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4.5 starsSweet, tender, heartwarming and a joy to read Do I really need to write anythingThere are few thing to say about Rake with a Frozen Heart it s certainly not an original plot The rakish, brooding lord of the ton and the shy, plump governess, have been done ad nauseum by many romance writers And yet, this book manages to remain fresh, fast paced and very, very engaging with its extremely likable if or perhaps because of those imperfect heroes, the mystery plot that to my delig 4.5 starsSweet, tender, heartwarming and a joy to read Do I really need to write anythingThere are few thing to say about Rake with a Frozen Heart it s certainly not an original plot The rakish, brooding lord of the ton and the shy, plump governess, have been done ad nauseum by many romance writers And yet, this book manages to remain fresh, fast paced and very, very engaging with its extremely likable if or perhaps because of those imperfect heroes, the mystery plot that to my delight wasn t too thin nor too heavy, and the well balanced between stark and flowery writing The only reason I had to take half a star down, is because of the ending I would certainly prefer it if not all obstacles were so miraculously removed eventually.If it s been a while since you last read a good, old fashioned historical romance, that manages to captivate your emotions not with its twists and turns but with its smooth writing, its atmosphere and its nicely developed characters look no further ARC received by NetGalley This is a lovely book about an adorable artless governess and a typical embittered self flagellating Earlsinned against than sinned kinds The h, a dewy eyed blabbermouth n she does roll makes a fitting foil for our rigid cold rake.He rescues her from villains and her own naive stupiditythan once and she proceeds to chatter and skip and prod and poke into his frozen heart They make a perfect couple and I just loved their chemistry and interplay.But what I felt let the book dow This is a lovely book about an adorable artless governess and a typical embittered self flagellating Earlsinned against than sinned kinds The h, a dewy eyed blabbermouth n she does roll makes a fitting foil for our rigid cold rake.He rescues her from villains and her own naive stupiditythan once and she proceeds to chatter and skip and prod and poke into his frozen heart They make a perfect couple and I just loved their chemistry and interplay.But what I felt let the book down was the last part view spoiler When the H is unable to give his love and offers the less than honorable alternative, the h walks away Then her going to a rich titled aunt and getting an haute ton coming out was too meh and convenient I would have preferreddrama and build up and less I am too broken for you but still I m gonna impress u with my philanthropic efforts routine hide spoiler So a very predictable ending via a boring dragged out route for an otherwise delightful book tapping my foot here I haven t read any other books by this author, and after reading this one, provided by netgalley, I have to wander what exactly I ve been doing with my life.Yes, I really, really enjoyed this one It hits so many perfect notes for me, that it s almost hard to explain The writing flows so well that I really wishauthors could write like this It s not particularly grammatically correct, but she writes in the same style as her protagonists inner monologues, which is rather a clever way of us I haven t read any other books by this author, and after reading this one, provided by netgalley, I have to wander what exactly I ve been doing with my life.Yes, I really, really enjoyed this one It hits so many perfect notes for me, that it s almost hard to explain The writing flows so well that I really wishauthors could write like this It s not particularly grammatically correct, but she writes in the same style as her protagonists inner monologues, which is rather a clever way of using third person POV, but giving first person insight of both hero and heroine The book switches often between the hero and heroine POV, but not once did I feel lost It just felt totally natural, and for some reason, I found that the style meant I felt I was really there I could not only see the bluebells but smell them, and I could not only see the River Thames, but I could feel the grass on the banks next to it, and hear the ducks quacking I don t get that feeling very often, unfortunately.The story concentrates 90% on the hero and heroine, but that s not to say that secondary characters don t get a look in, and in fact, their backstories, for the purposes of moving the story along, are told concisely but completely, and, best of all, they all feel real, not the usual one dimensional, insipid, tea swilling friends that overpopulate HRs I very rarely read a HR where the story and characterization is strong enough that I almost forget what the hero and heroine actually look like This was one of those.I do have one minor complaint Well, it s not really a complaint really, but it did bother me an eensy weensy little bit Despite being sexually innocent, the heroine seems quite uninhibited after only a couple of rounds with the hero in the sack, in a way I found difficult to believe Although, to be fair, the heroine could be clearly an enthusiastic amateur , and I did actually appreciate the author s not falling into the heavy breasts and wet in her secret place type descriptions, which I hate So, the heroine is fabulous a completely refreshing change She is stridently honest, a breath of fresh air, and says what she thinks The hero is a sad, tragic case, but not in an irritating poor me way.So, loved it 5 stars A keeper, and I m now going to raid this author s backlist 4.7 heartbreakingly beautiful stars.Oh my God I just I I Oh God I m in awe I just loved this book so darned muchThis book had exactly, exactly, exactly what I want in a romance novel Innocent, delightful, original heroine Tick.Cynical, brooding hero with a heart Tick.Sizzling chemistry Tick.Cynical hero s frozen heart gets warmed by the heroine Tick.Deep, abiding and intense love Tick.God I loved this book The heroine was so utterly charming, and the hero just melted my heart 4.7 heartbreakingly beautiful stars.Oh my God I just I I Oh God I m in awe I just loved this book so darned muchThis book had exactly, exactly, exactly what I want in a romance novel Innocent, delightful, original heroine Tick.Cynical, brooding hero with a heart Tick.Sizzling chemistry Tick.Cynical hero s frozen heart gets warmed by the heroine Tick.Deep, abiding and intense love Tick.God I loved this book The heroine was so utterly charming, and the hero just melted my heart with his morals I just loved how he view spoiler stops himself from going further with her because he thinks so much better of her He stole my heart right then and there But no, he does it TWICE, this wonderful man hide spoiler The writing is simply amazing This author has to be one of the best I ve ever had the pleasure of reading The flow is so smooth, the vocabulary rich, and the dialogues so natural I loved loved loved her writing One of the most enjoyable pleasures about reading a book with tropes that you absolutely love is when the writing is as amazing as this book s writing was sigh Suffice it to say that I loved EVERYTHING about this book.I m definitely going to be checking outbooks by this author, God willing nods One thing I forgot to mention how very endearing his drunk scene was Rafe St Alban, the Earl of Pentland, is startled when he finds an unconscious young woman in a ditch near his home He s evenstartled when the woman, Henrietta, turns up as a stowaway in his carriage several days later, running away from an employer who accused her of stealing jewelry Against his better judgment, Rafe agrees to help her track down the real culprit and prove her innocence, but thetime he spends with the outspoken and compassionate Henrietta, the less he wants to let Rafe St Alban, the Earl of Pentland, is startled when he finds an unconscious young woman in a ditch near his home He s evenstartled when the woman, Henrietta, turns up as a stowaway in his carriage several days later, running away from an employer who accused her of stealing jewelry Against his better judgment, Rafe agrees to help her track down the real culprit and prove her innocence, but thetime he spends with the outspoken and compassionate Henrietta, the less he wants to let her go.I wound up liking this muchthan I initially expected to A slow start, an obvious mystery, an unoriginal match up of a young, naive, idealistic heroine with a brooding rake, and an inconsistent historical tone did not bode well Having finished it, I still can t recommend it to anyone who reads historicals primarily to feel transported to another era, because the plot pretty much ignores any period details that would be inconvenient Henrietta is left alone with Rafe in his bedroom she shares a room and a bed and eventually her body at an inn with him he grabs her at a public ball and drags her away to a private area, in full view of all the guests and none of this has any repercussions, or causes any concern For me, ignoring the tension caused by society s constraints is a waste of a historical setting.But despite its flaws, once past the beginning I found Rake With a Frozen Heart engaging It was fast paced and straightforward, with passionate love scenes and dialogue that establishes intimacy between the characters It was the dialogue, especially Rafe s, that really grabbed me The bitter man with a tragic secret is a romance staple and Rafe s tragic secret was nothing new, but I was struck by how he talks about it to Henrietta, the quality of his self expression and insights It made him seem very real.Overall, this was a pleasant change of pace from manybloated and meandering historical romances Reviewed from e arc provided by netGalley Reviewed at Bitten By Paranormal RomanceRafe is haunted by his past The guilt he harbors from decisions made long ago has turned his heart to ice He feels he no longer deserves to love or be loved He is truly a tormented hero Henrietta is a wide eyed, trusting innocent who blurts out whatever is on her mind what a breath of fresh air This is your typical H h from different sides of the tracks making for a wonderful opposites attract The fire is lit from their first conversation when He Reviewed at Bitten By Paranormal RomanceRafe is haunted by his past The guilt he harbors from decisions made long ago has turned his heart to ice He feels he no longer deserves to love or be loved He is truly a tormented hero Henrietta is a wide eyed, trusting innocent who blurts out whatever is on her mind what a breath of fresh air This is your typical H h from different sides of the tracks making for a wonderful opposites attract The fire is lit from their first conversation when Henrietta awakens in Rafe s bed, after he has rescued her from the ditch, and she has just accused him of being a rake I found you quite unconscious I thought you were dead at first, and despite what you have been imagining, Miss Markham, I much prefer my conquests, both compos mentis and willing You can be reassured, I made no attempt to molest you Had I done so, you would have not readily forgotten the experience Something else I pride myself upon, Rafe said sardonically.When Henrietta is accused of a crime she didn t commit, she flees when it seems she has no other choice but to try and prove her innocence Henrietta hides on the back of a carriage hoping it will lead her to London As it turns out, the carriage belongs to none other than that notorious rake, Rafe St Albans, Earl of Pentland He agrees to help Henrietta in her quest, since her actions have implicated Rafe as a coconspirator.The story line may be conventional, but it is the questioning naivety of Henrietta and her outspoken ways that keep this story moving Rafe seems to be the usual broken hero with a bit of a secret but oh no, no, no there is muchNot only does he put the health and welfare of Henrietta first and foremost at all times, even during their lovemaking , he also tries to atone for his sins in a very unconventional way A delightful Regency tale with plenty of romance, sensuality and intrigue Marguerite Kaye reminded me why I love reading historicals with this passionate tale All the usual traits were there innocent governess being seduced by the handsome rake or was it Henrietta may be the virginal governess and Rafe may give the impression of the typical regency rake, but that s were the similarities end Henrietta is no simpering virgin, far from it, she is outspoken and her innocence is charming I liked her straight away, as she comes to terms with this strange attraction s Marguerite Kaye reminded me why I love reading historicals with this passionate tale All the usual traits were there innocent governess being seduced by the handsome rake or was it Henrietta may be the virginal governess and Rafe may give the impression of the typical regency rake, but that s were the similarities end Henrietta is no simpering virgin, far from it, she is outspoken and her innocence is charming I liked her straight away, as she comes to terms with this strange attraction she feels to the handsome rake And Rafe, well, he doesn t quite know what to do with the forthright and unpredictable governess who he finds in his ditch When circumstances throw them together they have to fight their attraction, as well as clear Henrietta s name I loved the way Ms Kaye didn t take the usual route, of forcing them into marriage, because the heroine s name was sullied, as so often happens in these stories No pregnancy forcing them together either No, the author does a brilliant job at making the reader wonder how these two are going to resolve their issues I was flying through the latter part of this book and shed a few tears for Rafe s pain and sniffed evenat the end in a good way.A lovely story *Download Book ☜ Rake with a Frozen Heart ✙ Waking up in a stranger s bed, Henrietta Markham encounters the most darkly sensual man she has ever met The last thing she remembers is being attacked by a housebreaker yet being rescued by the notorious Earl of Pentland feels much dangerous Since the cataclysmic failure of his marriage, ice has flowed in Rafe St Alban s veins But meeting impetuous, all too distracting governess Henrietta heats his blood to the boiling pointWhen she s accused of theft, Rafe finds himself offering to clear her name Can Henrietta s innocence bring this hardened rake to his knees It was a nice book for quiet night , where you need breakout from your schedule and just enjoy a good romance with hot coffee I liked the characters and how they were so good with each other , they complimented each other, like where the heroine was so honest and forthcoming with her optimistic and enthusiastic approach for life whereas the Hero was intelligent , realistic , and had a bit sarcastic approach.I also liked how the puzzle was solved at 60% of the storyline , from there on w It was a nice book for quiet night , where you need breakout from your schedule and just enjoy a good romance with hot coffee I liked the characters and how they were so good with each other , they complimented each other, like where the heroine was so honest and forthcoming with her optimistic and enthusiastic approach for life whereas the Hero was intelligent , realistic , and had a bit sarcastic approach.I also liked how the puzzle was solved at 60% of the storyline , from there on we hadof reconciling track I liked how the wrap up was done This was a surprise Best of all this book was written by an author from the UK about the Historical UK The english spelling was such terminology was great Obviously not an american describing something they aren t really familiar with This was a great short story Not a Novella Henrietta is a governess accused if stealing heirloom jewels from her employer After whitnessing the break in being knocked unconscious by the housebreaker left for dead in a ditch, she is rescued by the notor This was a surprise Best of all this book was written by an author from the UK about the Historical UK The english spelling was such terminology was great Obviously not an american describing something they aren t really familiar with This was a great short story Not a Novella Henrietta is a governess accused if stealing heirloom jewels from her employer After whitnessing the break in being knocked unconscious by the housebreaker left for dead in a ditch, she is rescued by the notorious rake, Rafe the next door neighbor neighbour After her escape from the accusing employer, she stoys away in Rafe s carriage as he leaves for London He find her offers to help her clear her name Rafe is a Rake not until the end do you find out his true story even though parts are told throughout I was surprised never saw it coming Many things were hinted atm but none were useless fillers in this fast paced story Every line had a reason, which made it a great story NOT something randomly pieced together as an after thought.This was a hard to put down story when I had to put it down It put me in a bad snappy mood when I had to run my errands I couldn t wait to get back to read the rest The only bad part is the cover Neither character looks or dresses as described I m glad I didn t see the cover only saw the title I may not have read it