Baron of Rake Street (Book 2)
Baron of Rake Street (Book 2)
To escape the despicable betrothal her father is planning, Miss Emma Hunter lies about having a dowry in hopes of attracting a better suitor. Riddled with debts, rakish Lord Andrew St. John needs a wealthy wife to save his estates. But can a match founded on lies result in true love? A sweet Regency romance by USA Today bestselling author Jennifer Monroe!
A woman he overhears at a party boasting of her family’s wealth.
A woman who can change his life forever if she can believe just one little lie.
A woman named Miss Emma Hunter…
Lord St. John’s reckless ways at the Rake Street Gaming Hell has driven his estate to near bankruptcy. In desperation, Andrew relies on his one saving grace—charm. With each sweet kiss and tender whisper of love, he convinces naïve, wealthy women to part with both jewelry and coin. Still falling short, Andrew sets his sights on a beautiful young lady who apparently comes with the largest dowry he’s ever known.
The man whose great wealth can purchase her hand.
The man who can save her heart if he believes just one little lie.
A man named Andrew St. John, whose charm she cannot resist.
Miss Emma Hunter never forgot her introduction to the infamous Baron of Rake Street. The kiss he’d demanded left her breathless—and stole her heart. Unfortunately, her father has promised her hand to another, so any notion of love with Andrew is just a dream. But when Lord St. John requests to call on her, he makes her believe dreams can come true.
From seedy gaming hells to abandoned castles, Andrew is running out of time to right the wrongs of his past. Now the problem is not only his near-ruined estate, but the growing feelings he has for Emma. To win her heart, he must tell the truth—a game of chance with the highest stakes he has ever played.
USA Today bestselling author Jennifer Monroe writes Regency romances you can’t resist. Her stories are filled with first loves and second chances, dashing dukes, and strong heroines. Each turn of the page promises an adventure in love and many late nights of reading.
With over twenty books published, her nine-part series, The Secrets of Scarlett Hall, which tells the stories of the Lambert Children, remain a favorite with her readers.
Agnes Rutley, Headmistress of Miss Rutley’s Finishing School for Young Women, is quite ill and has called her girls back to her side. She asks each of the women to tell her a story, the story of how they fell in love. It’s Emma’s turn to tell the tale of how she and Andrew, Lord St. John (known as the Baron of Rake Street) found their happily ever after.
This is the story of a sweet romance that almost didn’t happen. It started with lies and secrets on the part of the hero and heroine. Each of them thinks the other is rich enough to solve all their problems. Not so. I liked Emma and Andrew, but thought they were immature and naïve. Miss Rutley and Lord Walcott are wonderful and encourage, cajole, and teach the couple how to clean up the mess and look to the future. Mrs. Shepherd is awesome. She is the cook, but she takes care of and protects Miss Rutley and the girls. The villain in the story, Lord Egerton, an unwanted suitor, is a skunk. This is the second story in the Sisterhood of Secrets. It’s a good read and I look forward to the other stories in the series.
Andrew & Emma’s love story was a pleasant, sweet read. They had a massive amount of obstacles overcome. Though I enjoyed how they each evolved from the other’s influence. Emma was a quiet, insecure girl who gained confidence and strength through Andrew’s love. Andrew was a swindler, a gambler and lacked the strength of character he needed to secure his future. I found his transformation the most extensive. Seeing himself through Emma’s eyes did change him, but I think it was his friendship and the tutelage of Lord Walcott that truly changed him. It was nice to see that relationship and show how a young man can right his life with the guidance of an older friend. There were some wise parables for everyone to take to heart to learn to be better people. Overall, it was a nice read and a sweet, fully enclosed Happy Ever After.
This is a sweet, clean read. Both Emma and Andrew have lied to each other about their financial situations. He has gambled away most of the fortune left to him by his father. She is promised to a Viscount in return for her father receiving a property. There are a few twists and turns throughout the story. It is a thoroughly enjoyable read. I would highly recommend it to anyone who likes romance novels and a HEA.