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Short Book Review-When A Rake Falls by Sally Orr

by | Apr 11, 2015 | Book Reviews | 5 comments

Short Book Review-When A Rake Falls by Sally OrrWhen a Rake Falls by Sally Orr
Series: The Rake's Handbook #2
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on April 7th 2015
Genres: Historical Romance, Regency Era
Pages: 320
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
ISBN: 1492602140

To win a race to Paris, dashing Lord Boyce Parker hires a balloon. He expects to be crowned the victor and become famous for his courage and intelligence. Only then can he regain his father’s respect from the scandal of publishing the naughty book The Rake’s Handbook: Including Field Guide.
Bluestocking Miss Eve Mountfloy makes a bargain with the handsome Pink of the Ton. She’ll fly the balloon during the dangerous crossing to France, if he lets her finish her scientific experiments to predict violent storms and thereby save lives.
Eve proceeds with her studies, but the results are not what she expected. Chafing to keep warm creates unusual sensations everywhere. Then when Lord Parker asks if she is curious about the heat generated by a kiss, well, she is curious. It seems Lord Parker is performing experiments of his own that will forever change Eve’s perception of the word "results."

My Review

I received a ARC copy in exchange for an honest review, thanks to Netgalley and Sourcebook Casablanca

I had high expectations of When A Rake Falls, but this is the first book I have had the opportunity to read from this author. I had seen some high ratings and reviews, so I was pretty excited to start this one. But I had the most difficult time getting into it. I don’t know if it was just me or I was in the mood for something more engaging. I would say that this is a story that had some quirky moments and a few scenes that were pretty fun to read. But as a whole, I wouldn’t say it was the type of story that I was necessarily in the mood for. I did enjoy the characters, and the plot was pretty steady and had many enjoyable qualities to it, but I just couldn’t see the romance in this one. I could see the friendship building the two, but the actual romantic relationship I just could never really connect with. For me it was like they went from being friends to loving each other and I didn’t see the transition at all. I wanted to, I really wanted to love this one, but it just didn’t happen. I found the story to have great humor, and some entertaining characters, and even though it wasn’t my favorite romance to read, I do plan on reading the first book and maybe I will enjoy it more.

My Rating

3 Blossoms 

Heat Level 


Series Order 

The Rake’s Handbook (1)

When The Rake Falls (2)

The Rake’s Field Guide (3)

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  1. Sophia Rose

    It’s tough when you’re not sold on the romance to enjoy a romance story. It does sound playful and the cover is cute. Hope the first one works better for you, Renee.

  2. kiltsandswords

    I felt the same way about this book. I wanted to like it but it just didn’t capture my interest.

  3. Lola

    I am sorry this book wasn’t as good as you hoped. The blurb and cover both make it look like an enjoyable book. It’s always hard when you don’t feel the connection between the main characters, i want to feel the romance and understand why those characters are good for each other.

  4. anna@herding cats & burning soup

    This is one I’d considered. I just love that cover.But I’d seen another say similar things so decided to give it a pass for now. Maybe one of her other ones will have to be tried out. 🙂

  5. Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook

    I’m sorry to hear that this didn’t live up to your expectations. I have to say the cover is adorable!


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