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"The Lure of a Rake" is a Heart Wrenching story with two mentally abused H/H by there parents. Parents are suppose to love you but the H/H Cedric Falcot Marquis of St. Albans, heir to the Duke of Ravenscourt and Lady Genevieve Ferndale daughter of a Marquis have the worst parents.
Genevieve age 18 has been jilted at the alter by the Duke of Aumere and he lies as to why he did this. Telling her parents and the ton that she lost her virtue to his brother. He lies on poor Genevieve and her parents and the ton believe him over her and she is sent to live with her grandfather in the country for 5 years. She had not receive not one letter or heard from her parent and sister in anyway. Until she is summoned back to London. Her father blames her because her younger sister has not receive any marriage proposal. So he must marry her off to and old elderly friend of his.
Cedric Falcot the Marquis of St. Albans father took him away from his mother and sister as the age of 5 to teach him how to be a Duke. To instill in him to be cold, never show emotions or compassion and never fall in love. Women are to be used to get heirs and whores for pleasure. Cedric's mother dies a few years after he was taken from her, so he never knew motherly love. His father brought him a whore to teach him how to have sex at the age of 13. Nothing Cedric did was enough for his father. Just like Genevieve they had uncaring, unloving parents. Who set them on a cold, lonely road of Apathy.
Until at a Ball Genevieve sneaks off to the library to remove her tight fitting shoes. The ball was for Cedric that his father was giving to make him choose a wife and get a heir or he will be cut off. No money and no property. Cedric is hiding out in the library and the two lonely loveless H/H meet.
This story was fast moving I stayed up all night reading it. Its was so emotional and you want this couple to find some love and some happiness together. They belong together. Two hurt wounded souls. That once they are married still struggle to except love. I fell in love with Genevieve and Cedric.
The only problem I had was the abrupt ending to the story. I would have liked to see an epilog. This was a really good story. That will have you routing for Cedric and Genevieve.
Any additional comments?
Fairly good story but the parents of both H/h just should not have been portrayed as so incredibly bad- I think the author did an overkill on that part. I guess the author made them so bad in order to support the plot line (people severely damaged by their upbringing by vicious parents). The story was engaging but was not at all believable. I never could figure out if the heroine was plain or beautiful and could not accept that the brief meeting of the H/h in the library could support such great attraction. In retrospect, I don't think I would have purchased this book if I had know more about it.