I read a lot of historical romance books, hundreds a year and there is one thing they all have in common: the rake and the virgin. No matter what other tropes are thrown in the majority of HR novels are about rakes and virgins and I am so sick of it. In recent years I find authors are embracing a divergence this trope, which I applaud, but Ms. Peckham turns this trope on its head. I loved it! I have always wondered why the rake is always redeemable but when you have a woman who embraces her sexuality she is usually an ex-mistress in the role of villain. Why is this woman not deserving of love Why should she not have her HEA. In The Rakess she does!
I have to note that I hate it when the hero's sexual past is noted repeatedly or when the hero has sex with OW after meeting the heroine. Turns out when it's the other way around and we learn about the heroines sexual past and she has sex with OM after meeting the hero it didn't bother me at all. This book wasn't perfect but my issues with it were minor and I'm still giving it 5 stars.