Days of Rakes and Roses by Anna Campbell

Posted September 20, 2014 by Jonetta in Book Review | | 0 Comments

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Days of Rakes and Roses by Anna CampbellDays of Rakes and Roses by Anna Campbell
Series: Sons of Sin #1.5
Published by Forever on July 2, 2013
Genres: Historical Romance
Pages: 93
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
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four-stars

Lady Lydia Rothermere has spent the past decade trying to make up for a single, youthful moment of passion. Now the image of propriety, Lydia knows her future rests on never straying outside society's rigid rules, but hiding away the desire that runs through her is harder than she could have ever dreamed. And as she prepares for a marriage that will suit her family, but not her heart, Lydia must decide what's more important: propriety or passion?

Simon Metcalf is a rake and adventurer. But for all his experience, nothing can compare to the kiss he stole from the captivating Lydia Rothermere ten years ago. Simon can scarcely believe he's about to lose the one woman he's never forgotten. The attraction between them is irresistible, yet Lydia refuses to forsake her engagement. With his heart on the line, will Simon prove that love is a risk worth taking?

Quick summary
Lady Lydia Rothermere was caught in a compromising situation 10 years ago with Simon Metcalf. She spent the years in between being a paragon of virtue and modest behavior. He left the country and, rumor has it, lived the life of a rake. Now he’s back when she’s just days from marrying a man she doesn’t love.

What I liked
I really liked how the story starts with Lydia’s point of view and then shifts to Simon’s. The picture she paints of him gets redrawn once I discovered what he’d been up to for the last ten years. I was at first reluctant to root for him but, things changed.

It’s no secret that these two will end up together but the path back was more than a bit rocky. This series isn’t titled Sons of Sin for nothing as both Lydia and Simon have questionable heritages. Though she’s the daughter of a Duke, Lydia’s passionate nature doesn’t fall far from the proverbial apple tree and the story doesn’t disappoint.

The bottom line
I loved the first book in the series and though this one is short, it sets up the next books in the series very effectively while giving us Lydia and Simon’s story. It’s one of the better historical romances on my shelf.

About Anna Campbell

Anna Campbell was born in Brisbane, Australia, and grew up on an avocado farm with views of Moreton Bay and Stradbroke Island. She writes Regency historical romance for Grand Central Publishing and Avon.

Campbell received an English literature degree at Queensland University. She spent three years working in a bank before living in the UK for two years. She returned to Australia working at a number of jobs until she moved to Sydney where she worked at a charity which subtitled TV programs for the deaf and hearing impaired.

During this time Campbell continued writing. After joining Romance Writers of Australia, she gained more focus. Then one day, she got this idea for a dark sexy Regency historical about a duke who wants to marry his mistress, London’s most notorious courtesan. And ‘No Ordinary Duchess’, which Avon released in April 2007 as Claiming The Courtesan, was born. It went on to final in the Romance Writers of America RITA Award for best Regency Romance and the Romance Writers of Australia Romantic Book of the Year Award. Among numerous awards, it was both best debut and book of year of 2007 in Michelle Buonfiglio’s Romance: B(u)y the Book, best long historical in the Booksellers Best Awards and best first historical in the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Awards. Campbell was also voted best new author in the All About Romance reader poll of 2007. Her second book for Avon, Untouched, was published in December 2007. It also won numerous awards and was a finalist in both the RITA Awards and the Australian Romantic Book of the Year Awards.

The Sons of Sin series was launched in 2012 with the release of Seven Nights in a Rogue’s Bed.

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