The Rake and The Recluse – book 1

The Rake and The Recluse : book 1

A woman out of her time, another ahead of hers, and the men they yearn for… 

Gideon Trumbull, Duke of Roxleigh, is a recluse. Though he’s powerful and required at court, he much prefers the solitude of his remote estate to being in London and amongst the ton.

His brother, Peregrine, is quite the opposite—he’s a rake to the core who loves the attention and excitement of London. He runs the circles and is quite well known as a demanding lover who gets what he wants…and all of his lovers happily submit.

Francine Larrabee is a hardworking businesswoman. Smart and set in her future. She knows exactly where she’s headed. But when she’s thrown back in time by a twist of fate, directly into the path of the Duke, both of their perfectly ordered worlds come tumbling down. Gideon must reconcile this distracting woman who has upset his very ordered life and Francine must figure out how she fits into an entirely new world—one where she’s considered no more than property.

Lilly Steele was left for dead by the man who claims ownership of Francine’s hand and is desperate to escape this new life wherein everyone looks upon her as a victim to be pitied. She turns to Peregrine, begs him to remove her to London where she can easily disappear into the larger population. She begs him for more than that… But Perry has other plans for this sweet innocent whose life was derailed. He cannot seem to let her go—and though he knows he isn’t what she should want or need, he can’t help but to be drawn to her. For Lilly to heal from the wounds of her past Perry must submit to the woman he desires, going against everything he believes.

Can two women find a way to survive in a world dominated by men who see them as mere chess pieces to control? Can the powerful men who love them figure out a way protect them while giving them the freedom to discover what is is they need and want?


The Rake and The Recluse is the first full-length historical romance in the Lords of Time series.



Main Characters: 

Gideon Alrick Trumbull, Duke of Roxleigh (Rox)

Francine Larrabee

Peregrine Afton Trumbull, Viscount Roxleigh (Perry)

Lilibet Steele (Lilly)



Outlander meets Jane Eyre in the bestselling erotic romance by Jenn LeBlanc




eBook: 978-0-9837954-7-6

Trade Paperback: 978-0-9837954-8-3



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USA Today bestselling author,

Delilah Marvelle: 

“The Rake and The Recluse is everything you could possibly want in a romance. Witty, sensual, and just downright fantastic.”

Kati at Romancing Rakes:

“1 Part Outlander+ 1 Part Jane Eyre= Me, Lost in LeBlanc™
I spent a week (yes, A WEEK) on this book. It might be mostly due to the fact that I flipped through it 8 times just drooling over the pictures. Within those 8 flip throughs, I read the story. The concept is GENIUS! I mean, who hasn’t wanted to know exactly what the author sees when she’s writing her book? Who hasn’t wondered what the hero REALLY looks like? Well, wonder no more. Ms. LeBlanc takes us into her vision, complete with pictures.”

Aislynn at Stitch – Read – Cook:

“This is a drool worth novel – in so many ways.  Jenn LeBlanc is an absolutely fabulous photographer and a phenomenal writer.  This books showcases both her talents.. The cherry on top of this story – a sexy male lead who just oozes sensuality – both in photographs and in the written word.”

Melissa at Sizzling Hot Books:

“While historical books are not usually my cup of tea, I found that I couldn’t stop reading The Rake and the Recluse. Each page drew me in closer to the characters and made me want to read more! If you like action packed historicals with a twist, The Rake and the Recluse is for you!”

Book Savvy Babe

“The Rake and the Recluse is brilliant and beautiful, a historical romance novel that should not be missed.”

Tracy for Book Binge

“It’s really quite a lovely love story when you get down to the nitty gritty. Francine and Gideon, the Duke, had a wonderful romance and I loved seeing Gideon becoming the man I think he was meant to be. He truly blossomed with Francine and I loved seeing that.”

Queen B

“…Now our hero, Gideon, was delightful. He started off so starched and stuffy and damaged and reserved, but once he gave over to love, he held nothing back. He seemed to love as fearlessly as any warrior fights a battle. His interactions with his little brother were just fabulous to read. I loved them both.”

Cate on Goodreads

“Perry’s amazing. Normally I go for the dark and broody like Gideon, but something about Perry gripped me from his first entrance into the story. He’s hilarious, he’s sexy, and he’s wild. His relationship with Lilly adds more depth to his character than I ever expected, and by the end of TRATR, I was in love with him. I want my own Perry.”

Reading Romances

“All the parts of this novel were so captivating and impressive.”





  • Published: 2012
  • Publisher: Jenn LeBlanc
  • Awards: 2012 BOOKIE : Best Historical (by readers)

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