Restless Rake (Heart’s Temptation #5) by Scarlett Scott

I voluntarily read and reviewed a copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

I hadn’t read the previous entry in the series, but this didn’t end up being a problem for me as the author has crafted a story that stands perfectly well on its own.

Clara Whitney longs to return to her homeplace of Virginia, but her father refuses to allow her to. She decided to find a desperate man and offer him half her inheritance if he will marry her and allow her to return to America. Her friend suggested Julian, the Earl of Ravenscroft.

Julian has been left with crippling debts by his father and has supported himself by allowing women to pay for his “services”. With two sisters to support he is getting desperate. When Clara turns up on his doorstep with her intriguing proposition, he intends to turn her down, until her father comes in brandishing a firearm. Julian decides to take advantage of the situation, but he does not intend to settle for a marriage of convenience.

With danger lurking around the corner from an unknown enemy, can Julian convince Clara to stay?

I did enjoy this book, the relationships are well-drawn, and the dialogue is witty. Julian appealed to me as he is quite a broken hero with low feelings of self-worth that he masks with a flirtatious and jovial manner. Clara, while slightly naïve, is determined and truly sees the good in Julian. From the snippet provided at the end of this book about the next in the series, I will definitely be sticking with the series.

This book is available for free on kindle unlimited.

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