The Bad Reputation Of An English Rake ........Is So Very Good...
Lady Claudia Whitney is disturbed at the re-appearance of Julian Dane, Earl of Kettering and notorious rake, during her visit to France. Harboring hidden love Claudia flees, returning to England, unable and unwillilg to trust herself in his presence. Julian is the unrepentant rake Claudia imagines, with one curious problem of his own. He has loved Lady Whitney for the last few years. The memory of tragic events their shared history evokes, and each one's belief that their love is unrequitted threatens to keep them separated until the fateful party at Harrison Green's London home. Julian pushes further than he should with a proper lady of Claudia's social standing when he realizes her desire matches his own; and when gossip-monger Mrs. Frankton happens upon them in a questionable position, Claudia's reputation is bound for ruination. Julian proposes the only acceptable alternative, marriage, and at her father's insistance, Claudia has no choice but to marry the man she is certain will break her heart.
Julia London nicely brought the couple together in The Ruthless Charmer, however, once together the pair make one bad relationship choice after another. Honestly, London's male character has the more level head of the two, and for being a rake, he is quite responsible in his business dealings. Overall, Julian Dane's character is ably put together, London writing just enough torment into his soul and swagger in his step to make him tempting. London also described some very passionate scenes between the newlywed couple worth reading. Her heroine, Claudia, brings to light the plight of many womens' sufferings in the early 1800's through her extensive charity work, which was perhaps the most redeeming quality of Lady Claudia's character. Regency romances abound in drama, and The Ruthless Charmer, is no exception. Readers should be prepared, for London's drama in this novel is .....ruthless.
Recommendation: * * * _ _ The Ruthless Charmer offers a smooth English rake for readers seeking that particular poison, but is otherwise an average period romance.