I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.How to Rescue a Rake by Jayne Fresina
Series: Book Club Belles Society #3
Also in this series: Once Upon a Kiss
Genres: Historical, Historical Romance, Romance, Regency
Reject his marriage proposal
Nathaniel Sherringham has returned to Hawcombe Prior a changed man. Gone is the reckless rake who went out on a limb to propose to Diana Makepiece three years ago. Now Nate's mysterious new wealth has the town's rumor mill spinning. To stir things up (and get Diana's attention), Nate boldly announces his plans to marry "any suitable girl" under the age of 25.
Diana, now 27 and still single, is acutely aware of Nate's return. When her mother suggests a trip to visit a cousin in Bath, Diana leaps at the chance to escape the heartbreak and regret she can't help but feel in Nate's presence...and avoid his irritating charade to find a bride.
But for Nate, Diana has always been the one. He might just have to follow her to Bath and once again lay his heart on the line to win her attention-and her heart.
Love watching Diana blossom into herself.
Thoughts on How to Rescue a Rake
When I stumbled across the latest Jayne Fresina book on NetGalley, I knew I had to have it. I’ve read all the previous Book Club Belles Society books (including the novella) and one of her previous series, Sydney Dovedale. I was reasonably certain that I’d be pleased with How to Rescue a Rake, and it proved to be an enjoyable read.
Most Jayne Fresina books fall between a 3.5 and 4 star rating for me, and How to Rescue a Rake was no different. The first book of the series, Once Upon a Kiss, was my favorite of the series, and that hasn’t changed with this book, but it was nice to see Diana and Nathaniel finally get their romance, since it’s been hinted at for the entire series.
The one shining spot in this book was Diana’s transformation from meek and obedient daughter to a confident woman. Diana’s oppressed not just by the time she lives in, but by her mother’s strict rules. She’s quiet and overlooked by others, which is something that’s relatable, and watching Nathaniel rediscover Diana and be the one to truly see her was sweet.
I couldn’t always track how Nathaniel felt toward Diana — he seemed to switch between angry and not angry (wanting her? desperate to get a reaction from her? dunno) often enough that I was never quite sure where he stood, at least until later parts of the book. After Diana turned down his proposal, he set off and actually made something of himself, but I also would have liked to see him redeemed more in the eyes of… well, everyone.
How to Rescue a Rake was an enjoyable addition to the Book Club Belles Society, and it leaves the door open for more books — if not in this series, then in a spin-off series. While How to Rescue a Rake doesn’t quite dig as emotionally deep as say Courtney Milan, Tessa Dare, or Sarah MacLean, it’s a worthy book to spend a quick afternoon with.