She's a Rakess on a quest for women's rights…
Seraphina Arden's passions include equality, amorous affairs, and wild, wine-soaked nights. To raise funds for her cause, she's set to publish explosive memoirs exposing ...more
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“The Rakess” positives are far less than the negatives, leaving me torn on how I feel about the overall read. Starting off with the positive, I liked the strong sensual heroine Seraphina who wasn’t ashamed to showcased her attraction towards the architect, Adam, who did everything in his power to fight the urge to submit to her wild ways. It was a constant (and shall I say tiring?) back and forth between the two throughout the entire novel. I say about I was already done and over it, and ...more
You had me at female rake but my head exploded at the idea of female rakes fighting for justice. Oh look head stuff on the carpet.....
I love, love, loved the feminist themes in this book. Peckham demonstrates numerous ways in which women were treated/mistreated at the time. It is interesting to think of how things have changed (and how they haven’t) and because of that I certainly think this book would be great for a book club read. A LOT of discussions could come out of it!
So, why didn’t I love this book?
It was the ...more
I enjoyed the concept very much. Both Seraphina and Adam were great characters. I only had some issues with some of the words used during the sex scenes, but that's very much of a personal preference issue.
CW: (view spoiler)[miscarriage described on page, death from pregnancy and a bad delivery, grief, alcoholism, addiction, gas lighting (not by hero or heroine), animal cruelty (birds killed and maimed and left for heroine to find to scare her), forced kidnapping and imprisonment of a secondary female character in an asylum, described torture in said ...more
Tropes flipped on their arses: 10/10
Seraphina: 9/10 (Sometimes she was mean to Adam longer than I liked, so I docked her a point. BUT I GET IT! If the gender was flipped it'd be the same, but I'd also dock him the same. Her character/history warranted her hesitation and reactions, but it just made me a *bit* frustrated, enough to lower her a point).
Steaminess: 10/10 ...more
Scarlett studied English at Columbia University and built a career in communications, but in her free hours always returned to her earliest obsession: those ...more