The Rakess

The Rakess

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"Meet the Society of Sirens--three radical, libertine ladies determined to weaponize their scandalous reputations to fight for justice and the love they deserve ... She's a Rakess on a quest for women's rights ... Seraphina Arden's passions include equality, amorous affairs, and wild, wine-soaked nights. To raise funds for her cause, she's set to publish explosive memoirs exposing the powerful man who ruined her. Her ideals are her purpose, her friends are her family, and her paramours are forbidden to linger in the morning. He's not looking for a summer lover ... Adam Anderson is a wholesome, handsome, widowed Scottish architect, with two young children, a business to protect, and an aversion to scandal. He could never, ever afford to fall for Seraphina. But her indecent proposal--one month, no strings, no future--proves too tempting for a man who strains to keep his passions buried with the losses of his past. But one night changes everything ... What began as a fling soon forces them to confront painful secrets--and yearnings they thought they'd never have again. But when Seraphina discovers Adam's future depends on the man she's about to destroy, she must decide what to protect ... her desire for justice, or her heart."--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, NY : Avon Books, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2020]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2020
ISBN: 9780062935618
Branch Call Number: FIC PECKHAM 2020
Characteristics: xiii, 383 pages ; 17 cm


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Feb 27, 2021

Well, what could have been a great storyline with strong women, fell on its face here. A story of women who faced the consequences of loosing their innocence in old society. but compared to the men who defiled them, their suffering was far worse. Story was a little on the cheesy side and predictable.

ReadingAdviser_Sally Oct 21, 2020

A very cute switch up from the usual male rake becoming reformed role. Our rakess was strong, sexy and sure of herself but she had to learn a few lessons about love. I also enjoyed the slightly Gothic feel to the story, perfect for a cozy fall night.

JessicaGma Aug 27, 2020

This was a very satisfying read after having read a few romances that hit a few things I liked, but were quite dull. This one had a great deal of heart, a few jokes, and solid leads. I quite enjoyed it, especially as the female lead was a feminist. A very clever start to a series.

RandomLibrarian Jul 10, 2020

Review excerpt: "This book is refreshing in how it stays true to many of the qualities I love in historical romance (lots of sex, fabulous clothes, gorgeous scenery, phsical and emotional passion) while it challenges other common romantic tropes by making the woman the “Rake” figure and by examining what a happy ending might look like to a woman dedicated to women’s rights in 1797. It’s not perfect. Seraphina and Adam spend much of the book apart, and one particular conflict is a bit rushed in its resolution, which is all the more surprising since the other conflicts are dealt with so well. However, I can’t remember the last time a historical made me so happy. My personal attachment to the women’s rights leaders of the 1700’s and 1800’s made the happy resolution even more touching.

I haven’t been this excited about a historical in ages and I am eagerly waiting for the next installment in this series. The combination of personal catnip with descriptive language and complex characterization is spot on. I recommend this for fans of vocal feminism, found family, angst, and explicit sex in their historicals. I plan to read my copy many, many times!"


Mar 18, 2020

Peckham excels at blending wonderfully steamy sex scenes with the beautiful vulnerability of falling in love, at the power and dedication of female friendship, of characters on the fringe of the society so often portrayed in historical romance. I loved every minute of this book, even if the title is terrible.


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ReadingAdviser_Sally Oct 15, 2020

I was the kind of girl who's offered money, not redemption.

ReadingAdviser_Sally Oct 15, 2020

She wept for herself, for her unbearable sadness, her own capacity for cruelty, the terrible force of her rage.


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