Liz Carlyle: Never Romance a Rake

Kieran Neville, Baron Rothewell, is haunted by his horrible past and tries to drown his sorrow in alcohol, gambling and sometimes worse activities. He wins a bride, the beautiful Camille Marchand, in a card game. Camille needs to be married and have a baby in order to get an inheritance, and it is supposed to be a marriage of convenience. But it doesn't take long until Kieran and Camille discover that there's more to each other than they originally thought, and they start to fall in love with each other...

I enjoyed many of Liz Carlyle's previous books, but this is one of her worst. A tortured hero can be interesting, and Kieran certainly has reasons to be tortured - but he's really just whiny, prone to wallow in self-pity and bent on destroying himself. Mind you, he has a bad past, but at the beginning of the book, he has a loving family, nice friends and lots of money. It's just selfish to kill oneself (even if it is gradually by drinking too much) when there are people who love you. So, you guessed it, I didn't like the book's hero at all. The heroine remained rather pale, more like a plot device than an actual character. This is a "barely satisfactory" book (Grade D).