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A Beginner's Guide to Rakes

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

A Beginner's Guide to Rakes is a delightful jocular second chance at love Regency romance

Lord Frederick Benchley gambled away a fortune. His creditors forced him and his Diane to flee London. After rustication for a few years, Frederick dies. Obsessed with never being impoverished again, the widow returns to London seeking the assistance of a former love...
Lord Frederick Benchley gambled away a fortune. His creditors forced him and his Diane to flee London. After rustication for a few years, Frederick dies. Obsessed with never being impoverished again, the widow returns to London seeking the assistance of a former lover Oliver Warren the Marquis. Her plan is to convert her mansion into an exclusive gentleman's gaming club.

After announcing her plan to a stunned aristocracy, Lady Diane blackmails the reluctant marquis into cooperating with her venture. He, on the other hand, believes he owes her for what he did to her. However, although she uses a secret to compel him to helping her, Oliver has a secret agenda to prove his love of his cherished bodacious partner.

A Beginner's Guide to Rakes is a delightful jocular second chance at love Regency romance starring two likable protagonists. Readers will admire the courageous heroine as she boldly goes where no Lady has gone before her and adore the lead male who matches her every step of the way. As the pair fuss and fight, they affirm what each knew deep in their heart that they loved one another. Suzanne Enoch provides a charming historical.

Harriet Klausner

posted by harstan on October 2, 2011

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Most Helpful Critical Review

6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

Just can't get into it!

I love Suzanne Enoch - but not loving this book - it is like pulling teeth to get through - totally don't like the heroine. I actually don't even think I finish the thing - have been trying to for the past few weeks and am thinking it is time to give up and move onto an...
I love Suzanne Enoch - but not loving this book - it is like pulling teeth to get through - totally don't like the heroine. I actually don't even think I finish the thing - have been trying to for the past few weeks and am thinking it is time to give up and move onto another book.

posted by Jenna_Conway on October 18, 2011

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2012

    Not impressed

    I am trying hard to like this book, but it is proving diffucult. I do not like the heroine at all. I feel bad for the hero, to have to put up with her. The story is slow and boring. Diane is not a likeable character at all. I normally enjoy her books, but this one is hard to finish. Hopefully it gets better.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 1, 2015

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    It has been quite some time since I have read Suzanne Enoch, and

    It has been quite some time since I have read Suzanne Enoch, and I bought this book about a year ago, and its been on my shelf collecting dust, so since there have been a few books come into this series, I thought I would try reading the first installment, before I got the others. In the past I have come to love Enoch's writing and her powerful ability of storytelling, but I am sad to say I was disappointed in A Beginner's Guide To Rakes. For some reason I had the hardest time getting into the story, and by the time I was halfway, I wanted to finish it just to find out what happens, but I ended up skimming a bit (which is the worst, just so I could get through it). I think the biggest issue I had was the heroine in this story. I didn't like her at any part of the book. Usually I don't have such a difficult time with heroines, but there was something so hard about her character. I felt like there was so much harshness in the way she treats Oliver. You see how they both make mistakes when they first have their affair before they see each other again in London. I also understand how hurt she could be, but at the same time I wanted to shake some good common sense into her. She frustrated me to no end, and I couldn't help but have some serious issues with her. Oliver I liked from the first page, and I loved how patient he was with her, and never took what she said to him to heart. Even though there was a good solid story outline, and it had the same characteristics that I have come to admire in this author, I never could get fully into the story, and trust me I did try quite a bit. I do plan on trying the second one in the series, hoping it will be much better, because I don't want to give up on this author that I have loved in the past.

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  • Posted December 19, 2012

    A nice read

    Great storyline. I enjoyed the book overall. Kindof lost me a bit when after working so hard to open her business she would toss it all to the wind to spend hours in bed with the hero...didn't ring true to the characters independant driven spirit.

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    Posted October 13, 2011

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