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July 21, 2013

NEVER KISS A RAKE by Anne Stuart

NEVER KISS A RAKE                                                3 STARS
Scandal  At The House of Russell
Book One
by Anne Stuart

Expected publication date: August 20, 2013

Anguished by death. Driven by revenge.

Bryony Russell and her two sisters are left destitute by the disgrace and unexpected death of their father, a wealthy shipping magnate. He left a cryptic note, and Bryony is determined to find the real villain and clear her father’s name. In disguise as a servant, Bryony infiltrates the home of her father’s business partner to find proof of his guilt…or innocence. It’s not just clues that Bryony finds, but temptation too…

Adrian Bruton, Earl of Kilmartyn, immediately suspects there is something not quite right about his new housekeeper. The brooding, irresistible rake plays along because he has his own guilty secrets, and his venal, scheming wife holds the key to them, trapping him in a hate-filled marriage. But against his will he’s fascinated by Bryony, seeing past the scars on her face to show her the beauty she never knew she had. Bryony must uncover the truth and attempt to preserve her father’s legacy, before things go too far and she falls in love with a man who might very well be her worst enemy.

This book, NEVER KISS A RAKE is Book One in the awaited trilogy about the Russell sisters.  Her father had part ownership in a company and is now being accused of stealing money. The family lived with a cloud of shame over their heads.  There was a suspicious carriage accident and he was killed.  The sisters feel that their father was put in the forefront of illegal money laundering and was murdered.  Bryony the oldest goes to work as a servant for the Earl of Kilmaryn's household, Adrian Bruton.  She hopes to discover the real truth about her father.  Adrian was also part owner of the company and he is left untouched by the money laundering.  Bryony thinks he is the prime suspect, guilty of theft and murder of her father.  Ms. Stuart describes Adrian Bruton as witty, a little dangerous and the redeeming quality of this  novel. You had to feel a little sad for Bryony, with the scars left from small pox.  Adrian was a cad and I just didn't like to see any romance between him and Bryony.  Unfaithful husbands are not to be trusted, especially by their wives. I felt Adrian deserved the wife he had,  She was evil and the two of them belonged with each other. The book is full of a little bit of suspense, romance and mystery.  I haven't read any of the author's books.  Perhaps I should.  I'm basing my opinion on one book. I have to say it's an OK book but just not for me.  Everyone has their own opinion of what they read.  If you like a historical romance,mystery read then go pick up a copy and read.  Your opinion might be different.

I would give this book, 3 STARS.

I received a complimentary copy of this book, NEVER KISS A RAKE by the author, Anne Stuart, from Night Owl Reviews for this honest review.

Anne Stuart is a grandmaster of the genre, winner of Romance Writers of America's prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award, survivor of more than thirty-five years in the romance business, and still just keeps getting better.

Her first novel was Barrett's Hill, a Gothic romance published by Ballantine in 1974 when Anne had just turned 25. Since then she's written more Gothics, regencies, romantic suspense, romantic adventure, series romance, suspense, historical romance, paranormal and mainstream contemporary romance for publishers such as Doubleday, Harlequin, Silhouette, Avon, Zebra, St. Martins Press, Berkley, Dell, Pocket Books and Fawcett.

She’s won numerous awards, appeared on most bestseller lists, and speaks all over the country. Her general outrageousness has gotten her on Entertainment Tonight, as well as in Vogue, People, USA Today, Women’s Day and countless other national newspapers and magazines.

When she’s not traveling, she’s at home in Northern Vermont with her luscious husband of thirty-six years, an empty nest, three cats, four sewing machines, and one Springer Spaniel, and when she’s not working she’s watching movies, listening to rock and roll (preferably Japanese) and spending far too much time quilting.

Anne Stuart also writes as Kristina Douglas.

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