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A RAKE'S GUIDE TO PLEASURE
Genre: Historical Romance
Dahl brings a highly sensual, emotional and moving story to the pages with aplomb. Her clever plotting and engaging characters drive the story forward at a fast clip, and the depth of emotions will keep you enthralled.
Emma Jensen never imagined that she would have to use the gambling skills she learned from her degenerate father to survive. Posing as the dowager Lady Denmore, she becomes the "small season's" darling. No one sees through her facade until the Duke of Somerhart arrives in town. Emma prays he won't remember the child he encountered at one of her father's debauched parties.
Intrigued by Lady Denmore and piqued by her boldness, Somerhart decides to find out more about the reckless woman with an air of innocence. As he pursues Emma from party to party, wager to wager, he uncovers a vulnerable young woman, playing a dangerous game -- a woman he yearns to protect. But Emma's fears of the past and her father's shortcomings haunt her. Only Somerhart's love can show her the way to happiness. (Zebra, Aug., 352 pp., $4.99)
Reviewed By: Kathe Robin
Published: August 2008