Review: What a Rake Wants by Maggi Anderson

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Review: What a Rake Wants by Maggi Anderson

King George sends his private investigator, an Irishman, Kieran Flynn, Lord Montsimon, on a mission, the reason for which is unclear. Is it a plot against the Crown? Or something entirely unrelated?

Flynn's inquiries lead him to the widow, Lady Althea Brookwood. Known amongst the ton as a rake, Flynn is rarely turned down by a lady, and when Althea refuses not just him but many other men, he becomes intrigued. After her neighbor,

Sir Harold Crowthorne informs Althea that he means to take her country property, Owltree Cottage, by fair means or foul, she must search for help. The first man she turns to is promptly murdered and the second lies to her.

That leaves Flynn, Lord Montsimon, a man she has been studiously avoiding. But Montsimon is decidedly unhelpful, and more than a little mysterious. Her only option is to seduce him. Althea has little confidence that she will succeed, especially as before her husband was killed in a duel, he often told her she was quite hopeless at intimacy. When a spy is murdered, Flynn wonders just what Althea knows and what her involvement might be with the man the king wants Flynn to investigate.

Title: What a Rake Wants
Author: Maggi Anderson
Published by Knox Robinson Press
Source: Publisher
Published: 26 August, 2014
Genres: Historical Romace
Pages: 224
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Stars: four-stars
Flames: three-flames

The second of this author’s titles I have read, Maggi Anderson takes us on a regency-era romp in What a Rake Wants, a fun and engaging quick light read that is perfect for an afternoon’s entertainment.


Althea is a fairly typical heroine of the genre, recently widowed and having little use for men, as they always seem to abuse her trust in some way, she is looking forward to widowhood with a quiet life in the country in the small estate left to her.  Her retreat from all things male was understandable, her husband was not a pleasant man and Crowthorne’s machinations to take her cottage unless she acquiesces to his wishes to become his mistress present logical reasons for her distrust in men.  She’s not a shrinking violet however, she is willing to fight to keep her inheritance without sacrificing her principles, and her determination is palpable.

Enter Kieran Flynn, an Irishman who is working for the Crown, following up on some less-than savory business dealings involving Althea’s dead husband.  Flynn is widely reputed to be a rake without compare, but Althea’s flat refusal of his advances throw a spanner into his plans to use seduction to gain information and Althea’s trust so he can complete his mission.

A dash of intrigue, a murder and a heroine in need of aid and some protection the story proceeds as Kieran sets his sights on learning what makes Althea tick.  The interactions and dialogue between these two is wonderful, clearly showing the growth in their relationship and Althea’s increase in trust as she starts to reveal some fairly large pieces of information about her dead husband, giving Kieran insight into the new interest in her property, as well as the reasons for her reluctance and reserve around men.

Kieran’s experiences give him insight into Althea’s issues, and allow him to adjust his approach, suddenly not only as the means to an end, but to win her heart.   Utterly engaging and fun to read, this book is a lovely trek to a happily ever after.

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