sweet, and sexy, and so wonderful. The bad guy was bad all right, but man, her mom was just as bad. But collina ending and action were fantastic. View all 3 comments.

A pleasant enjoyable read for fans who enjoy the traditional Regency atmosphere teamed with nice sensual elements. Reviewed for Affaire de Coeur magazine in the August issue: Sorry for being so difficult with the rating, but I can’t decide if I simply enjoyed this book or loved the book.

I picked up this book simply because I love, love shy, wallflower heroine’s paired with those dashing, handsome, lopsided-grin wearing heroes. I was in the mood for a book just like that, and this just floated up in my updates feed somehow.

Imagine my surprise when I start reading to find out that it’s quite different from other books of the same trope. Juliet Shelby was terribly injured in a carraige accident when she was younger, and while the rest of the world believes she has a mangled foot that causes her to limp, and the deem the use of a cane. The truth is her injuries were much more grave, to the point where her leg had to be amputated to save her life.

No one knows this, because Juliet’s mother the absolute viper of a woman doesn’t want anyone to know she has a infirm, mangled progeny. Put this mother in some list of women with effed up parenting skills somewhere. Her mother’s cruelty over the years has led to Juliet feeling extremely shy, insecure and of the firm belief that she deserves nothing good in life. She’s certain no man will ever pay attention to her, she’s certain no man would ever want her.

While I get that, it also doesn’t make sense to me that she’s never ever had any man give her attention. Like not even a footman or something. Apart from her limp, and the shyness that she carries with her everywhere she’s quite pretty, and to top it all – she comes with a hefty dowry. This part of the plot kind of fell flat for me. I suppose it was just so that angst could be brought in with her fearing Alec would reject her because of her leg – or lack of leg. Which brings me to our hero.

Alec Deveril lol has the commonly found angst in our HR tropes; her father was basically a doucebag who was called The Devil Deveril of course.

That sets up the age old trope of Alec believing he will be nothing different from his father, a man who was cruel, cheated on his wife with any moving human object and beat her on the regular and was just basically a dick.


Alec and Juliet have been aquainted with her each through friends, however given to Alec’s fear and Juliet’s shyness they never get a chance to get to know each other.

And, to top it all Alec had been thinking of offering marraige to Juliet’s good friend Madeline – one of the other ugly ducklings. There was thankfully no terrible angst with that storyline, so I’m okay with it. When they get the chance to be with each other, you do start to root for them. Their connection is palpable and I was looking forward to seeing their romance grow.

There is a sideplot with her mother forcing her to marry a despicable creature, and you know where we are going with this. There is a slight plot gap with Alec lamenting to Juliet that he would never marry anyone, given that he had been thinking of offering for Madeline in the start of the book it felt like whiplash.

But still, he realizes he cannot let Juliet marry that creature so he asks her to marry him. You also know where we are going with this. My favorite parts of the book come after their marraige despite the few chapters of un-needed sideplot and scheming mother and despicable creature where Juliet and Alec truly connect on a deeper emotional and physical level. I loved, loved their wedding night, and how kind and wonderful Alec turned out to be. It was much less angsty than I had expected but still it worked.

Of course, I couldn’t help thinking to myself how much more explosive the story would have been in the hands of authors like Elizabeth Hoyt or a Lisa Kleypas – never a good thought to have but alas!

The author does a good job of evolving their emotional connect along with the physical. There isn’t a random I love you coming from any side, thanfully not even from Juliet considering it’s always the wallflowers going in for the kill first. Overall I enjoyed the book, but it wasn’t something that had me crying, laughing and swooning. However I do believe it had the potential to do so.

I think the main reason why I would recommend this book is that I haven’t yet seen an author go for such a physical disability in a heroine before. The most I’ve seen “plumpness” and a scar, which mostly isn’t even a very distinguisble scar. But still I like how the author gave us a real look at Juliet’s body and self-confidence issues.

But secondly, and more importantly, Alez truly was a wonderful hero for Juliet. So for the pure romance I do certainly reccommend the book. The part I didn’t like were as follows: The plot is quite cliche. The sideplot with the missing teacher and then subsequent italian master painter leading to that last climax is just unnecessary.

I would have preferred to read more about Juliet and Alec than all that nonsense. I knew when I read her debut novel, How to Dance with a Dukethat Ms Collins was definitely a rising star in the world of Historical Romance and this book has only served to confirm that opinion. I really admire her courage in writing a unique heroine with such a severe disability.