Thursday, April 21, 2011

Review + Giveaway - Never A Gentleman by Eileen Dreyer

Never a Gentleman (The Drake's Rakes series)

TITLE:    Never a Gentleman
AUTHOR:    Eileen Dreyer
INFO:    Paperback, Fiction, 433 pages
PUBLISHED:   Forever, 2011
SOURCE:   Received from Publisher for Blog Tour and Review

FROM GOODREADS:    HE HIDES HIS TRUE COLORS . . . 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?

WHILE SHE HIDES HER TRUE SELF . . .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?

MY TAKE:    I enjoyed this second book in Eileen Dreyer's "Drake's Rakes" series.  It stands alone quite well, but I would like to read the first book Barely a Lady as well as the upcoming Always a Temptress.  I found that I am hooked on the author's storytelling ability and writing style.

This story was quite the ride.  Ms. Dreyer is very adept at taking her readers on a wild roller coaster of emotions.  I was amazed that I felt so much empathy for Grace while at the same time wanting to kick her.  She was such a likable and thoughtful lady who tries to do everything for everyone else while always paying the price herself.  I grew frustrated by her lack of self-esteem, especially when she was surrounded by people who adored her.  There were a few times when I wanted her to grow a spine and take action.

Diccan was a pain in the rear.  I would have kicked him.  It helped that the reader was privy to Diccan's thoughts and reasons for his actions, but it didn't excuse or make them any more acceptable.  I usually fall for the hero in romances, but the author did a great job of making it more difficult for Diccan to win my heart.  She creates believable characters that aren't hard to accompany on their journey.

In trying to keep my review spoiler-free, I won't get into too much more detail regarding the plot.  Eileen Dreyer kept things hopping and flowing beautifully.  The intrigue and romantic drama blend into one of those stories that you won't want to put down until the last page. I wasn't ready for it to be over so I really am looking forward to Kate and Harry's story in the next installment - Always a Temptress, due out this Fall.
Out of 5 JEWELS, I give it:

WHERE TO BUY IT:    Never a Gentleman and The Book Depository

Learn more about Eileen Dreyer, her Drake's Rakes Series and future reads:

The generous folks at Hachette along with Ms. Dreyer are offering 3 lucky readers a chance to win their own copy of "Never a Gentleman"!  Usual rules apply:
  • Must be 13 years old or older
  • Residents of the US or Canada only
  • No PO Boxes
  • Leave a comment WITH your email address and tell us what your favorite type of romance novels are
  • Drawing ends May 5th
  • Winners will have 72 hours to respond
  • ONE prize of this title per household
Good luck and as always,

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  1. My favorite type of romance novels are definitely historical romances similar to the Georgette Heyer regencies. This one sounds wonderful. thanks for the giveaway.

  2. Thanks for the giveaway. I love all romance novels, but I have a special place in my heart for historicals and paranormals.

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  3. I like regency romance and highlander novels.

  4. Thanks for the review and giveaway. This book caught my eye and has a great cover. My favorite romance novels are Historicals. Especially Highland Historicals. I am a sucker for a powerful Warrior in a kilt.

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  5. I don't really have a "favorite" subgenre category in the Romance that I mean that I pretty much read it all...I read historical, urban fantasy, paranormal, science fiction, and futuristic romances. I also read Erotic romance...I pretty much have an open mind to a book as long as there is a HEA or HFN in the book or the series:)

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  6. Favourite romance novels? Paranormal/UF, 100%. Historical is great, too, and just contemporary is fine. I'll really read anything!
    This novel looks fabulous! I've heard so much about it! Thanks for the chance to win!
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  7. My favorites are Paranormal Romance and Erotic Romance.

  8. I like mysteries with a little romance in them but it must be clean.

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  9. My fave subgenres are Historical, Paranormal, lately Urban Fantasy and Erotic.

    Live in the USA
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  10. I like Historical Romances.
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  11. I like all different types of romance but I historicals are my favorite.
    mce1011 AT aol DOT com

  12. I like all types of romance novels, but probably paranormal best :) *Thanks* for the giveaway!

  13. I have Barely a Lady in my TBR pile and looking forward to reading that and this one soon. I have heard it is awesome. I love regency historicals but I also love contemps, and suspence and humorus paranomal. I guess I love all genres. Could not just pick one!


  14. I love total romances; it doesn't matter if they're clean or not :P Sometimes, novels just have to get a little naughty ^_^ But I also like teen romances such as ones by Sarah Dessen and Meg Cabot :DDDD Thanks for the giveaway!:)


  15. I think Contemporary Romances would have to be my favourite type of romance novels.

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  16. My favorite type are historical but I like all kinds.

  17. Though, I do love to read all kinds of romance novels, my favourite type of romance would be Paranormal Romance!


  18. My favorite is romantic suspense. Please enter me. Thanks!

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