Sep 16, 2016

To Redeem a Rake by Christi Caldwell Review

To Redeem a Rake
The Heart of a Duke #11
By: Christi Caldwell
Release Date: September 9th, 2016

He's spent years scandalizing society.

Now, this rake must change his ways.

Society's most infamous scoundrel, Daniel Winterbourne, the Earl of Monfort, has been promised a small fortune if he can relinquish his wayward, carousing lifestyle. And behaving means he must also help find a respectable companion for his youngest sister--someone who will guide her and whom she can emulate. However, Daniel knows no such woman. But when he encounters a childhood friend, Daniel believes she may just be the answer to all of his problems.

Having been secretly humiliated by an unscrupulous blackguard years earlier, Miss Daphne Smith dreams of finding work at Ladies of Hope, an institution that provides an education for disabled women. With her sordid past and a disfigured leg, few opportunities arise for a woman such as she. Knowing Daniel's history, she wishes to avoid him, but working for his sister is exactly the stepping stone she needs.

Their attraction intensifies as Daniel and Daphne grow closer, preparing his sister for the London Season. But Daniel must resist his desire for a woman tarnished by scandal while Daphne is reminded of the boy she once knew. Can society's most notorious rake redeem his reputation and become the man Daphne deserves?

As children, Daphne Smith and Daniel Winterbourne were the best of friends! They laughed and played and Daniel even became Daphne's hero, when he carried her home in the rain, after she broke her leg. But as they grew up, a wedge developed between them, so by the time of Daphne’s coming out, they no longer talked.
13 years later Daniel is now Earl of Montfort; he has become a cold and reckless man, mainly due to the guilt and blame of losing his brother and the hateful word of his late father. So Daniel had decided to live up to everything his father opinion of him, he took every wager, drank, had a mistress and generally flitted away his inheritance.
But things changed, when a woman arrived at Daniel’s estate, demanding to see him, but when he storms from his warm bed and the women warming it, the last thing Daniel was expecting to see was someone SO familiar…Daniel could never forget those emerald colored eyes, her crimson hair or her freckled face, even if he hadn’t seen her in 13 years…Daphne Smith.
Things had changed so much for Daphne since she was a child, labeled a cripple because of her damaged leg and because of a scandal during her coming out, Daphne is happy to hide and work towards her goal of becoming an instructor at The Ladies of Hope, but first she needs references and the perfect place would be Mrs. Belden Fishing School, only Mrs. Belden didn’t think that Daphne would be a good fit. As she was leaving, she overheard mention of her childhood friend, forgetting his sister Alice.
After confronting Daniel; Daphne finds herself in London and working as Lady Alice’s companion. As time goes on, Daphne falls in love with Daniel, but when Daphne’s scandal threatens to rear its ugly head; Daphne leaves in order to protect the man she love, but will Daniel just let her go.
Christi Caldwell continues to amaze me with her amazing and life altering books. The author manages to tell a story about love, but also managed to bring issues that still effect people today. I love the way she looks at disabilities and uses them, not as a drawback, but as a positive thing and I know we can thank her son Rory for that. I truly urge the reader to read the dedication of this book, because it is dedicated to an amazing young man.
To Redeem a Rake is everything I have come to expect from this author; beautifully written, well researched and can move you to tears in a heartbeat. My words cannot even express just how magical this book is, or explain just how much this book moved me. When it comes to the characters, you can’t help but fall in love with Daniel, warts and all. I admire Daphne’s courageousness, in everything she does!
With all that being said, I have to give To Redeem a Rake 5 stars, even though it deserves a billion!

USA Today Bestselling author, Christi Caldwell blames Judith McNaught's "Whitney, My Love," for luring her into the world of historical romance. While sitting in her graduate school apartment at the University of Connecticut, Christi decided to set aside her notes and try her hand at writing romance. She believes the most perfect heroes and heroines have imperfections and she rather enjoys tormenting them before crafting a well-deserved happily ever after! 

Christi makes her home in Southern Connecticut where she spends her time writing, chasing around her feisty six-year old son and caring for her twin princesses in training!

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