Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Tour Review & Giveaway - - The Rakehell of Roth

The Rakehell of Roth
by Amalie Howard
The Regency Rogues - Book 2
Publisher: Entangled:Amara
Release Date: February 9, 2021
Reviewed by PJ 


As owner of the most scandalous club in London, the last thing the notorious Marquess of Roth wants is a wife. Keeping up his false reputation as a rake brings in the clients with the deepest pockets—money he needs to fund a noble cause. Even though everything inside tells him not to leave his beautiful, innocent wife behind at his country estate...he must.


But three years later, tired of her scoundrel of a husband headlining the gossip rags, Lady Isobel Vance decides enough is enough. She is no longer a fragile kitten, but as the anonymous author of a women’s sexual advice column, she’s now a roaring tigress...and she can use her claws.

Isobel decides to go to him in London, channeling her powers of seduction to make him beg to take her back. But she didn’t expect her marauding marquess to be equally hard to resist. Now the game is on to see who will give in to the other first, with both sides determined like hell to win.

PJ's Thoughts:

I love both marriage-of-convenience and second-chance romances, especially when the tables are turned on a hero who thinks he's in charge. That's exactly what happens in Amalie Howard's The Rakehell of Roth and it's delicious.

Howard takes Isobel and Roth on quite the journey of discovery, of each other and themselves. Having been wedded, bedded, and abandoned at her husband's family's country estate, Isobel could have resigned herself to her fate and remained stagnant. Instead, with the help of a new friend, she took control of her destiny in a major way. Though Isobel's evolution seemed more dramatic due to her outwardly actions, Roth's was no less significant. In fact, I would say that his growth was more necessary to their happiness than hers. My heart ached for his losses, his misconception of certain events, the distance between him and his family, and the heartbreaking course he set for himself and his bride, even when his stubbornness had me wanting to toss him from a cliff. 

The twists and turns of the sensual dance Roth and Isobel embarked upon were compelling and enticing, even more so with Isobel unexpectedly taking the lead. These two practically set the pages of their story on fire with their encounters, especially during a certain event at Roth's club. They may not have settled their differences yet, but the escalating desire between them was impossible to deny.

Another part of the book that I enjoyed was the physical danger and Isobel's part in it. Sensual seductress one scene and knife-throwing, take-no-prisoners savior in the next; she's one of my favorite heroines in quite some time. Roth may think he's the protector but she's learned to save herself, thank you very much, and her hero too. Howard brought her to brilliant life on the page. I had no trouble whatsoever believing in her strength, determination, and ability to bring her misguided husband to his knees. In the best possible way.

Surrounding Isobel and Roth are a secondary cast of characters no less vividly portrayed and compelling. I do hope we'll be seeing more of them in a future book. 

The Rakehell of Roth can absolutely be enjoyed on its own. However, for a more complete understanding of Isobel's background, what brought her to this point in her life, and how the villain of this book ties into her history, I recommend first reading The Beast of Beswick. Both are outstanding books that were 5-star reads for me. 

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Have you read any of Amalie Howard's books?

Do you enjoy a heroine who takes her circumstances and turns them on their ear? 

The Rakehell of Roth kept me reading until almost 3:00 AM. What's the last book that kept you up reading half the night?

One randomly chosen person posting a comment before 11:00 PM, February 24 will receive a copy of The Rakehell of Roth

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29 comments:

  1. I haven't read her books, but this one sounds awesome! I'm reading the latest Christina Dodd and kept until 2:30 last night.

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    1. I love Dodd's thrillers. Wrong Alibi kept me up half the night too.

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  2. I LOVE her books!!! And the heroine who turns her circumstances on their ears is my favorite type. I finally started Sarah McLean's Rules for Scoundrel series and it is hurting my sleep in a major way.

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    1. MacLean's Rules of Scoundrels series is so good. They were all 5-star reads for me.

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  3. I've not read her as yet but this sounds really good. I do like this type of read. I work but every once in a while I will stay up until 1 AM (I use to be a total night owl) to finish a good book.

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    1. I used to always be in bed by 10PM. Since retirement, books have been my late night downfall. ;-)

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  4. I haven't read anything by this author yet, but I do like the sound of this book and the series. Will need to check it out. I'm pretty much a night owl and stay up until 2-3AM every night. That said, I've been known to read until dawn when I have a good book written by Shana Galen, Sabrina Jeffries, Julia Quinn or Stephanie Laurens. Four of my all time favorite authors and I can never find a stopping place until the last page!

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    1. Those are some good authors to keep all-night company with.

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  5. I haven't read this author's novels but look forward to enjoying her books. hen I am riveted by a captivating novel I do stay up late, but late for me is 10:30 or 11:00. Historicals will do that for me.

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    1. I enthusiastically recommend both The Beast of Beswick and The Rakehell of Roth. Looking forward to whatever she has in store for readers next.

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  6. Nancy Herknesses latest, The Agent, kept me up well past my bed time. I couldn't put it down!!

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    1. I loved that whole trilogy but The Agent was my favorite.

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  7. I have not read Amalie’s stories.
    I love feisty, intelligent, outspoken, go after what they want heroines.
    Last book to keep me up- Lily Dalton’s How To Entice An Earl

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  8. I have read her book The Beast of Beswick, which I really loved. I have not read this one! I read late into the night very often, I would say the last time was when I read How To Catch A Devilish Duke by Amy Rose Bennett which I gave 5 stars to.

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    1. If you enjoyed The Beast of Beswick, you definitely need to read Isobel's story too.

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  9. I really enjoyed The Beast opf Beswwick, and this book is on my TBB list. I am looking forward to reading how Isobel takes charge.

    A recent book that I couldn't put down was Rock Bottom Girl by Lucy Score.

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    1. I was so surprised by Isobel. Her journey from where she was at the end of book one was great.

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  10. I've read "The Beast of Beswick" which I really loved. A lot of books keep me up reading until the wee hours. I'm reading Kaitlyn and the Highlander books right now, which are great. I would love to read The Rakehell of Roth as it sounds really good from your review.

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  11. I'm currently reading how to be a proper lady by Katharine ashe and it has kept me up until 2 am this morning

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    1. Katharine Ashe is one of my favorite authors.

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  12. I have her last book. Love strong female characters. Always reading to 2-3am.

    denise

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  13. Ms Howard is a new to me author....I love the fact y'all continue to do that to me, find authors who have created stories I just must read.

    The Julia Quinn oldie, What Happens In London, is the last book which kept me reading until the wee hours of the morning.

    I am fond of strong female characters. In fact, I like strong characters, of either sex.
    I want to read about people who I would enjoy as friends.

    Well written stories with characters I like. That is all I ask.

    I hope everyone is staying well.

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  14. I haven't read this author but I am taken with the description you gave of the heroine: knife-throwing, take-no-prisoners savior. The last book I stayed up reading into the wee hours of the morning was, Brazen and the Beast by Sarah MacLean. That story very much had a heroine who took her circumstances and turned them on their ear. The phrase, The Year of Hattie, still makes me chuckle.

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  15. I just finished The Beast of Beswick and I would love to win this book! I read past my bedtime all the time!

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  16. Not sure if I've read Ms. Howard before but her books are on my MUST read list, especially this one!! I do enjoy those strong female characters!! Since I share a bed with my hubby, I try not to read past 11:30 pm, although last night it was 12:30 am (Strong, Silent Cowboy by Lora Leigh & Veronica Chadwick)

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  17. I have not read her before, but this story sounds really good. The last book that kept me up late was Kerrigan Byrne’s Dancing with Danger. I just recently discovered her books, and I’m hooked!

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  18. I haven't read this author before. It sounds interesting.

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