Throwback Thursday: Historical Romance Edition is a meme hosted by Tin @ Love Saves the World and Mary @ Buried Under Romance where you get to feature historical romance novels published before October 3, 2008.
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This week, I’m featuring Mary Jo Putney.
The Rake, published in April 1998
The story was first published as a Signet Super Regency under the title THE RAKE AND THE REFORMER. With minor revisions, it was published as a Signet historical romance in 1998.
It was predicted that Reginald Davenport, disinherited and disgraced, would come to a violent end. But fate has given him one final chance to redeem himself, by taking his place as the rightful master of Strickland, his lost ancestral estate. Davenport knows his way around women—yet nothing prepares him for his shocking encounter with Lady Alys Weston.
Masquerading as a man, in order to obtain a position as estate manager of Strickland, Alys fled a world filled with mistrust and betrayal. She’s finished with men—yet how could she have predicted that Strickland’s restored owner would awaken a passion more powerful than anything she had ever known? A passion that will doom or save them both…if only they can overcome their pasts and dare to believe in the wondrous power of love.
I haven’t read any by Mary Jo Putney yet but if I have to start with one, I’ll want to start with this one. Disguises as a plot device is always a welcome thing when I’m reading historical romances. The layers that can be built on them as well as the possible shenanigans that might ensue are definitely okay in my book. I hope that this book delivers on that and more.
Have you read this book? What are your thoughts about it? I’d love to hear from you guys.
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