Review: Breaking the Rake’s Rules by Bronwyn Scott

Typical Bodice-ripper
Typical Bodice-ripper

Published by Mills and Boon, Feb 1 2015, £4.99.

Quick Description: Traditional Mills and Boon style, Caribbean Regency.

Perfect for?: Travel reading

Steam?: Plenty

Plot: The first time Miss Bryn Rutherford meets Captain Kitt Sherard he scales her balcony and kisses her breathless! And, after years of trying to behave, she can’t help but think Kitt’s piratical wildness is just what she needs. So when she must venture across the Caribbean seas only one man will do… Daredevil Kitt agrees to help – as long as Bryn plays by his rules. And that means hands off! Except when they’re trapped together aboard, the chemistry between them hits fever-pitch. Now it’s only a question of who’ll break the rules first! Rakes of the Caribbean: sun, sand and sizzling seduction!

Do not be mislead by the photographic cover design, which in my opinion, makes the story look like a budget movie. It is well written with plenty of historical details about life and business during imperialist Caribbean. You are immediately plunged into the hot weather, the restraining dresses and the tense dinner parties of the social elite. A great deal of mystery keeps the reader going towards the end. There is also plenty of drama and climatic action. Everybody enjoys a good ship fight.

Bryn and Kitt are very likeable. Bryn even more so. She is intelligent, high-spirited and opinionated. Like I said, this is very typical ‘Mills and Boon’. While the tension between the characters are as thick as the humidity and amounts to a graphic embrace, the relationship is certainly more sexual rather than sweet. I do prefer reading about love that develops in more complex ways. However, Bryn and Kitt compliment each other well and have a satisfying ending.

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My review copy was provided by Mills and Boon via Netgalley


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