Sunday, April 8, 2012

Review & Giveaway: How to Ravish a Rake by Vicky Dreiling - Blog Tour

Title: How to Ravish a Rake
Series: How To Series #3
Author: Vicky Dreiling | Website
Available: Now
Genre: Historical Romance
Reading Level: Adult

Synopsis via Goodreads:


Amy Hardwick has one last Season to shake off her wallflower image and make a love match. If she can't, she'll set aside her dreams of romance and return home to a suitor who can provide security-if little else. What she doesn't count on is the inappropriate-and irresistible-attention lavished on her in a darkened library by rake extraordinaire Will "The Devil" Darcett . . .


When Will is caught in a tryst with the ton's shyest miss, he knows he must offer for her hand. Yet Amy is not the shrinking violet she seems to be. Passion lies beneath her prim exterior and Will is eager to release it. But winning Amy isn't simply a matter of seduction; first, Will must convince her that he's mended his wicked ways . . 

My thoughts:

First I have to comment on this cover. The colors and THAT dress and the guy! I am in love ♥ This is without a doubt my most favorite cover EVER!

Vicky Dreiling has quickly taken over the #1 spot on my list of favorite historical romance authors. She pairs smart and fun dialogue with well developed characters and premises unique to the historical romance genre. When picking up one of her novels I know it will be unlike anything else I have ever read. How to Ravish a Rake stays true to what I’ve come to expect from Dreiling and just might be her best novel yet. 

I enjoyed catching up with the characters I have come to love over the course of this series. Aunt Hester, Georgette, Beau, Charles Osgood, Hawk, and Julianne all make an appearance. I also loved meeting new characters I hope we get to know better in future novels (I'm talking about you Earl of Bellingham aka Bell).

After meeting Amy earlier in the series, I couldn't wait to see her finally get her HEA. I wasn't sold on her match with the classic youngest sibling, and notorious rake, Will. They are complete opposites, but that seemed to be what made their romance work. Will is somewhat childish at times, but that also seemed to fuel his wonderful sense of humor and love of adventure (the two things I loved most about him). Amy is always so levelheaded and sensible. Will is the perfect man to help her shed her wallflower image once and for all. He brings out a side of Amy that I'm not even sure she knew she had. I loved the amount of fun their romance contained. The progression of both characters was beautiful to watch. I was actually sad when the book ended. I didn’t want my time with Amy and Will to come to an end. I hope we get a glimpse of what happened after the final page in Dreiling's future novels.

How to Ravish a Rake was a pleasure to read. The reformation of the rake is a theme I don't think I'll ever tire of. I can't wait to see what Vicky Dreiling comes up with next.

My Rating:

Source: Received from publisher in exchange for my review.

Giveaway Details:

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  1. Thanks for the chance to win! I love historical romances. Been reading them for a long, long time.

  2. Great review.Thanks for the chance to win this

  3. I'm looking forward to reading How to Ravish a Rake, it sounds like a fantastic story.

  4. I'm looking forward to reading Vicky's work. Thanks for the giveaway

  5. I've read the first two books in this series and they were fabulous. I'm sure this book will be amazing also. Can't wait to read it to see what happens between Amy and Will. Thanks for the giveaway.

    Joanne B

  6. I really enjoyed the first 2 books in this series!

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  7. Thanks so much for the giveaway. I really enjoyed Vicky's debut.

  8. Yep, that guy is a total hottie! I like the colors as well :)

    I'm gonna go and check into her books more...I've been adding more historical romances to my TBR and trying to read them more as well. If only I didn't keeping getting books for review, lol.

  9. The trilogy sounds great. It's good to hear some of the earlier characters will make an appearance in this book.

  10. Sounds like a fun trilogy. Historical romances are so much fun to read. Thank you for the giveaway opportunity.

  11. this looks good. Thanks for giveaway

  12. What a really cool blog. A lot of bloggers really seek for giveaways so i think your blog is very generous.

  13. Thanks for the giveaway.