Publisher submission in exchange for an honest review.
Last Rake Standing
January 28, 2011
In Victorian London, Emma Hale leads two lives. As Le Petite Oiseau, in corset and pink feathers, she'd the reigning queen of the music hall; offstage she's a prim-faced theatre seamstress. For years these two women have shared on body; now the share something else—forbidden love for a man who could destroy them both.
Marcus Craven, Duke of Penhale, wants Le Petite Oiseau as his mistress, but he's also sworn to hunt down and revenge himself on the hazel-eyed girl who once shot at him with a dueling pistol. On this winter's evening when he finds both women in his path, he suddenly faces a dilemma.
What exactly does Marcus want? The fiery, passionate actress or the quiet "mouse" hiding in her shadow?
Perhaps this notorious rake wants them both.
The book started a bit slow but started picking up, and then you did not want to put the book down. Emma does a wonderful job separating her two lives until the Duke comes along. He sees both sides to the woman. Does he know they are one in the same? What happens if he does and wants both?
After the book picked up I did enjoy reading both sides to Emma. She is spunky, stands her ground and is very blunt, which most of the men like about her. Emma has her eyes on one man, even when she tries to send him away. Emma has a secret and hope the Duke does not recognize her.
This was a cute read and I would read it again. The author does a good job with the characters. It makes you feel you are right there.