Published by Avon on January 26th 2016
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n the fifth novel of the captivating Rhymes With Love series from New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Boyle, a young woman's hopes of a match encounter a wickedly handsome complication . . .
Lavinia Tempest has been eagerly anticipating a spectacular season. But one disastrous pile-up on the Almack's dance floor derails all her plans. Add to that, the very stunning revelations about her mother's scandalous past have become the ton's latest on dits. Lavinia's future has gone from shining bright to blackest night in one misstep.
Alaster "Tuck" Rowland admits he's partly to blame for Lavinia's disastrous debut. But it's not guilt that compels him to restore her reputation. Rather, he's placed a wager that he can make Lavinia into one of the most sought-after ladies in London. Who better than an unrepentant rake to set society astir?
Tuck's motives are hardly noble. But in teaching the lovely Lavinia how to win any man she wants, he suddenly finds himself tangled in the last place he ever imagined: in love.
~~Reviewed by AnnMarie~~
The Knave of Hearts is the 5th book in the Rhymes With Love series by Elizabeth Boyle. I haven’t read the previous books, so can confirm that this book can be read as a stand alone one.
The story revolves around Lavinia Tempest and Alaster (Tuck) Rowland. She is a young woman who is about to have her debut into society with her twin sister. It’s a brave move considering her mother’s sordid past has recently become the subject of gossip amongst the ‘ton’. But she is determined to find herself a husband and happiness. Alaster is a Knave, who is barely tolerated by society because of something he is supposed to have done in his past.
Lavinia’s debut ends up an absolute disaster, she ends up tripping up on the dance floor at her first London Ball, and that ends up causing a domino effect with many of society’s finest ending up on the floor with her. So began and ended her debut. She gets the cut from everybody and all invitations to future events get withdrawn.
Tuck won’t allow Lavinia’s future happiness to be ruined, not only because he inadvertently is to blame for her fall on the dance floor, but also because previous to that disaster he had made a alcohol induced wager in ‘Whites’ that he could make Lavinia a real diamond, and the most sought after woman in London.
How he is to do that without her finding out about his wager, he isn’t sure, but he is determined to win the wager because he wagered much more than he should have.
From the disaster at the ball and onwards we read all about how Tuck helps Lavinia, and about the people he engages to help too. There are some great characters in the story, especially Tuck’s mother who I just love. She was a real surprise to me!
Of course during the time he spends with Lavinia, they both end up realising that they have feelings for each other. Unfortunately Lavinia comes across as a very proper lady who wants a very proper husband, and Tuck, well he has the reputation of a Rake, and he has never given marriage any thought. Will their relationship flourish, can two such opposite people be right for each other, and even if they are, what will happen when she finds out about his wager?
I really enjoyed this story, especially as the more I read the more I was dreading what would happen when Lavinia found out about the wager. When it did happen it certainly wasn’t what I was expecting which was great. I will say no more, you will have to read the book to find out what I mean.
I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Reader’s Copy of this book.