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The Rake's Irish Lady (Scandalous Kisses Book 2) by [Monajem, Barbara]
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Widowed and lonely, Bridget O’Shaughnessy Black indulges herself in a night of pleasure.
After all, she's in disguise. And the baby girl? An unexpected blessing...until an old flame claims the child as his own to force Bridget to marry him.


Many women pursued Colin Warren, but only one climbed in his bedchamber window. When Bridget does it for the second time, she needs his help. Colin is unfit to be a parent, and yet he has no choice but to acknowledge the little girl.


Together they must solve the mystery of the old flame’s intentions—but can they reconcile their divided loyalties—Irish and English—through the power of love?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1784 KB
  • Print Length: 236 pages
  • Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing (30 December 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B018GK893U
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #69,109 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Rake's Irish Lady 10 January 2016
By petula winmill - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Bridget O'Shaughnessy Black is a widow with a young daughter. Until an old flame turned up in town everyone believed her daughter to be her husband's. Now Martin is telling people that he is the child's father, just to force her to marry him. There is no way she will marry someone who has destroyed her good name with his lies.
Colin Warren is bored with his life as it is but too lazy to do anything about changing it. A woman he doesn't recognize tries to get him to claim her child as his. He can barely take responsibility for himself, there is no way he can be a father.
An unusual historical romance. Our heroine is nothing like the normal virginal miss of most books. She knows exactly what she wants but is having trouble making it happen. Our hero lets his mouth get ahead of his brain at times. He also is not very good at looking at things from anyone else's point of view.
I really enjoyed this refreshingly different take on a romance set in this era. I want to read Daisy's story now.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Which is more important in life? Honesty? Patriotism? Morality? 31 December 2015
By DMP - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Note: I was given a complimentary copy for an honest review.

This book was much more than I expected. It had suspense, humor, sensuality, emotion, a moral lesson, and even a history lesson.

Bridget O’Shaughnessy Black is in a desperate situation. For a reason she simply cannot fathom, her distant cousin, Martin Fallow, has arrived and announced to the whole town that her daughter is his! He knows it's a lie, yet why is he turning the town against her and trying to force her to marry him?

In desperation, she flees with her daughter to London in search of the real father, Collin Warren. The man she had seduced shortly after her husband's death. A known rake. However, she doesn't expect him to prove so difficult to talk to. Nor, does she plan on him getting injured!

Fortunately, the daughter has a striking resemblance to his sister and he believes that she's his daughter. But, the story is just picking up steam at that point because the daughter is suddenly abducted by Mr Fallow!

I must stop here for fear of giving too much of the story away! Let it suffice that it will hold your interest.

I especially liked the character development. Bridget came across as real to her time - her desperation to have someone believe her was palpable. The story exposed the historic reality that society readily believed the men and excused their immoral behavior, but not women.

Collin's character was believable too. He was a young man with lots of money, yet no clear direction. Yet, when Bridget steps into his life, he realizes that it's time for him to grow up and assume responsibilities.

Likewise, Martin Fallow was a complicated character. He evoked both contempt and sympathy.

Finally, everything is wrapped around real historic events involving England and Ireland.

Themes - honesty, morality - male vs female, patriotism

Language - PG13 - a fair amount of cursing,
Romance - PG13 with one scene moving into the R category.
Violence - A fight scene where a character gets cut with a knife and one altercation where a character gets shot.

My Rating - 5 stars
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars ... read it without reading the first one however I recommend that you read them in order 31 December 2015
By steamy book momma - Published on
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This is the second book in this series and you could read it without reading the first one however I recommend that you read them in order. In this book Bridget has been living her life just fine and then a distant cousin, Martin comes offering to marry her and when she refuses he tells the whole village that her daughter Sylvie is his. Everyone believes him as Bridget had a crush on him as a young girl and everyone knew it. When Bridget still refuses to marry him he tells her that if she continues to refuses he will have no choice but to take Sylvie away from her. This causes Bridget to flee with Sylvie to London in an attempt to get Colin to publically claim Sylvie as his own daughter. Then plan doesn’t go accordingly and Martin finds them in London. Colin doesn’t believe that Sylvie is his daughter until he sees her and she looks just like his little sister, Emma who died so long ago. Colin still blames himself for Emma’s death. He has never wanted children for this reason as he fears he will fail them as well. Now he is faced with the fact that he has a child and the more he gets to know Bridget the more he would like for them to be a proper family. Will they be able to be a proper family? Bridget didn’t come to him expecting to feel things for him, she just wanted to get rid of Martin and move on with her life. Once Colin accepted Sylvie he couldn’t just turn his back, he wants to be a part of her life as well. Bridget and Colin as faced with many obstacles. Will they find a way to have a happy ending? This book was a great read. Bridget is strong and independent maybe to independent. It takes her a bit to realize that she isn’t only ones life who has been turned topsy turvy. Colin’s life has also greatly changed, while he understands that Bridget has always done everything herself he wants to help her so that she doesn’t have to do it all alone anymore. Bridget is part Irish as well as there are prejudices that have been engrained and aren’t even realized until said while in the heat of anger. Both Bridget and Colin are forced to face their feeling for each other and how they will fit together. There are many outside forces that cause friction as well as things that they say to each other that could cause them to end before they ever really start. I really enjoyed this book and I love that characters. I liked that you got to read some more about Miles and Melinda from the first book in this one. I hope there will be another book and maybe it will be about Colin’s sister Daisy. I really like historical romances and read about how different it was back then. Barbara does a great job of creating a very real story and pulling you into the book. Another great job Barbara, I look forward to reading more of your books in the future.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars REVIEW - The Rake's Irish Lady 20 January 2016
By Rachel - Published on
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5 out of 5 for this reader folks!

I LOVED this book! The Rake’s Irish Lady by Barbara Monajem is the second book in her Scandalous Kisses series. I remember really enjoying the first book and this one absolutely delivered the same way.

Bridget O’Shaughnessy Black is half Irish/English but her stereotypical Irish side is prevalent in her daily life. She is feisty and daring, but she also tones it down perfectly for polite English society. Bridget is also a widower with a six year old girl. She absolutely loved her husband but a few months after his death her loneliness gets the better of her, and she finds herself climbing into a mans window for a night of passion. This passion created her daughter Sylvie, who she has introduced as her late husbands daughter

Colin Warren is one bored, lost, in a rut English gentlemen. He just lives day by day, hoping for some excitement. He gambles, is a rake with the ladies, but he moves through his life with no purpose, almost apathetic to the world in general.

When Bridget is blackmailed by an old lover, she tracks down Colin to try and get him to claim Sylvie as his. Colin wants no part of it, but out of the many unmemorable woman in his past, he sure does remember Bridget. As they go through adventure, danger, time spent together and more, Colin realized he is coming back to life. Will they both realize they have more to gain than to lose before it’s too late?

This was a page tuner for me. I read it in one sitting (LOVE the holidays, and just basked in this romance. The silliness, idiot moments were completely acceptable in this story as you can tell by the characters personalities that this is likely what they would do. I loved Colin interacting with his daughter, although Sylvie really made him work for it. Bridget’s determination to do everything she can to provide happiness to both herself and Sylvie is admirable. She could of settled for a whole new life that offered stability, but trusting her gut was the best thing she could of done!

A wonderful historical romance, that flowed and had some yummy steamy moments, I am happy to recommend this series to anyone who likes this genre! :)

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Regency with a whole new twist of hilariously funny characters! Not to be missed! 1 January 2016
Format: Kindle Edition
Author Barbara Monajem creates characters whose antics are most convoluted and entirely delicious! Bridget is opinionated and one of those gals who just jumps into trouble and then is determined to pull herself out with no help from others! She also believes men are not to be trusted.

She sees Colin Warren at a party one day shortly after she was widowed, thinking him entirely too wonderful to pass by, so climbs up to his bedroom window (yes, she’s a wild one!) and has her way with him.

She’s half English, half Irish – the Irish part of her was in full-swing that night producing a pregnancy she hoped people think her dead husband’s. After five years of rearing her little girl, trouble comes knocking on her door in the form of her cousin, Martin Fallow. He is determined to marry her (why?), although she loved him when she was 16, she had no desire to do so now. He spreads rumors that the child is his, ruining her reputation in her village. However, Bridget is a fighter! She comes up with a solution. She must get the real father of her daughter to admit the child is his, conceived that one night when neither thought beyond the passion they experienced.

Thinking Colin was a lazy, good-for-nothing rake, she wanted nothing more from him but to admit. Afterall, what would it matter to him? Lots of men have by-blows all the time. But Colin still had some honor in him, then he became intrigued about why Bridget was coming to him now. And this, dear reader, makes a rather funny read you surely shouldn't miss!

Sylvie, Bridget’s daughter is over influenced by a religious (and up-tight) woman, Millie. The little girl takes on the role of properness, scolding her mother for her actions. She’s hot-tempered, much as her mother and father are, carrying the story to greater ridiculousness.

There’s a bit of magic in Ms. Monajem’s stories with interesting secondary characters. An underlying theme in this one is each person is prejudiced by his/her very upbringing. We only come to realize what it might be when confronted by an event where we must assume what we think is truth.

Excerpt: (Bridget is waiting outside a gaming hell hoping to catch Colin Warren to talk with him. He has been avoiding her.)

The door to the gaming hell opened and two men strolled out. Bridget ducked behind the coach.

“It’s a hack!” one of the men said as if he’d made a momentous discovery. “Just what we need.” He shambled across the street, followed by his companion.
Jed tipped his hat. “Sorry, sir, but I already have a customer.”

The first man peered into the hack. “I don’t see a customer. Do you see a customer, Fred?”

As bad luck would have it, the one called Fred stumbled past the coach and spied Bridge behind it. “Here’s someone looking for a customer,” he said, and continued around the hackney. “Aren’t you a pretty little tart!” He tried to sling an arm around her, breathing brandy and tobacco fumes in her face. “How much for a quick one?”

Bridget evaded him. “I’m not for hire. Go away. This is my coach.”

“Of course it is, sweetheart, and you’d love to take us for a ride, wouldn’t you? Our luck was in, so we’ve planty of blunt tonight. Ain’t that right, Mort? He made a grab for her arm.

Curse it, she’d left her pistol on the seat. She whirled away and ducked under the traces, emerging on the other side of the coach.

“Here,” Jed growled, reaching down a hand to haul her up beside him, but Mort nipped around and tugged at her gown.

Briget slapped at him and got a foothold on the coach. “Let go of me, you fool! I’m not a whore!” A strong hand grabbed her other foot. She shrieked and struggled, trying to kick, clinging to the hack with one hand and Jed with the other, while Mort laughed.

Fred appeared and yanked the other foot off its perch.

Cursing, Jed reached for his cudgel, but it was too late. An arm encircled her waist, and Bridget tumbled to the cobblestones.

Plenty of action in this scene. It is rather funny. Particularly when you know what a bold and determined woman Bridget is. So the next question is, will Colin Warren get out of the gaming hell in time? And if in time, what will he do? Can she save herself? Readers, I hope you have the chance to read this book. I highly recommend Barbara Monajem's novellas and full-length novels. They are spicy and witty. Delightful entertainment, one and all!

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