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The Rakess

The Rakess

By Scarlett Peckham


Meet the SOCIETY OF SIRENS—three radical, libertine ladies determined to weaponize their scandalous reputations to fight for justice and the love they deserve…

She’s a Rakess on a quest for women’s rights…

Seraphina Arden’s passions include equality, amorous affairs, and wild, wine-soaked nights. To raise funds for her cause, she’s set to publish explosive memoirs exposing the powerful man who ruined her. Her ideals are her purpose, her friends are her family, and her paramours are forbidden to linger in the morning.

He’s not looking for a summer lover…

Adam Anderson is a wholesome, handsome, widowed Scottish architect, with two young children, a business to protect, and an aversion to scandal. He could never, ever afford to fall for Seraphina. But her indecent proposal—one month, no strings, no future—proves too tempting for a man who strains to keep his passions buried with the losses of his past.

But one night changes everything…

What began as a fling soon forces them to confront painful secrets—and yearnings they thought they’d never have again. But when Seraphina discovers Adam’s future depends on the man she’s about to destroy, she must decide what to protect… her desire for justice, or her heart.


Honestly, I knew I was going to love this book and I was not wrong. Scarlett Peckham takes the traditional experienced rake trope and turned it on its head in The Rakess. Seraphina is a heroine in the spirit of Mary Wollstonecraft. She has an independent life, writes scandalous books, espouses the cause of female empowerment, and takes lovers. Writing her latest book, she returns to back to her past, both physically and in terms of what she is writing about. While in her home town, she meets Adam, a Scottish architect, widower and single father. He needs respectability to move his business to the next level and Seraphina is the opposite of that in all ways. However, the burning desire between them doesn’t care and soon they give into their passion for each other. What I loved most about this book is how fleshed out the characters are. Seraphina is complex, flawed, while still being a strong and independent woman. Her group of friends that surround and support her are intriguing and intricate. Adam and Seraphina have both been shaped by the difficulties of their pasts and need to work through issues on their way to a Happily Ever After. I predict that The Rakess will become a Romance classic on pair with Loretta Chase’s Lord of Scoundrels and Lisa Kleypas’ Dreaming of You.

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