Review: A Rake's Guide to Seduction (Reece Family Trilogy #3) by Caroline Linden

Print Length: 351 pages
Publisher: Zebra (August 29, 2017)

From Anthony Hamilton is the most scandalous man in London, a gambler, a fortune hunter, an infamous rake. Celia Reece is sure he's never had one thought of her, except as his friend David's younger sister. Who would ever guess she's the only woman he's ever loved—and can never have…


My Rating: 3 stars out of 5

I'm still very much unsure as to how I actually feel about this story. I read and enjoyed the first novel in this series, but I missed the second. When I originally picked this one up, I didn't feel like I had missed anything by not having read the second one. There were no spoilers from it, and I enjoyed seeing characters from the first novel as well as getting to know the ones from the second. 

I enjoyed the build up, seeing Anthony humble himself before Celia's brother only to be told she had accepted someone else. I loved seeing her marriage in her own words, from her journal instead of wasting page after page on the actual happenings. Honestly, even though I had a feeling what was going to happen, I had expected there to be more of a scandal from that end. Some forbidden secret to come to light later on, so it was a bit disappointing to have the story seem to go one way, only to backtrack and take a different path. 

The romance between Anthony and Celia was ...... ok. There were times when it seemed like it was entirely one sided (he seemed to be more involved than she was), and times when they seemed to be better off as friends. Oh don't get me wrong, they definitely had chemistry, I just don't feel as though we always got to see the full extent of it unless they were bedding each other.

Overall, I am sure this story will still appeal to those who have enjoyed this series thus far, and may still appeal to those who enjoy historical "second chance" romances. 

DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. This has not affected my review in any way. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are 100% my own.

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