If you enjoy charismatic spies and sassy bluestockings, then you will love this book! The Rebel And The Rake expertly blend intrigue, mystery, and romance. Rafe Davies has carefully created the careless rake persona to aid in his job as a spy for the crown. Rafe is an excellent spy but has lost himself in the facade he presents. Miss Sylvia Sparrow is a companion. She is intelligent and daring, which led to scandal in her past. Both Rafe and Sylvia harbor dangerous secrets, but when they meet at a house party, sparks instantly fly.
I liked how Rafe presented this self-assured persona to the world, yet deep down, he is tired and lonely, exhausted from trying to win approval. Rafe has much hurt in his past, and throughout the book, he works on finding his identity. Sylvia knows who she is but is forced to lie and hide in the shadows. This oppression is slowly dimming her spirit. Rafe and Sylvia must face their past demons and insecurities to hope for future happiness.
The setup of a house party as a background worked well. The main characters had emotional depth and were vibrant. The plot was uneven, lagging at times and being too full of content at others. However, the story’s foundation was exciting, and I was fascinated; my attention didn’t falter. The Rebel And The Rake is the second book in the League Of Scoundrels series. The third novel is hinted at, and I am looking forward to it. Some improvements in plot flow could be made, but all in all, this was an engaging book full of dazzling dialogue, shocking twists, and a wonderful happily ever after. Emily Sullivan creates a delicious world of intrepid spies, feisty heroines, and dastardly antagonists. This is a solid second installment to a burgeoning new series. If these books keep growing and improving, we will have an eye-catching, riveting read!
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advance copy of this book through Netgalley and the publisher. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Release Date: December 28, 2021