The Knave of Hearts

The Knave of Hearts

Paperback - 2016
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In the fifth novel of the captivating Rhymes With Love series from New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Boyle, a young woman's hopes of a match encounter a wickedly handsome complication . . .

Lavinia Tempest has been eagerly anticipating a spectacular season. But one disastrous pile-up on the Almack's dance floor derails all her plans. Add to that, the very stunning revelations about her mother's scandalous past have become the ton's latest on dits. Lavinia's future has gone from shining bright to blackest night in one misstep.

Alaster "Tuck" Rowland admits he's partly to blame for Lavinia's disastrous debut. But it's not guilt that compels him to restore her reputation. Rather, he's placed a wager that he can make Lavinia into one of the most sought-after ladies in London. Who better than an unrepentant rake to set society astir?

Tuck's motives are hardly noble. But in teaching the lovely Lavinia how to win any man she wants, he suddenly finds himself tangled in the last place he ever imagined: in love.

Publisher: New York : Avon Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, c2016
ISBN: 9780062283955
Branch Call Number: PB FIC BOY
Characteristics: 372 pages ; 17 cm


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Chapel_Hill_MarthaW Jun 21, 2017

I’m always impressed with books in series that happen at the same time – it just seems like so much to keep track of! (My absolute favorite example of this in the romance genre is Juliana Gray’s Victorian era, Italy-set Affairs by Moonlight series, in which all three books take place simultaneously AND there are ghosts AND it’s all a loose retelling of Shakespeare’s Love’s Labours Lost [tl;dr = READ IT].) Anyway! I was excited to see how Elizabeth Boyle would tackle her attempt at simultaneously-occurring books, and I was overall quite pleased with the result. This is the story of the twin sister of the heroine from the previous book in the series, and it takes place during much of the action of that story. And it is totally charming! Boyle does an excellent job of writing twins who feel like two very distinct people, with very distinct love stories. Also, there’s a scene involving cross dressing. This was definitely a book that is best read as part of the whole series rather than as a standalone, though, so I’d advise would-be readers to keep that in mind if they’ve not read the earlier books in the series (all of which are quite good). If you’re a fan of Julia Quinn or Loretta Chase, this series, which is fun and funny and full of charm, is an excellent readalike.

CMLibrary_sdeason Feb 29, 2016

This series continues to amaze. The author fits together the lives of so many characters like puzzle pieces. Tuck is by far the most adorable hero in this series.


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