The Rake is Taken (League of Lords 2)
A gorgeous psychic. An unwanted betrothal. A tantalizing compromise.An independent hellion, a thief of time, and the only woman who can capture his heart…Lady Victoria Hamilton has a supernatural gift, a fiancé, and a guardian angel. She just never expected her protector to be the most dazzling man in England, a devilish scoundrel they call the Blue Bastard. Victoria has agreed to marry for duty, not love, but her unforeseen desire for her mystical angel threatens to destroy not only her plans for the future but the armor surrounding her susceptible heart.A confirmed scoundrel, a mind reader, and the only man she desires…Illegitimate son of a viscount and reigning king of London’s gossip sheets, Finn Alexander has spent a lifetime hiding his ability to read minds behind charming smiles and wicked behavior. No one knows the real man, and he likes it that way. Until he meets the lone woman who sees the man beneath the disguise—a blue-blooded temptress with the power to bring him to his knees.As they embark on a journey of passion and friendship, Victoria and Finn must decide if they’re willing to risk everything for the promise of true, magical love.

The Rake is Taken (League of Lords 2) Details

TitleThe Rake is Taken (League of Lords 2)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJun 16th, 2020
PublisherTracy Sumner
Rating
GenreFantasy, Paranormal, Romance, Historical Romance, Fiction, Mystery, Historical

The Rake is Taken (League of Lords 2) Review

  • Farshana (rainnbooks)
    January 1, 1970
    Many Thanks to Net Galley, BookBuzz.net and Tracy Sumner for the chance to read and review this book.A historical romance with psychic paranormal elements, The Rake is Taken is book #2 in the League of Lords series by Tracy Sumner but it can be read as a stand-alone as each book, I believe, has a different couple in focus. Finn Alexander, called the Blue Bastard by the ton, coz of his extraordinary eyes, has always been able to read minds of the people surrounding him. The gift or curse as the c Many Thanks to Net Galley, BookBuzz.net and Tracy Sumner for the chance to read and review this book.A historical romance with psychic paranormal elements, The Rake is Taken is book #2 in the League of Lords series by Tracy Sumner but it can be read as a stand-alone as each book, I believe, has a different couple in focus. Finn Alexander, called the Blue Bastard by the ton, coz of his extraordinary eyes, has always been able to read minds of the people surrounding him. The gift or curse as the case maybe has left him always a touch distant from the countless relationships he’s engaged in always affecting an indifferent nonchalance among the crowd. When he becomes haunted by dreams that involve Lady Victoria Hamilton, Finn makes sure that lady in question is invited to Harbingdon estate where he seeks the help of his brother of heart Julian and his wife, Poppy to understand Victoria’s psychic abilities. ‘Coz Victoria is no ordinary girl herself, with the ability to steal pockets of time from anyone whom she touches, Victoria has never known love or care from her family except from her brother and her maid. It is the psychic parts of the story with the members of the League that makes this book extremely fascinating and the chemistry between Finn and Tory is undeniably scorching hot. The author writes a very passionate and alluring story with two people who are quite different and begins collaborating as friends but the sexual tension between them is hard to ignore. Each and every character in the story was brilliant and hopefully the Duke of Ashcroft has a separate story that will follow in the series. I would have loved much more action with the dreams and the link that connects Finn and Tori as that part of the story seemed a bit rushed. There’s enough drama to keep the story going as both of them denies their love for various reasons but the resolving of issues and making up of minds was entertainment at best.Lovely!
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  • Tonya
    January 1, 1970
    The other day, I was in the mood for a romance novel, which seems to be happening frequently this summer. (Go figure, right?) I wanted a historical romance, as they seem to be one of my favorite "escape" reads. I had read The Lady is Trouble earlier, so I grabbed the next book in the League of Lords paranormal Victorian series. Author Tracy Sumner reintroduces the readers to Finn, the ultimate bad boy who knows exactly what a woman wants...and not just because he can hear all her thoughts! Spicy The other day, I was in the mood for a romance novel, which seems to be happening frequently this summer. (Go figure, right?) I wanted a historical romance, as they seem to be one of my favorite "escape" reads. I had read The Lady is Trouble earlier, so I grabbed the next book in the League of Lords paranormal Victorian series. Author Tracy Sumner reintroduces the readers to Finn, the ultimate bad boy who knows exactly what a woman wants...and not just because he can hear all her thoughts! Spicy!! Finn has a huge heart which he conceals often by playing the part of the playboy. He has this weird dreams about Lady Victoria and has been following her around London at social events...trying to figure out why they are connected by dreams.What I really like about Sumner's novels is the character development and the action. Seriously this book had as much action as it did romance, and I love that! Finn and Lady Victoria Hamilton hit if off with sparks flying in every direction.The supernatural element really gets to me as well, especially since it is not presented in a mystical witchcraft way...but more in a Regency X-men type of special abilities. Tracy Sumner definitely has a good imagination and uses it very well to show the reader what it is like to be Finn - as he longs for the one woman in London that he can not have. She also shows what it is like to be Lady Victoria with all her insecurities and doubts.Perhaps this young couple and all their friends are the ancestors of the X-Men characters from our time. This is one of my favorite series because of the interplay between the characters, the supernatural abilities and secret organization, and the romance! My only wish is that there were more details about all the dreams that link Victoria and Finn... I feel like I just had a good sampling, but I want more!!Thank you to NetGalley for this temporary advance review copy for me to read and enjoy. As always, my review is voluntary and my opinions are my own.
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    'A gorgeous psychic. An unwanted betrothal. A tantalizing compromise.An independent hellion, a thief of time, and the only woman who can capture his heart…Lady Victoria Hamilton has a supernatural gift, a fiancé, and a guardian angel. She just never expected her protector to be the most dazzling man in England, a devilish scoundrel they call the Blue Bastard. Victoria has agreed to marry for duty, not love, but her unforeseen desire for her mystical angel threatens to destroy not only her plans 'A gorgeous psychic. An unwanted betrothal. A tantalizing compromise.An independent hellion, a thief of time, and the only woman who can capture his heart…Lady Victoria Hamilton has a supernatural gift, a fiancé, and a guardian angel. She just never expected her protector to be the most dazzling man in England, a devilish scoundrel they call the Blue Bastard. Victoria has agreed to marry for duty, not love, but her unforeseen desire for her mystical angel threatens to destroy not only her plans for the future but the armor surrounding her susceptible heart.A confirmed scoundrel, a mind reader, and the only man she desires…Illegitimate son of a viscount and reigning king of London’s gossip sheets, Finn Alexander has spent a lifetime hiding his ability to read minds behind charming smiles and wicked behavior. No one knows the real man, and he likes it that way. Until he meets the lone woman who sees the man beneath the disguise—a blue-blooded temptress with the power to bring him to his knees.As they embark on a journey of passion and friendship, Victoria and Finn must decide if they’re willing to risk everything for the promise of true, magical love.'____________________________3.5 stars, rounded up to 4 stars.The Rake is Taken is the second book in Tracy Sumner's League of Lords series. This book is a historical romance with a paranormal spin; it is not a clean romance.I do love a book with a paranormal/magical plot and I am very happy to find one within a historical fiction/historical romance, especially since they are few and far between. I read the first in the series and really enjoyed the paranormal element and so I was quite excited to read The Rake is Taken, but unfortunately I found that the paranormal aspect really took a backseat to the romance this time.In the first book, The Lady is Trouble, there is a lot of groundwork laid for the varied abilities and gifts that the characters have and how they affect their lives and environments. Also there is an element of danger that throughout that really vlidates Julian's reasoning behind building a safe heaven. In this book however, there is mention of possibly encrouching danger, but it never comes into play in the plot.Victoria's powerful gift a bit similar to the female lead from the first book, Piper. Piper's gift was to help people control and channel thier gifts so that they are less oppressive in their lives. Victoria's gift is to temporarily block other's gift so that they have a brief respite from their gift and it. Both gifts those around them temporary relief and calm from the impact of their own gifts.Despite being disappointed by the lack of danger and the limited scope of the paranormal plot here, I still enjoyed the book and would read the next in the series(with the hope that the paranormal will be more prevelant in the storyline). If you enjoy paranormal historcial romances as well, you should give this series, League of Lords, a try._____I would like to thank BookSirens and Tracy Sumner for sharing a copy of The Rake is Taken with me. This is my honest review.
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  • Rainelle
    January 1, 1970
    I can not get pass the dialogue of flamboyant words. I’m reading the story and it’s giving me a headache. If the writer stick to simple words, this will make the book easier to read. For instance, the scene between Finn and Victoria in the offing at the ball. The words detailing the scene is utterly useless. Stick to the simplicity of the story and you will gain a bigger audience. I voluntary reviewed this ARC after receiving a free gifted copy.
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  • Space Cowgirl
    January 1, 1970
     Supernatural Finn🐺🍆⛲💪🔪Verified PurchaseADULT Victorian Romance💕 with Paranormal Elements.Mind reading supernatural and super handsome Finn🐺🍆⛲💪🔪, was found as an orphan street urchin using his talents to survive in the worst part of London.Finn🐺🍆⛲💪🔪is rescued by Viscount Julian and he is claimed as his brother. He has a family, now. Finn🐺🍆⛲💪🔪 is easily accepted into the ton as the charming rake and illegitimate brother of Viscount Julian.As an adult, Finn🐺🍆⛲💪🔪 uses his gift, charm and business s  Supernatural Finn🐺🍆⛲💪🔪Verified PurchaseADULT Victorian Romance💕 with Paranormal Elements.Mind reading supernatural and super handsome Finn🐺🍆⛲💪🔪, was found as an orphan street urchin using his talents to survive in the worst part of London.Finn🐺🍆⛲💪🔪is rescued by Viscount Julian and he is claimed as his brother. He has a family, now. Finn🐺🍆⛲💪🔪 is easily accepted into the ton as the charming rake and illegitimate brother of Viscount Julian.As an adult, Finn🐺🍆⛲💪🔪 uses his gift, charm and business sense to run a gambling hell for the upper crust. With his mindreading talents, he can assure that his clients never go crazy and lose the farm. The establishment is known for its fairness and has become very popular.Julian needs the money and the contacts Finn🐺🍆⛲💪🔪 makes there for their purpose of gathering all the people with "special talents" he can find for the League of Lords.Every one living at his estate has a paranormal talent of some sort. His wife is a healer with physic talents, able to heal with the laying on of her hands.Finn🐺🍆⛲💪🔪 has been having dreams of a beautiful young woman of the ton.As the daughter of an Earl, Victoria💃💋 is too good for him, but he gazes upon her at the parties from afar and has anonymously kept her out of embarrassing situations more than once. Suddenly, He realizes he cannot read her mind! She is an enigma to him, and when she is near, he cannot read the minds of those around her!Victoria's talent is "stealing time". If she touches someone, she can cause them to forget recent happenings. A useful gift when picking pockets or stealing items, even wiping out the memories of indiscrete utterings or deeds.Victoria💃💋 is very aware of the reputation of the ridiculously charming and handsome bad boy Finn🐺🍆⛲💪🔪. Yet, she is drawn💕 to him, and he to her. Finn🐺🍆⛲💪🔪 realizes he must take her to Julian. Julian must be made aware of her gift!ARC Provided by Booksprout 🌱, Hidden 💎Gems, and Book Sirens 📚💃.I also got this ebook from Amazon for 99¢The wordiness of the beginning dialogs between Finn and Victoria kind of threw me at first, but their verbal jousting is fun and entertaining. Victoria💃💋 unwittingly serves up innuendo after innuendo to Finn🐺🍆⛲💪, and he drinks it all up! Of course, he soon realizes she is an innocent, but that doesn't stop His constant flirting.This is a standalone ADULT Historical Romance💕, and is written in dual points of view.
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  • SusieQ_Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    The Rake Is TakenLeague of Lords – Book 2Tracy SumnerThe Rake Is Taken by Tracy Sumner is the first book I have read by the author. I found it to be a refreshingly unique historical romance as it has paranormal elements. While it is book #2 from the series, it can easily be read as a stand-alone. Finn Alexander can read peoples thoughts. Left at an orphanage with nothing but his first name as a youth, he is now known as the Blue Bastard. The nick name is a result of his extraordinary eye color a The Rake Is TakenLeague of Lords – Book 2Tracy SumnerThe Rake Is Taken by Tracy Sumner is the first book I have read by the author. I found it to be a refreshingly unique historical romance as it has paranormal elements. While it is book #2 from the series, it can easily be read as a stand-alone. Finn Alexander can read peoples thoughts. Left at an orphanage with nothing but his first name as a youth, he is now known as the Blue Bastard. The nick name is a result of his extraordinary eye color and the circumstances of his birth. Lady Victoria Hamilton erases thoughts by stealing bits of time from people, which is convenient when she does not want them to remember something. She also happens to have an additional talent that is a blessing to those who are unable to get any peace from their abilities.These two are drawn together by dreams they are each having involving the other. Of course there is also that intense attraction that they both try to fight along the way. I felt more emphasis could have been put on the dreams Victoria was having, since they play such an important part in Finn’s life. Once her dreams came to fruition for Finn, I felt a little cheated and that this part of the story could have been expanded on. Parts of the book did not flow well for me, especially between some of the chapters that had an abrupt stop/start kind of feel. This seemed to take place more in the beginning of the book. Other parts were overly wordy for me. One example, “Her gaze was glazed, a cavernous color of a forest at midnight, her bottom lip swollen as if she’d bitten it”. I got the point about her gaze without the whole cavernous forest bit. The line means more to my mind without it. When things start getting wordy, I tend to lose interest and start skimming the page. Those who enjoy stories about the strong bonds of family regardless of missing blood ties should enjoy this book. As a lover of romance, paranormal and mysticism, I look forward to reading future stories about other characters mentioned in these pages. 3.5 of 4 stars. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced reader’s copy of this book and all thoughts and opinions are my own.
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  • Martha B.
    January 1, 1970
    The Rake is Taken.....Or is He?Claimed by Viscount Beauchamp as his illegitimate half brother, Finn Alexander is the debauched darling of London society who eagerly plays by his own rules. The man beneath the public facade, hidden behind his enchanting smile, has always been a closely guarded secret – a secret poised to be discovered.Misunderstood and ignored by her family, Lady Victoria Hamilton's only value seems to be as a bargaining chip to save her family from the poorhouse. Without control The Rake is Taken.....Or is He?Claimed by Viscount Beauchamp as his illegitimate half brother, Finn Alexander is the debauched darling of London society who eagerly plays by his own rules. The man beneath the public facade, hidden behind his enchanting smile, has always been a closely guarded secret – a secret poised to be discovered.Misunderstood and ignored by her family, Lady Victoria Hamilton's only value seems to be as a bargaining chip to save her family from the poorhouse. Without control over her future, acting out in scandalous ways has been Victoria's only way to rebel. Thankfully her anonymous guardian angel has protected her – an reality poised to change dramatically.Although this is a stand-alone novel, I'm glad I read the first book in the series before reading The Rake is Taken. I enjoyed revisiting the lead characters from the first book, which truly helped me to become even more invested in Finn and Victoria's story. Since this book is more about the characters than the story, Tracy Sumner has done a fine job in their development singularly and as a couple. Of course, as with the first book, the level of passion and heat between Finn and Victoria is blazing, as is their ultimate dilemma. How they are going to pull off a happy-ever-after is the real puzzle to be solved in this entertaining read. Content 411: As with the first book, this book contains vulgarities and descriptive sexual content. Disclosure: I received this book for free from BookSirens. I voluntarily review this book. This is my honest review.
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  • Candy Briggs
    January 1, 1970
    Finn Alexander(Blue Bastard) called such because of his eyes. He had been left at an orphanage when he was about three. He had very few if any recollections of his childhood. He trusted no one and he had been running since he was nine. When his brother found him, he got the word family the one thing he yearned for. It could break him when nothing else had. Not the knives under his chin, or putting a cheroot out on his wrist, not even the worst handling of his person had been able to break him. H Finn Alexander(Blue Bastard) called such because of his eyes. He had been left at an orphanage when he was about three. He had very few if any recollections of his childhood. He trusted no one and he had been running since he was nine. When his brother found him, he got the word family the one thing he yearned for. It could break him when nothing else had. Not the knives under his chin, or putting a cheroot out on his wrist, not even the worst handling of his person had been able to break him. He had dreamed of them on more than one occasion and so they led him to a waiting hackney. He only dreamed about those that mattered. His gift was he could read minds. Victoria's parents had locked her in her room, she had an unusual gift that only her brother and Anges knew about. That she stole little pieces of time that a person had lived to make them forget. Last time they had locked her in her room for two days without food or water. Now they kept some food in her room. She felt unloved especially by her parents. An unusual story about paranormal talents. The main characters were gifted and could be generous. Even though Finn was a rake of the first class and if it was bad for him he had to do it. There are some twists to this tale and keeping the ends straight is quite the job. The author does a great job of keeping us interested and entertained. It has a strong plot and well written. It is definitely worth the time to read.I received this ARC from the author and voluntarily reviewed it.
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  • Rachel
    January 1, 1970
    *I received a free ARC from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review* I found myself enjoying this book more than The Lady is Trouble. I thought the story between Finn and Victoria was more interesting and less angst-ridden. The pacing and plot are good which also makes this a quick and easy read. My only complaint is that there is so much going on that some parts are not fully developed. Primarily the parts involving Simon and Belle. Belle's part in the story is huge, bu *I received a free ARC from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review* I found myself enjoying this book more than The Lady is Trouble. I thought the story between Finn and Victoria was more interesting and less angst-ridden. The pacing and plot are good which also makes this a quick and easy read. My only complaint is that there is so much going on that some parts are not fully developed. Primarily the parts involving Simon and Belle. Belle's part in the story is huge, but she's only really in 2 chapters - I'm sure she'll be back in a story of her own, but I would have liked more between her and Finn. More with Victoria's dreams would have been good too - we don't really get a good idea of what visions she was having. I would have also liked at least one more scene between Finn and Simon with Finn talking to Simon about the changes he was making in his life. I really don't think a couple extra chapters to expand on these characters would have hurt the overall story. As with The Lady is Trouble, I would have liked to have more with the characters exploring their powers. I am definitely looking forward to the stories for Ashcroft and Humphrey!
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  • Jenn
    January 1, 1970
    ::sigh:: Oh, Finn. How I've looked forward to your story.My favorite historical romance series with a paranormal twist is back! AND, we get my long-awaited book on Finn. Finn, the illegitimate (half-)brother of Viscount Beauchamp (otherwise known as the Blue Bastard- due to his unique bluer than blue eyes), has been having dreams again. In an effort to discover the beauty in his dreams and why he is being drawn to her, he inadvertently becomes the guardian angel to a Lady who at first glance is ::sigh:: Oh, Finn. How I've looked forward to your story.My favorite historical romance series with a paranormal twist is back! AND, we get my long-awaited book on Finn. Finn, the illegitimate (half-)brother of Viscount Beauchamp (otherwise known as the Blue Bastard- due to his unique bluer than blue eyes), has been having dreams again. In an effort to discover the beauty in his dreams and why he is being drawn to her, he inadvertently becomes the guardian angel to a Lady who at first glance is quite ordinary. But the more he discovers about the beauty, the more he becomes fascinated. Lady Victoria is misunderstood and ignored by her family. She has agreed to succumb to her societal duties and marry as a bargaining chip to save her family from the poorhouse. Except, she is not willing to go without a fight. The same night she learns her guardian angel is none other than the Blue Bastard is the same night she learns she is not alone with her "parlor tricks". Finn agrees to help Tori with her unwanted betrothal if she agrees to come to Harbingdon estate and meet the League of Lords to better understand her powers and where she fits into their motley crew.As always, Tracy Sumner has written a very fun and action-packed historical with a unique paranormal twist that keeps you turning those pages well into the midnight hours. The story of Tori and Finn as they grow from wary acquaintances to friends and beyond is dazzling. The chemistry is on point and as always the depth of connection is just perfection. I will say I still wish we had more specifics regarding the powers discussed and their effects within the league and I would have loved much more about the dreams.I am so eager for more. The Duke? Finn's sister? gah! More, please!*This can be read as a stand-alone but you will understand more if you have read the first in the series.**ARC courtesy of author in exchange for an honest review*
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  • Gwen Larson
    January 1, 1970
    Historical romance meets the X Men without all the graphic violence of the movies in this delightful title by Tracy Sumner. The second book of her League of Lords series, we learn more about a group with paranormal talents moving through British society.Victorian Hamilton has always had her gift, but never embraced it. Finn Alexander learned to hone his and use it when he was a child. The pair make a lovely couple as he helps her learn about this other world that does brand her a freak.Along the Historical romance meets the X Men without all the graphic violence of the movies in this delightful title by Tracy Sumner. The second book of her League of Lords series, we learn more about a group with paranormal talents moving through British society.Victorian Hamilton has always had her gift, but never embraced it. Finn Alexander learned to hone his and use it when he was a child. The pair make a lovely couple as he helps her learn about this other world that does brand her a freak.Along the way are the typical challenges of the trope — the fate of women in society, the rigidity of the class structure.This was my first book by Sumner, and I thoroughly enjoyed finding a new author. Fans of Amanda Quick titles will enjoy THE RAKE IS TAKEN, as well as the other titles in the series.Book 2 is a standalone and it's not awkward jumping into the series here. It will, however, force you to go back for Book 1 to see Piper's and Julian's romance develop.NOTE: I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.
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  • Brenda
    January 1, 1970
    Finn Alexander is a mind reader. He can hear the thoughts of everyone around him, except her. From her he hears nothing, and it seems that being in her presence helps mute the thoughts of others. Victoria Hamilton considers her ability to erase minutes from people's memories nothing more than a parlor trick. Finn disagrees and convinces Victoria to travel to his brother's home to learn more about her ability and to meet others that have abilities as well.Finn and Victoria are drawn to each other Finn Alexander is a mind reader. He can hear the thoughts of everyone around him, except her. From her he hears nothing, and it seems that being in her presence helps mute the thoughts of others. Victoria Hamilton considers her ability to erase minutes from people's memories nothing more than a parlor trick. Finn disagrees and convinces Victoria to travel to his brother's home to learn more about her ability and to meet others that have abilities as well.Finn and Victoria are drawn to each other, but will they be able to have a happily ever after?If you enjoy historical romance and/or supernatural you shouldn't be disappointed in this book. Tracy Sumner is doing a fantastic job of combining the two! I received an ARC from the author in exchange for a true and honest review.
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  • Rosemary
    January 1, 1970
    This is the second book in a series League of Lords. This story is about Finn who reads minds and Victoria who has the supernatural gift of time. Finn and Tori friendship, passion and chemistry are super-hot, but what makes the story different and interesting is the psychic paranormal elements. Tracy Summer writes a very interesting story that I had to finish. I received a free copy of this book by the author for my honest opinion.
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  • Margaret
    January 1, 1970
    Finn Alexander has lived a hard life as a child in the worst part of London. He is rescued by a benefactor who calls him brother. His dreams of the past connect him to Victoria Hamilton. He thinks she has the answers to his dreams. They both have special gifts. He can read minds, she can block thoughts and briefly change time. She also has dreams of his past. Their connection grows at the same time it begins to tear them apart. Finn is a nobody known as a rake. She is the daughter of an earl. Lo Finn Alexander has lived a hard life as a child in the worst part of London. He is rescued by a benefactor who calls him brother. His dreams of the past connect him to Victoria Hamilton. He thinks she has the answers to his dreams. They both have special gifts. He can read minds, she can block thoughts and briefly change time. She also has dreams of his past. Their connection grows at the same time it begins to tear them apart. Finn is a nobody known as a rake. She is the daughter of an earl. Love is a very powerful emotion that hopefully will bind them together. Another paranormal romance set in Victorian England.The second book in the series, I recommend reading The Lady Is Trouble first. I liked it one star more than this one.I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book.
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  • Gladys
    January 1, 1970
    I found this book to be very enjoyable. I find the concept behind this series fresh and intriguing. Finn and Victoria were complex, likable characters. I enjoyed the sparks that flew between them whether they were at odds or letting their desire for each other get the best of them. The story grabbed and held my attention well with a blend of drama and emotion. This is my independent, impartial review.
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  • Ann Brown
    January 1, 1970
    A wonderful story with captivating characters in Finn and Victoria. Their relationship was so entertaining and steamy. I'm really enjoying this series and this kept my attention throughout.I received an advanced review copy for free and I am leaving this review voluntarily.
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  • Zena
    January 1, 1970
    Unique Characters!In this second book of the series (which can be read as a stand-alone) Finn and Victoria butt heads to start with and push away from each other. Very soon p, as they get to know more about each other, this changes and it is clear that they are pulling very fast towards each other.So much happens in between that makes for the most entertaining reading and I loved it all.These characters with their out of the ordinary abilities are unique and keep one reading.I received and read Unique Characters!In this second book of the series (which can be read as a stand-alone) Finn and Victoria butt heads to start with and push away from each other. Very soon p, as they get to know more about each other, this changes and it is clear that they are pulling very fast towards each other.So much happens in between that makes for the most entertaining reading and I loved it all.These characters with their out of the ordinary abilities are unique and keep one reading.I received and read a free Advance Reader Copy (ARC) of the ebook and my voluntary and unbiased review is recorded above.
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  • Elizabeth Connor
    January 1, 1970
    I didn’t know what to expect when I chose this book from Netgalley, and when I began reading, I wasn’t immediately hooked. It’s probably because I found it a bit confusing and I was working on editing another book. So I took a break for a few days and when I went back to it, I found it impossible to put down. Truly, it was an amazing book and I will be looking for more books from this author.Let me start by saying the plot for this book is unusual. It’s a historical romance with a paranormal the I didn’t know what to expect when I chose this book from Netgalley, and when I began reading, I wasn’t immediately hooked. It’s probably because I found it a bit confusing and I was working on editing another book. So I took a break for a few days and when I went back to it, I found it impossible to put down. Truly, it was an amazing book and I will be looking for more books from this author.Let me start by saying the plot for this book is unusual. It’s a historical romance with a paranormal theme that does not include vampires, shapeshifters, or anything like that. The characters in this book are seemingly normal, but with supernatural abilities (mind-reading, healing, mind-altering, fire-starter, and so forth). For obvious reasons, they don’t really fit in with other people and the League strives to find these poor outcasts and form a family to offer support and protection. The characters are unusual and likable, the genuine and honest types of people with whom you’d like to be friends (or family). Finn and Victoria fight their attraction for one another, her because her father has driven them to the edge of destitution and she needs to marry a detestable man who will give her father the money he needs (Unfortunately, we never get a full explanation for why her father feels obligated to the match, but I’m hopeful this will be addressed in another book.), and him because he is not an acceptable match for her status (in his mind, anyway). Luckily, friends intervene to ensure they marry for love.The thing that makes this book outstanding, in addition to the unusual plot, is the poetic writing. I am always impressed when I find an author with the ability to convey the usual in unusual words. At times, the wording was a bit cumbersome, but for the most part, I found myself dreamily reading and being seduced by the phrases (particularly metaphors). Finn is described in chapter one with a phrase that eloquently highlights the man behind the facade: “Finn brushed lint from his sleeve in what had become a habitual show of insouciance he wished he could jettison from his behaviors.” He is portrayed by a plethora of sensual images, from his scent of bergamot and brandy that drifts to Victoria “on a steamy breeze, sliding along her skin like the gentlest of caresses,” to Humphrey’s assessment that he looks “like you’ve been pulled through a keyhole.” Ultimately, Finn projects a carefree, happy figure, when he is desperately lonely and Victoria is the first woman to notice.Victoria is also the portrait of sensuality, but this is tempered by her independence, persistence, compassion, and sense of responsibility. She, too, is sad without even realizing it. She is uncontrollably drawn to Finn, even when she knows it can go nowhere. He vexes and confuses her. At one point, frustrated by a conversation with Finn, “she shook her head, thoughts piling up on each other like mud sliding down a slope.” This is a frequent occurrence with Finn. And how’s this for a clever metaphor? During one interaction with Finn, he closes his eyes during a conversation. Then, “he opened one eye and pinned it on her, a reverse wink.” From one page to the next, I found one thing after another that made me pause and admire the skill that went into the writing of this prose. It was (mostly) effortless, with only a few occasions that caused me to stumble as I attempted to figure out the intention of the phrasing. This is a book about misfits, deeply unhappy without one another, deliriously happy when noticed, and ultimately loved, by the other. If I had to sum up the book with only one phrase, stealing from Ms. Sumner, I would say, “It’s a skill, posing as someone else. A skill I’ve worked hard to master. Not inborn, I assure you. Although it’s made easy when you’re surrounded by people lacking in self-awareness.” The follow-up, of course, is that when the right person comes along, it’s no longer necessary to pretend. I highly recommend this book and I cannot wait to read more from this author.
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  • Nazmin
    January 1, 1970
    The Rake is Taken is the second book in Tracy Sumner’s League of Lords series. A Victorian romance with more than a hint of the paranormal, it focuses on a group of people who have some form of supernatural abilities led by Julian Alexander, Viscount Beauchamp [Hero of book 1 – The Lady is Trouble]. Book two focuses on Finn, Julian’s brother. It can be read as a stand alone but reading book one will give a greater understanding of the background. Lady Victoria Hamilton has grown up with a supern The Rake is Taken is the second book in Tracy Sumner’s League of Lords series. A Victorian romance with more than a hint of the paranormal, it focuses on a group of people who have some form of supernatural abilities led by Julian Alexander, Viscount Beauchamp [Hero of book 1 – The Lady is Trouble]. Book two focuses on Finn, Julian’s brother. It can be read as a stand alone but reading book one will give a greater understanding of the background. Lady Victoria Hamilton has grown up with a supernatural gift – the ability to steal people’s memories; just blank them for a short amount of time – which she must keep hidden. She has no idea why she can do this. Her brother – her only ally – has recently died and her family is in dire straits. She has been forced to accept an unwanted betrothal. Embarking on a series of reckless escapades before she is forced to accept her fate, she is aware that she is constantly rescued by a guardian angel. When she finds out that her mysterious protector is the man they call the ‘Blue Bastard’ – the most desirable man in England, she is both intrigued and frightened by the intense connection she feels. Finn Alexander – illegitimate half-brother of a Viscount has spent all his adult life hiding the fact he can read minds by dazzling everyone with his charm and scandalous behaviour. No-one apart from his family has ever really bothered to really see the real man behind the handsome façade and he is happy to keep it that way. Until he starts to have dreams about the one woman who he cannot seem to read. The one woman who can see beneath his disguise. He invites her to his family home to attempt to find out what their connection and her gift means to him and the League. But can he keep himself from claiming her for his own?I have to admit, it took me a little while to really get into the book but ultimately, I really liked the story and loved Finn and Victoria. It was obvious from the start that they complete each other although it took them both a little while to fully acknowledge it.I adored Finn. On the surface, he has it all – wealth, women, and a loving family. He has though struggled with his gifts – especially since a recent tragic accident for which he blames himself. He also has real insecurities stemming from what he perceives is his position in society – believing himself unworthy of Victoria. He cannot deny his feelings for Victoria but selflessly does all he can to help her with her gift and to escape her horrible fiancé. The five stars is for Finn.Victoria is a strong heroine. She has not known much love in her life, so it takes her a little while to connect her feelings, but it was nice to see that she did not shy away from her fascination with Finn. Tracy Sumner has created a fascinating world in the League of Lords. The secondary characters are all well fleshed out. I will be going back and reading Julian and Piper’s story and have already pre-ordered the Duke of Ashcroft’s story although it is a long wait!!I received this book as an ARC through Book Sirens for an honest review. I would definitely recommend you read this series.
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  • Marsha Keeper Bookshelf
    January 1, 1970
    Reviewed at Keeper Bookshelf‘The Rake is Taken‘ is the second title in the ‘League of Lords‘ series, and while some might say since it is a story completely about one couple this could be read as a stand-alone. While I don’t disagree with that, I do wish I’d had the time to read the first story in the series before Victoria and Finn’s story for I would have had a better background and the couple from the first story do make an appearance. So really, it becomes a matter of personal preference or Reviewed at Keeper Bookshelf‘The Rake is Taken‘ is the second title in the ‘League of Lords‘ series, and while some might say since it is a story completely about one couple this could be read as a stand-alone. While I don’t disagree with that, I do wish I’d had the time to read the first story in the series before Victoria and Finn’s story for I would have had a better background and the couple from the first story do make an appearance. So really, it becomes a matter of personal preference or funds whether you read this series in order or simply dive into a good story with not only a Historical Victorian Romance timeframe but most definitely Paranormal Romance involvement.I really enjoyed ‘The Rake is Taken‘ for it not only has a very good story with intriguing but interesting characters it also enters into the paranormal world within a timeframe where anything like this would have been seen as witchcraft or the dark arts – and the people involved punished at the least, ostracized or killed at the most. (Yes, I know, we always have been a civilized world, right?)To be frank, I don’t feel I can go into any details beyond what you’ll find in the Cover Description for saying more could in fact spoil this story (and the series) for some readers. Yet, it is a fascinating story of unique abilities, and finding just the one right person to accept, even begin to understand the uniqueness of the gift each has as a natural ability. I adored Finn, he’s a devil-may-care type of man with a depth that few ever truly encounter. Victoria held my heart captive for she’s been through a lot, her expectations of love aren’t the greatest which is why finding Finn, as exasperating as he can be, was pure magic for her. I believe that anyone who loves a good Paranormal Romance will enjoy ‘The Rake is Taken‘ for at the heart, although set in Victorian England, this is mainly a Paranormal story, IMO. Of course, Historical Romance readers will enjoy this one as a genre, but it’s not often I see a story with this depth tied to the paranormal and historical world so effortlessly. And on that note, I’m not going to divulge any more. I had a great time in this world and if these are your Romance genres then I’m betting you’d enjoy yourself as well… if they aren’t, then take a risk and indulge yourself – I think you’ll be glad you did.*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*
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  • Candy
    January 1, 1970
    The Rake is TakenTracy SumnerLeague of LordsHistorical, Fantasy RomanceAdult Finn Alexander only ever dreamed about people connected to the League his brother Lucian had created, so why was he dreaming of Victoria Hamilton? To find out the answer to this question he starts following and learns that Victoria is special. Like Finn, Victoria has a unique “gift” that sets her apart. Unfortunately, Victoria’s gift puts her in a position where people might want to use her. So Finn decides to help her The Rake is TakenTracy SumnerLeague of LordsHistorical, Fantasy RomanceAdult Finn Alexander only ever dreamed about people connected to the League his brother Lucian had created, so why was he dreaming of Victoria Hamilton? To find out the answer to this question he starts following and learns that Victoria is special. Like Finn, Victoria has a unique “gift” that sets her apart. Unfortunately, Victoria’s gift puts her in a position where people might want to use her. So Finn decides to help her elude a betrothal she isn’t ready for and try and figure out her gift at the same time. Only something happens that neither of them was expecting and they have to decide what it is they both want. After reading the “Lady is Trouble” I really wanted to learn more about some of the other characters, so when I was offered the chance to read “The Rake is Taken” I was super excited. I loved this book as much as the first book in the series. I loved learning more about Finn and who he was before he was rescued by Lucien. I also loved his love interest, Virginia. She was in a bad situation because of her family, but she was still strong and brave. She used her gift at times for the wrong reasons, but she was also willing to use it to help the man she loved. Another thing I loved about this story was getting to see what had been going on with Luciane and Piper as well as Humphrey and The Duke of Ashcroft. Lastly I loved the fact that even if you have not read the first book you can still enjoy Finn’s story. I recommend this story to fantasy lovers who enjoy a good romance. I also recommend this to fans of historical romances. I truly enjoyed this story and hope to read any other books from this series that are released. I received a free ecopy of this book from BookSirens for my honest opinion.
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  • Kaye
    January 1, 1970
    ONE TANTALIZING EXTRAVAGANZA!!!Perfect! Tracy bestows her unique talents, spinning this exceptionally thrilling piece of perfection, laying out one refreshing delight to grace the space and expand the genre, swirling through this sensational storyline and enchanting plot, blasting this little treasure to life spectacularly. Talk about blazing a new trail, riding rails and flying to the rescue. It doesn't get any better than this out-of-box whirlwind, pushing through the unsettling trials and pas ONE TANTALIZING EXTRAVAGANZA!!!Perfect! Tracy bestows her unique talents, spinning this exceptionally thrilling piece of perfection, laying out one refreshing delight to grace the space and expand the genre, swirling through this sensational storyline and enchanting plot, blasting this little treasure to life spectacularly. Talk about blazing a new trail, riding rails and flying to the rescue. It doesn't get any better than this out-of-box whirlwind, pushing through the unsettling trials and passionate tribulations, stumbling around the sleek twists and wicked turns, drawing our characters deeper than they could have ever envisioned. Tracy has this bad boy banging like a cheap screen door, throwing caution to the wind, no turning back and take no prisoners attitude, wrapping this jewel up seamlessly. One action packed, hard hitting, pulse racing, heart pounding, adrenaline pumping, page flipping bombshell, twirling hotter than a flaming inferno and more explosive than dynamite. Anarchy runs rampant and havoc is rife, rousting the drama, intrigue, spiraling suspense and intense situations, along with a double dose of danger while dodging evil intents, you have one intoxicating masterpiece. The attraction and chemistry sizzles from the pages and suck you in so deeply until you feel the heat and electricity thrumming through your veins. The characters, banter, dialogue, interactions and charged atmosphere along with relatable qualities and individual traits, blend and flow, transforming into genuine charismatic personalities. The scenes are strikingly sharp with abundant details and depictions creating a colorful backdrop that makes the storyline pop. Remarkable job Tracy, thanks for sharing this little treasure with us.
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  • Jamie Jack
    January 1, 1970
    Paranormal Aspect Awesome, But...This book, perhaps more than most that I read, has its pluses and minuses. What I absolutely loved is the paranormal aspect of it. I'm actually almost loath to call it “the paranormal aspect” because the author has woven it in so deftly and it is so integral to the story that it doesn't feel like it's otherworldly or something not of our realm. As I began reading the book, the League of Lords and their home for people with paranormal abilities vaguely reminded me Paranormal Aspect Awesome, But...This book, perhaps more than most that I read, has its pluses and minuses. What I absolutely loved is the paranormal aspect of it. I'm actually almost loath to call it “the paranormal aspect” because the author has woven it in so deftly and it is so integral to the story that it doesn't feel like it's otherworldly or something not of our realm. As I began reading the book, the League of Lords and their home for people with paranormal abilities vaguely reminded me of the X-Men... in a good way! The X-Men in Regency England… what’s not to like? I had recently read a Regency romance that had a paranormal aspect, but it was not really woven into the story well, so I especially appreciated this author's handling of it. But, for the minuses, I felt that sexual thoughts on both sides came too fast. Certainly, he was hot for her very quickly! She seemed to have more knowledge of sex than a Victorian noblewoman would have had in those times, so that part of the story rang false to me. There's so much cool stuff going on with the story that I felt like the steaminess factor was out of balance. Don't get me wrong, I love me a good steamy historical romance! But, to me, it has to balance with the rest of the story, or it teeters too close to erotica, which is not my jam. But I love the characters and the overarching paranormal aspect of this series, so I'm looking forward to the next one. I just hope the author strikes the balance better next time.I received a free copy of this book, but that did not affect my review.My book blog: https://www.readingfanaticreviews.com
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  • Angie Barnes
    January 1, 1970
    Tracy Sumner has written a 5-star book that tells the story of Victoria and Finn. Victoria has powers where she can make people forget things for a while and Finn has been dreaming about her, he dreams that she is in danger. He has the power to read minds, but when he is around Victoria he can't read the minds of anyone. He finally gets a chance to speak to Victoria and he tells her that she has powers and if she would like to learn more that she needs to go to his brother Julian's place. She go Tracy Sumner has written a 5-star book that tells the story of Victoria and Finn. Victoria has powers where she can make people forget things for a while and Finn has been dreaming about her, he dreams that she is in danger. He has the power to read minds, but when he is around Victoria he can't read the minds of anyone. He finally gets a chance to speak to Victoria and he tells her that she has powers and if she would like to learn more that she needs to go to his brother Julian's place. She goes and the more time they spend together the more they fall for each other. Finn knows that he is out of her class plus she is to marry Baron Rossby to save her family. She wants to find a way to get out of the upcoming marriage. Victoria and Finn get together and after Finn tells her that he is not good for her because of who and where he came from. Finn has a plan to help Victoria get out of marring the Baron and he goes and reads the Baron's mind. Finn tells the Baron to let Victoria out of the upcoming marriage and if he doesn't Finn will destroy him. Finn only does this so that Victoria can marry Ashcroft who is a Duke and he will be able to protect her if and when her powers become known. Victoria and Ashcroft have a talk and he finds out that she is in love with Finn. Ashcroft goes to talk to Finn and he tells Finn to go and get Victoria.Will Victoria and Finn find a way to be together or will she marry Ashcroft?This was a wonderful book and I would recommend it to anyone.I received a free copy of this book and am voluntarily leaving a review.
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  • Mary Lynne
    January 1, 1970
    The Rake Is Taken continues Sumner’s strong Regency paranormal series by focusing on two people who’ve struggled with their talents. Finn suffers because he can read any mind around his—except for Victoria. She struggles because her ability to wipe anyone’s recent memories offers perilous possibilities that she knows she needs to avoid. For Finn, Victoria offers a respite, as she negates his talent and gives him rare moments of silence in a cacophonous world. For Victoria, she needs to know that The Rake Is Taken continues Sumner’s strong Regency paranormal series by focusing on two people who’ve struggled with their talents. Finn suffers because he can read any mind around his—except for Victoria. She struggles because her ability to wipe anyone’s recent memories offers perilous possibilities that she knows she needs to avoid. For Finn, Victoria offers a respite, as she negates his talent and gives him rare moments of silence in a cacophonous world. For Victoria, she needs to know that she isn’t alone in her talents, and that Finn can introduce her to others who have to deal with extraordinary abilities every day.I liked both Finn and Victoria. Finn was a strong secondary character in The Lady is Trouble, where his talents made him mischievous and a bit chaotic. In The Rake is Taken, Finn is older and more jaded, struggling with the challenges reading minds brings. I liked the way Victoria was his counterbalance, the yin to his yang in more ways than one. They also have to address their class differences and social status, and Victoria has to learn to challenge the status quo she is being forced into.There are welcome sightings of characters from the first book, but they in no way overshadow the growth of Finn and Victoria’s relationship. The League of Lords series has been excellent so far, and how wonderful that The Rake Is Taken avoids the dreaded sophomore slump!
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  • Anonymous 5
    January 1, 1970
    This is the second book in Ms. Sumner's wonderful new Regency series, League of Lords. What makes these books special and unique is not only the captivating stories, but they also touch a bit on the paranormal, which makes things a bit more exciting. I've been looking forward to Finn's story and definitely was not disappointed! He is connected to Victoria through dreams of his past. There is definitely a passionate connection between them. She is the daughter of an earl and he is the illegitimat This is the second book in Ms. Sumner's wonderful new Regency series, League of Lords. What makes these books special and unique is not only the captivating stories, but they also touch a bit on the paranormal, which makes things a bit more exciting. I've been looking forward to Finn's story and definitely was not disappointed! He is connected to Victoria through dreams of his past. There is definitely a passionate connection between them. She is the daughter of an earl and he is the illegitimate son of a viscount and a known rake. Finn and Victoria grow closer as he helps her learn more about her powers and this special other world that they both belong to. As their journey to love begins, of course they must face many challenges along the way. Ms. Sumner does a great job of bringing this story to life with the excellent portrayal of characters and captivating storyline. This is definitely a book, and a series, you don't want to miss out on. I, for one, am looking forward to the upcoming books in this series!I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
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  • Irene S
    January 1, 1970
    Lady Victoria has always heard it described it as a parlor trick by her maid Agnes when she has taken away people's memories. She's been successful in keeping out of trouble though she doesn't really fit into society. Finn and Victoria saw each other in dreams before they ever met. Since Finn's dreams often mean potential danger, he has been following Victoria around. Even though Victoria's family has her betrothed to a repulsive duke, Finn persuades her to visit his family home to explore her g Lady Victoria has always heard it described it as a parlor trick by her maid Agnes when she has taken away people's memories. She's been successful in keeping out of trouble though she doesn't really fit into society. Finn and Victoria saw each other in dreams before they ever met. Since Finn's dreams often mean potential danger, he has been following Victoria around. Even though Victoria's family has her betrothed to a repulsive duke, Finn persuades her to visit his family home to explore her gift. I received a free copy of this ebook from the publisher through Netgallery. This is my honest and voluntarily given review. This is an interesting read, which has a few steamy scenes. There were a couple of phrases that I thought were a tiny bit crude within the book. I really liked that Victoria was able to look behind Finn's facade and really care for him. There are good secondary characters in Agnes, Piper, Julian, and Humphrey that add to the story. I wish there was more suspense around Victoria's gift, but overall I liked the book.
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  • Janet
    January 1, 1970
    Lady Victoria Hamilton has a supernatural gift, a fiancé, and a guardian angel. She just never expected her protector to be the most dazzling man in England, a devilish scoundrel they call the Blue Bastard. Victoria has agreed to marry for duty, not love, but her unforeseen desire for her mystical angel threatens to destroy not only her plans for the future but the armour surrounding her susceptible heart. Illegitimate son of a viscount and reigning king of London’s gossip sheets, Finn Alexander Lady Victoria Hamilton has a supernatural gift, a fiancé, and a guardian angel. She just never expected her protector to be the most dazzling man in England, a devilish scoundrel they call the Blue Bastard. Victoria has agreed to marry for duty, not love, but her unforeseen desire for her mystical angel threatens to destroy not only her plans for the future but the armour surrounding her susceptible heart. Illegitimate son of a viscount and reigning king of London’s gossip sheets, Finn Alexander has spent a lifetime hiding his ability to read minds behind charming smiles and wicked behaviour. This is the second book in the series, it could easily be read on its own. I love that this series is different, you don’t often find historical romance & paranormal mixing, I found it to be refreshing. I loved both Victoria & Finn, whom we’d met in the first book. Oh their attraction sizzled but as their relationship grew so did their dilemma. A very well written page turning read which kept me captivated all the way through My honest review is for a special copy I voluntarily read
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  • SH
    January 1, 1970
    A romance with a supernatural twist. Finn Alexander can read minds, hearing the thoughts of everyone around him. Yet when he meets Lady Victoria Hamilton, he finds that she is the only whose thoughts are hidden from him. Victoria finds herself drawn to Finn, and with him, she feels valued. With her parents showing little interest in her, and only marrying her off for money, Victoria finds in Finn, someone who loves her despite her supernatural skills. Yet Finn is of lower social standing that Vi A romance with a supernatural twist. Finn Alexander can read minds, hearing the thoughts of everyone around him. Yet when he meets Lady Victoria Hamilton, he finds that she is the only whose thoughts are hidden from him. Victoria finds herself drawn to Finn, and with him, she feels valued. With her parents showing little interest in her, and only marrying her off for money, Victoria finds in Finn, someone who loves her despite her supernatural skills. Yet Finn is of lower social standing that Victoria, the daughter of an earl, and so their romance seems doomed from the start.This was an entertaining read, with two great main characters who despite their difference in background, share a common understanding. Their attraction is very obvious – plenty of sparks! The plight of women is very true to the story and the limitations of class, yet the paranormal aspect gave it a refreshing slant. A great read!I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Dotty M
    January 1, 1970
    Take the Rake After reading The Lady is Trouble I was ready to read Finn’s story. Much like Julian the hero in The Lady is Trouble, Finn had a bit of a chip on his shoulder. My heart went out to him and Julian also. After what Finn suffered growing up I felt he doubted his self worth in many ways. Victoria was the perfect woman for him. So excepting of her own faults she accepted and loved Finn for who he was. My only “ick” of the story is Finn’s nickname of Tori for Victoria. Even with his expl Take the Rake After reading The Lady is Trouble I was ready to read Finn’s story. Much like Julian the hero in The Lady is Trouble, Finn had a bit of a chip on his shoulder. My heart went out to him and Julian also. After what Finn suffered growing up I felt he doubted his self worth in many ways. Victoria was the perfect woman for him. So excepting of her own faults she accepted and loved Finn for who he was. My only “ick” of the story is Finn’s nickname of Tori for Victoria. Even with his explanation of why, it still didn’t work for me. I was a bit letdown that all the suspense and danger around Victoria’s ability never really got off the ground. I really enjoyed Finn and Victoria’s story. And the supernatural abilities element makes for an interesting read. I’m anxious to see just how Wicked the Duke is in the next book of the League of Lords series.I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
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