A RAKE BY ANY OTHER NAME, is the first in Bestselling author Mia Marlowe’s new Somerfield Park series and a great book to read by a warm fire and a chilled glass of wine on a cozy Autumn night.

When his father Lord Somerset tumbles off the roof, Richard Barrett, Lord Hartley, is called home from his Grand Tour to take the reins of the estate while the Marquess recuperates. Somerset is in serious financial difficulty which can only be remedied by marriage to an heiress, Miss Sophie Goodnight, lately arrived from India with her nabob father.

Unfortunately, Richard believes he has already lost his heart to Lady Antonia Pruett. And Miss Goodnight isn’t too keen on becoming Somerset’s purse with feet, so she foils their families’ attempts to throw her and Richard together at every turn. To make matters worse, the reason Lord Somerset fell off the roof in the first place is a secret that threatens to upend all their lives.

I really enjoyed Richard and Sophie’s story. Sophie, especially is a very memorable and refreshing character, who doesn’t hold back when it comes to speaking her mind and showing pride in her independent nature.

She is just the sort of woman that Richard needs to balance the weight of responsibility that has been laid at his feet, and despite their rocky and very humorous start, eventually he realizes this as well.

…kudos to  Ms. Marlowe for creating such truly lovable characters…

Their story is full of people and circumstances that seem determined to stand in their way and really a little conflict must exist in a good romance or things might get fairly boring pretty quickly. My only problem with this particular story and the reason behind the slightly smaller rating than usual, is that it felt as if too much of the story was taken up by the sub-plots, especially in the beginning of the story.

While this sub-plot was very significant to the main story, I felt as if the behind the scenes/below stairs portions could have been tapered back a little with more emphasis on their significance to the story than what felt a little bit like filler at times. Especially when those parts took full chapters away from the time that could have been used in getting to know Sophie and Richard better.

As this is the first book in the series I can only assume that Ms. Marlowe might have been using these scenes as a fuller introduction to characters at Somerfield Park who will play a larger role in the coming stories.

Aside from wishing for more time with the main couple, and kudos to  Ms. Marlowe for creating such truly loveable characters, A RAKE BY ANY OTHER NAME was a delightful read and I really look forward to returning to Somerfield Park to see what romance will blossom their next.

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Teresa Spreckelmeyer
Teresa St. Mary - Teresa, is a wearer of many hats (figuratively) including, mother, wife, graphic designer, event planner, web developer and a self-admitted, avid reader of historical romance novels. Although Teresa is a “small town girl” (again, figuratively) from Missouri, through her various workings with clients and events, in and out of the west coast entertainment industry, she laughingly refers to Los Angeles as her second home. Teresa has produced marketing design work for actors, directors, writers and film studios, among others and played a strong behind-the-scenes role in the creation of entertainment oriented, fundraising events in both Los Angeles and Las Vegas over the past nine years.