Rescued by the RakeRescued by the Rake by Bess Greenfield

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Genre: Historical Romance/20th Century

Series: Balencourt #2

Source: Received for an honest review from the author

Book Description(Courtesy of Amazon)

 April 2, 2015
A Lady in Disguise

Desperate to leave her past behind, Claudine Valencourt is less than thrilled to encounter the one man she could never forget. Not surprisingly, gorgeous self-made millionaire Leonardo Barnett doesn’t recognize her when he walks into a sleazy Paris cabaret in the middle of her performance. He never took much notice of her in the first place, and seven years have passed since her unfortunate infatuation. No longer naïve about men, she’s well aware of his womanizing reputation, but when he promises her exactly what she needs—escape, a means of independence, a new beginning in New York—she can’t resist.

Despite her best judgment, she can’t resist Leo either. When the allegedly self-absorbed entertainment magnate surprises her with compassion, tenderness, and wit, her dormant longings flame back to life stronger than ever. But dare she trust him with her secrets and her heart? With adventure and exquisite passion come disturbing revelations and inconceivable dangers for a lady pretending to be someone she’s not.

A Millionaire’s Prize

After one woman’s treachery destroyed his future, it took years for Leo to rebuild his life and succeed on his own terms. It only takes a few days for a vulnerable young beauty with a heartbreaking voice to pierce through his cynicism and defenses. Her warmth and guileless sensuality reveal a protective instinct he never knew he had and a desire that was there all along. His self-restraint battles with his yearning to keep his precious discovery for himself, and he soon realizes the folly of promises he could never keep.

(Previously titled Instant Sensation)
Rescued by the Rake is a full-length novel of 86,000 words.)

**An added note:  For a limited, on sale for 99 cents**


*Previously titled Instant Sensation*

Book 2 in the “Valencourt”series, but can be read as a stand alone. A new author to me. A turn of the 20th century Paris and New York tale and what a tale. Witty dialog, intrigue, passion, the Cabaret, the lower classes, the upper classes who love to indulge, trust, betrayal, secrets, finding love and romance, makes this an intriguing tale. A unique tale with many facets of life, people and love.
The heroine was very unsure of herself, in the beginning but by the end of the story had found her place. The hero had been terribly wronged in the past which led him down a different path in life.
The cast of characters are realistic, believable, endearing and engaging. There are more than one villains in this tale, which is unique in itself.
You will smile, frown and cry as you learn the details of the past of these intriguing characters. Oh, then there are the times you want to kick butt as well. Intriguing and intriguing. I hope fans of Ms. Greenfield learn more on some of the characters including the villains in later stories. The ending was a but abrupt, ending very quickly, but still gave the reader a satisfying ending. Fans of 20th century history, the Cabaret, Paris, and New York will enjoy “Rescued by the Rake”. Well done! A satisfying and enjoyable read!

*Received for an honest review from the author*

**Cross-posted on My Book Addiction Reviews**

Rating: 4
Heat rating: Mild
Reviewed by: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More