14/40: A Rake’s Vow (by Stephanie Laurens)


A Rake’s Vow

by Stephanie Laurens 

Published October 1, 1998 by Avon


WHO: Vane Cynster and Patience Debbington…

WHAT: fall in love while investigating 1) the appearance of a spectre on the estate grounds and 2) the disappearance of a number of bright shiny personal things from the house’s guests at…

WHERE: Bellamy Hall in the English countryside.

WHEN: 1819 (Regency period)

WHY: Fate!

HOW: Through a series of sexual encounters, Vane and Patience become emotionally involved as well.

+ Stephanie Laurens makes a concerted effort to paint the scenes with words to include “atmospherics”, i.e. While she details a hayloft, she also describes the light and the effect it has on the subjects.  

+ Because this is a Romance novel and not a mystery, the pretext of the investigation into the spectre and the disappearances was under-developed; but the sub-plot actually has good bones: original and interesting. I kinda wish this had been a mystery with a little sex thrown in rather than a Romance with a little mystery!

 Regency Romances tend to assume the conventions and sensibilities of a modern day Romance, just in costume. This book is no exception. 

While the descriptions of post-coital langor were very good, the applications of the words “silver” and “gold” used to describe an orgasm were…. bizarre.

OTHER: I acquired a paperback copy of A Rake’s Vow (by Stephanie Laurens) from The Rogue Book Exchange (Medford, OR.) I receive no monies, goods or services in exchange for reviewing the product and/or mentioning any of the persons or companies that are or may be implied in this post. 

I have challenged myself to read forty books this summer (Memorial Day through Labor Day.) Many books will be backlist titles as I’m trying to clear the stacks; but I have no doubt that new releases will make their way in too! 😉


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