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Rake with a Frozen Heart
Marguerite Kaye
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Rake with a Frozen Heart

3.7 of 5 stars 3.70  ·  rating details  ·  205 ratings  ·  54 reviews

Waking up in a stranger's bed, Henrietta Markham encounters the most darkly sensual man she has ever met. The last thing she remembers is being attacked by a housebreaker--yet being rescued by the notorious Earl of Pentland feels much more dangerous!
Since the cataclysmic failure of his marriage, ice has flowed in Rafe St. Alban's veins. But meeting impetuous, all-too-dist
ebook, 288 pages
Published May 1st 2012 by Harlequin Special Releases (first published April 1st 2012)
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I was reading ‘The Origins of Sex’ by Faramerz Dabhoiwala and the chapter that especially caught my attention was the chapter about the birth of the Cult of Seduction. Dabhoiwala claims that there was a significant change in the way women’s sexuality was viewed and it happened around 17th century. To simplify it: before, women were considered sexual creatures who led men astray and after the switch it was men who seduced women and women generally had no sexuality of their own until it was brough ...more
4.5 stars

Sweet, tender, heartwarming and a joy to read; Do I really need to write anything more?

There are few thing to say about Rake with a Frozen Heart; it's certainly not an original plot. The rakish, brooding lord of the ton and the shy, plump governess, have been done ad nauseum by many romance writers. And yet, this book manages to remain fresh, fast paced and very, very engaging with its extremely likable if (or perhaps because of those) imperfect heroes, the mystery plot that to my delig
I haven't read any other books by this author, and after reading this one, provided by netgalley, I have to wander what exactly I've been doing with my life.

Yes, I really, really enjoyed this one. It hits so many perfect notes for me, that it's almost hard to explain. The writing flows so well that I really wish more authors could write like this. It's not particularly grammatically correct, but she writes in the same style as her protagonists inner monologues, which is rather a clever way of us
4.7 heartbreakingly beautiful stars.

Oh my God. I just. I-I-Oh God. I'm in awe. I just loved this book so darned much!!!


This book had exactly, exactly, exactly what I want in a romance novel.
Innocent, delightful, original heroine? Tick.
Cynical, brooding hero with a heart? Tick.
Sizzling chemistry? Tick.
Cynical hero's frozen heart gets warmed by the heroine? Tick.
Deep, abiding and intense love? Tick.

God. I loved this book. The heroine was so utterly charming, and the hero just melted my heart wi
Cynthia (aka Artemis)
Reviewed at Bitten By Paranormal Romance

Rafe is haunted by his past. The guilt he harbors from decisions made long ago has turned his heart to ice. He feels he no longer deserves to love or be loved. He is truly a tormented hero. Henrietta is a wide-eyed, trusting innocent who blurts out whatever is on her mind – what a breath of fresh air.

This is your typical H/h from different sides of the tracks making for a wonderful “opposites attract”. The fire is lit from their first conversation when He
Rafe St Alban, the Earl of Pentland, is startled when he finds an unconscious young woman in a ditch near his home. He's even more startled when the woman, Henrietta, turns up as a stowaway in his carriage several days later, running away from an employer who accused her of stealing jewelry. Against his better judgment, Rafe agrees to help her track down the real culprit and prove her innocence, but the more time he spends with the outspoken and compassionate Henrietta, the less he wants to let ...more
♡ Sassy ~ Amy ♡
This was a surprise! Best of all this book was written by an author from the UK about the Historical UK. The english spelling was such & terminology was great! Obviously not an american describing something they aren't really familiar with!

This was a great short story. Not a Novella.

Henrietta is a governess accused if stealing heirloom jewels from her employer. After whitnessing the break in & being knocked unconscious by the housebreaker & left for dead in a ditch, she is rescued
Doris O'Connor
Marguerite Kaye reminded me why I love reading historicals with this passionate tale. All the usual traits were there - innocent governess being seduced by the handsome rake - or was it?

Henrietta may be the virginal governess and Rafe may give the impression of the typical regency rake, but that's were the similarities end. Henrietta is no simpering virgin, far from it, she is outspoken and her innocence is charming. I liked her straight away, as she comes to terms with this strange attraction s
I was lucky to be given a copy to review by the lovely Marguerite herself.

First impressions? The cover is just wonderful and so elegant.

Now for the story. Stolen Emeralds. An Aristocrat with emotions and a sparky heroine who is true to herself.
The book is such a great read. I fell into Regency England from the first page. Loved the opening pages and the story itself flowed like a river. Twists and turns, ups and downs. It was just great.

Marguerite gives the Regency romance a break from the norm
Goodness knows why this has over a four point rating. I found it a chore to complete.
Henrietta was a pathetic excuse for a character. It seemed the only purpose of her 'speaking her mind' was to advance the plot because the author had no imagination and couldn't think of any other way to achieve the same amount of knowledge being shared.
The continuity was horrendous at times, with Rafe (suspiciously like rake, might I add of his name) standing after having never sat down and letting go of her ha
Heather Book Savvy Babe
Review first published to Book Savvy Babe Blog

Rafe St Alban is an Earl, he is reclusive, cold, and a rake. When Rafe comes across a young woman injured and unconscious on his property, he is unprepared for his world to be tilted on its axis. The young woman in question is Henrietta Markham, a governess who has been caught up in a robbery. As Henrietta's situation becomes more complicated, Rafe becomes more determined to help the woman. As the pair go about trying to clear Henrietta's name and di
Rafe is a hero tormented by his past. He is dark, brooding and full of guilts. His first marriage was a disaster. He blames himself for the death of his wife and baby. He won't forgive himself and he won't allow himself to find happiness and redemption.

Henrietta is a feisty, sweet governess who blurts out literally whatever is on her mind. She is witty, funny and just adorable. When she is accused of stealing, Rafe is willing to help her clear her name and they embark on a journey of love, adve
Henrietta Markham, a rather ordinary, small but feisty little governess meets rather extraordinary, handsome and enigmatic Rafe St Alban, Earl of Pentland under dubious circumstances. She wakes up early one morning in Rafe's bed, with a large lump on her head and a far fetched story to explain the getting of said lump!

The story unfolds with Rafe becoming - much against his will to begin with - embroiled in Henrietta's complicated escapade. Rafe is a man with a secret, a past which has left him h
Julie Bonello
The talented Marguerite Kaye has outdone herself once again with Rake with a Frozen Heart, a seductively readable tale of blazing sensuality, nail-biting intrigue and dangerous desire that will hold readers spellbound from beginning to end!

When Henrietta Markham had gone chasing after her mistress’ mischievous pug, the vivacious governess never imagined that she would find herself attacked by a ruthless housebreaker – or that she would wake up the next morning in the Earl of Pentland’s bed! Plai
Good book. Rafe made an incredibly tortured hero. He did a great job of rescuing Henrietta the first time, even though he didn't want to. Then he stepped up to clear her name of the charges of theft. He had a terrible habit of going back and forth between cold and kind. I really liked Henrietta. She was a bit on the naive side, but she was a good person. She could see that Rafe had his issues, but she came to see that he was a good person under that rake-like exterior. I loved the way that she s ...more
Rake With a Frozen Heart by Marguerite Kaye
Rafe St Alban, Earl of Pentland had been married once and he would never marry again. He no longer cared about an heir to carry on his many titles, he didn't seem to care about much at all. His life took a sudden turn one morning when he found a woman in his ditch, on the edge of death. And later the same day he found her stowing away in the back of carriage. What could he do but help her prove she was innocent of a crime she was being accused of. He fo
Jenna Anderson
A Fine Escape

Ahhh… that’s just what I was hoping for. Every once in a while a person needs a good, rouge-meets-damsel-in-distress story. Rake With a Frozen Heart is a shining example of this type of storyline.

I’d like to thank NetGalley and Harlequin for the review copy of this book. I thoroughly enjoyed it. In fact, it was one of the better Harlequin titles I’ve read.

Henrietta is an innocent, talkative heroine with quirky beauty. Some of these characters can be overdone by writers, but I found
Karyn Gerrard
This story appealed on so many levels. I can't resist the hero who has locked his heart away. The title of this book says it all.

Rafe St. Alban, the Earl of Pentland is the rake with a frozen heart. As with all historicals, this concept of the hardened, brooding rake and the sweet, virginal governess has been done to death. Also the heroine 'speaking her mind' annoys me to no end. Here in this story however, Henrietta does it in such a guileless and charming way I didn't find her grating at all.
Sussex, 1824

Henrietta Markham si risveglia in un letto sconosciuto, per poi incontrare subito dopo l’uomo più affascinate e seducente che abbia mai visto. L’ultima cosa che ricorda è di essere stata assalita da uno scassinatore, ma essere salvata dal Conte di Pentlan è molto più pericoloso!

Dopo il disastroso fallimento del proprio matrimonio, a Rafe St. Alban non scorre altro che ghiaccio nelle vene, ma l’incontro con l’impetuosa governante Henrietta gli fa bollire il sangue. Quando la ragazza v
The Story: She’s been accused of stealing “the jewels,” in the household where she works as a governess. He’s the Earl who stumbles upon her after she’s been knocked out and left in a ditch. Unbeknownst to him, she smuggles her way to London in his coach – which quickly leads to her discovery and subsequent indecent, ala improper, moments betwixt the two. Of course he’s going to help clear her name and of course, she’s going to win his battered, bruised and scarred heart along the way.

The Heroi
Henrietta Markham is a young woman of twenty and three with high morals and integrity. Working as a governess, she is accused of being an accomplice in the disappearance of heirloom emeralds by her employer, Lady Helen Ipshaw. With little money, Henrietta leaves to investigate matters, on her own, and clear her name. In her search she meets a handsome and charming rake by the name of Rafe St. Alban/Lord Pentland. Rafe becomes her protector and assist in doing everything in his power to clear Hen ...more
Jen (Red Hot Books)
Things are going from bad to worse for poor Henrietta. First, the young governess accidentally intercepts a thief breaking into her employer's home; then she gets knocked over the head and left for dead. For a moment, her situation looks up as her dashing neighbor rescues her from a ditch. But the diversion is short lived. As soon as she returns home, she is accused of colluding with the thief to steal the family's jewels. Henrietta panics and runs, stowing away on a carriage bound for London. A ...more
This is kind of a hard book for me to review, cause I found myself rolling my eyes at a lot of things happening BUT at the same time it did bring tears to my eyes... GAH!

The thing is, a lot of what was going on in Rake With a Frozen Heart didn't seem to comply to the time period these characters were living in. I mean, as you may know, I've read a LOT of historical romance novels. And as such, I know a little about the rules that dictated the behaviour of basically everyone. So in my opinion a m
Author: Marguerite Kaye
Courtesy of NetGalley

Thank you NetGalley for sharing this Regency novel with me. It was a great read and with endearing characters. I had completed the novel in 2 settings only because one needs to go to work.

Plot: Henrietta Markham wakes up and finds herself in Rafe St. Alban's bed. Henrietta was knocked out due to witnessing an attempted burglary at her employer's property and left to die, although it was more of a bump on the head. This is where the story begins. He's a
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Carrie Olguin
Do they make up the title and then write the story?

The heroine has a unique voice that grated on my nerves. She's innocent and imaginative. And she just natters on and on inside her head over all the endless possibilities of what may happen or might happen and yada yada. Okay.

The hero clings to guilt which accounts for his frozen heart. He's one of those heroes where all of his horrible sins happen off-screene. Aside from getting drunk one time, he's moral, upright, honest, boy next door type.

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Rake with a Frozen Heart is an adorable love story with shocking twists and turns. There's never a dull moment as Henrietta and Rafe fall in love while proving Henrietta's innocence.

But I'm getting ahead of myself. Henrietta has been working as a governess and finds herself in a stranger's bed one morning. The stranger happens to be an Earl, but we'll know him as Rafe (love that name!). Henrietta finds out that she had
My Book Addiction and More MBA
RAKE WITH A FROZEN HEART by Marguerite Kaye is a delightful Regency Romance. What a wonderful and usual historical romance filled with guilt,betrayal,love,romance, passion,letting on of guilt,innocence,healing,and forgiveness of oneself. Follow, Rafe St. Alban, the notorious and dangerous Earl of Pentland and Henrietta Markham,and innocent and naive country miss on an incredible journey to love and forgiveness. With the Earl's dark secrets and Miss Markham being marked as a thief,they set out to ...more
A delightful story! The following is taken from my review at

RAKE WITH A FROZEN HEART, the latest book by author Marguerite Kaye, is a sweet historical romance. Unlike most historical romance novels, the difference in the social standing between Rafe, an earl, and Henrietta, a governess, never came into question. However, although she spoke about her parents a great deal, their identity was never fully explained, but the way she spoke of them might lead one to surmise that the
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Marguerite Kaye writes hot historical romances from her home in cold and usually rainy Scotland. Featuring Regency Rakes, Highlanders and Sheikhs, she has published almost thirty books and novellas.

When she’s not writing she enjoys walking, cycling (but only on the level), gardening (but only what she can eat) and cooking. She also likes to knit and occasionally drink martinis (though not at the
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