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The Rake And The Recluse: REDUX (Lords of Time #1)

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A woman out of time.
A man stifled by propriety.
A nemesis determined to take her away.
A brother to the rescue.

How will a powerful Duke deal with a woman who doesn't know her place? How will a woman used to the 21st century survive in time where she is considered property?

THE RAKE AND THE RECLUSE Part One brings Francine to the world of the Duke of Roxleigh, clashing worl
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ebook, REDUX, 700 pages
Published February 28th 2012 by Iris Photo Agency (first published January 20th 2011)
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Kati
Apr 02, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kati by: Ashley March
1 Part Outlander+ 1 Part Jane Eyre= Me, Lost in LeBlanc™.

I spent a week (yes, A WEEK) on this book. It might be mostly due to the fact that I flipped through it 8 times just drooling over the pictures. Within those 8 flip throughs, I read the story. The concept is GENIUS! I mean, who hasn't wanted to know exactly what the author sees when she's writing her book? Who hasn't wondered what the hero REALLY looks like? Well, wonder no more. Ms. LeBlanc takes us into her vision, complete with picture
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Joyfully Reviewed
“Freedom”
Francine Larabee is plucked out of the twenty-first century thrown back in time and forced into another life. When she awakens, Francine is startled not only by the time and place she awakens in, but also the stunning man in charge. Francine had thought her father’s ramblings about their family line being in the wrong time were crazy but as she now finds herself surrounded by dukes and duchesses she realizes there may be some truth to it.

Duke of Roxleigh, Gideon Alrick Trumbull is known
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Catherine
Mar 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Francine Larabee has life figured out. Career, husband, kids. In that order. But fate had other plans.

Welcome to the world of The Rake and the Recluse. 21st century businesswoman Francine, through a fate-changing car accident, is thrust into 19th century England in the body of her ancestor Madeline Larabee. She wakes up on the estate of the delicious and stoic Gideon, the Duke of Roxleigh (AKA the Recluse), who’s just as confused by her improper attitude as Francine is by his obsession with prop
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Delilah Marvelle
Jul 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Witty, sensual, and just downright fantastic. Words and pictures collide in this unique and sigh worthy read.
Catherine
Mar 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Francine Larabee has life figured out. Career, husband, kids. In that order. But fate had other plans.

Welcome to the world of The Rake and the Recluse. 21st century businesswoman Francine, through a fate-changing car accident, is thrust into 19th century England in the body of her ancestor Madeline Larabee. She wakes up on the estate of the delicious and stoic Gideon, the Duke of Roxleigh (AKA the Recluse), who’s just as confused by her improper attitude as Francine is by his obsession with prop
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Heather Book Savvy Babe
Jun 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
Not only am I giving this book 5 stars, but it is my favorite book of August! See more about it on my blog @ www.booksavvybabe.com

In The Rake and the Recluse, Francine is somehow transported from present day to the late 1800's where she finds herself injured at the home of a reclusive Duke. Not understanding what happened to her, Francine rails against her "captors" and acts quite strange, making those around her fear for her sanity. As time passes, the Duke (Gideon) and his household realize th
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Romancing the Book
Jul 01, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical, romance
Review by Jen:
I won this book months ago on GoodReads and it's been sitting on my self just taunting me. So when I arranged to have Jenn guest at Romancing the Book, I figured this would be the time to read the book. What I found was a delightful debut novel... complete with pictures.

I'll be honest. I don't think the photos in this book really added much to me. It's an interesting concept, but in the end it just felt like filler to me.

However, I did enjoy the story. A girl time travels back to V
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Crys Harris
Jun 03, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book was insipid, boring, and ridiculous. I will admit, I'm no fan of time travel romances as I find the premise too unbelievable. I only thought Outlander was so-so, and that is the gold standard of the genre. However, there are so many things that stand out as completely dumb about this book as to make it unique.

First, one cannot easily transition from living with smart phones and being independent women of the world to missish, retiring Victorian maidens. She rode a horse, for heaven's s
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Kara Oller serdinak
Poetic... sometimes you just get that feeling you belong in another time.

I could have done w/o the whole time travel premise because the Regency writing was well versed. I didn't need the extra plot twisters. However, if this author is figuring on writing about any of these other characters such as Lady Alice and Shaw, or Meggie and Daniel, heck I want stories about Warrick and his unknown past. The characters were so well formed that I've become enthralled, drawn in. I want all the Trumbull cou
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Caroline
Jul 11, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I found it hard to follow with puzzling motivations. Even for a time-travel it had tons of anachronisms Not my cup of tea. Still, in fairness, I found myself skimming forward to see where she took it. There were no big surprises.
Book Binge
Jul 29, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-review
Francine Larrabee is in a cab on her way to work one day when the cab stops suddenly, she hits her head on the partition and she wakes up in another century. She is now in the late 19th century and she’s being taken care of by the Duke of Roxleigh and his staff. Not only is she in a different time and country she doesn’t even look like herself. Her hair had changed color from blond to brown – from short to long. She has one great tantrum at the Duke about being kept against her will and then she ...more
Lindsey ( United By Books Reviews)
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Francine Larrabee woke up on the wrong side of the century. She was fairly certain she went to sleep in her own comfy bed, but she doesn't quite seem to be there now. Only adding to her problems is that she has no voice, is constantly being glowered at by a large, stunning man who is obsessed with propriety, and she is apparently betrothed to a horrid little man, determined to ruin her, and any other girls that get in his way.

Lord Peregrine Trumbull is a rake of the worst order. As
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Kalinya Parker-Pryce
In a word - a waste of time and money.

The concept was promising, the execution however, was poor. The hero was promising, and his brother was delightful, but the heroine pulled them down.

The plentiful photographs meant to illustrate the book added to the disaster. There is no way the female in those photos can be a vision of paleness - so fair in colouring (according to the author's description), when the female in the photos that were constantly thrust in your face showed a woman who was neith
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Hardly
Dec 21, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: stinkers
Most of the reviews at Amazon list occasional misspellings, bizarre word choice ("steed"? LOL), pointless details that possibly had a purpose when the author included them but which she never showed why they mattered (Francine's throat injury), and unnecessary sex scenes among other things are entirely valid. Since those others have mentioned them, I won't harp on about them. You can toddle over to Amazon and read a few dozen folks griping about it :D

Subtlety: a good thing. Also, and sadly, not
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Viveka
Apr 25, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm torn about this book. FIrst read the first two parts seperately and really liked them, but then continued reading the rest in this version and felt that it lost me. It was too long for the amount of actual action, and it just felt like I had to force myself to finish it. May be better to read the serialised version.
Lindsey
Jun 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Francine Larrabee is a modern day businesswoman in Denver. She misses her parents terribly as she was orphaned at a young age when her parents were killed. Francine belongs to no one, it’s just her in this big world. She clings to her farther’s research that there is a strong possibility that people sometimes end up in the wrong time and place in life and should find there way back or forward to that time. As most young woman she wants to find love, be in love, and belong to someone, but there n ...more
Aislynn
This is a drool worth novel - in so many ways. Jenn LeBlanc is an absolutely fabulous photographer and a phenomenal writer. This books showcases both her talents.. The cherry on top of this story - a sexy male lead who just oozes sensuality - both in photographs and in the written word.

Francine leaves her house in the 21st Century only to find her self whisked back in time and into the arms of Gideon, the Duke of Roxleigh. His staff tends to her wounds and attempts to make her comfortable in a s
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MarytheBookLover
My Opinion: Amazing! That’s right, I said it – A M A Z I N G!!! I don’t know why it took me this long to talk about it. This series and for me it was a series, as I read each one individually and they were all amazing! I loved them! Go out, get your self this book or books, how ever you would like to break it up. Read them, enjoy them, fall in love with them! I know I sure did. In fact, I read them all back to back and right away. I did nothing else. I had to keep going. The writing is fantastic ...more
Melodie
Freedom & Found:

First of all, LOVE the pictures!! This is my first time reading a serial novel and I have to say it is quite an experience. And the pictures that are scattered throughout the novel....OMG (so hot!) The novel has a promising start.

Taken:

I'm not sure I enjoy where this novel is going... My impression when I'm reading this part is that she's crazy. Her mood is so unstable that I fear for Gideon. And I don't know what to think when he thinks she's so awesome after she yelled at
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Lisa Hutson
Jul 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am not normally interested at all in time travel stories. But the illustrated part drew me to this one. The time travel stuff was really kind of in the background mostly. The story was a really nice one. A girl trying to figure out what the heck and how she got herself into such a mess. The guy trying to figure why she is so different. And what he is supposed to be doing. Pretty good. Well told. But mix it with the illustrations and it jumps to excellent. This is such a great idea. And done so ...more
Deb Diem
May 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As I scrolled down I glanced at the reviews and once again I wonder if I read the same book. Maybe I had a later edition but there were no format or editing issues in The Rake and the Recluse in my copy. I thought Jenn LeBlanc delivered a well written (and yes, very spicy but I have no problem with that) story. I enjoyed the characters. This book could have easily been split into two books, but I'm glad it wasn't. The first part of the book involved time travel. I liked everything about this boo ...more
Judy Lavik
May 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A tale of epic proportions

I enjoyed this book; you'd have to in order to stay with such a long story to its conclusion. It begins and ends with a bit of time travel, but it's only lightly touched on. Mainly it's a story about a reclusive duke and his rakish brother, a viscount. One finds love with a time traveler who has barely escaped unspeakable horrors; the other with the woman who suffered them in her stead. Those horrors are mostly just vaguely alluded to throughout the book until close to
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(Nat) Reading Romances
Mar 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: hot, historical
I adored the experience reading this serial novel. All the parts of this novel were so captivating and impressive not only for the gorgeous illustrations, but the delicious writing. The format left me expecting the next pictures, which was a nice touch to the story.* An outstanding and precious jewel. These books shouldn’t be read as a stand alone. (...)

Observation: didn’t have the experience to read this serial novel before the REDUX edition, so no comparisons could be made.

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Kate Ayre
Aug 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Leblanc does a fine job at creating four central characters who are challenged by different circumstances, among them a loss of place, sense of isolation, recovery from physical crisis. The book is sophisticated in its details regarding everyday life so that the reader feels in the moment without being overwhelmed by minutiae. Readers might be surprised by the continued story after most of the conflicts are resolved for the first couple. However, her realistic treatment of a rape victim draws th ...more
LeeAnna Lane
Apr 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Time travel, romance, family, and true love.

This book was great. First you have sexy men, strong beautiful women, and a mean deviant monster of a man. At the end the deviant man dies, two of the sexy men and two of the beautiful women get married and two more of the sexy men leave you sure there will be more stories to come. This book is longer then most of the books I have ordered to read, I'd say that it is well worth the money you spend and time it takes to read. It is well worth the time it
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Donne Knudsen
Mar 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance-sweet
I have always enjoyed the historical, time travel, romance genre - it's always a good little break from my fave paranormal, urban fantasies. This one didn't disappoint and I really enjoyed the story between Francine and Gideon as well as the story between Lilly and Perry. However, I was really confused about the next installment in the series, about three completely unknown characters. I think a better sequel to this series would have been Madeline's story. Good grief! What was the point of the ...more
Karen J Hone
Apr 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Long and satisfying

This delicious book is part time travel mystery, part historical romance (two of them), and part Cinderella story. It did not take long to love the main characters and their families and hate the dastardly villain. And after a diet of too short novels, the impressive length of this book was greatly appreciated and fully satisfying. My only complaint (and it may have been the result of the download) was the repeat of several chapters here and there. I will read this one again i
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Ebrown
Feb 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love reading new writers, its a game of russian rulet. Here, my bet has paid off tenfold!
LeBlanc is one fab new writer blasting on the hist-rom scene!
Her alluring charm, edged wit and primo style breathe a crisp and cool breath of life into her characters-Here, writer and characters are a custom-fit.
I cheer on this new writer, don some protective gear, and wait to see what works she fires next!
Melissa Ann
May 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Time travel, handsome lord of the realm, gorgeous clothing, this book has got everything.

Despite being rather racy in several spots I enjoyed this book a great deal. My fiance did as well as he got a great laugh out of my blushing recounts of what the characters were getting up to. It was scandalous!

There is a tiny part in the back of my head that compares any erotic type novel I read with Fifty Shades of Gray. This was 1000 times better.
LorettaLynn
Mar 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. At the very start, I loved it. Francine part was just wonderful and she got to have her very own recluse. The very sexy Duke.
I do not even know where to start in telling you.
It was wow. You know sometimes when you open a story and you get so lost, you don’t know what going on around you and you don’t care either… Will this was one of them for me.

If you love sexy Historical Romance then this one is for you!
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