Title: The Perfect Rake (Merridew Series, book #1)
Genre: Regency Historical Romance
Author: Anne Gracie
Publisher: Berkley, 2005
Sexy Rating: 5
Description from Amazon.com:
She ran from a brute… Fleeing the harsh guardianship of her grandfather, Prudence Merridew escapes with her beautiful younger sisters to London. One of them must marry—and fast. To act as her sisters’ chaperone, Prudence invents a secret engagement to a reclusive duke… But when the duke arrives unexpectedly in London, she needs his help to avert disaster.
…into the arms of a rake Aristocratic Gideon, handsome, rakish and with a strong frivolous streak, casually hijacks Prudence’s game, awarding himself a stolen kiss or three along the way. Used to managing sisters and elderly men, Prudence is completely out of her depth with a charming, devious and utterly irresistible rake. And her plot goes terribly—if deliciously—awry…
I was in need of a good laugh and a well written book and fellow blogger Sonya came up with a recommendation at just the right moment.
This is a very funny mistaken identity trope that evolves into instant attraction. But Prudence is betrothed to Phillip who has been in India for 4 ½ years. Prudence is not the type of woman to set aside a promise made. Gideon, is a true rake but he has fallen in love at first sight and is determined to win over Prudence.
I laughed, because the banter is hold-your-tummy funny. The Grandfather is so diabolically evil that we know Pru and her sisters need the protection Gideon and his cousin, the Duke, can offer. The character development is spot on. The plot is well written. My only criticism is that I felt it a bit too long. This is my first read of a book by Ms. Gracie who has written many romance novels. And I assure you it will not be my last.
Thanks to Sonya for the recommendation!