Book Review: A Rake's Guide to Pleasure by: Victoria Dahl


Publisher: Zebra
Publish Date: 1 August 2008
Rating: 4 Ravens
Series: Huntington Series: To Tempt a Scotsman (1), A Rake's Guide to Pleasure (2), One Week As Lovers (3)

Raised by a titled, yet degenerate, father, Emma Jensen never imagined the gambling lessons she learned as a child would one day serve her well. When she finds herself in dire need of money, she concocts the alias of Dowager Lady Denmore and sets off to bewitch London's noblemen by engaging them in games of chance. The fact that respectable ladies do not gamble does not intimidate her in the least. But the darkly handsome Duke of Somerhart does-for he's awakened a deep, sensual hunger in her.


The dashing Duke of Somerhart has the notorious reputation of being one of London's most incurable rogues. When he meets the alluring Lady Denmore, he is immediately intrigued. Her recklessness and innocence intertwined titillates him as no other woman ever has. But what secret is the lovely Lady Denmore hiding? He's determined to find out. But first he must seduce her until she surrenders completely to his most wicked desires...

I really enjoyed this book, much better than I did the first book in the series. I love the way Emma decides to take her life into her own hands and make herself stable as opposed to finding a man to do it for her. The characters in this book are truly top notch, some of the best historical romance characters I have had the pleasure of reading.

The plot moved at a fast pace, although the sensual scenes are still lacking some of the heat that Victoria Dahl's more recent work has. I am not sure if it is her still learning here to because of the genre of the book. The scenes are still pretty hot, especially one of the first ones, you will know what I am talking about when you read it.

I loved that this book wasn't the same cookie cutter historical romance, I loved the gambling mix in there and I adored Emma in every sense of the word. I will definitely continue to read this trilogy.

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