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To Tempt a Rake - Cara Elliott 3.5 Stars Out of 5 Stars
To Tempt a Rake was another new author and series for me. Although this is the third book in the series, it can definitely be read as a stand alone novel. I enjoyed both main characters. They are both strong personalities with purpose in their lives, although society may not recognize their choices.

Marco Ghiradelli, Conte of Como, is a man with many secrets. and a life that he must constantly hide from society. He is a government agent sent to house party to “spy” on the attendees and gain insight into an upcoming event.

Kate Woodbridge is the granddaughter of the Duke who is hosting the house party. She has also led a secretive and adventurous past that goes against society’s norms. She previously robbed the Conte of Como in a brothel in Naples. So there is some history between the two of them.

Kate and Marco have sparks flying between them the moment they are reunited. At the house party, a murder draws them together and they must solve the mystery in order to avoid Kate being framed.

I really enjoyed the mystery and romance of this book. Altogether a good solid read. Recommended for historical romance buffs that like strong, independent females and rakish males, along with banter that is quick and cutting.