Rakes Retreat Mass Market Paperback – Mar 4 1999
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Some spoilers follow but first a general warning: the story is not about the young actress who discovers the murder, but about her rescuer Mr Beecham Bryce and a Lady Jemima Vale who is an amateurish artist, in all senses of that word. And no - Lady Jemima's art skills play no part in the story, except to permit her to appreciate the greater aristic skills of others.
The story is not about murder and intrigue, although those do play some part in the story, in forcing Lady Jemima to remove to the house of a well-known rake, and the intrigue elements become crucial at one point very late in the story. However, the love story itself is not dependent on the murder nor on the intrigue, except in permitting the author to bring the couple together at the beginning. So, if you are looking for a book full of a hero and heroine (and villains) dashing about the countryside, you will be disappointed. And yes, there is a villain (more than one, actually) but the real villain's identity comes as a surprise.
I won't tell you too much about the rest of the story, for fear of spoiling other discoveries for you. Once I got past the first four or five pages, I found myself engrossed in the book - rooting for the hero and heroine alike, and hoping sincerely that the hero, in particular, would be able to actually read the heroine's mind.Read more ›
Atypical of conventional Regency heores, Beecham Bryce is not a memeber of the peerage--he is a mere "MR." Beecham Bryce while our heroine Jemima Vale is addressed as Lady Jemima (since her brother is a Lord). However, this in no way diminishes the hero's appeal. Bryce is pstrong,wealthy and extremely talented! He is nothing but charming and caring towards Lady Jemima when a murder throws the two together. See, Bryce is instantly intrigued and smitten by Jemima when he first sets eyes on her. As circumstances have placed Jemima under his roof, he decides to seduce her out of her maidenly reserves. Things do not go as planned, however, and Bryce soon finds that his feelings for the lovely "Lady J" run deeper than he cares to admit!
Jemima, on the other hand, is a thoroughly adorable character. She is just as witty and enchanting as Bryce, and is his perfect match. Of course, at first she tries to fend off Bryce's advances and seductive lures. But what makes me so fond of Jemima is that as soon as she discovers that she desires him just as badly, she is not ashamed or afraid to act on her needs!
The scene where Bryce and Jemima finally get together makes me so happy for them that I wanted to scream! In addition to a pair of lovable protagonists, THE RAKE'S RETREAT also offers adventure, espionage and action that add spice to (but never over-shadow) the romantic part of the story. I highly recommand it!!
Most recent customer reviews
I've now read a number of Nancy Butler's novels and, thus far, this one is the very best. A story of a mature woman and a rake with a sad and bad past is always a pleasurable plot... Read morePublished on March 18 2003 by Susan Smith
Nancy Butler has a way of making her rakes interesting. This is not an easy thing to do since a regency rake cannot be too bad lest the reader dislike him, yet if he has no bad... Read morePublished on May 12 2002 by Lucy
My very first book by this author nearly put me off entirely - by the blurb on the back cover. It was a while before I could bring myself to pick it up and to go beyond the first... Read morePublished on May 29 2001 by bookjunkiereviews
This is the most refreshing Regency I have read in some time! Not only are Lady Jemima and Beecham Bryce intriguing characters but I thoroughly enjoyed the supporting cast as... Read morePublished on April 24 2001 by Allison Hagen
The story description for this book almost put me off, with its concentration on a murder mystery plot. Read morePublished on Feb. 20 2000 by Dr W. Richards