Series: Circle of Sin #3
Genres: Historical Romance
Published by Grand Central Publishing on January 13, 2011
Purchase Links: Amazon ✦ Barnes & Noble
Book Links: Goodreads
Kate Woodbridge has spent most of her life sailing to exotic ports around the globe, acquiring an expertise in botany, along with a few less ladylike skills. So when a deathbed promise to her parents brings her to London to seek reconciliation with her grandfather, the imperious Duke of Cluyne, she feels like a fish out of water. Her outspoken views and fiery temper tend to set off sparks in Society-especially with the rakish Conte of Como.
A devil-may-care rogue, Marco finds the alluring and mysterious Kate a tempting target for his flirtations. But when murder strikes at the duke's country house party he begins to suspect that she's hiding a dark secret. He has his own clandestine reasons for offering to help her prove her innocence . . . And so begins a journey of dangerous deception that leads from England to the glittering ballrooms of Vienna, where Marco and Kate must duel with a deadly villain . . . and their own explosive attraction.
To Tempt a Rake was another new author and series for me. Although this is the third book in the series, it can definitely be read as a stand alone novel. I enjoyed both main characters. They are both strong personalities with purpose in their lives, although society may not recognize their choices.
Marco Ghiradelli, Conte of Como, is a man with many secrets. and a life that he must constantly hide from society. He is a government agent sent to house party to “spy” on the attendees and gain insight into an upcoming event.
Kate Woodbridge is the granddaughter of the Duke who is hosting the house party. She has also led a secretive and adventurous past that goes against society’s norms. She previously robbed the Conte of Como in a brothel in Naples. So there is some history between the two of them.
Kate and Marco have sparks flying between them the moment they are reunited. At the house party, a murder draws them together and they must solve the mystery in order to avoid Kate being framed.
I really enjoyed the mystery and romance of this book. Altogether a good solid read. Recommended for historical romance buffs that like strong, independent females and rakish males, along with banter that is quick and cutting.