Monday, May 14, 2012

The Casanova Code-Donna MacMeans

The Casanova Code

Donna MacMeans

Berkley, Jun 5 2012. $7.99

ISBN: 9780425250839

Edwina, Faith, Sarah and Claire are unhappy with the Mayfair Messenger failure to include an article on how many birds die to make a fashionable woman’s hat. The female reformists also upset over a personal ad from a “the refined gentleman” advertising for a companion to stay home for conversation rather than the social whirls of the Ton. They know the author Ashton Trewelyn is a rake who has seduced several naive women forced to escape to the continent. To stop his predatory ways, they form the Rake Patrol with him being their first target.

In fact Ashton is not that scandalous person anymore ever since he served in the King’s Royal Rifles which has changed him. He has found a coded message that implies trouble for the Crown and his family. Soon he “abducts” Edwina taking her into a secret room inside the hidden gallery. Knowing she is an expert on finding patterns he asks for her help with deciphering the code. Can a rake and a modern woman find love?

The first Rake Patrol historical romance is an entertaining thriller starring a reformed rake and a “modern” woman. Filled with action, The Casanova Code is a fun read whether it is investigating the pattern of the mysterious message or enjoying pillow talk.

Harriet Klausner

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