Book Review: Rakes and Roses by Josi S. Kilpack

Title: Rakes and Roses
By: Josi S. Kilpack
Genre: Historical Romance
Pages: 320
Release Date: May 5th, 2020
Publisher: Shadow Mountain
Rating: ★★★★☆

Summary from Goodreads:

Lady Sabrina endured an abusive marriage, a miscarriage, and early widowhood to emerge as a smart, successful, confident woman who found a way to make her mark in a man’s world. She has friends and purpose, but cannot hide from the emptiness she feels when the parties are over and the friends have gone home to families she will never have.

Harry Stillman may be charming and handsome, but he’s a gambler and a rake who has made a mockery of his privileges. He turns to the mysterious Lord Damion for financial relief from his debts, but still ends up beaten nearly senseless by thugs and left in an ally.

When Lady Sabrina comes upon Harry after the attack, she remembers the kindness Harry once showed to her six years ago and brings him to her estate to heal. Though their relationship begins on rocky footing, it soon mellows into friendship, then trust. But Lady Sabrina needs to keep Harry at a distance, even if he is becoming the kind of man worthy of her heart. After all, she is keeping a secret that, if exposed, could destroy everything she’s so carefully built.


This was a new series for me, but it was a quick read and I read it in one day. I had a hard time connecting to the Characters in the beginning. I think its because the characters were really harsh toward each other, but didn’t really know one another.

The second half was sweet. As the characters started to get to know each other and feelings began to form, they had a very playful way of communicating, and it allowed the story to move forward naturally.

This was an interesting read.

Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.

Josi S. Kilpack is the bestselling author of several Proper Romance and Proper
Romance Historical series and a Cozy Culinary Mystery series. Her books, A
Heart Revealed and Lord Fenton's Folly; were Publishers Weekly Best Romance

Books of the Year. She and her husband, Lee, are the parents of four children.

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