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Never Romance a Rake by Liz Carlyle
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it was amazing
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I enjoyed the previous two books in this series, and eagerly anticipated the story of Kiernan Neville, Baron Rothewell. I was not disappointed in this book. Kiernan is a complicated, unhappy man who is haunted by his past. The heroine, Camille Marchand, is a lonely young woman who is cruelly treated by her father. I enjoyed watching these two
grow to care for one another. This was a good story with sympathetic characters and it was an appropriate conclusion to the series.

During a night of drinking and gambling, Baron Rothewell is invited to join in a wager in which the winner will wed a beauty. As dissolute as Kieran believes himself to be, he is stunned when an acquaintance wants a group of depraved men to participate in a wager to win his daughter in marriage. When he meets the heroine, Camille Marchand, Kieran's latent protective instincts result in his determination to win, even though he has never had any notion of marriage. After winning the wager, Kieran offers to free Camille from the obligation, but she must marry in order to receive an inheritance. She also has an overwhelming desire for a child of her own to love. Kieran agrees to the marriage, but makes certain Camille understands that he will be a terrible husband upon whom she cannot depend. The two are fiercely attracted to one another, and after a very short period of acquaintance, they have a passionate encounter that results in Kieran insisting that they wed the next day. After their marriage, Kieran and Camille both try to stay aloof from one another even though their physical relationship is very intense. Camille is determined not to lose her heart to Kieran as she believes he will never be a true and faithful husband. Kieran begins to have feelings for Camille, but he has been suffering from an illness from which he does not believe he will recover, and he doesn't want Camille to become too emotionally attached to him. Kieran must come to terms with his past and decide to fight his illness as the feelings between he and Camille intensify. Camille has to step up and demand that Kiernan fight for a chance to have a future together while dealing with issues from her own past.

I enjoyed this book very much. Kieran was a tortured hero who believed that he didn't deserve happiness. For most of the book, he was very accepting of his illness and didn't fight for his life because he believed he was reaping what was his due. Camille was a woman who yearns to give love, but feels that she can only safely give it to a child. I liked watching these two grow to trust and love one another. The book was emotional and poignant at times. I thought that the three books in this trilogy made a wonderful series.
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