Title: Never A Gentleman
Series: The Drake’s Rakes #2
Author: Eileen Dreyer
Genre: Regency Historical Romance
Heat Level: 2 out of 4 flames
Overall Star Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Reviewed by Naughty Book Snitch Kay
Miss Grace Fairchild is under no illusions about her charms. Painfully plain, she is a soldier’s daughter who has spent her life being useful, not learning the treacherous ways of the ton. She may have been caught in a scandal with society’s favorite rogue, but how can she marry him when it means losing herself?
Diccan Hilliard doesn’t know which of his enemies drugged him and dumped him in Grace’s bed, but he does know the outcome. He and Grace must marry. To his surprise, a wild, heady passion flares between them. Yet Diccan is trapped in a deadly game of intrigue Grace knows nothing about.
Will his lies destroy Grace just as he realizes how desperately he needs her? And how can he hope for a future with her, when an old enemy has set his murderous sights on them both?
Grace Fairchild is a wonderful heroine. I adored her. She’s not really a member of the Ton but she’s around it because of the respect people had for her soldier father. She’s not a beauty, in fact, she’s plain and unattractive. She’s thin and unshapely. She’s also lame and has been from birth. She accepts her lot in life and oddly, is okay with it. She prefers to help others, especially soldier that need nursing and nuturing. Because of the acts of selflessness and kindness, she has a plethora of grateful men who’s loyalty is to her and any happiness she can scrounge up.
Lord Diccan Hilliard is a cad of the highest order, a rake and also a spy. Part of the mystery o this book is you as the reader wondering which side he’s really on. He’s good looking and built to please. When he and Grace are caught up in a compromising position, he does the honorable thing and proposes. She turns him down flat. Not to be seen and dishonorable, he finally pressures her into marriage. This should be the start of a wonderful love story but it’s not.
What it is, is a story of cruelty at the hands of the Ton. Being trapped in a unsatisfying life because of espionage. Being forced to watch the man you grow to love treat you with tenderness one minute and callousness the next.
Spies? I absolutely hate espionage in my historical romances! And the hero cheated (it was because of his job as a spy for the crown), still pissed me off. And the cruelty this heroine dealt with? Tripping her (she had a bum leg from birth), talking about her unattractiveness, she was a soldier”s daughter, so she was also below most stations. I cried buckets reading this. When she finally broke, I broke with her. My husband even asked me why I was crying so hard! The author has a good voice but all of the above thrown together left me cold.