The Rakehell's Seduction
by Lauren Smith
Both Ambrose and Alexandra want nothing to do with falling in love, but will a “gentleman’s bet” cause the stakes to be higher than either bargained for? Find out in RAKEHELL’S SEDUCTION, book 2 in Lauren Smith’s Seduction series.
HE’S MADE A DANGEROUS WAGER
Ambrose Worthing is no gentleman. He’s a proud cold-hearted rake who’s determined to stay a bachelor forever. He enjoys bedding a different woman every night without the risk of falling in love. When he hears about a wager over the seduction and ruination of the daughter of his father’s best friend, he knows he must intervene. Committing himself to the bet, he agrees to seduce Lady Alexandra Rockford—for her own good. He never expected the lady in question to be a beautiful, fiery creature who has passions of her own that call to his guarded heart.
SHE’S VOWED NEVER TO FALL IN LOVE AGAIN
Alexandra Rockford has sworn off men, her heart still broken from the false promises of a childhood sweetheart who left her to marry an heiress. When she stumbles into Ambrose outside of a country ball, she knows the rake is trouble. His smile, his touch, his forbidden kiss are all too tempting but being with him would ruin her. Determined to enjoy herself without falling in love, Alex can’t help but let her defenses down with the too charming rake. But when she discovers Ambrose is seducing her to win a bet, it will take everything Ambrose has to prove to her that he is worthy to love her.
Ambrose is one of those men you absolutely hate until he does something so beyond anything you believe he is capable of, and then, you wonder why you didn't like him in the first place. And yes, I am guilty of just that. Ambrose is a "Rake" and just being seen with him could sully a woman's reputation. (Boy have times changed...LOL) When he sees a wager in the betting books over the seduction and ruination of the daughter of his father’s best friend, he knows he must intervene so he signs his name as the one who will do it. I'm not sure how he had planned for it to play out but I can guarantee that the way it did play out wasn't at all in his thoughts.Word Origin and History for rakehell
1540s, possibly an alteration (by association with rake (n.1) and Hell) of Middle English rakel (adj.) "hasty, rash, headstrong," probably from raken "to go, proceed," from Old English racian "to go forward, move, hasten," of unknown origin. Cf. rakeshame (n.) "one who lives shamefully" (1590s).
Alex has no idea that someone has placed a wager on her public ruination, all she knows is that her heart had been broken years earlier and she has no plans of ever falling for a man again. When Alex met Ambrose she had no idea what his true intentions were.
“Stay with me,” Alex begged, stroking the arm around her waist. He was holding on to her from behind as they lay on their sides, bodies pressed together perfectly like a pair of spoons nestled in a drawer. Ambrose nuzzled her ear, placing a soft kiss there. “There’s no place I wish to be but here.”
I really liked the chemistry between Alex and Ambrose, I also enjoyed the way Alex was true to herself. She knew what she wanted and she knew the outcome of what would happen but she didn't let that sway her at all, the girl was gutsy that's for sure.
The Rakehell's Seduction is the second book in the Seduction series but you can read it as a standalone if you wish, you will not be lost at all, but you may want to know more about the secondary characters, if that is the case you should read "The Duelist's Seduction" first which is Helen and Gareth's story.
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About Lauren Smith:
Amazon Best-Selling Author Lauren Smith is an attorney by day, author by night, who pens adventurous and edgy romance stories by the light of her smart phone flashlight app. She’s a native Oklahoman who lives with her three pets: a feisty chinchilla, sophisticated cat and dapper little schnauzer. She’s won multiple awards in several romance subgenres including being an Amazon.com Breakthrough Novel Award Quarter-Finalist and a Semi-Finalist for the Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Award.
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