The Rake to Reveal Her by Julia Justiss
This is the 4th installment in the series but can definitely be read as a standalone with ease. Let me start off by saying that although the title says “Rake” it really is not about one. It's really more about a person trying to find a new purpose in life.
Dominic is a scarred soldier, both inside and out. He might have had his life all planned out at one point, with money to spare, a beautiful fiancée and a vigor to rival, he really had nothing more to ask for, but when he’s injured in war and looses one of his eyes, one of his hands, and most importantly, his self-confidence, he ends up feeling lost and confused.
While taking up refuge in the country in one of his family properties, charming and plain-spoken, army-brat of sorts Theo Branwell approaches him and weaves her way into his life and heart with her candor and sincerity. I loved how these two interacted from the get-go. It was funny that because both had just returned from foreign lands after being away for so long, they both felt out of place and being too formal felt almost unnecessary for them. And the fact she told him he found him attractive, and not to gain his admiration but to make him see himself as he was, made me like her a lot. Despite Theo’s candor and the story twists, everything still maintained an authentic level of historical accuracy and felt in accordance to the times. Although this story is a lot less steamier than the previous in the series, the chemistry still worked for the main characters. I only wish I could see more of the rakes actually being rakes and more of them interacting in the same story.
** I received a copy of this story from the author in exchange for an honest review **