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I give this five stars as it is nice to have three romances where the characters are followed through each one so we come to know them well. I would normally subtract one star for the lack of proof reading (did nobody read them again before putting them into a collection?) but as I downloaded it while it was free I cannot do my normal nitpicking. Very enjoyable romances.
I picked this up when it was free. As I started reading the first story, I realised I'd already read it (as a single novel). Oddly, I enjoyed it more this time than I apparently did the last time (according to my last review). I also enjoyed the other two stories. There were plenty of things going on, plenty of sizzle, and I thought it was a good read.
Thoroughly enjoyed these three stories. Handsome, strong heroes and feisty, beautiful heroines; even the minor characters came to life. They were all page turners and I could only find fault with the spelling and wondered whether someone actually proofread these books. Will definitely read this author again.
I stayed up late reading and blame author Wendy Vella for my poor work performance the next day. She is just too entertaining. 'Regency Rakes' has all the things that make HR fun to read. Bit of adventure, well drawn yet flawed characters, passionate romance in the library the shrubbery etc and best of all witty repartee. I appreciate that fact that Wendy Vella avoids 'template' heroines. Each of the lead characters has their own unique personality.
In the first book the Duke of Stratton's abusive father forces him to marry the very weird Eva. He struggles to contain his anger against her, unaware her father is an even worse parent. Mousy Eva comes out of her shell thanks to new friend Claire, but her husband is suspicious of her. The couples' journey from mistrust and anger is pretty touching.
There is more humour in the second book about Claire who receives unwanted attention from frenemy Simon, Viscount Kelkirk. Simon suspects Claire is in danger, but due to years of friction she refuses to confide in him. There is a lost child in this story, a theme that always sucks me in, and it is very well done too. Sniff, sniff.
The final book has the fiestiest heroine Prudence who teaches her little brother to protect himself through fencing. Claire's brother Lord Belmont broke Prudence's heart when she was a debuntee, so when he offers protection she refuses. This couple has the best banter and the plot is pretty gripping.
I love Regency and rakes are a favorite of mine, as far as heroes go. I've never read anything by this author before and I must admit, I was a little disappointed. The writing was fair but the characters didn't appeal to me. I guess I'm not the right reader for these books.