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Review: Letter from a Rake by Sasha Cottman

Title: Letter from a Rake
Author: Sasha Cottman
Source: Netgalley
Genre: Historical Romance
Length: Novel
Reviewer: CaroleDee

The unconventional Miss Millie Ashton, recently arrived from India, finds England a cold and dismal place. The fashionable ladies of London society look down their noses at her and it isn't long before Millie is planning her return to the country she considers home.

When Millie befriends the high-spirited Lucy Radley, she also meets Lucy's handsome brother, 'Alex the Great' and things take a turn for the better. Alex, the Marquess of Brooke, is considered the most eligible bachelor in London, yet he appears fascinated by the independent Millie.

Against the odds, their unlikely friendship deepens. But Alex has a secret and when a love letter goes astray, it threatens to destroy all their happiness...

Can Millie and Alex overcome the obstacles in their path to find true love? Or will one miscommunication ruin everything?




I'm going to come right out with it and say that I, obviously, was not the target audience for this book.

Yes, I love historical romances and yes I love when the 'underdog' beats out all of the 'popular' girls and gets the handsome hero. BUT, and this is a big BUT, I do NOT like NA (new adult) books. And believe it or not, Letter From a Rake was, in fact, a NA book set in historical England.

The characters were far too immature. The only rake-like characteristics that Alex shows is his penitent for getting trashed on alcohol every once in a while. To me a rake is debauched. He's got mistresses, and gambles, drinks steadily, and is experienced. At 23 he just didn't have what it takes to be a proper rake. What completely turned me off to Alex was a little scene where he royally screws up his chances with Millie; he goes home and:

"wrapped his arm around his body and hugged himself. With eyes tightly shut he rocked back and forth as the whole terrible reality of what he had done threatened to overwhelm him."

 Um... Yeah.. Not quit my type of hero. Sorry :( 

Millie was okay as a heroine. Sort of selfish (a typical NA trait) and naive (also NA)

I think the only character in the book that I actually found appealing was Millie's brother, Charles. He is what I look for in a hero.  He takes charge, and seems in control of himself while having a devilishly good time.

I'm really sorry that I didn't like this one. If anything it should appeal to a younger audience that want to dip their toes in to the Historical set.

Comments

  1. There are so many new romance sub-genres that I've never even heard of NA. Thanks for the review.

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