- Title: Letter from a Rake
- Author: Sasha Cottman
- Genre: Regency Romance
- Why: Random buy.
- Rating: 3 Stars
Description: The unconventional Miss Millie Ashton, recently arrived from India, finds England a cold and dismal place. The fashionable ladies of London society look down their noses at her and it isn’t long before Millie is planning her return to the country she considers home.
When Millie befriends the high-spirited Lucy Radley, she also meets Lucy’s handsome brother, ‘Alex the Great’ and things take a turn for the better. Alex, the Marquess of Brooke, is considered the most eligible bachelor in London, yet he appears fascinated by the independent Millie.
Against the odds, their unlikely friendship deepens. But Alex has a secret and when a love letter goes astray, it threatens to destroy all their happiness…
Can Millie and Alex overcome the obstacles in their path to find true love? Or will one miscommunication ruin everything?
Review: 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.