To win a race to Paris, dashing Lord Boyce Parker hires a balloon. He expects to be crowned the victor and become famous for his courage and intelligence. Only then can he regain his father’s respect from the scandal of publishing the naughty book The Rake’s Handbook: Including Field Guide.
Bluestocking Miss Eve Mountfloy makes a bargain with the handsome Pink of the Ton. She’ll fly the balloon during the dangerous crossing to France, if he lets her finish her scientific experiments to predict violent storms and thereby save lives.
Eve proceeds with her studies, but the results are not what she expected. Chafing to keep warm creates unusual sensations everywhere. Then when Lord Parker asks if she is curious about the heat generated by a kiss, well, she is curious. It seems Lord Parker is performing experiments of his own that will forever change Eve’s perception of the word “results.”
Oh, I enjoyed this one much more than the first in the series!
When I received a review copy of When a Rake Falls there was no blurb or anything, just a cover. I took a guess that it was going to be a light-hearted book (I was correct), which is something I can enjoy with the right author. I’d forgotten I hadn’t particularly enjoyed the first book in the series, but as soon as I remembered I got worried.
In the end I thought the lively dialogue and genuinely nice characters (how wonderful it is to have a really nice man as a romance hero!) made up for any issues I might have had. Yes, the story is more than a little hard to believe, and I actually didn’t enjoy the opening scene one bit, but I’m glad I pushed on.
Sally Orr tends towards the sillier style of romance, but silly can be a lot of fun in the hands of a good enough writer. Though her books are sold as Regency romances, they’re actually NOT set in the Regency era, but after it ended – a little niggle I keep noticing.
I can’t tell you much about the scientific accuracy of this one, and there’s plenty of science involved in the story. It does seem that as outlandish as the adventures our characters go on are, a lot of effort was put into the research. I was impressed.
It is definitely a unique book. Hero and heroine meet on a hot air balloon trip meant to cross the English Channel. Yes, really. Once I stopped asking myself how unlikely the whole scenario was, I did enjoy it, and it gave the two a lot of time together.
I did have a bit of a problem with how fast the romance moved. It only took a matter of hours before they were VERY familiar with each other. If the relationship had been spread out over a longer period of time, I’d have been happy with it. They did genuinely like each other, and got on well in many situations.
This is in many ways a wallpaper romance – not particularly accurate, and with the characters being very physical with each other and definitely not speaking in British English a lot of the time. But I think the author was consistent in the world she created, and I definitely saw a lot more potential here than in the first book.
Review copy provided by NetGalley.