Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for the complimentary ARC. All opinions provided are my own.
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I haven’t read very many pairings like this: a charmer rake who’s actually working as a spy for the Crown & a rebel *once arrested* for her political convictions who’s now hiding from her notoriety & surviving as a Lady’s Companion.
There’s so much going on in the background of Emily Sullivan’s The Rebel and the Rake & she weaves the various aspects with skill: blackmail, family dramatics, ton maneuverings, etc.
Against this backdrop our rake Rafe Davies falls for the usually unassuming, largely ignored by the aristocracy heroine, Sylvia, a lead who’s compelling for me. University-educated & willing to go to great lengths for her beliefs, *including* having heated conversations with the Hot Hero about them, she’s admirable.
Sullivan writes a well-crafted story—she takes risks & her writing style is easy to tumble for. I think she has a big future in historical romance & I’m really looking forward to seeing what she writes next.
But I didn’t always care for how the hero acts in this one—his feelings for Sylvia feel deep quickly & I didn’t totally buy it. I also didn’t 💯 enjoy how he fails to fully appreciate what she does for him at one point in the story.
In the end, I’ll remember how fine a writer Emily Sullivan is but not necessarily this book itself 🥴. With that being said, definitely check out the first book in the series, A Rogue to Remember, if you haven’t already & expect great things from her to come!
4 ⭐️. Release date: 12/28.
Give me that HEA, please.
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