The Rakehell’s Seduction (The Seduction Series, Book 2) by Lauren Smith
Overview by Publisher:
HE’S MADE A DANGEROUS WAGER
Ambrose Worthing is no gentleman. He’s a proud cold-hearted rake who’s determined to stay a bachelor forever. He enjoys bedding a different woman every night without the risk of falling in love. When he hears about a wager over the seduction and ruination of the daughter of his father’s best friend, he knows he must intervene. Committing himself to the bet, he agrees to seduce Lady Alexandra Rockford—for her own good. He never expected the lady in question to be a beautiful, fiery creature who has passions of her own that call to his guarded heart.
SHE’S VOWED NEVER TO FALL IN LOVE AGAIN
Alexandra Rockford has sworn off men, her heart still broken from the false promises of a childhood sweetheart who left her to marry an heiress. When she stumbles into Ambrose outside of a country ball, she knows the rake his trouble. His smile, his touch, his forbidden kiss are all too tempting but being with him would ruin her. Determined to enjoy herself without falling in love, Alex can’t help but let her defenses down with the too charming rake. But when she discovers Ambrose is seducing her to win a bet, it will take everything Ambrose has to prove to her that he is worthy to love her.
One of the reasons I love historical romance novels is that there are plot elements that could only happen in the past. This book starts with a naughty and deceptive wager being struck. A young lady is to be ruined for the sum of $5000 pounds. While gambling and wagering are popular today, a wagering book at a gentleman’s club is a relic of the past.
Lady Alex is the young lady who is the target of the wager. Ambrose reacquaintants himself with her father in order to find her in the English countryside. He accepts the wager planning to seduce her and take her virginity, but he will make it good for her – magnanimous of him, isn’t it? They meet, they flirt and a romance ensues…
Ambrose isn’t the only one with an agenda. Other men are hot on his heels to ruin Alex. While the romance between Alex and Ambrose is lovely and fun to read, things get really interesting when the truth comes out. When disaster strikes, it was enjoyable because of the evolution of Ambrose. I loved how he changes from an arrogant and entitled young man to one who was willing to bare his soul to save his relationship with Alex.
What I enjoy about Lauren Smith’s writing is the attention to details. She works hard to create imagery that makes a scene come to life. She also creates amazing conflicts. I literally had to put the book down at one point because I was getting stressed out at the events, but in the best possible way! This story moves quickly and what I appreciate is how tight the plot is. Often there is pages of dialogue or descriptions that distract from the storyline, but with this book and so many of Lauren’s, things are tightly put together.
Definitely check out this story! You’ll love the consequences of wagering! Pre-order here.