Lady Penelope de Vere has been in love with Rake for as long as she can remember, daydreaming over him constantly. But as her debut in the ton comes closer, she decides to finally let go of her silly childhood dream and accept someone else’s wish to court her, someone who appreciates a quiet, book-filled life as she does. She wants marriage and, despite all the hints she throws his way, Rake only wants a mistress…she thinks.
Lord Richard Darling has known Penny since she was a child and not once thought of her as anything but his niece’s best friend and a very convenient scone-fetcher. That is, not until he happens upon her swimming in the lake at Chester Park dressed only in her thin chemise. A most eligible bachelor with a libertine reputation, he suddenly finds the girl he’s always appreciated has turned into a woman he could love forever. So why won’t she accept his proposal?
Rake walked slowly to her side and pulled out
the book she had just placed on the shelf. “Promise me
you won’t go to Gretna Green with Thomas or any
“You can’t ask me to promise you that. I don’t
know what lies in my future, and such a promise is
impossible to make.”
“Then promise me you won’t go to Gretna Green
without telling me, so I have a chance to stop you.”
She laughed outright. He was hilariously
outrageous sometimes, this Lord Richard Darling.
“You want me to tell you if I’m about to elope, so
you can stop me?”
“Yes. I want you to promise to inform me
beforehand, so I have a chance to interfere.”
“If I ever do elope, my reputation would be
destroyed immediately, and the only thing to save me
then would be a marriage. Do you really think I would
then want you to interfere and make sure a marriage
never takes place?”
“I might marry you myself, to save you.”
She laughed again. “Then I promise to never elope
to Gretna Green, if only to save you from a fate worse
Rake chuckled as he ambled toward the door.
“With the right woman, marriage would not be a
Vikki from Romantic Historical Reviews
I immediately fell in love with Lord Richard Darling. He’s the typical bad-boy-out-to-live-life-to-its-fullest, fun-loving and a great character. I always enjoy stories about seemingly irredeemable rakes.
Maura Frankman from Coffee Time Romance
It has been a long time since a Regency has grabbed my attention and held it like this novel; probably since I read the last book of this series.
Jackie Jackson from Book Maven
Though this may ring as a typical Regency romance I find that Jennifer Wenn’s characters and story-lines are still catching and draw in the reader.
Pauline Michael from Night Owl Reviews
Jennifer Wenn weaves a wonderful story centering on love and family.
Eline Tack from Book(e)line
I just couldn’t put this book down. Instead I put my work down.
Giulia Esposito from My Devastating Reads
This is a sweet romance with a young heroine in the starring role who learns about life, love, her own heart and ends happily ever after.
Dawn Sullivan from Let’s Get Romantical
This book was tenderly written. A sweet and intensely emotional love story you will not forget.
Laura Lee from Sweets Books
I loved this one just as much as book 1!