[Epub] ➟ The Rakess Author Scarlett Peckham – Healing-oil.info

The Rakess She wept for herself, for her unbearable sadness, her own capacity for cruelty, the terrible force of her rage.I spent a lot of this book crying to the point of a headache and finished it in one sitting out of sadness, out of recognition, out of the pure joy of reading a romance novel that delivered on what I ve wanted for a long time Seraphina is a very rare heroine in romance, allowed to be truly flawed but still loved and deserving and capable of love despite those flaws view spoiler H She wept for herself, for her unbearable sadness, her own capacity for cruelty, the terrible force of her rage.I spent a lot of this book crying to the point of a headache and finished it in one sitting out of sadness, out of recognition, out of the pure joy of reading a romance novel that delivered on what I ve wanted for a long time Seraphina is a very rare heroine in romance, allowed to be truly flawed but still loved and deserving and capable of love despite those flaws view spoiler Having your heroine deal with the very real hurt of alcoholism and sobriety in text as a central plot point is something I only remember seeing in Mary Jo Putney s THE RAKE though there it s the hero Sera s struggle guilt over her excessive drinking was so, so real and heartbreaking Most authors have their hero cut themselves off alcohol in a book prior to their own, so that when they are the hero, their struggle is mostly over What a blessing for Sera to have such a band of friends to take care of her because they love her so much It s as almost palpable a romance as the one between Sera and Adam hide spoiler Adam feels, in comparison, not as deep as Sera, but his fears cage him in as much as hers, and I adored his relationship with his children I ve compared Scarlett Peckham to Laura Kinsale before, and here the comparison is apt, as both authors have heroines who do cruel things but still get their happy endings here I am mostly thinking of Kinsale s FOR MY LADY S HEART What a raw, wonderful romance Christ More heroines who are likely to piss off readers expecting perfection I want them all Tangentially, another thing Peckham does well, which most historical romance authors are very bad at even the ones I love , is that even if women are virgins at whatever age Sera is very much not, but in general , they ve probably masturbated Like Women get themselves off They do not orgasm for the first time with some pnv sex I loved Seraphina and Adam and his family and her friends, and I cannot wait to read the next books in this series Female rakes Rakess Isn t the female version of a rake some names that could be viewed in a negative or positive light depending on who you talk to I was looking forward to this because of the beautiful cover and the fact I really enjoy the author s writing style however based on the blurb it s going to be just another one of those very liberal, modern feminist novels with a historical setting backdrop I still want to give this a chance though Maybe. Meet The SOCIETY OF SIRENS Three Radical, Libertine Ladies Determined To Weaponize Their Scandalous Reputations To Fight For Justice And The Love They Deserve She S A Rakess On A Quest For Women S Rights Seraphina Arden S Passions Include Equality, Amorous Affairs, And Wild, Wine Soaked Nights To Raise Funds For Her Cause, She S Set To Publish Explosive Memoirs Exposing The Powerful Man Who Ruined Her Her Ideals Are Her Purpose, Her Friends Are Her Family, And Her Paramours Are Forbidden To Linger In The MorningHe S Not Looking For A Summer Lover Adam Anderson Is A Wholesome, Handsome, Widowed Scottish Architect, With Two Young Children, A Business To Protect, And An Aversion To Scandal He Could Never, Ever Afford To Fall For Seraphina But Her Indecent Proposal One Month, No Strings, No Future Proves Too Tempting For A Man Who Strains To Keep His Passions Buried With The Losses Of His PastBut One Night Changes Everything What Began As A Fling Soon Forces Them To Confront Painful Secrets And Yearnings They Thought They D Never Have Again But When Seraphina Discovers Adam S Future Depends On The Man She S About To Destroy, She Must Decide What To Protect Her Desire For Justice, Or Her Heart The Rakess positives are far less than the negatives, leaving me torn on how I feel about the overall read Starting off with the positive, I liked the strong sensual heroine Seraphina who wasn t ashamed to showcased her attraction towards the architect, Adam, who did everything in his power to fight the urge to submit to her wild ways It was a constant and shall I say tiring back and forth between the two throughout the entire novel I say about I was already done and ov The Rakess positives are far less than the negatives, leaving me torn on how I feel about the overall read Starting off with the positive, I liked the strong sensual heroine Seraphina who wasn t ashamed to showcased her attraction towards the architect, Adam, who did everything in his power to fight the urge to submit to her wild ways It was a constant and shall I say tiring back and forth between the two throughout the entire novel I say about I was already done and over it, and the repetitiveness allowed the story to draaaaaag on Despite the 380 pages, there were fartedious scenes that could have been cut out to make it a smooth sailing ride I can t even tell you how many times I check the % of the book to see if I was making any progress It seem like I was just stuck and that s something no reader wants to experience.In spite of the scenes that I found redundant, it wasn t a complete terror to read It was easy to see and feel the connection between Adam and Sera, and despite their social standing, I did quite enjoy how their relationship came to be Moreso, I think the author did a decent job touching sensitive topics such as grieve, death, loss of pregnancy, addiction alcoholism, animal cruelty, kidnapping and false imprisonment The Rakess left me caught between a rock and a hard place, and can easily be a hit or miss for readers Everything about this book excited me the cover, the title, the synopsis I could not wait to get to this story and sadly, I m quite disappointed I liked Sera and Adam well enough They re both good people with good intentions Adam s children were adorable and I did like Sera s friends who make up the Society Plot wise, it was a bit of a struggle The first half of the story was boring It was all bluster with copious use of the c word, and Sera being drunk nearly the entire time The second Everything about this book excited me the cover, the title, the synopsis I could not wait to get to this story and sadly, I m quite disappointed I liked Sera and Adam well enough They re both good people with good intentions Adam s children were adorable and I did like Sera s friends who make up the Society Plot wise, it was a bit of a struggle The first half of the story was boring It was all bluster with copious use of the c word, and Sera being drunk nearly the entire time The second half waspromising with the fight for equality showing up on the page, meaningful conversations, and Sera getting sober Overall, I had high hopes for this story and while the execution didn t completely work for me, I am intrigued to see what happens in the next book Huge thanks to Avon Books for providing the arc free of charge Solid 3.5 but rounding to 4Safety warnings attached at end.Wow this book has been totally different than anything I ve readever This is my first Scarlett Peckham and I will be trying her again for sure I think she s a great writer Explicit sex, language, borderline offensive in some parts, just the rawness of real life people the wonderful parts, the loving parts, and sometimes the true ugliness we can show This was not an easy read It s not light and fluffy It s heavy It s emotional Solid 3.5 but rounding to 4Safety warnings attached at end.Wow this book has been totally different than anything I ve readever This is my first Scarlett Peckham and I will be trying her again for sure I think she s a great writer Explicit sex, language, borderline offensive in some parts, just the rawness of real life people the wonderful parts, the loving parts, and sometimes the true ugliness we can show This was not an easy read It s not light and fluffy It s heavy It s emotional It s filled with angst and heart break Parts were wonderful Parts were horrible It s definitely a memorable story.So many stories about the rake Oh he s so handsome with his flirtations, his sexual conquests, his ability to walk away from those nights emotionally unscathed But, there is another side to these stories sometimes The woman that is ruined The woman who has no options in life any except what she scrape by with from the generosity of others The woman who people run to other side of the street to get away from, laugh at, yell slurs to, threatenthe woman who is utterly broken by the choice made by two people yet only she is held accountable This story is about such a girl, Seraphina I loved and hated Sera When she was honest about her feelings she was beautiful Her memoirs broke my heart and were by far my favorite part of this story So strong Unflappable in the face of the cruelty of society I cannot help but admire her But her full recovery is far from complete And while she is learning how to heal from all of her past hurts, she can be rather ugly It s all completely understandable I do not blame her for her choices even though I do not like them But that s the draw of this story, its powerful realness She s a radical, a woman s rights acitvist, fighting to give her sex the tiniest bit of freedom and rights It definitely made me feel the inequality in this story It made me fear living in this time as a woman It brought life to those movements in a way I haven t read before.Adam is the hero Born a bastard, a widower with 2 children He works with his in laws in an architect firm when his true passion is art I liked Adam, but Sera s story so overshadowed him and their relationship, my feelings could only grow to lukewarm I loved that he had truly loved his wife So many books have to make something wrong with the previous spouse, like it always must be a once in a lifetime love and I just don t think that s true While I prefer first love stories instead of second chance, I believe in loving multiple people and it was refreshing seeing someone recovering from that pain and moving forward Enough time was spent on his feelings that it was acknowledged and gave him depth but it didn t overshadow Sera and Adam s relationship.This book is probably a bitjust the story of Sera Her life Her choices Her recovery Her healing The relationship of Adam and Sera to me got a bit lost in it all Took the back seat of the plot of the book And this might work for some people but it made me like the book a bit less than otherwise probably There s a lot of sex in the book and it s NAUGHTY The wordsthey are all used So ye who offend easily begone But the sex happened so fast to me and I kept waiting forrelationship,friendship,connection but it was soooo slow going It made me care about the sex less I also wish I hadtime in Adam s head from the book in general , orfeelings from the sex Very explicit, mostly hot, but almost mechanical in some scenes So all these things, couple with quite a few spots of boredom in the story I felt like the non sex scenes with the hero and heroine were a very small part of the book lead me to 3.5 stars.I got this book from netgalley as an ARC As always these feelings are completely my own opinions.Safety warnings view spoiler alcoholism, animal abuse, child bearing death, miscarriage hide spoiler Discussed in twitter thread friend b.andherbooks graciously allowed me to copy paste her thorough list of content warnings Thanks, B Her review is here view spoiler Past miscarriage described on page, past death from pregnancy and a bad delivery, grief, alcoholism, addiction, gas lighting not by hero or heroine , animal cruelty birds killed and maimed and left for heroine to find to scare her , forced Discussed in twitter thread friend b.andherbooks graciously allowed me to copy paste her thorough list of content warnings Thanks, B Her review is here view spoiler Past miscarriage described on page, past death from pregnancy and a bad delivery, grief, alcoholism, addiction, gas lighting not by hero or heroine , animal cruelty birds killed and maimed and left for heroine to find to scare her , forced kidnapping and imprisonment of a secondary female character in an asylum, described torture in said asylum hide spoilerSirens, you see, are not born thirsting for justice Sirens are made Wow Okay So the content warnings are a lot I would not recommend this book to folks if they dislike any mentions of those CWs I honestly did not think I d love THE RAKESS as it utilizes certain tropes plot decisions that I normally dislike That plus early polarizing reviews made me wary So I wasn t expecting to love it and was on the fence for most of the book In the end, when I took a step back and analyzed the experience yeah, I loved it I think there are some aspects that are flawed or not interrogated enough for my liking, but my overall experience was deeply enjoyable Despite certain qualms, it s going to stick with me for a while I adore those kind of books I look forward to discussing THE RAKESS with folks who both love and loathe it.Disclaimer I received a free e ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review I am going to have a whole slew of content warnings for this romance, one of my most anticipated of 2020 You can find them behind the spoiler.CW view spoiler miscarriage described on page, death from pregnancy and a bad delivery, grief, alcoholism, addiction, gas lighting not by hero or heroine , animal cruelty birds killed and maimed and left for heroine to find to scare her , forced kidnapping and imprisonment of a secondary female character in an asylum, described torture in said asylum I am going to have a whole slew of content warnings for this romance, one of my most anticipated of 2020 You can find them behind the spoiler.CW view spoiler miscarriage described on page, death from pregnancy and a bad delivery, grief, alcoholism, addiction, gas lighting not by hero or heroine , animal cruelty birds killed and maimed and left for heroine to find to scare her , forced kidnapping and imprisonment of a secondary female character in an asylum, described torture in said asylum, may bebut these stood out to me hide spoiler This trope flipping romance has much to love for those seeking dark, soul wrenching stories Peckham s master of words and language is in full effect her, making you feel every lash of wind and rain on the Cornish cliffs and every dramatic pulse of lust and romance Adam and Sera s characters are well drawn and the moments they are together shine I loved how brittle and prickly Sera is, how she strives to embrace her rejection by society and revel in her freedom from expectation, yet how lonely she is and how she longs for love and friendship Thank god for her friends, who s books I m also dying for.Adam is a stuffy, uptight, and grief stricken hero who is both blushingly stern in the streets and domineering and hot in the sheets I loved that he adored and grieved for his wife They had a love and lust match which is rare to find in romance novels.What kept me from loving this story has a lot to do with the CWs listed above involving pregnancy I ll write a better review closer to publication date, but feel free to reach out to me if you have questions Thank you to the publisher for the ARC I WON A COPY YESSSSS I can t wait.I hope she s actually a rakess and not just a virgin widow who pretends to be slutting it up on the ton to avoid getting married or something like that.GIRL YOU GET YOURSELF SOME HOT REGENCY ASS. DNF at 20% I probably should have known at the author s note that this book wouldn t be for me Upending the rake trope has been the work of romancelandia for decades, and the rake ruined woman characters she described in her author s note at the beginning Honestly, I haven t seen that in romance since the 90s However, when authors put their manifesto at the beginning, there s really no mistaking what they re hunting Sera isn t taking lots of lovers because she loves sex, she s doing it to DNF at 20% I probably should have known at the author s note that this book wouldn t be for me Upending the rake trope has been the work of romancelandia for decades, and the rake ruined woman characters she described in her author s note at the beginning Honestly, I haven t seen that in romance since the 90s However, when authors put their manifesto at the beginning, there s really no mistaking what they re hunting Sera isn t taking lots of lovers because she loves sex, she s doing it to forget She s harming herselfGiven the grip that anxiety had on her, to partake in intercourse at all was a kind of mental torture As much as she enjoyed the act, every lover was a finger poised along the blade of a knife sharp enough to cut herIt isn t sexy It s sad I was hoping it would feel sex positive, but it felt puritanical The reason I stopped reading LitFic is because of the way pain and suffering is seen as havingweight and gravitas than the hope and promise of the HEA And given the set up of the first 20% is almost pure misery, with the promise ofto come I decided to stop reading YMMV


About the Author: Scarlett Peckham

Scarlett Peckham fell in love with romance novels as a child, sneaking paperbacks from the stash in her grandmother s closet By the time she came of age she had exhausted her library s supply and begun to dream of writing one of her own Scarlett studied English at Columbia University and built a career in communications, but in her free hours always returned to her earliest obsession those delicious, big hearted books you devour in the dark and can never bear to put down Her steamy historical romances about alpha heroines have been finalists for the Golden Heart Award four times Scarlett splits her time between London and Los Angeles When not reading or writing romance she enjoys pretending to know about wine, discussing The Real Housewives, and cooking enormous pots of soup Want to be the first to hear about releases Sign up for her newsletter


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