The Spinster: As a maiden aunt, Gillian Redfern lives as an unpaid servant to her demanding family. Little wonder she finds the attentions of a rake distracting, and even less wonder that her usual good sense begins to unravel when Lord Marlow takes her in his arms.
The Rake: Ronan Patrick Blakely, Lord Marlow, is a man of great charm and little moral character, a gambler, a womanizer, and handsome as sin to boot. He has no qualms about placing a wager on the virtue of one small, shy spinster.
But Lord Marlow is about to discover that Miss Redfern is more siren than spinster. She amuses him, arouses him, and, much to his dismay, makes him a better man. Gillian will discover, in turn, that Lord Marlow possesses the power to turn her into a very wicked woman. The rake and the spinster are poised to find a love that neither could have imagined.
If only someone weren't out to destroy them both . . .
Anne Stuart recently celebrated her forty years as a published author. She has won every major award in the romance field and appeared on the bestseller list of the New York Times, Publisher's Weekly, and USA Today, as well as being featured in Vogue, People Magazine, and Entertainment Tonight. Anne lives by a lake in the hills of Northern Vermont with her fabulous husband.
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Fun and Lighthearted Read
The Spinster and the Rake was a quick and light read, basically what you would expect from a Regency Romance written in the early 80's.
When I read this book I did not realize that it was a reissue to ebook format from an earlier book. This totally explains why there was no point in the book when Ronan considered killing Gillian.
Ronan is a good old fashion rake. A romance and leave 'em hanging type of rake and not really a probable sociopath like most of the love interests in Stuart's later books. To be honest, I kind of missed the edge of a dangerous and unpredictably violent hero. But I still enjoyed the book.
I liked Gillian (even though she was a bit of a victim in the beginning). She does start pushing back at her family's insistence on controlling her and her life and I appreciated this bit of character development. I also liked Ronan (even through he wasn't exactly evil). I liked that he was honestly interested in Gillian as a person and did want to protect her from his own past mistakes.
The Spinster and the Rake was an entertaining book and I would recommend it to anyone who likes lighter romantic stories.
I received an ARC for an honest review.
Enjoyable short romance
I was generously given an ARC for an honest review. The book was a short read but very enjoyable. I've the Rohan series and the Ice series........loved them both. I think this is one of her older books but it did not feel dated. Gillian the heroine finds herself coming out a rut by her interactions with Ronan. The hero is classic Stuart......falls in love with the heroine yet is too stubborn to admit it and does things he will regret later. Gillian is a strong and sweet heroine. She truly comes out of her shell and self-imposed spinsterhood as she falls in,one with Ronan. Her family is annoying but I liked the fact that she became stronger with her brother.