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Summary

Boston’s most infamous femme fatale meets her match in a dangerously mild Englishman who has vowed to never marry in this romantic stand-alone from Washington Post best-selling author L.J. Shen 

Emmabelle Penrose has cruised through life never needing a man, a plan that has worked stunningly well until about five minutes ago, when she decided she must have a baby. 

Devon Whitehall is 6’2” of premium DNA, financial security, and British royal titles. Best of all, he fears the one thing she dreads the most: getting hitched. 

Emmabelle figures it’s a no-brainer when Devon offers his services - sperm and involvement in her future child’s life. 

What begins as an innocent modern-family arrangement quickly erodes into a web of lies, dark pasts, and unfurled secrets. 

Inside this chaos, Emmabelle and Devon are forced to face the awful truth - they are capable of love. 

Even worse, they might feel it toward each other.  

©2022 L.J. Shen (P)2022 Audible, Inc.

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Brilliant

What a great final chapter to the Boston Bells series. Worth a credit, I'm now going to listen to all four books again. I will also re listen to Sinners snd Saints series and then their children's stories.. LJ Shen is brilliant

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  • 13-03-22

Great story in Boston Belles series but shockingly dreadful accents

I loved this series of Boston Belles. The stories are great and the characters are brilliant, funny and interesting, with fabulous chemistry.
However, what really, really let it down for me, particularly as I am British, was the terrible attempt at an upper class British accent. I’m fairly well to do, but Joe Arden’s inconsistent faux posh accent was just awful. He also did a dreadful cockney accent, I think it was meant to be a member of staff or something?? Very Dick Van Dyke in Mary Poppins. Just bloody awful!! Nobody speaks like this!
I love Joe Arden’s narration normally, but this was just dire. I really had to push on to finish this book. I’m not trying to be unkind, as I’ve listened to many JA narrations, but this is like a singer on a tv talent show who can’t sing, but no one has been honest with them. It’s really hard on the ears and cringey, to say the least.
Just stop with the bad accents please, it really lets down a great book. Either get an actual British narrator, or stick to the narrators own normal voice (which is lovely BTW).
Otherwise, a good book.

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Loved the Rake!

Loved this book, the last of the Boston Belles I believe. Lots of ups and downs, passion, emotions and serious issues too. Glad how it all worked out in the end. Couldn't stop listening and will miss the characters, thank you to all involved x.

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The Rake

I really enjoyed listening to this story a bit different for me I love Joe Arden but I would have preferred a real English accent like Shane east

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  • 28-04-22

Plot holes etc

Have waited eagerly for Devon and Belle’s story, and in many ways it was just as riveting as the others.
I do love LJ Shen’s sense of humour.
However, I couldn’t help noticing some holes in the plot.
For example, why did Devon’s parents want to kill him?
If he was already destined to be married to Louisa when he was conceived, why try and kill him when there was no other heir?
Secondly, how did Belle get pregnant so quickly and carry baby no complications given the whole story hinges on her very slim chance of this happening?
Additionally, how did an ex-employee get into a house described as extra secure?
Lastly, surprised Sam failed the assignment miserably.
I don’t like how it’s taken for granted that he kills for a living with no repercussions.
A little disappointed

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A good read

Loved it. Loves all her books. .Great when they are on Audible. Can not wait for the next Boston Bells.

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Belle is the best BB!

I absolutely LOVED all these BB books by LJ Shen, but Belle takes the cake in kick ass strong females. She cracked me up so many times, her view on life kept the intense drama light. Serious character development happens in this book and refreshing how the roles were reversed from the previous BB couples. Bravo!

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A charmingly spicy end to the Belle's series.

The rake is book four in the Boston Belles series and is the story of Emmabelle Penrose and Devon Whitehall, and sweet baby Jesus what a conclusion to the Belles this is.
L.J. is the most amazing storyteller and writes romances full of raw, hot, sensual, sexual, real, and emotional moments that have you captivated from the very first word to the last. She writes in a way that allows the narrators to strip away layers of your soul, leaving it exposed to the emotional impact that she portrays through her storytelling.
Emmabelle has glided through her adult life never needing a man for more than a quick f**k. A plan that has served her well as she focussed on her career and is now the sole owner of a successful burlesque club and master of her own destiny. That is until she’s told her biological clock is ticking so needs to get to baby making sooner rather than later.
Devon is a British aristocrat. His father is a Marquess and promises his son in marriage to Louisa Butchart, however, after being abused by his father he defies him and leaves and leaves for the United States never speaking to him again. Now aged 41, Devon plans never to marry instead choosing to live out his days with one-night stands and short-term relationships.
Joe and Maxine are the ultimate dream team pairing and honestly, are the perfect Devon and Emmabelle.
Joe’s British accent is simply swoony worthy. I couldn’t have asked for a better Devon than Joe, he knows how to not only play your body and mind in the most delicious ways, but he also knows how to draw out the emotion and make you feel everything.
For the life of me I cannot understand why Maxine is still underrated when she is the most amazingly talented woman with the most impressive male voice and the ability to take you through the whole spectrum of emotions and raw feelings. She was the perfect choice for Emmabelle and Maxine portrayed the ball busting, man hating, broken boss babe impeccably.
This was a breath-taking conclusion to a phenomenal series. If you haven’t jumped into the Boston Belles series, take the leap. You won’t be disappointed!

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The best book in the series

I absolutely loved this book, it was the best book in the series. Devon was perfect and having a British husband but not being British I totally agree their accent is hot 🥵. The performances were also spot on.

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Not as good as other books

I was so looking forward to the last book but I am a bit disappointed. I listen to lots of books by the author and a lot of them I listen twice but I won’t be coming back to listen this one again . I understand the psychological issues due to previous experience but it was just too much . Bella was just so irritating as character so childish . However Devon was brilliant and so so sexy :) . It great to finally learn more about his mysterious past back in uk .

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  • Teriann
  • 17-02-22

Joe Arden couldn't save this book.

Not sure what everyone else was reading/listening to but this was horrible. Joe Arden couldn't save this book - Kind of embarrassed that he actually had anything to do with this.

1. Belle - The MOST immature heroine to date. The fact that she even pointed out when she was acting like a child (at least once a chapter)made it worse.
2. TOO many tropes and not enough follow through. Pick a trope or two and actually build on them. There was easily 6 tropes going on here and neither advanced the story or the characters.
3. How do you make Belle the strong female for 3 entire books and then make her the whiniest weakest heroine ever? So weak.
4. Devon - LOLOLOL What a clown and scumbag.
5. This book had a lot of triggers - reader beware.
6.The chemistry between these two was so forced it was almost non existent. Everything was very clinical and boring.

All in all worse book I've purchased since 2020. Glad I was able to get a refund.

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  • B. Roscoe
  • 17-02-22

An Intense Story With Some Surprising Twists!

Wow! Devon Is A Broken British Royal & A Committed Rake. Belle Is A Mouthy Hot Mess That Tries His Patience To No End. Neither Wants Love Or Marriage In This Dark & Emotional Read. Devon & Belle’s Story Concludes The Series.


This is the fourth and final book in the Boston Belles series. Each book is a standalone, but fans will be happy to see their favorite characters again here as a new couple gets their own story.

Book one, The Hunter, is Hunter Fitzpatrick and Sailor Brennan’s story. After living the high life in California, Hunter is forced home by his father when he ends up in a sex tape. His father wants him reformed, and Sailor, a nerd, is assigned to be his babysitter for six months.

The Villain, book two, is Cillian Fitzpatrick and Persephone Penrose’s story. Both find themselves in a bind in which a fake marriage scenario makes sense. Persephone fights to tear down the carefully constructed walls of her former crush, and even though Cillian is seen as a villain, he turns out to be her hero.

The Monster, book three, is Sam Brennan and Aisling Fitzpatrick’s dark mafia story. Aisling is the little sister of Cillian and Hunter, and as such, she has long been off-limits to Sam, their business associate. Sam handles all the dirty work for the family company – Royal Pipelines. Ash is the brainy little sister that has long had her heart set on the dark and mysterious bad boy with whom her brothers spend so much time.

Book four, The Rake, is Devon Whitehall and Emmabelle Penrose’s story. The pair had a brief fling three years ago, but neither is relationship material. When Belle realizes that her biological clock is ticking, Devon offers to help out. They enter the agreement with an understanding, but when feelings begin to emerge, the pasts that shape them can no longer be ignored.

This series centers around four girls – best friends – who made a vow a little over a decade ago to only marry for love. After seeing a former schoolmate on the arm of a much older man at a charity ball, and noting the sad expression she wore, they knew marrying for any reason besides love would be a mistake. Sailor Brennan is a nerd and expert archer. Her family owns many restaurants, so she is a talented cook. Persephone Penrose is timid and nice. Her older sister Emmabelle couldn’t’ be more different. Emmabelle is loud and tomboyish, and she isn’t shy with men. She had been a promoter for Madam Mayhem, a popular burlesque club, and took the opportunity to later become an owner. Aisling “Ash” Fitzpatrick is the youngest of the three Fitzpatrick siblings. She attended medical school and does charity work. She’d had a crush on Sam Brennan, her sister-in-law’s dark and dangerous older brother, but he showed no signs of interest. Sailor, Persephone, Emmabelle, and Ash have been long-time friends and despite their busy lives, they try to make time for their weekly takeout night. As the series unfolds, they each find love, although not always in the traditional manner that had been envisioned when they took their vow.

Four men, similarly, get together weekly for poker night. Hunter Fitzpatrick is still an interesting personality. He is happily married to Sailor and settled into his job at Royal Pipelines, the family company. Cillian is eleven years older and married to Persephone, and is CEO of the family company. Sam Brennan, Sailor’s adopted older brother, is one of their best friends. Sam is a prominent player in Boston’s underworld and isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty. He works on retainer for Cillian, which happens to make Ash off-limits to him. She is perhaps the only woman in the city he has not bedded. Devon Whitehall hails from Great Britain and seems to have some secrets across the Atlantic. He has no interest in returning – he stayed stateside after attending university and works as an attorney at Royal Pipelines. He is cultured and has a penchant for forbidden pleasures. Hunter, Cillian, Sam, and Devon are tied together by business but enjoy socializing as well.

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This story opens about a year or so following The Monster, Sam and Aisling’s story in book three.

It is about three years following the big trip to the cabin in The Villain, which is Cillian and Persephone’s story.

Cillian and Persy now have a son, Astor, and a newborn, Quinn.
Hunter and Sailor have a daughter, Rooney, as well as Xander.
Sam and Aisling now have Ambrose.

Emmabelle Penrose, thirty, is still tomboyish in some ways. She is nothing like her sweet younger sister, Persephone. Belle is loud. She often fails to filter what comes out of her mouth. She is maddeningly independent. She also knows how to defend herself with her Krav Maga skills. She is even known to carry a gun at times. Today, however, people across Boston recognize the natural beauty as the face of Madame Mayhem, the popular burlesque club that she now owns. She had been a promoter for the club before acquiring it with some partners a few years ago. She recently bought out those partners and took it over, a move that will pay off in the long run but that has her stretched thin for now.

She loves Madame Mayhem and believes in what it stands for. Despite what some may think, there is no touching allowed. The dancers are encouraged to be confident and comfortable on stage. This newfound freedom thereby empowers women. Belle herself embraces her single lifestyle without shame. She is the last remaining single woman in her friend group, but she does not mind. She only took that vow to marry for love in order to reassure her friends lest they worry too much about her. Marriage simply is not in the cards for Belle. Catching feelings is entirely two dangerous – she learned that lesson the hard way. Men cannot be trusted. They are cheats, and sooner or later, they leave you with a broken heart. Belle is not sure can survive yet another heartbreak. Some might consider her selfish, but she is just trying to survive. A one-night-only rule helps to ensure that feelings stay out of the picture.

That is not to say that Belle doesn’t want children one day. She very much does. But those plans take center stage when a trip to the doctor leads to a troubling diagnosis. Time is not on her side, so if she wants to get pregnant, there is no better time to start trying than now.

Devon Whitehall, forty-one, has no plans to return home to England. He left home for Harvard and never looked back. It was a messy break from his family and their expectations of him. He still speaks with his mother and sister, but his father is a different story. He was cut off financially, but law school had set him on track to make his own millions. He didn’t need the inheritance or the title. The Whitehalls are royalty, distantly related to the crown but close enough to generate some interest from the British press. While growing up, however, being a Whitehall had become a burden. His father had strict expectations of him. They did not see eye to eye, and Devon did not take it well when he learned that he had long since been betrothed. He wanted a choice in the matter but learned never to argue the point. It meant that he left young Louisa Butchart behind with the expectation that they would one day marry. And when he finished school to never return, her hopes had slowly withered away.

Decades have since passed without his return, and Boston is now more home to Devon than England. He has a few good friends. Cillian Fitzpatrick is his best friend, and the Fitzpatrick family is a client. Devon has as good law practice and makes great money. He isn’t a workaholic like some, but he enjoys what he does and is very good at it. In his time off he often goes to Sam Brennan’s gentleman’s club for an evening of drinking and gambling with his friends. He loves fencing for sport, and with the rest of his time, he loves indulging in his life as a committed rake. His good looks and proper, mild manners ensure there is never a shortage of options. He always knows how to have a good time. Usually, that good time is limited to a single night, but he has had a few girlfriends over the years. Even so, they never last six months. Longer than that would be wrong as he has no plans to marry.

Devon had first met Emmabelle three years ago, and the younger woman had made an impression upon him. He normally sticks with women closer to his age – and women with better manners – but something about Belle and the chaos that surrounds her captivated his attention. They spent their first night together when they all went to Cillian’s cabin. There were two more nights of passion that followed before she ungraciously told him it was over. There have been many women since that time, but none quite compared to Belle.

When Devon gets the call from his mother that he is needed at home, he dreads facing everything he left behind and the pressures that await him. So when he crosses paths with Belle and learns that she looking for a donor, he comes up with an idea that will serve them both. Devon would like an heir, and Belle needs a father for her child. Neither will consider marriage, but a shared custody arrangement should satisfy all involved.

When Belle finally agrees to Devon’s unconventional proposal, they are both still little more than strangers. Belle struggles for control of the situation, but things only seem to go from bad to worse when she and Devon are together. They argue incessantly, and it makes one wonder how they will ever be able to co-parent. She seems programmed to be combative, and Devon finds himself getting worked up around her, his simple life turned upside down. They find themselves bound together, but the more they begin to open up to one another, the more it seems they do not belong together. They each have a past they have buried and issues that keep them spinning their wheels. Belle’s broken heart is one issue, and the things that drove Devon from home are another. But the present also poses issues for the couple. Devon is a natural caretaker. He dotes on his mother, and his sense of responsibility toward her is strong. She has her own ideas about what is good for him that do not include Belle and Boston. Belle’s safety comes into question when she begins to receive notes or is followed, but identifying the culprit is impossible if she doesn’t even take her own safety seriously.

Wow! This is an intense story with some surprising twists and turns. Devon and Belle’s story is not an easy one to read. First, they agree to live their separate lives, so this is not your typical romance. They are not committed to one another, and there are other players involved. There are issues of cheating as well. Both are broken. Devon might hide it well, but the damage has been done. Belle lays her emotions all out, but she remains quite talented at keeping secrets. They both lived through real trauma that shaped their adult lives. Belle’s life is chaotic and she has a talent for pushing people away. She is so damaged that she often panics and self-sabotages. Devon may indeed have issues, but it is Belle’s recklessness that is a real threat. Her immaturity and her refusal to accept any form of assistance lead to actual danger. Devon, fortunately, has much practice in patience from his dealings with his mother.

There are some parts of the story that go a bit over the top. Those parts feel a little less credible. This is a love story that Devon and Belle must really work for. There is nothing easy about it. There is pressure for Devon to leave. There is Belle’s compulsion to believe she is invincible in almost all things that only ever gets her into trouble. There is a mini who-dun-it. Belle’s history is much more complicated than it might first appear. The issue with her father, in my opinion, should have had more consequences (or the problem should have been to a lesser degree). Another issue is concluded in an over-the-top way that I did not see coming. I am still not sure how I feel about it. Devon’s character, despite the royalty aspect, does fit together better. That said, he did some things that, based on his past thoughts, I could not condone. Sometimes they were small, but he nevertheless knew that what he was doing gave hope where, at the time, he had no intention of giving hope. It thus felt inauthentic.

Overall, however, the characters are so well-developed that you cannot help but feel that you know them when all is said and done. They feel like family. Getting to their happy ending is rewarding. Devon may hide his damage well, but Belle has a unique ability to get him out of his comfort zone and drop his stuffy mild manners. With her, he can drop the act and lower his walls, so it really is a good match for him. We can hope that Belle is tamed with marriage and motherhood. Although everything is tidied up in the end, and there are hints at this, it would have been nice to see a bit more of Devon and Bell’s dynamics as a settled couple since so much of what we saw of them had them at odds along the way to their happy ending.

This is the final book in the series. The epilogue is for Devon and Belle’s story. The other couples certainly make appearances in the story, but there is no series finale.

This dark royal romance pairs two broken characters who want a family without the marriage; love eventually finds them anyway. Devon is a broken British royal and a committed rake, making a life in Boston to avoid the responsibilities that will be thrust upon him if he returns home to England. Belle is a mouthy hot mess but smart and independent at the same time. She avoids relationships and the inevitable heartache they bring. When they decide to have a child together, they get more than they had bargained for as Belle tries Devon’s patience to no end. Neither wants love nor marriage in this dark and emotional read that concludes the series. This story is very well written and plot-driven. The plot is complex, with layers that unravel and pull you into the drama as it plays out. It is a romance, but there is a splash of danger and a lot of damage and heartache to unwrap. The characters are carefully crafted and three-dimensional. The story is written in first person. The POV alternates between Devon and Belle. I rate this book 4.5 stars.

As for the Audio: this is wonderfully performed and consistent with the book.

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  • Emily B
  • 17-02-22

Rake should have been a clue...

Male character sleeps with all of Boston and female character pushes him to do it to punish herself...I tried to continue listening after he details a one night stand he had the night before, then sleeps with the main female, then sleeps with his new fiance...I tried but it just gets worse....not a fan of this title but loved all the others in this series...

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  • Cami Cole
  • 17-02-22

Can a black heart bleed blue?

This is LJ Shen at her finest…this book was EPIC!! At the outset, I found Devon to have a devilish charm and addictive wit. I loved Belle’s fire and strength. All of this was expected. At some point, their best qualities started melting away before they ultimately redeemed themselves. These two have sworn off relationships but decide to try for a baby together…she’s got a ticking clock due to health issues….he wants an heir. Neither are looking for or want a love match. They merely want to co-parent. No matter what you think you want or need, sometimes fate has other plans. There were lots of twists and turns and roadblocks to navigate. I wanted to scream so many times. I wanted to tell Belle to be honest and brave and stop acting out. I wanted to tell Devon to be a mind reader, to try harder. I also worried about my blood pressure a time or two. But this read was definitely worth the health risks…even if my heart felt like it had been torn out before Shen managed to restore it. Can a cold heart defrost? Does love sometimes bloom in the darkest of spaces? 5 “out of this world” stars! And the narration was exceptional too!! Do. Not. Miss. This. One. (Series should be read in order for optimum enjoyment.)

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  • MLT
  • 08-03-22

very basic, predictable and juvenile

The plot was ridiculous, Belle spoke like a teenage boy (what 30 yr old professional, beautiful woman uses words like Bruh and Dude?), and sex scenes were more like 50 shades of Gray but woven in purely to enhance the remainder of a very juvenile and weak plot and poorly developed characters. author's idea of a strong female is very warped. Any professional women reading this will back me up. would not recommend.

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  • ES
  • 04-05-22

There is always room for improvement.

The Rake: was okay. L.J. Shen does what she does best, a story about rich people getting away with murder and nothing ever happens, and yet somehow they find their love match and live HEA. The dynamic between the heroine and the hero was a wee bit forced, two people who like to bone are bound to end up with each other. Duh. But I can see why some of my fellow reviewers took issues with some of the banter and the dynamic between them.

I enjoy L.J. Shen as an author, but I would like a little bit more accountability for the actions made by some of her characters. It just seems like bad things happen, and it's shit for a chapter or so, and then, oh look, it's sunshine and roses because they have the love of their life sticking beside them outside of their flaws. And by flaws, I mean the ability to be rich and powerful to escape any serious situation. I would have liked for more of the tropes to be resolved instead of just ya know, mentioning them and then moving on to the next trope.

All and all, as I mentioned, The Rake was a nice paced and in some way relatable book, [not the money or power] but in the internal struggles the characters had, won't say more in order not to spoil any more of the book. I will mention there are at least 3 triggers in this book so be warned. Also, I listened to this book on audio, and each narrator's performance was great! Great choices! I

I would like to see more dynamics in the characters, more diversity and in touch with reality, and more consequences in future books.

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  • CAROLYN 🔹🔹🔹🔹🔹🔹
  • 26-02-22

A GOOD LAYERED STORY.. & THE NARRATION ROCKED

Devon Whitehall.. a British blue-blood, emotionally damaged and brokered into, by his uncaring Father, an arranged marriage before he was even born which had him fleeing to the US as soon as he could. Now he’s a hot, 41 yr old arrogant self-made Millionaire Lawyer who’s having a ball indulging and he swears he’ll never ever ever marry. Emmabelle Penrose (aka Belle) is 30 and she’s the owner of the big, bold, infamous Madam Mayhem Club where burlesque dancers entertain, where spills and thrills happen nightly and where there’s a fully stocked bar ready for your liberal consumption. She’s a beautiful vixen, independent, detached, aloof and she’s got medical, ‘clock’s ticking’, fertility issues.. and she’s just drunk enough when ex hookup Devon makes an offer too good to refuse. And their arranged ‘no strings’ ie.. no emotions, no future together journey to parenthood sparks and splutters and stumbles as the chapters between these two damaged and tarnished characters slowly comes to life. But Belle’s so hard.. her walls impenetrable, bomb-proof, unscalable and her heart’s 24/7 guarded against letting someone in so she will continually, callously and coldly push Devon away.. and their Contract doesn’t say anything about monogamy - so how’s she gonna react when Devon ‘indulges’ with ow? And what will he do when his past life and duties catches up with him?

There were chapters I loved as the chemistry flared and sparked.. as barbed banter brought tingles and anticipation.. and as sexual pleasures were sure to end with a positive stick. Then there were chapters describing a young girl’s naive grooming by a pedophile Teacher I dreaded. There were stubborn attitudes where I mentally screamed, tore my hair out and knocked their heads together. There were slim chapters where I finally had hope these two very different people would be able to stop being so bloody difficult and work it out. Therefore, my emotions were all over the place and I had to keep taking a short break from their relationship angst.. so overall, it was a difficult but enjoyable listen with a happy ending. The well-written moods, slow subtle changes and slow one step character growth, the accents and the delicious feels were all expertly brought together by Joe and Maxine whose excellent dual POV narration (👏👏👏) fit the characters perfectly and made the listen enjoyable and entertaining.

Worth a credit? Yes.. a damaged meets damaged story where romance and forever is the last thing on either of their minds.

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  • Niki
  • 18-02-22

Awesome!

I'm glad he didn't give up on getting through to her.

I absolutely ❤️ everything LJ Shen writes this book included.

Devin is part of the rich English royal lineage that decided to live in the US, where he meets Emmabelle. Emmabelle is a femme fatale who would rather cut her leg off than let a man have any power over her. They have feelings, but she can't get over letting a man inside and accept the inevitable.

Narrators worked well with the book. Joe's British accent was yummy and Maxine was great as always.

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  • tracy
  • 17-02-22

She did it again!

This is by far my favorite story from the Boston Belles series. I did want to strangle Bella a couple times, but this was a captivating read.

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  • Felicia Matthews
  • 06-07-22

Best book of the whole series!

Just when I thought I had picked my favorite book of the series her comes The Rake!
Emmabelle Penrose settles down for no man. No one tells her what to do, how to live her life, or meddles in her business. When she’s hit with the revelation that time is running out to have child of her own she decides now is the time to make it happen. Enter Devon Whitehall. A wealthy lawyer who she’s had a few run ins with in the past and offers up his DNA to make her dream a reality. Oh and did I mention he’s British and basically royalty? Swoon! Anyways, both of them have sworn off relationships and marriage but quickly realize that the heart does not always agree with the plans you create in your head.
Get ready for a story that will take you on a ride full of emotions! There’s drama, quirkiness, charm, passion, and even a little danger. The true connection that grows over the course of their relationship even with its unusual start is so genuine you can feel it pouring from the pages. There’s also quite a bit of humor flowing throughout which keeps even the heaviest of content feel a little bit lighter.
I have laughed with other books in this series but none of them like this one! The back and forth between Belle and Devon is so insane that it’s addicting! At one point I’m pretty sure my face was stuck in a permanent smile from grinning and giggling at the things that would come out of both of their mouths.
I’m honestly kind of sad I can’t give this more than 5 stars because it deserves way more. I’m also sad this series has come to an end but as always I cannot wait to see what’s next from this amazing author!