A Good Rake Is Hard to Find? Not Today!

Here at Kiss and Thrill,  we love nothing better than a celebration,  and today we’re celebrating the release of the first book in my new Lords of Anarchy series: A GOOD RAKE IS HARD TO FIND.

Good Rake is Hard To Find



Heartbroken by the loss of her brother, Miss Leonora Craven vows to uncover the truth about his “accident,” which seems to have been anything but. Jonathan Craven was involved with the Lords of Anarchy, a notorious driving club, and Leonora can’t help but suspect foul play. But the only way she can infiltrate their reckless inner circle is to enlist the help of Jonny’s closest ally, Lord Frederick Lisle. If only he didn’t also happen to be the man who broke Leonora’s heart…

Frederick isn’t surprised to find gorgeous, headstrong Leonora playing detective, but he knows that the Lords of Anarchy mean business–and he has no choice but to protect her. A sham engagement to Leonora will allow Frederick to bring her into the club and along for the ride. But it isn’t long before pretending to be lovers leads to very real passion. With everything to lose, is their tempestuous affair worth the risk?

Kindle – amzn.to/1CUiE0n
Nook – bit.ly/1KeGgNm
iBooks – bit.ly/1CIfts1
Kobo – bit.ly/1CUjcmU

A GOOD RAKE IS HARD TO FIND is a story about reunited lovers, one of the most popular tropes in Romancelandia. Do you think they have a place in Romantic Suspense as well as other sub-genres of romance? What are some of your favorite romance tropes?  I’ll give one commenter a copy of A GOOD RAKE IS HARD TO FIND! 

Posted on March 31, 2015, in Celebration, Manda Collins, New Release, Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 20 Comments.

  1. You had me at “Lords of Anarchy”. What an awesome series hook. Can not wait! Loading up my ereader now. Happy Release Day, Manda!

  2. I loved GOOD RAKE, Manda! And I’m a big fan of reunited lovers. In fact, I used that trope in Blind Ambition. Another one I like is the best friend’s sister (which you have in here too). I used that one in Blind Fury. 😉 Oh, and I love when one of the main characters is undercover in some way.

    I think reunited lovers works really well in RS. That back story can make the instant attraction more believable, and it increases the internal conflict. Happy book birthday!! 🙂

    • I totally agree, Gwen. Half of manuscripts are reunited lovers. Fake engagements work well in RS too. And people wonder if RS has enough romance. Sheesh. 🙂

    • mandacollinsauthor

      Thank you so much, Gwen! I don’t think I realized before how many tropes I had in this one–sometimes I think they sneak in while you’re not looking! Best friend’s sister is another one I love so it makes sense I’d use it, too:)

    • mandacollinsauthor

      Thank you so much, Gwen! I don’t think I realized before how many tropes I had in this one–sometimes I think they sneak in while you’re not looking! Best friend’s sister is another one I love so it makes sense I’d use it, too:)

  3. Happy release day, Manda!!! I love reunited lovers AND fake engagements–another trope you’ve worked in here. This is my catnip!

  4. I also love reunited lovers. They’re one of my favorite kinds of stories! And since I’m almost done with A Good Rake, I can honestly say yours is amazing!!!

    • mandacollinsauthor

      Thank you so much, Sharon! Coming from a multi-nominated Golden Heart nominee (and a great friend) like you, that means the world! (Congratulations again!)Reunited lovers really does offer rich ground for writers to explore in!

  5. HAPPY RELEASE DAY, Manda! I love how you weave suspense into your historicals, and have already pre-ordered this! Like Lena, you had me at the phrase: LORDS OF ANARCHY. Who can pass up opening that?! 🙂

    I also am rewriting a manuscript and changing it to reunited lovers. When I did, the new story clicked immediately. Don’t know why. Maybe because there’s such rich history and seeds you can plant. Each thinks they were severely hurt by the other.

    Loved Kristan Higgins’s novel about a fake engagement. In this case there wasn’t even a guy, just a lonely heroine with a great imagination!

    Off to share your news with the world…

    • mandacollinsauthor

      Thank you so much, Sarah! Isn’t it funny how that works? Immediately “reunited lovers” infuses your story with layers of history and conflict. It’s like manuscript viagra!

  6. You may have had Lena at “Lords of Anarchy” but you had me at “How bad do you want it?” This series looks amazing and you know how much I love your books. I cannot wait to read this one. Congrats on a new book and a brand new series! You rock!

  7. Congratulations on your release. I’m presently reading about a man, who poor as a boy, never wants to return. He marries, seemingly for love with a woman who has class, no money. The man can’t decide if love and station is more important to him or material wealth. Name of book, White Gardenia. A most thought provoking read.

  8. I can just imagine the Lords of Anarchy hurtling round Regency London. Similar to modern ‘Hells Angels’ with their high power motor bikes. Horse drawn carriages sound much safer though, and perfect for impressing the ladies!

    This series sounds like a winner Manda

  9. I really enjoy an arranged marriage where the couple is willing to give it their best effort and they end up liking each other and then fall in love!

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