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Review- The Perfect Rake by Anne Gracie

Title:  The Perfect Rake (Merridew Series, book #1)

The Perfect Rake

Genre: Regency Historical Romance

Author: Anne Gracie

Publisher: Berkley, 2005

Pages: 372

Source: purchase

Rating: 4.5

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!




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Classic Romance Review- It Happened One Autumn by Lisa Kleypas

Title: It Happened One Autumn (Wallflowers Series, book #2)

It Happened One Autumn

Genre: Historical Romance/ Early Victorian

Author: Lisa Kleypas

Publisher: Avon, 2005

Pages: 391

Source: purchase

Rating: 5

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from Amazon.com:

Four young ladies enter London society with one necessary goal:they must use their feminine wit and wiles to find a husband. So they band together, and a daring husband-hunting scheme is born.

It Happened at the Ball…

Where beautiful but bold Lillian Bowman quickly learned that her independent American ways weren’t entirely “the thing.” And the most disapproving of all was insufferable, snobbish, and impossible Marcus, Lord Westcliff, London’s most eligible aristocrat.

It Happened in the Garden…

When Marcus shockingly — and dangerously–swept her into his arms. Lillian was overcome with a consuming passion for a man she didn’t even like. Time stood still; it was as if no one else existed…thank goodness they weren’t caught very nearly in the act!

It Happened One Autumn…

Marcus was a man in charge of his own emotions, a bedrock of stability. But with Lillian, every touch was exquisite torture, every kiss an enticement for more. Yet how could he consider taking a woman so blatantly unsuitable…as his bride?


Oh yes! This is romance at its finest. Lord Westcliff goes from insufferable prig to swoon worthy hero. That Ms. Kleypas can bring about that transformation is the mark of a superb writer. In the first book of this series (Secrets of A Summer Night) we become fans of the four wallflowers and hope for their happily ever after. Annabelle found hers with Simon Hunt. Now Lillian Bowman is searching for hers at a house party at Lord Westcliff’s estate. That she manages to attract two interested men is somewhat surprising since she has been out in society for four seasons without any takers. There is an evil villain and a not very nice aristocrat, Sebastian St. James, who try to throw a monkey wrench into the romance of Marcus and Lillian. It will be interesting to see if Ms. Kleypas can redeem Sebastian in the next book of the series DEVIL IN WINTER (Review coming here on Thursday).

This is another can’t-put-down page turner from Lisa Kleypas.  A Deet’s Top Read as are all the books in this series.

The Wallflower Series:

Again The Magic- full length prequel (Reviewed by Deet on July 9, 2015)

  1. Secrets of A Summer Night- Annabelle and Simon (Review on Monday, July 13, 2015)
  2. It Happened One Autumn- Lillian and Marcus
  3. The Devil In Winter- Evie and Sebastian
  4. Scandal In Spring- Daisy and Matthew



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