Wild, Wild Rake by Janna MacGregor: Review

I received a copy of Janna MacGregor’s Wild, Wild Rake through Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours for review purposes. As always, this review reflects only my honest thoughts on the book.

Wild, Wild Rake
by Janna MacGregor

Publication Date: February 25, 2020
St. Martin’s Press
eBook & Paperback; 368 Pages

Series: The Cavensham Heiresses, Book #6
Genre: Historical Romance

 

 

Her first marriage was an epic fail.

Lady Avalon Warwyk never did love her husband. Arrogant, selfish, and cruel, it’s a blessing when she’s widowed and left to raise her son all by herself. Finally, Avalon can live freely and do the work she loves: helping fallen women become businesswomen. She’s lived these past ten years with no desire to remarry―that is, until Mr. Devan Farris comes to town.

Can he convince her to take another chance at happily ever after?

Devan Farris―charming vicar, reputed rake, and the brother of Avalon’s son’s guardian―is reluctantly sent to town to keep tabs on Avalon and her son. Devan wishes he didn’t have to meddle in her affairs; he’s not one to trod on a woman’s independent nature and keen sense of convictions. But she’ll have nothing to do with vicar with a wild reputation―even though he’s never given his heart and body to another. If only he could find a way to show Avalon who he really is on the inside―a good, true soul looking for its other half. But how can prove that he wants to love and care for her…until death do they part?

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My Review

When I first read Janna MacGregor’s Rogue Most Wanted (review here), the character of Avalon quickly caught my eye. So, when the chance to review Wild, Wild Rake came along and gave me the chance to follow her story, I was so excited to dive in! After reading, I’ve come to one conclusion: I need to somehow get my hands on the full series as soon as I can!

Like Devan and his friends, I wasn’t sure I liked Avalon at first.  But, the more I learnt about her and her background, I couldn’t love her more.  Even as her story came to a close, I found myself rooting for a beautiful future for her and her family–a long-term happily ever after.  I could picture Devan, too, in absolute bliss, turning a life he didn’t necessarily long for to one he can’t help but love.

And, in what’s becoming a trend for me, I was equally invested in the background characters.  I want to know more about Sophia and Marcus, Penelope and Edward, Mary and young Richard, Henri, Flora and Jasmine…. Every character that so much as passes through on the page is so beautifully brought to life.  I only wish I could sneak into that portion of the author’s mind to learn everything I can about each one!

Wild, Wild Rake drew me in in so many ways, but another aspect that especially stood out to me was its timing.  As the book went on, I found myself wondering, “This happened, what else is going on through the next X pages?” Full disclosure: I stayed up far too late one night to finish the last several chapters!

I’m crossing my fingers to read more of Janna MacGregor’s Cavensham Heiresses series soon, and can’t recommend this one enough in the meantime.

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Praise for the Cavensham Heiresses Series

“Full-bodied romance…with intelligence and heart.”―New York Times bestselling author Cathy Maxwell

“Sparkling…MacGregor brings England’s Regency era to life.” ―Publishers Weekly

“Beautifully defined, exceptionally appealing.” ―Booklist (starred review) on The Bad Luck Bride

About the Author

Janna MacGregor was born and raised in the bootheel of Missouri. She credits her darling mom for introducing her to the happily-ever-after world of romance novels. Janna writes stories where compelling and powerful heroines meet and fall in love with their equally matched heroes. She is the mother of triplets and lives in Kansas City with her very own dashing rogue, and two smug, but not surprisingly, perfect pugs.

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Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, February 24
Review at Rose is Reading

Tuesday, February 25
Review at Robin Loves Reading
Review at Books In Their Natural Habitat

Wednesday, February 26
Review at Chicks, Rogues, and Scandals

Thursday, February 27
Feature at YA, It’s Lit

Saturday, February 29
Review at Reading is My Remedy

Sunday, March 1
Review at Historical Graffiti
Review at Carole Rae’s Random Ramblings

Monday, March 2
Review at Gwendalyn’s Books

Tuesday, March 3
Excerpt at What Is That Book About

Wednesday, March 4
Review at Bookish Bellee

Friday, March 6
Review at Historical Romance Lover

Monday, March 9
Review at Amy’s Booket List

Tuesday, March 10
Review at The Romance Dish
Excerpt at I’m All About Books

Wednesday, March 11
Review at Bookish Rantings

Thursday, March 12
Review at Jessica Belmont

Friday, March 13
Review at A Chick Who Reads

Monday, March 16
Excerpt at The Lit Bitch

Tuesday, March 17
Feature at Historical Fiction with Spirit

Thursday, March 19
Excerpt at Cover To Cover Cafe

Friday, March 20
Review at Coffee and Ink
Review at Pencils and Pages

Giveaway

During the Blog Tour, we are giving away a paperback copy of Wild, Wild Rake! To enter, please use the Gleam form below.

Giveaway Rules

– Giveaway ends at 11:59 pm EST on March 20th. You must be 18 or older to enter.
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– The winner has 48 hours to claim prize or a new winner is chosen.

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