Sir Jonah Sharp was tasked with ruining a young innocent to help clear his name. Jonah figured it would be an easy task as he thought Serena would be a just like all the other silly young women. She was not as Jonah found out and with each moment he stayed at her side the more he wanted her and started to care for her, but he needed to make sure to keep his mind on finding a way to redeem his reputation.
Lady Serena Osbourne was to be considered for a royal marriage. She was going along with the idea to please her father. She knew it would not be a love match which was why she made a list of things to do before she was wed. They were her own adventure. She will find help from Sir Jonah as he will give her the chance to cross certain items off her list. She will even complete the one that was not on her list leading her to start to love the man but she will find out that he is not being entirely truthful.
Between a Rake and a Hard Place is the third and final book to the series Royal Rakes by authors Mia Marlowe and Connie Mason. I have enjoyed this series as a whole. I thought the plot of ruining a young innocent to redeem those gentleman’s reputation was not something I have read before.
Jonah and Serena were a good match for the most part as she wanted adventure and he would be able to give her a good amount. There was that little act of deceiving Serena to save himself so that wasn’t so good but he will redeem himself in the end of the book. I liked Serena but thought she needed a little backbone when sticking up for herself. She is able to do a little on her list which will give her a small adventure on its own.
There was a little side story with Amelia, Serena’s governess, and Serena’s father. I had not expected to find them really together. They acted distant to keep the gossip at bay. It seemed hypocritical that the father would think Jonah was below Serena’s station when the man was involved with a governess. Now the father will not be all overbearing as there is a kind man inside of him and that will give his daughter a chance at happiness.
The true villain in the piece was no real surprise as he was a shady man throughout all the books but I will say I didn’t have him pegged as the main bad guy. Now like all bad guys he will meet his final end like most bad guys in romance books which will result in Jonah and Serena’s happy ending and a conclusion to these soldiers mission.