Ruthless, autocratic and hardened to any hint of mercy or charity, the Earl of Hardcastle fully deserves his sobriquet of "Hard-hearted Hardcastle."

After being severely beaten and left for dead, the earl is nursed back to health by the spinster daughter of a country vicar, whom he has come to think of as his "angel." Phaedra Gilian is unprepared for such a powerful man to assault her heart or for such strong feelings to emerge in response to his caresses. How can he explain his increasing desire to earn her regard and respect? It must be love.

A RAKE'S REDEMPTION tells a poignant tale of lovers from wildly different worlds calling on the power of love to bring them together. (Feb., 256 pp., $4.99)

Reviewed by: 
Teresa Roebuck