Series | The Cavensham Heiresses #6
Release Date | February 25, 2020
Published by St. Martin's Press
Genres | Historical Romance
Format | ARC
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Her first marriage was an epic failure.
Lady Avalon Warwyck never did love her husband. Arrogant, selfish, and cruel, it’s a blessing when she’s widowed and left to raise her son all by herself. Finally, Avalon can live freely and do the work she loves: helping fallen women become businesswomen. She’s lived these past ten years with no desire to remarry―that is, until Mr. Devan Farris comes to town.
Can he convince her to take another chance at happily ever after?
Devan Farris―charming vicar, reputed rake, and the brother of Avalon’s son’s guardian―is reluctantly sent to town to keep tabs on Avalon and her son. Devan wishes he didn’t have to meddle in her affairs; he’s not one to trod on a woman’s independent nature and keen sense of convictions. But she’ll have nothing to do with vicar with a wild reputation―even though he’s never given his heart and body to another. If only he could find a way to show Avalon who he really is on the inside―a good, true soul looking for its other half. But how can prove that he wants to love and care for her. . .until death do they part?
Historical romance is not a genre that I normally gravitate towards, but I made it a goal of mine to read more of them in 2020. And Wild,Wild Rake kicked things off for me, this year. Rake (well not the tool to collect leaves) and vicar were fairly new terms to, so it was interesting to learn about what that actually entailed in this one.
With this being my first read by Janna, I was completely sucked in from the very beginning. She even had my heart breaking and about ready to break down and cry because of what Avalon was put through by her horrible husband. Ten years later and a widow, she definitely made the most of her life and of course, Devan was coming to shake things up. And I was here for every moment of it.
I liked that they definitely had that enemies to lovers sort of relationship or well, just the constant dislike for one another. Because it really played into their present and made their story a lot more exciting to read about. However, Devan had some making up to do, but of course, it didn’t take him too long to win me over.
These two had a lot of growth during the story, I loved that Avalon was finally able to get past her insecurities and let her walls down. There were times when Devan seemed to play around a bit too much, but he totally ended up being the man that Avalon needed.
I haven’t read a lot of historical fiction and the language is definitely something to get used to. I enjoyed this one immensely and can’t wait to pick up my next read by Janna!
major thank you to the tlc for the complimentary copy in consideration for a review. this does not affect my opinion of the book or review.