Title: 50 Ways To Ruin A Rake (book#1, Rakes & Rogues Series)
Genre: Historical Romance
Author: Jade Lee
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca, May 5, 2015
Source: Free for review from the publisher
Sexy Rating: 5
Description from Amazon.com:
Mellie Smithson has a plan… Mellie Smithson is trapped in the country with no suitors and no prospects on the horizon except, perhaps, the exasperating-although admittedly handsome-guest of her father. Unwilling to settle, Mellie will do anything to escape to London…
Trevor Anaedsley has a problem… Trevor Anaedsley’s grandfather has cut off his funds until he gets engaged. Beset by creditors, Trevor escapes to the country-ostensibly to visit his old tutor Mr. Smithson-where he meets Smithson’s lovely daughter Mellie. The obvious solution is suddenly before him-but will this fake engagement go as Trevor and Mellie plan? Or will they find that even the best laid plans often go awry?
Can a bluestocking miss and a down on his luck aristocrat find happiness through manipulation, wild schemes and plans that back fire? Mellie has no shortage of interested suitors but she quickly discovers she has heart palpitations for only one. Trevor finds he can’t stand to see Mellie with any man but himself, could this mean something?
The side characters were well realized. Ronnie, Mellie’s stalker of a cousin was the buffoon. The Duke and Duchess, Radley and Wendy, were back from Lee’s previous novel WHAT THE GROOM WANTS. Eleanor, Radley’s cousin, deserves her own book and Carl Rausch, Who was tempting Mellie away from Trevor was sufficiently smarmy.
Jade Lee gives us her trademark superb writing with a humorous twist in this her latest romance. We know when we pick up one of her books that there will be excellent drama, sublime sensual scenes, characters that jump off the page and spot on plotting and pacing. She does not disappoint in this offering. The surprise was in the humor that runs through the entire story. She writes sexual tension and sex scenes that scorch the pages.
You really can’t go wrong with this fun, satisfying read.