About Rakes and Roses

Rakes and Roses

Harry Stillman cares nothing for his future and spends his time at gaming tables, horse races, and in the company of whatever beautiful woman has caught his eye that week. He has little use for society or his uncle’s approval—until his debts begin exceeding his profits. When Uncle Elliott refuses to pay off the debt, and instead offers him a large, monetary wedding gift if Harry were to marry a woman of his uncle’s approval, Harry is offended, angry, and … scared. His dire straits drives him to seek out the infamous Lord Damion—a moneylender who extolls a heavy price for his assistance.

Lord Damion, however, is not a lord at all, or even a man. When Lady Sabrina’s cheating husband leaves her, then ends up dying in a carriage accident, she creates a plan to ensure her future security through the secret persona of Lord Damion, and she is quickly becoming the richest woman in England.

When Harry presents his case to Lord Damion—hidden behind a partition and communicating through notes, not speech—she finds him ridiculous but somewhat endearing and agrees to consider his situation. However, when she finds Harry unconscious in the gutter later that day, his leg badly broken and his face barely recognizable from the beating that’s left him on the edge of death, she transports him to a house she keeps in Wimbledon.

When Harry wakes, he is surprised to find himself in widow Sabrina’s house. Through the weeks of recovery, Harry is humbled by Sabrina’s selfless care, and reveals details of his character he has not shown to anyone. For her part, Sabrina finds herself more and more drawn to him, impressed by his determination to gain his strength and change his ways. Secretly, Sabrina pays off his debts to preserve him from further harm and tries not to let her heart become entangled. To love a man like this, again, would be her ruin.

Knee-deep in secrets, both Harry and Sabrina must decide what true love means to them, and how to navigate the pitfalls of high English society. In the end, they must both decide which is more important: wealth or true love.

My review

I’m always happy when I get to read a new book by Josi Kilpack! She writes books that take you places. And that makes me happy.

I loved the way this book started with Lady Sabrina. She’s hiding in a rose garden from her husband. She’s helped by a stranger Harry Stillman, who ends up playing a big part in her future.

Lady Sabrina is amazing! I loved the way she goes out of her way to help others. Even when it ends up putting her in danger. She is the kind of woman that know it’s like to be the one everyone looks down on. She wants to give those around her a hand up and make their lives better.

I have to admit, at the beginning of this book I didn’t like Harry at all. He was proud and thought that he knew everything. He wouldn’t listen when a friend tried to help him. And he brought all his trouble down on himself. But Harry grew on me throughout the book. By the end, though he wasn’t perfect, I liked him.

I loved the plot of this one. It’s not one you typically see written about this time period. And it didn’t seem at all stuffy.

I can’t wait for the next book in this series!

I was sent a copy of Rakes and Roses by the author. All opinions are my own.

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About author Josi Kilpack

Josi S. Kilpack is the author of several novels and one cookbook and a participant in several coauthored projects and anthologies. She is a four-time Whitney Award winner —Sheep’s Clothing (2007), Wedding Cake (2014), and Lord Fenton’s Folly (2015) for Best Romance and Best Novel of the Year—and the Utah Best in State winner for fiction in 2012. She and her husband, Lee, are the parents of four children. You can find more information about Josi and her writing at josiskilpack.com.

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