Giveaway and Review: "To Tempt a Rake"

As part of the "To Tempt a Rake" blog tour, I have my review and a giveaway of 3 copies of the book, sponsored by Hachette!
"To Tempt a Rake"
 by Cara Elliott

Publisher: Forever
Release Date: Mar 3, 2011

Source: sent by publisher

My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Summary from
Kate Woodbridge has spent most of her life sailing to exotic ports around the globe, acquiring an expertise in botany, along with a few less ladylike skills. So when a deathbed promise to her parents brings her to London to seek reconciliation with her grandfather, the imperious Duke of Cluyne, she feels like a fish out of water. Her outspoken views and fiery temper tend to set off sparks in Society-especially with the rakish Conte of Como.

A devil-may-care rogue, Marco finds the alluring and mysterious Kate a tempting target for his flirtations. But when murder strikes at the duke's country house party he begins to suspect that she's hiding a dark secret. He has his own clandestine reasons for offering to help her prove her innocence . . . And so begins a journey of dangerous deception that leads from England to the glittering ballrooms of Vienna, where Marco and Kate must duel with a deadly villain . . . and their own explosive attraction.

My Review:

I really liked the first two books in this series, but this installment fell a little short for me. I felt like the mystery and intrigue outweighed the romance and character development too much for my liking. I wanted to see more interaction between the two leads. As it was, I didn't feel like their relationship was developed enough to be anything more than lust.

I thought Kate's character was intriguing but I didn't care for Marco. Everyone loves a rake, but Marco was almost sleazy and I didn't buy his reformation. Kate was more complex than Marco and I understood why she tried to remain so tough on the outside. She wanted to be able to let down her guard and let someone help her with her burdens but she just wasn't able to let go.

The author wove a very complex mystery with lots of players, but much more time was spent unraveling the clues than getting to know the characters and why the leads loved each other.

Another aspect of the first two books that I missed was the comedy. I think for someone who enjoys a mystery to be a large part of their historical romance, this book might be a good fit.

Main Characters: 3/5
Supporting Characters: 3/5

Setting: 4/5

Romance: 3/5

Uniqueness: 3/5
Cover: 4/5
Writing: 4/5

Bottom Line: I'm still looking forward to more from this author, even though this one fell a little short of her other books for me.


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  1. Looks like a good book!

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  2. I do love mysteries in my books. Great review dear :) (not an entry)

  3. Too bad it wasn't as good as those other two :( Well it happens, but since it still was good, yay

  4. Thanks for the giveaway! Please count me in!


  5. Oh! I don't like it when they go more for the mystery than for the romance :( but I did like that she knows about botany and stuff.


  6. This is definately a book I would like to read.
    Thanks for the giveaway.


  7. Thanks for the chance to win this.please count me in

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  9. Great review. Thank you for sharing and the contest. I am most certainly a follower :)

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  10. Thanks for the giveaway. Follower.
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  11. I think To Tempt a Rake sounds like a lovely story and I'm looking forward to reading it.

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  12. Lovely giveaway, my dear!

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  13. Sounds like and interesting mystery/adventure plot. Please count me in!
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  14. I'm a follower and I'd love to win!


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  16. Publicly following In the Hammock with Google Friend Connect [Cheryl F. {The Lucky Ladybug}] -- I enjoyed your review and would love to read To Tempt a Rake :) *Thanks* for the giveaway!

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  17. I am a GFC follower. Thanks for the giveaway! count me in!

  18. I have read the other books as well. Can't wait to read this one too!

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  19. would love to win this book!!
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  20. I'd like to be entered. I be a GFC follower.

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  21. GFC follower. I'd love to win this one!

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  22. Looks like a great read. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  23. Enjoyed the review and would like to read the book.
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  24. awesome review deff want to read this book sounds awesome

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  25. I've been wanting to read this one. Thanks for your honest review.
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  26. I would love to win a copy and I am a follower on GFC ~ Joy

  27. I have Cara Elliott's first two books in her Circle of Sin trilogy and I hope to read the last book: To Tempt a Rake! :) Thank you for the giveaway!

    P.S. I'm a GFC follower! (YWLiang)

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  29. This looks great and I follow

  30. I would love to read this book. Thank you for the giveaway. I am a GFC follower.



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