Blog Tour with Giveaway and An Early Book Review: When a Rake Falls by Sally Orr

When a Rake Falls is the second book in The Rake's Handbook series by Sally Orr, and is scheduled for publication on  April 7 2015. To win a race to Paris, and hopefully his father's respect, Lord Boyce Parker hires a balloon. He expects to be crowned the victor and become famous for his courage and intelligence. Miss Eve Mountfloy makes a bargain she will fly the balloon during the dangerous crossing to France, if he helps her finish her scientific experiments to predict violent storms and thereby save lives. The experiments and a change of wind through them both off course, and open a new set of questions for them both.

When a Rake Falls might be the second book in a series, but aside from the joint publication of The Rakes Handbook that connects the main characters, they can stand alone. I was delightfully surprised to have a main character that is generally cheerful rather than dark and brooding. while i do enjoy my strong alpha males, having a hero that can laugh and sing for no good reason was a nice change of pace. Even better was that while he appeared shallow to fellow characters, he was really sweet and sensitive. Eve is very intelligent, though insecure. I was more than a little annoyed with her from time to time as she let her father, and in turn his assistant, run roughshod over her on several occasion. I really did like some of the secondary characters and enjoyed the story as a whole immensely. It was fun, and broke the mold with a different hero, adventure, and a wee bit of social commentary.

I would recommend When a Rake Falls to those that enjoy Orr’s work, and those looking for a fun historical romance that is a little different from the rest. It was read in almost a single day, only taking longer because of necessary obligations. It would be a great read for a quiet weekend or weekday escape. 

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The Rake’s Handbook: Including Field Guide (Book 1)
When a Rake Falls (Book 2)
About the Author
Sally Orr worked for thirty years in medical research, specializing in the discovery of gene function. After joining an English history message board, she posted many, many examples of absolute tomfoolery. As a result, a cyber-friend challenged her to write a novel. Since she is a hopeless Anglophile, it's not surprising that her first book is a Regency romance. Sally lives with her husband in San Diego, surrounded by too many nerdy books and not enough old English cars.
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