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Millie Ashton thinks London society is full of empty headed, arrogant fools, but when she meets Alex Radley, she falls desperately in love with him. Fearing humiliation and rejection, she decides the only sensible thing to do is take her pride and go home to India. Men like Alex do not fall for girls like her, whereas every girl loses her heart to Alexander the Great. AlexMillie Ashton thinks London society is full of empty headed, arrogant fools, but when she meets Alex Radley, she falls desperately in love with him. Fearing humiliation and rejection, she decides the only sensible thing to do is take her pride and go home to India. Men like Alex do not fall for girls like her, whereas every girl loses her heart to Alexander the Great. Alex Radley, Marquess of Brooke, rules the ton like a god, but even gods are known to fall for mere mortals. With his wealth and title, wooing Millie should be an easy task. But when his passionate love letter to her goes astray, Alex’s life becomes more than a little complicated.Finalist 2014 Romantic Book of the Year. Winner Readers Choice ,Book Junkies Choice Awards 2013. Finalist 2013 ARRA Awards. Best Historical Romance, Best New Author...

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letter from a rake Reviews

  • Leisl Leighton
    2019-06-12 12:33

    This lovely, gentle Regency romance was exactly what I needed to while away a rainy Saturday (no washing or housework done as a result!) I really enjoyed the interactions between the hero and heroine. The conflicts were simple but really well woven into the story and even though you knew what the hero needed to do to set things to rights after his letter went astray with disastrous consequences, it was really well done how author, Sasha Cottman got us to that place. The hero was an alpha-type with beta qualities that made him really endearing and a nice change from some other overbearing alpha-type heroes who always tell the heroine what to do. I also loved that he was interested right from the start and it was her who had to be convinced.As for the heroine, Millie, she was the proverbial duckling who turned into a swan, but what I really liked about her, was her transformation wasn't overdone (she didn't become a diamond) and that the hero loved her and was attracted to her right from the first. It was a great message about attraction and appearances. A thoroughly enjoyable and lovely read that I'd be happy to read again.

  • Jennifer
    2019-06-09 12:38

    What a wonderful debut novel by Sasha Cottman. A light, charming and very enjoyable Regency romance with an original plot, an appealing, unconventional heroine, Millie Ashton, and a very dishy hero, Alex Radley, Lord Brooke. I particularly enjoyed the banter between Millie and Alex and the fact that Alex unashamedly falls for Mille. He was a nice change from the typical Regency bad boy. Highly recommended for fans of the genre. I look forward to reading Ms. Cottman's next installment!

  • Bree T
    2019-05-29 18:21

    Miss Millie Ashton has just arrived in England after spending her whole life growing up in India where her father worked. She finds London in March chilly and depressing and her sapphire nose ring and curvaceous figure draw the disdain and ridicule of the lithe London debutantes and she comes to dislike having to attend society events.But then Millie meets Lucy Radley, a kindred spirit and through her, Lucy’s two older brothers, Alex the Marquis of Brooke and David. Millie is drawn by Alex’s blonde perfection but he humiliates her on the dance floor in front of everyone at a ball, just one more slight that she’s had to face since she came to England. However Alex apologises, more than once and Millie finds herself enjoying a friendship with one of London’s most eligible bachelors. The two of them spend more time together until a careless lack of judgement on both their parts nearly leads to Millie’s social ruin.Alex knows that he must make amends – he realises that Millie believes that he doesn’t care for her when that simply isn’t the case. And so he decides he will write her a love letter, something that shows her beyond all shadow of a doubt how he feels. But Alex has a secret and so he must enlist some help…and that sets in motion and chain of disastrous events that tears him and Millie further apart than ever and also has the potential to greatly hurt innocent bystanders.Having always relied upon people to help get him out of trouble, Alex is now on his own to fix this big mess and win the hand of the woman he loves.Letter From A Rake is one of the latest Destiny Romance digital first titles and it’s a refreshing type of historical romance. Millie was born in India, her father having gone there to help restore the family fortune. She spent 20 years there before her father was posted back to London and she immediately finds herself a fish out of water. She doesn’t make friends, she doesn’t enjoy the stilted, social situations that come with the requisite backstabbing and nastiness and she wants nothing more than to return to India. Millie is also generously proportioned – it’s never stated exactly how much, but she’s described as “chubby” in the book and seems to have an hourglass type of figure, which is definitely out of fashion. She’s ridiculed, called an “elephant” so that she can hear and embarrassed by people that snub her. Meeting Lucy Radley is a blessing – the two of them are very similar and it gives Millie her first London friend and allows her to meet Alex. Despite their rocky beginning, she develops a crush on him and accepts his apology.I never used to read much in the way of historical romance – I never found them spicy enough for my liking but then I realised that I was just reading the wrong ones! I read a lot more now and I enjoy a good story set among the ton. This one really caught my attention because of the character of Millie. She’s so interesting – a woman with a nose ring in society London! She’s also an avid reader and owns not one but two copies of the Kama Sutra. She and Alex made an interesting pair and I thought that Alex was quite a different hero to the type I’m used to reading too. Although he’s a bit of a rake (his reputation alludes to this anyway) from the moment he first spots Millie, he’s smitten with her looks and her attitude. What he likes about her is the very thing that others have snubbed her for – her generous curves, the sapphire in her nose that matches the brilliant blue of her eyes. He’s drawn to everything that makes her Millie. He probably is thrown into the path of many debutantes, all looking to snare themselves a titled and wealthy husband. Millie doesn’t have much of an interest in this, in fact the most she’s looking for in a husband is someone that will take her back to her beloved India. I found the real reason he snubbed her on the dance floor hilarious and not really what I was expecting. It was amusing to read of his incapacitation. The author also gifts him with something I’ve never before seen in a historical romance, which really seeks to complicate the plot. That was a clever addition, something definitely unexpected and something that humanised Alex, made him sympathetic and less remote. Often the heroes in romance, of any type, are very aloof and it’s hard to crack past that exterior. That can be attractive in its own right but Alex was different and he matched up well with Millie, who was also different. I appreciated that, it really felt like they went well together.I really enjoyed this and I’m looking forward to more from Sasha Cottman – I have a sneaking suspicion (hope) what her next book might be about!

  • Alison Stuart
    2019-06-07 16:33

    This is a delightful debut novel, written with wit and verve. The protagonists, Alex and Millie are young and fresh and make a wonderful change from the world weary protagonists of most "Regency" novels. While Alex may be more of an apprentice rake, he is hiding a shameful secret and Millie, fresh off the boat from India, is the outsider, too plump to be fashionable and sporting a decidedly unfashionable stud in her nose.Like the youngsters they are, they tend to act with their hearts not their heads. What I particularly loved about this story is that both Alex and Millie come from grounded, loving 3 dimensional families. The parents of both are present and available to provide the good counsel the youngsters need.I am looking forward to the next book in the series, which was cleverly set up at the end of this one!

  • Tash
    2019-05-25 14:35

    Reviewed for Confessions From RomaholicsI have had Letter From a Rake sitting on my IPad for a while and I thought it about time I read it in preparation for An Unsuitable Match. The series revolves around the Duke of Strathmore’s family and friends as his oldest children seek love. I devoured this book and the second book in one day because of the easily writing style, the straight forward plot in both of these books and the characters you want to hate but instead loveThis book tells the story of Alex ‘Alex the Great’ Radley and Mille Aston who first meeting sets of a running conflict between the two. Both intelligent creatures , the hero realises he needs to set things right with the lovely Miss Ashton and set on a journey of bumbling mistakes that lead to a disastrous situation.The plot is so simple but the author weaves her magic with her writing style and creating characters that are appealing to us readers and who don’t fit the typical hero or heroine we have come to expect in historical regency romances. It takes the story too the next level and makes it a standout for me. My particular favourite aside from the heroine was the delightful Lucy Radley who was determined to see her new friend and brother happy. She maybe a young woman seeking a suitable husband but this lady got a mischievous streak that seems so out of place that I love .I only wished I read this sooner, as the author has a heroine that I enjoyed so much for her quirkiness and strong will nature. I loved the influence of childhood home in her appearance and that the hero loved it as well. Despite his reputation as a rake, I think this hero is a softy underneath it all. He was just waiting for the right woman and Millie Aston was that woman.4.5 couples and I’m excited that this was her debut and that I had her next book ready to go when I finished it as there was about a year between these books and I’m curious to see if the magic continued.For more of my reviews, visit Confessions From Romaholics.And drop by the blog's Facebook page

  • Teacher1209
    2019-06-17 17:28

    I loved this book!!! I was given this nook through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review and I have to say this is a wonderful book. set in London in 1817, it tells the story of Milicent (Millie) Ashton, whose family has just moved back to London from India. Millie's and her brother Charles were born in India and are trying to learn the ways of the ton. Millie is having a difficult time because she does not fit the mold of the proper English lady...she has curves, in other words she is more like a real woman. I found this to be a delightful change, but what was even better is that a Marquess, Alex Radley, fell for her and curves from the first time he laid eyes on her. Millie has a sense of humor, curses with best of them and does not titter and throw herself at Alex's feet like the rest of the eligible girls do, and Alex likes that.Another issue that I have not read about in any of the historical romance novels I have read is illiteracy among the ton. Alex is unable to read or write, he says "everything gets mixed up on the page." I believe he may be dyslexic. The family covers this 'shame' by not telling anyone and having Alex learn by rote memorization. Alex's inability to read and write is the root of the major conflict in the book, because of this, Alex has to decide if he will keep his secret from Millie and lose her forever or come clean and take the chance she may turn her back on him when she learns his secret.The author weave a tale that is intriguing, heartbreaking and believable. I could feel Millie and Alex's pain, she at the rejection by the ton because she is not a tiny waif, and he because of his inability to read and write, calling himself an idiot and a simpleton.David and Lucy, two of Alex's siblings, and Charles, Millie's brother are great secondary characters who the author has given just enough of a part in the story to get reader wanting each of them to have their own story. The epilogue leaves it open to take up a story with David, which I would definitely read.

  • Jane Hunt
    2019-05-30 13:24

    This is the perfect story for Regency Romance lovers. An easy read I couldn't put it down.The romance is engaging. The pacing of the story is good and the plot is well thought out with unexpected twists. There is an interesting amount of historical detail throughout which enhances the book. Millie is an unconventional heroine for a Regency romance. She was born and lived in India and so provides a fresh perspective on Regency society's constraints on women. An endearing combination of feisty and vulnerable make Millie attractive both to the reader and the hero. Alex is a likeable rake. The insights the reader is given into his thoughts allow you to like him even when he unwittingly breaks Millie's heart. The story is full of layered conflict which keep you turning the pages. Whilst not a steamy romance. The ending definitely raises the temperature and gives Letter From A Rake its Happy Ever After.I enjoyed this and would recommend it.I received a copy of this book from Penguin Books Australia, Destiny Romance via NetGalley in return for an honest review.Sasha Cottman

  • The Window Seat
    2019-05-23 15:30

    Letter for a Rake is the kind of story that I adore simply for how sweet and enjoyable it is to read. The storyline isn’t chocked full of angst and the main characters are genuinely good people who get caught up in a bad situation that keeps them apart.Twenty year old Millie Ashton is feeling quite the culture shock when she returns to her parent’s homeland of England. Born and raised in India, Millie isn’t used to the pretentiousness she encounters while making calls on society women or just within the city of London itself. While her parents and older brother are happy to pick back up with the lives they had left behind, Millie knows that she doesn’t quite fit in. Her looks are more on the side of buxom and brunette rather than the social ideal of blond and waifish. Her interests are more scholarly than the expected womanly pursuits of fashion and gossip. And she sports a small nose ring that is definitely not on the dress code at Almack’s. Even as one of the guests of honor at a Welcome Home ball, Millie is happier keeping herself to the sidelines rather than risking more teasing or censure from her peers. Fortunately for her, being on the sidelines will change her life more than she realizes.For the full review, please go to

  • Ermione Pickwick
    2019-06-19 17:40

    Congratulation to the author, this is definitely a great first novel and it's my favourite kind of love story too! Sasha Cottman has an intriguing, merry and exciting style; the story is full of passion but not in the Kleypas or Quinn's way: everything here is softer and more delicate (I'm not saying that against the just mentioned authors that I said I adore, more than once), the novel doesn't lack of moments of pure emotion, spiced with elements that surely can't be defined chaste; in Letter from a rake the mix is less marked but equally intense and enjoyable. The characters are wonderful and doubtless well-characterised; Alex is adorable in feeling himself inadequate towards an emotion he experiences for the first time and which suddenly and promptly explodes in his life; he is sweet, passionate but also clumsy when Milli is next to him and his reactions are too funny.She is insecure and she feels out of place; it's easy to empathise with her, her attitude and diffidence. I felt quite the satisfaction in her personal growth and awareness. I have to mention the splendid David and Charles: I hope to read more about them in the future.TO READ THE COMPLETE REVIEW, VISIT http://ilprofumodellepergamene.blogsp... :D :D

  • Carol
    2019-05-30 19:44

    ‘Letter from a Rake’ is a delightful Regency story with twists and secrets interwoven to make it very enjoyable read. I read this book when I was unwell and it provided the perfect ‘comfort food for the brain’ transporting me into the world of London society with enough detail to bring it to life without being boring. Add to the mix an unconventional heroine, Millie, who is missing India where she was born and it finding it hard to fit into the polite and very fashion conscious world where girls are vying for ‘a good marriage’. Being overweight is not helping but her dry wit and humour will lift her from her predicament and also provide this story with a real spark. There are some hilarious moments, particularly when she meets Alex. You will need to read this for yourself!Alex, the hero, is a likable rake but through the story proves that he is a worthy match for Millie. Their interactions certainly shine but circumstances conspire against them. To what lengths will a man go and what will he endure to set wrongs right and win the heart of his love. A great read from a debut author and I’m looking forward to reading Sasha Cottman’s next book.

  • Venetia Green
    2019-05-31 15:29

    A highly enjoyable Regency romance with a twist or three. Twist number one: the heroine Millie, was born and raised in India. As a result, she does not like or adapt well to the London social scene. Why, she even sports a nose-ring and reads the Karma Sutra! Millie is most definitely not your average Regency heroine. Twist number two: Nor is Millie the svelte beauty typical of romance novels. She is, at least at the outset, distinctly chubby. I was a little disappointed that she lost weight within a relatively short period of time simply by increasing her walking – her weight-loss was not crucial to the story – but I certainly appreciated her hero’s dismay at her vanished curves!Twist number three: not content to have a less than ideal heroine, the author also provides us with a dishy but academically-challenged hero. Alexander the Great appears to have dyslexia, although of course it is not labelled as such in the novel.Thanks in part to these twists, Letter from a Rake is a refreshing addition to the well-populated Regency romance genre. Further, they fuel a convincing and nicely-plotted story. In fact, once I passed midway, I could hardly bear to put the book down!

  • Louise Reynolds
    2019-06-19 12:43

    Millie Ashton, recently arrived in London from India, doesn’t quite fit in. She has luscious curves, wears a nose-ring and is more outspoken than the misses of the Ton. Alex Radley, Lord Brooke, is the golden boy of the Ton. Not only will he inherit a dukedom one day, but he seems perfect in every way. Only his family knows how he has struggled all his life to conceal a problem which he cannot overcome.Letter From a Rake, is a subtle confection built on layers of well-constructed misunderstanding and reinforced with lovely unexpected twists. This is a fresh and exciting tale of missed opportunities, plans gone wrong and humorous set-ups. Sparkling dialogue and likable characters make it a pleasure to read.I can easily see why this book is a finalist in the RBY (Romantic Book of the Year) Awards. Highly recommended.

  • Shannon The Romance Addict!
    2019-05-21 11:30

    Sweet Regency Romance.Millie Ashton is raised in India and is different from the "normal" girls in England. This book takes place when she has just arrived in England. She hates it and just wants to go back to her beloved India. Millie is kinda a outcast in England and no one really gets her. She meets Lucy and becomes fast friends, then Lucy's brother Alex steps in. ( I really like him he was a sweet likable hero) Something big happens and a lot of drama and misunderstand goes down (I don't want spoil anything). In the end all get turn back to right. I just love books that make you say "aww" and that make you believe in "true love" This story was full of fun and entertainment and true love. I highly recommend this to everyone who loves a good Historical Romance like me!

  • Steph
    2019-06-15 13:40

    Oh my goodness, where do I even begin? I fell in LOVE with this book right from the beginning. The female lead, a rather feisty Millie Ashton, is just simply awesome. I love a strong woman who can speak her mind, and speak it she did. I also have a soft spot for these types of stories, so that alone made the read even more enjoyable for me. Upon arriving in London, Miss Ashton certainly meets her match when she is introduced to a certain Lord Brooke. Take a chance on this book; it is wonderful!

  • Ismailiah Williams-akueteh
    2019-06-03 12:27

    I received an ARC of this title from netgalley.I liked this story.Spunky heroine, dashing charismatic hero with a secret complete with an understandable mistep that threatens to derail the romance before it begins. I also like the "cliffhanger ending" that set us up for another romance between charecters I've come to root for. A very enjoyable beach read.

  • Imelda Evans
    2019-05-28 18:44

    I enjoyed this so much! Millie and Alex are gorgeous. It's so nice to read a story about people you can like and there are a lot of likeable people in this. I've been sick as sick lately. I had to drag myself out of bed to work but when I had finished what I had to, I needed a break and this was a perfect dose of R&R. Well done Sasha and hurry up with David's story!

  • M. Nivetha
    2019-05-25 15:29

    I haven't read so many historical fiction, as far as I could remember I think this will be the best of all for now. The story plot was great. The romance between the main characters were heart-warming. It was a different take on the novels I would normally read. I was totally immersed with the characters that I didn't want to take my eyes off except after I've finish reading this astonishing novel. Letter from a rake is about soul mates Millie and Alex. The story dates back to 1817, where Millie Ashton, a duke, born and raised in India has just arrived in England with her family. She hates England and keeps on whining about her wish to return back to India. While no body in England welcomed Millie like the way Alex's sister Lucy did, also a duke like herself, she would have sworn to have died living in England. But the only problem is Lucy's second brother Alex, the sight of him looking at her gave shivers. When she gets to know him better, she comes to a conclusion he is not all bad. It is love at first sight for him.Then again when everything was going well, during a fateful night, Alex screws his love by taking Millie away from a public party without his sister and her brother knowing. As they were caught filled with shame, Lucy breaks off her friendship with her, blaming her for being only friends to get closer to his brother like all the other girls did. She gets a wrong impression of Millie and then the next day their whole family is off to Scotland because of the mishap they created. Millie is shocked but she quickly recovers from it.I loved the author's portrayal of Millie Ashton. In almost all the novels the female protagonists are slender with beautiful curves while in this novel, the author has introduced us to a plump, fat girl with curvaceous figure who also wears a sapphire nose ring much to the men's dislike even though she is amazingly the most ravishing, strong female character I have read so far. She is also very likeable, valiant and knows how to defend for herself in times of trouble.Alex’s character is the most humorous and also the saddest part in the novel. He has bad tastes in women. When he returns for Millie from Scotland, he is heartbroken to see her new slender figure. I also laughed so much at his innocence and stupidity. He knows how to make thinks harder. He almost puts two ladies in Jeopardy because of the silliest reason he can not write or read. This time his brother doesn't come to his rescue which makes things even harder for him. He has to right the wrongs before Millie chooses the first man who agrees to live with her in India.Overall, I wasn't able to like the first half. I felt the story was rushed .The second half was full of fun and entertainment. The ending part was so touching with Lady Carolice finding the right man like she deserved. I highly recommend this to everyone who likes historical fiction.

  • Sandra R
    2019-06-17 18:25

    I found this book quite different than I was expecting and I enjoyed it. The actual writing was very good - no grammar errors or poorly formed sentences - but I understand this is a first book and it did read like one, in my experience, as I have been reading for many years and had to compare it to many others. The story was fresh and interesting though and I intend to read the next book in the series. Alex was almost 23 and Millie was 20, so this read as a NA story which I was not expecting. There were also many secondary characters, so it felt more like a family ensemble, rather than a one on one romance. There were lots of waterworks from Millie and immature behaviour from both Alex and David - which did fit into NA genre and many melodramatic scenes that were amusing.

  • Patricia
    2019-06-16 16:27

    Nicely doneWonderful characters, fully developed. The plot was a tried and true one, but the way some characters played their parts was a bit less than I expected, given the characters. Still, I would recommend this book.

  • Erica
    2019-06-03 16:22

    This novel started quite promising. Our heroine, Millie Ashton, English but born and raised in India, is rich and of good standing, but she is plumper than is fashionable, and her peers are all nasty enough to let her know it. We meet her shortly after she has arrived in England for the first time, as she sits through an excruciating social visit with her mother, where all the other girls of her age are whispering behind her back and pointing at her.Unfortunately it all deflated a bit after that. Millie hates everyone and wants to return back to India as soon as possible, even though she realises that her parents – and probably her brother too – are much happier back in England. Then she meets Lucy Radley at a party, and they instantly become friends. The way this happened felt a bit forced to me, since the conversation they shared just didn’t work for me as instant heart-bonding. The first encounter between Millie and the hero, Lucy’s brother Alex, was even worse. Alex sees Millie and is immediately so entranced and enamoured that he gets a raging hard-on and is too dumbfounded to try and make polite conversation, which Millie naturally interprets as him being unforgivably rude.That part in particular really didn’t work for me, though the subsequent shenanigans of Alex trying to apologise to Millie and winning her heart went well enough.My next stumbling block was the letter from the title. I won’t give away too much, but it forms the main barrier between Millie and Alex, and I found the set-up and execution of it rather convoluted. Also, frankly, it made Alex look rather stupid, which is never really a good thing to do to your hero.All the above might make you think that I didn’t enjoy the book, but overall I did. It was easy to read, it didn’t bore me, it was just one of those romances that left me rolling my eyes a little, and to be fair, that happens with a lot of romances.Good if you want some light reading to entertain you, just don’t nitpick it too much.More reviews on Silk Screen Views.

  • CaroleDee
    2019-06-15 17:45

    I'm going to come right out with it and say that I, obviously, was not the target audience for this book.Yes, I love historical romances and yes I love when the 'underdog' beats out all of the 'popular' girls and gets the handsome hero. BUT, and this is a big BUT, I do NOT like NA (new adult) books. And believe it or not, Letter From a Rake was, in fact, a NA book set in historical England.The characters were far too immature. The only rake-like characteristics that Alex shows is his penitent for getting trashed on alcohol every once in a while. To me a rake is debauched. He's got mistresses, and gambles, drinks steadily, and is experienced. At 23 he just didn't have what it takes to be a proper rake. What completely turned me off to Alex was a little scene where he royally screws up his chances with Millie; he goes home and: "wrapped his arm around his body and hugged himself. With eyes tightly shut he rocked back and forth as the whole terrible reality of what he had done threatened to overwhelm him." Um... Yeah.. Not quit my type of hero. Sorry :( Millie was okay as a heroine. Sort of selfish (a typical NA trait) and naive (also NA)I think the only character in the book that I actually found appealing was Millie's brother, Charles. He is what I look for in a hero. He takes charge, and seems in control of himself while having a devilishly good time.I'm really sorry that I didn't like this one. If anything it should appeal to a younger audience that want to dip their toes in to the Historical set.

  • Lauren
    2019-06-03 16:23

    What a wonderful book! Once I read the summary I knew I had to read it, and I devoured it in one night. It features a hero and heroine who are both unconventional in just the right ways. Alex is handsome and good with the ladies, but he also falls head over heals for Millie and never wavers. After reading so many romances where the H/h don't get along, it was wonderful to read a story where they both fall for each other quickly. And their romance is believable; you appreciate their friendship as well as their love. Millie is a wonderful heroine because she is unconventionally beautiful and outspoken, but she is not a wilting flower or socially inept. She is fleshed out and relatable, and when she was mad at Alex and she seemed to be changing herself out of grief, I got angry with her, but I also understood her and sympathized with her. Most importantly, the story doesn't rely too much on standard miscommunication to create drama. The conflict with Alex's letter arises from conditions unique to this story, and even though the characters fumble their way through reuniting, I never felt like the author was purposefully making them obtuse for the sake of conflict. I couldn't stop reading this book once I started, and it has earned a place in my keepers pile!

  • Kim Beck
    2019-06-06 18:22

    Sasha Cottman brings us a story about a young girl who has came from India with her family and returned to England. She wasn't received with open arms and can't wait to find a way home. Then she meets Lucy who just happens to be the sister of Alex, the man who once he meets her at the ball has had an unexpected reaction to her. After a lot of problems and the scandal of the season will they work it out or will all their dreams have to be settles for something else. The author does a superb job in making a historical romance easy to read and very understandable. I have read some that make it so difficult because they try to make it all about the history part, while this offer did bring a good dose of what it was like back in 1817 she didn't overdue it. She brought characters that were relate able and a story line that could happen in a contemporary novel just as well. Very happy I had a chance to read it. Check out my full review at

  • Lidya
    2019-06-11 15:35

    I thought the book is okay. Not spectacular, not the worst either. It makes a pleasant read. On certain parts of the book, it felt a bit dragged on. I fell in love with Millie, she was smart, beautiful, confident. My affection changed from love to like when she decided that she was in love with Alex when he apologized to her, even after spending three whole days fuming at him because he humiliated her on the dance floor. Overall it's a good book. I hope that the author will release more books based on Charles and Alex's brothers ( Stephen and another - the name eludes me).

  • Maggie Hesseling
    2019-05-21 16:30

    I may be in love with Alex Radley. Cottman has really dreamed up an interesting character with him- he sees the woman of his dreams and is struck dumb. Literally. Not only unable to utter anything, but also unable to move. And Millie is definatly an original: kind, brought up in India (she even has a nose ring) and plumper then the rest. With great little twists and turns, this novel is something you'll laugh out loud to grow frustrated with the characters and pray that everything resolves itself in the end.

  • Jultri
    2019-06-05 12:24

    The writing was okay but not very enthralling. The dialogue could have a bit more bite. What put me off was the hero, supposed man of the ton, fell in instant lust with the heroine such that he got himself into a state of priapism and found if hard to uproot himself from the floor (puns intended) and string intelligible words together in her company. He seemed very young and lacked control and sophistication. Not quite hero material.

  • Georgina Penney
    2019-06-18 15:20

    An absolutely gorgeous debut. I read Letter From A Rake at the beginning of the year and just picked it up again. Ms. Cottman has a wonderful way with words that draws you in within a matter of minutes. Millie and Alex are characters that really stick in your mind. I didn't realize how much until I started reading again this time and felt like I was visiting old friends.Give this lovely little number a read, you won't regret it.

  • Richard Gibson
    2019-05-30 18:34

    This is not something I would normally read, but I really enjoyed this book. The characters were well written and I found them to be believable. The tension between Alex and Millie was good and I like that the book moved at a steady pace and kept me interested. The plot device with the letter worked for me and the ending tied into the story. The ending bit with Alex’s brother was a good introduction to the next book.

  • Arianna
    2019-06-01 11:29

    E' una storia quasi ridicola di un'incomprensione dopo l'altra fra due persone che si amano dal primo momento ma lo scoprono solo alla fine del libro. La cosa mi ha leggermente spazientito, anche perchè più che un libro per adulti il tono mi sembrava molto adolescenziale.Si ringrazia Netgalley per la gentile preview.Voto: 3.5 stelle

  • Helen
    2019-06-14 16:21

    This a really good story the hero Alex has a disability that ends up getting him into big trouble with the heroine Millie that he has fallen for on first sight. Millie is a bit different from the other Ladies just before the season starts, the diologue is great and I was turning the pages on this one I highly recommend it.