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  • Magnificent!

    Honoria Blake had lived a quiet, boring life in London; she had hoped it would change the moment her services were requested by the League of the Pimpernel, and that she could make a difference. Her natural talent at forgery is essential to help the French who want to make it out of Paris alive. Her adventures begin when Laurent, the Marquis de Montagne, covered in blood and grime, knocks on the door of the flat she occupies with her friend Alexandra, which also serves as a safe house for the Pimpernel’s agents. Laurent is on a mission, he intends to proceed his way, and it’s not the men from the League who will stop him from rescuing Marie-Thérèse, Queen Marie Antoinette’s daughter. Honoria didn’t have to wait long for some excitement, as the action begins almost immediately in TAKEN BY THE RAKE. Shana Galen’s extraordinary romantic fresco set during the French Revolution has not a single boring moment, as Laurent and Honoria run for their lives while trying to find the little French princess. The author’s research is so extensive and thorough that you can google the facts, and you’ll see they’re all accurate. Seldom has a fictionalised moment in history felt so real, particularly in a romance novel. I adored Honoria! She is extremely beautiful, but because of her past, focuses on her talents, with which she earns an honest living; she is bright, quick-witted, and practical. Laurent is precisely how we imagine a French aristo to be: a consummate rake who, upon seeing Honoria, can only think about bedding her; he’s condescending, smug, and doesn’t seem to quite realise that not everyone is at his beck and call, like it was before the Revolution. I took a long time for me to somewhat warm up to him; his intentions were noble, he behaved honourable towards Honoria, but I found his arrogance grating, but in the end, Ms. Galen won me over. The Scarlet Chronicles are an extremely bold endeavour, and Shana Galen has again written an epic romance while doing justice to a most tumultuous period of history. In TAKEN BY THE RAKE, Shana Galen demonstrates that a novel can have a very romantic love story that shines as brightly as the historical events it portrays.

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  • An excellent addition to the series

    In Taken by the Rake we meet Honoria, a stunningly beautiful forger and Laurent, an arrogant French marquis. Laurent has always been a rake, caring only for his own pleasures. He manages to escape France but after the King loses his head he comes back to help his friend Marie Antoinette and her children escape knowing it is a suicide mission. He promptly gets put in jail and has been there for 5 months when the book begins. The league is rescuing him for their own purposes and there he meets Honoria who came to France to help people escape and for adventure. Unfortunately she has not had much adventure up until this point. That all changes when Laurent kidnaps her and talks her into helping him rescue the royal children who are imprisoned. It’s a dangerous task and they find themselves on the run through Paris and attempting a daring rescue and of course falling in love. This was an excellent story about 2 beautiful people who need someone to see below the surface into the smart, kind, good people they are inside. Honoria hates her beauty and wants to be seen for more than her looks. And Laurent has been a rake and quite selfish and doesn’t feel he is a good person but his time in jail has made him reconsider his priorities. There was a lot of character development for such a fast moving book. The adventure trope is one of my favorites and this one did not disappoint.

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  • My favorite of the series so far!

    This is the third book in this series centered around the French Revolution. This one is my pick of the series so far for three reasons: more in-depth characterization for the leads and more growth of the same (shown especially well in the hero, Laurent); more daring adventure with interesting locations/historical tweaks; good chemistry between the leads (and especially well-written love scenes❤️🔥). I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review, however the opinions are strictly my own.

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  • Definitely for French Revolution fans!

    I must admit I'm beginning to be a bit fed up with the French Revolution in Shana's books, especially when the hero is one where the heroine ends up in love with him despite him being a prat at the beginning who, in my opinion, is still pretty much a prat at the end, which this one was. With my usual reminder to myself that it has always been worth the effort before, however, I kept going and I did in the end enjoy the book - as usual, with Shana's excellent writing and storytelling winning the day. You won't regret reading this book, although if you enjoy reading of war, specifically the French Revolution you'll love it much more!

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  • Another great novel in The Scarlet Chronicles

    Another great novel in The Scarlet Chronicles series by Shana Galen! I have learned so much about the French Revolution because of this series. It is hard to picture how things were at that time but reading this series puts me right there in the thick of things. I even researched some of the locations because I wanted to know more. The intensity of the situation makes the connections between the characters more intense as well. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series!

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