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TBT: Throwdown Challenge Rake v. Love Letters

Keeping up with my #TBT retrospective of The Bachelor Chronicles in preparation for the release of Mad About the Major, I’ve always found it interesting how divided readers can be about their deep and abiding affection for either This Rake of Mine or Love Letters from a Duke, the 2nd and 3rd installments in the Bachelor Chronicles series.

I call it Rake v. Love Letters.

Personally I think it really divides this way:

Team Mad Jack v. Team Felicity
Now what isn’t to love about Mad Jack Tremont? He’s a rake

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, (hence the title, This Rake of Mine) and a very reluctant hero and just so darn sexy. I absolutely loved him the moment he walked on the stage in Something about Emmaline. Plus, his story has that whole gothic thing going for it–the creepy house that you shouldn’t go into iIMG_6631f you’re a proper young lady and you just know he’s up to no good. (We also see our first glimpses of Arabella Tremont and her starchy father, the Duke of Parkerton–but more on them in the coming weeks.)

But then there is Felicity and her infamous correspondence that gives us our story, Love Letters from a Duke. And she has got to be hands down one of my most popular heroines. I do like her conflict of trying to do what is best and right, but in the end following her heart. She makes the right choice and her heart is always in the right place. I think readers have always loved her determined spirit, and her stubborn blindside as to what is right in front of her. And of course, it helps that Thatcher is right there to steer a bit for her. (That scene near the opening where she hires him because he fits the coat still cracks me up.)

So what team are you on? And yes, you can play on both sides if you want. I won’t tell.

This Rake of MineComment down below before the end of Sunday, and one lucky poster will win an autographed copy of either Love Letters from a Duke or This Rake of Mine. Check back Monday, May 4th to see if you’ve won.

22 comments to “TBT: Throwdown Challenge Rake v. Love Letters”

  1. Penney Wilfort
    April 30th, 2015 at 7:48 am · Link

    I like both teams both sounds very good I have not read any of them so I will have to get them, can’t wait, thanks

  2. Maryellen Webber
    April 30th, 2015 at 8:15 am · Link

    I love Felicity in Love Letters From A Duke. It is one of most favorite books in the series.

  3. Kris
    April 30th, 2015 at 9:15 am · Link

    hard choice – but going with Rake of Mine πŸ™‚

  4. Annette Naish
    April 30th, 2015 at 9:22 am · Link

    I like the idea of a dangerous house – and the Rake who goes with it. I love the idea of love letters. At one time, my husband was in the service and deployed overseas for a year. We wrote one another on a daily basis and I believe those were very romantic times in our relationship.

  5. Monique Daoust
    April 30th, 2015 at 9:28 am · Link

    This Rake of Mine!Reluctant hero and gothic, what’s not to love!

  6. Judy Goodnight
    April 30th, 2015 at 9:39 am · Link

    I’m going to go with This Rake of Mine.

  7. Kathy N
    April 30th, 2015 at 9:43 am · Link

    Your “Love Lettters From a Duke” is my favorite of all your books so I have to go with Team Felicity!

  8. Gwenda Underwood
    April 30th, 2015 at 9:53 am · Link

    This Rake of Mine

  9. Rachel Collings
    April 30th, 2015 at 10:20 am · Link

    I’m always happy to read about a Rake. So Rake of mine.

  10. Patricia WIssore
    April 30th, 2015 at 11:57 am · Link

    I’m going with both, but I’ve only read an excerpt from Love Letters from a Duke so far! You can’t make me choose between them, that’s like making me choose which child is my favorite!

  11. Marissa Yip-Young
    April 30th, 2015 at 2:53 pm · Link

    Team Mad Jack

  12. Bube
    April 30th, 2015 at 2:57 pm · Link

    Both πŸ™‚

  13. Louise
    April 30th, 2015 at 3:19 pm · Link

    I like both teams.

  14. Glenda
    April 30th, 2015 at 4:11 pm · Link

    This Rake of Mine.

  15. Julie-ann Ford
    April 30th, 2015 at 4:17 pm · Link

    Team Mad Jack although I love both teams.

  16. Erin Bailey
    April 30th, 2015 at 4:38 pm · Link

    I love This Rake of Mine.. the reluctant heroes are the best!

  17. gamistress66
    April 30th, 2015 at 4:59 pm · Link

    enjoyed both books, well the whole series actually. if forced to choose though I’d have to go w/ Rake cause well — Jack, Tremonts, the start of the insanity that will later follow πŸ™‚

  18. Cynthia D
    April 30th, 2015 at 5:01 pm · Link

    Felicity is what makes This Rake of Mine so much better. Love Letters From a Duke is so funny. I wanted to keep reading just to see what Felictiy was going to do next. This is one of, probably my favorite from Elizabeth Boyle!

  19. catslady
    April 30th, 2015 at 7:05 pm · Link

    I too have to go with both – can’t turn down a duke or a rake lol.

  20. Diane Caryl
    April 30th, 2015 at 7:41 pm · Link

    Rakes have always stolen my heart, but Felicity sounds pretty special.

  21. Kim
    May 1st, 2015 at 8:30 am · Link

    I don’t have a preference: both can be good heroes.

  22. bn100
    May 2nd, 2015 at 12:59 am · Link


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