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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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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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  • Posted October 2, 2011

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    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 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

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2012

    Love her writing, her witty humor and great story telling!

    Enjoyed this book very much. I am rarely disappointed with Suzanne Enoch.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 1, 2013

    Very Engaging Read

    Romance novels always end the same, but I looked forwad to discovering the way these lovers would overcome their differences. I enjoyed every moment of passion and pain.

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  • Posted February 19, 2013

    Other than the title, which didn't relate to the story in any wa

    Other than the title, which didn't relate to the story in any way I could decipher, I loved this book. The premise is a favorite of mine: the hero messes up badly (before the story even starts in this case) and then must make up for it to the heroine. While not all of the books with this premise deliver satisfaction, this one did very well for me. Although the hero and heroine do get together in the middle of the book, he earns her trust gradually throughout. I found the conflict, emotions, and the way it was worked through very believable. The dialog is sharp and lively. The setting was refreshing (a woman opening up a gaming club staffed by women) and should provide plenty of fodder for future books in the series. This is numbered as the first of this series, but another review made me aware that Diane and Oliver appeared in a previous book--wish I'd known, I would probably have read it first. 

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