A Rake by Any Other Name

A Rake by Any Other Name

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by Mia Marlowe
     
 

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A Reluctant Lord... A Resistant Lady... A Superfluous Fiancée
And a Devastating Family Secret...

When Richard Barrett, Lord Hartley, is abruptly called home to take the reins of the estate, he discovers the extent of the family's financial straits. The remedy: marry the heiress their families have picked out for him. Unfortunately,

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A Reluctant Lord... A Resistant Lady... A Superfluous Fiancée
And a Devastating Family Secret...

When Richard Barrett, Lord Hartley, is abruptly called home to take the reins of the estate, he discovers the extent of the family's financial straits. The remedy: marry the heiress their families have picked out for him. Unfortunately, he's already planned to marry someone else.

Miss Sophie Goodnight isn't too keen on becoming his purse with feet...and she sabotages all attempts to woo her. But when Lord Hartley discovers the shenanigans in his father's past, he realizes that deciding between two beautiful women is the least of his problems.

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"Absolutely terrific! Adventure and heat and everything I want in a great story." -Victoria Alexander, #1 New York Times bestseller, on Touch of a Thief
"This sizzling tale of seduction, suspense, and adventure is what readers expect from Marlowe." -RT Book Reviews on Touch of a Scoundrel

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Marlowe shines with a delightful and delicious comedy of errors... Regency fans will love this page turner." - RT Book Reviews, 4 stars

"I wholeheartedly recommend this book to fans of the genre and even those who just like a well written, fun romance. " - The Romance Reviews

" I can hardly wait to try more from this author. This book is a story that will draw you in, a sweet and tender love story that is guaranteed to make you laugh and give you quite a entertaining interlude from reality. HEARTWARMING!!" - Addicted to Romance

"Overall, I must say that I really enjoyed this book. It had everything I could ask for in a delightfully entertaining historical romance novel. There was romance, mystery, scandal, blackmail, a bevy of intriguing and colorful characters, and a couple of twists thrown in for good measure. Once I picked this book up I couldn't put it down." - Urban Girl Reader

"Mia Marlowe has given us a book with witty banter, some well-placed hilarity and a peek at the goings and comings of the servant class in the Regency era. This is a well-constructed plot with some surprises and mystery. The sexual tension is superbly developed. All in all a terrific start to the new Somerfield Park Series" - La Deetda Reads

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781492602682
Publisher:
Sourcebooks
Publication date:
11/04/2014
Series:
Somerfield Park , #1
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
959,039
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 7.00(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

Mia Marlowe is a rising star whose Touch of a Rogue was named one of Publishers Weekly's Top Ten Best Romances for Spring 2012. Mia learned about storytelling while singing professional opera. She knows what it's like to sing a high "C" in a corset, so she empathizes with the trials of her historical heroines. Mia resides in Boston, Massachusetts. For more visit www.miamarlowe.com.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Now, i dont have all the pomp and such for a three page review. I can simply give my two cents as a reader. I thouroughly enjoyed this story. At first i was put out with all of the changes in who's head the reader is in. I think it was at a count of 5 in the first 16 pages. But, a stride and rythm are hit upon and they begin to merge seamlessly. The main characters develope a great wit exchanging story. The sexuality is mild, to my opinion, and late in the book. The secondary characters are colorful and all seem to have their own story that the reader really comes to care about. That is one thing i dont particularly like. you come to care for them so much, only to have the book end with ..... Well, here's hoping for further stories. Very good purchase.
AustenStudent More than 1 year ago
Mia Marlowe is one of my go-to authors for fun and lively historical romance. She has a wonderful knack for excellent pacing that keeps me turning the pages and creating empathetic characters who come alive. This is the first book in her new Somerfield Park series, set in 1817 England. Personally, I don’t care to read about the lives of servants when I’m reading an historical romance unless, of course, they are the hero and heroine of the story. I think this is a trend that has a lot to do with the recent success and popularity of the television program, Downton Abbey, which focuses on the lives of the aristocracy as well as the servants below stairs. I feel too much time is spent—entire chapters, in fact—from the servants’ points of view in this novel. But this is just a personal preference as others may enjoy this. It is very well done, however, I just don’t really care. Richard’s parents and grandmother are kind of ruthless in their scheme to convince Richard to marry to save the family’s titles, estates, and lands. But it doesn’t seem like his family is very close nor do they discuss important matters with each other, so the scheme seems almost farcical in the extreme. The heroine, Sophie Goodnight, reminds me a lot of Elizabeth Bennet from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. She’s saucy, pert, quick to judge, and outspoken. She’s also very cynical and distrustful, due to a past indiscretion where she once gave her full heart to an undeserving man; she has vowed never to do so again. She is loyal, kind, and loving to her tradesmen parents and wants to please them. But she doesn’t plan on liking, much less falling for, her intended bridegroom. “…she’d begun caring about Richard enough to give him the power to hurt her.” (p261) “Along with the thrill of love came the risk of loss.” (p262) Richard is a hard to read character. The title suggests he is a rake but he’s not at all that I can see. His likable and devil-may-care friend, Lawrence Seymour, is the rake. Richard is very willing to marry well to save his family’s name, however, he also wishes he was in control, something he can never be as the son of a marquess with responsibilities. Sophie and Richard are a nice couple but there isn’t much sizzle to their romance. He enjoys her unusual and lively personality; she’s very different from the oh-so-proper Lady Antonia, the spoiled debutante he first intends to marry. Sophie is surprised to learn that Richard is impressed by her intelligence and opinions as most men only care for her immense fortune and her beauty. Richard’s eldest sister, Petra, a bluestocking—love bluestockings—is a memorable character and her witty repartee with Lawrence Seymour brings some charming moments to the story; might there be a happy ending for them?
Historical_Romance_Lover More than 1 year ago
This is book 1 in the Somerfield Park series. Lord Richard Hartley has been called back from his Grand Tour when his father is injured in an accident. His family needs him to take over the reins of the household while his father recuperates. This includes finding a way to get out of their financial difficulties. His family would have him wed heiress Sophie Goodnight, but Richard has already pledged his heart to Lady Antonia Pruett. Sophie would rather not be wed for her money and is doing everything in her power to turn away Richard. When she finds out that he wants this marriage even less than she does, they form an unlikely alliance and friendship. But what happens when this alliance turns into something much more than friendship? This was definitely a different type of read for me. Usually in books of this time period, the servants are only involved with the story when they have direct contact with members of the upper crust. Marlowe incorporated them into the story and made them an intrical part of it. I really like how she did this. It gave us a different side of the story that we normally don't see because she told the story from their point of view. I loved Sophie!! She was a girl that didn't care what others thought of her and she did what she wanted even when it wasn't the "normal" thing for her to do. Having not grown up in England, Sophie had a different outlook on life and I think that made her a very interesting character. Sophie and Richard were great together. I loved all the back and forth between between them. I can't wait to read the next book in the series which comes out in June 2015. Thanks go out to Sourcebooks via NetGalley for a copy of the book in exchange of an honest review.
2_PMVH More than 1 year ago
A feisty heroine, a lord pulling on his BIG BOY PANTS, an above & below the stairs world filled with kookiness & a Tiara wearing Dowager Fairy Godmother whipping out her SPARKLY PIXIE DUST to save LOVE at Somerfield Park! Richard Barrett, Lord Hartley, received a letter from home that his father, the Marquess of Somerset, has been gravely injured (fell off the roof, but what is a Marquess doing on a roof) & he must return from his Grand Tour to take up all the responsibilities of his title. He doesn't want to go because he has found his lady love, Lady Antonia Pruett, in Paris, but he invites her & her parents, Lord & Lady Pruett, to come & stay at Somerfield Park. Now Richard & his go to co-padre Lawrence Seymour are taking the long & boring month long trip back to home. Miss Sophie Goodnight is in HADES, now that her parents have dragged her kicking & screaming from India to the uneventful & yawn worthy England. She has always done what she has wanted to do in India, go on tiger hunts riding elephants, trek up the Himalayas Mountains or just be free to ride her horse like the hellion she is, but now her boocoo bucks daddy is trying to buy a titled grandchildren via her womb! Sophie will not be sold into marriage & is completely willing to kick up a ruckus, pull hair or just kick a$$ to not be forced to marry a over privileged, lazy & whining lord, who just wants her daddy's fat purse. Now at Barrett House, outside the Somerfield Park, Sophie is so bored as her dad plots to get the heir of Marquess of Somerset to sign the betroth contract, so she is dressed in rags & hacking at the overgrown garden, as a carriage pulls up, Lord Arrogant steps out & demands to know what she thinks she is doing. Richard wants to know what this filthy servant is doing destroying his Grandma's, the Dowager Marchioness of Somerset, rose brush & then to top off his sucky journey, he is told the estate is broke do to a pissed off volcano & the sunken Betsy Ross! Later that night, at a forced family dinner, Richard & Sophie are in totally agreement to forge their own romantic paths & fight back against the parents plans. Richard wants to have his darling Lady Antonia & Sophie just wants a man to love her & not her daddy's money. That is their plan & a hard up against the wall glorious tongue tangle just proves that PLANS NEVER WORK! Soon all Sophie seems to do is push all of Richard erotic buttons, as Richard proves he is real man with too many responsibilities to count. Somerfield Park has a cast of kookiness above & below the stairs world with Barrett House's butler Porter lusting after Somerfield's cook Mrs. Culpepper, the Somerfield's butler Hightower aka his highness, a yummy footman/valet David, a tried kitchen maid Eliza turned lady's maid, the Marquess faking he is dumb, mute & in a wheelchair, the Fairy Godmother of this tale the Dowager Marchioness Phillippa, a scheming almost fiancée Lady Antonia & her money poor & meddling parents. Not is all it seems at the Park as things begin to hit the CRAPOLA FAN, with a devious lady's maid, a puke worthy tea party, 3 vastly different sisters, a mysterious villain, the rooming rogue Lawrence, a screaming vajayjay for Sophie, a wet disastrous picnic, an over the top coming out ball, Richard's woody plans, blackmail & tons of slightly dusty, but dazzling PIXIE DUST from the Dowager to twists this tale into a HILARIOUS ROMANCE EXTRAVAGANZA! Can Richard have Sophie & not need the money? Will Sophia be destroyed once again by love? How will the selfish Lady Antonia screw them up? Who is he mysterious blackmailer? What is the Barrett secret that could save or devastate the Richard's love life? Can I adopt the loveable Dowager? This is the first book of Ms. Marlowe's Somerfield Park series & she combines 2 worlds with the above & below the stairs of Somerfield seamlessly, has more twists & turns than I never saw coming from the left, right, around a scary garden gnome & a few speed bumps & I love every adventurous page of it! Sophie was an unconventional heroine with her sassiness, fierce independence, her "don't care what other think of her" attitude & willing to use all her skills to get her man. Now Richard was a pampered lord who had to pull on & duct tape his ill fitted BIG BOY pants on & see that the world didn't revolve around him, but learn to BOW to his new hated responsibilities. Ms. Marlowe did an outstanding job of using gutsy Sophia to help Richard pull his carefree LORDY glasses off & see the real world & also she used Richard to show Sophie that love doesn't & shouldn't hurt! All great relationship foundations should have give & take & a partner who has your weakness covered with their strengths. Now the whole servant world was filled with hilariousness, folks striving to become more, jealousy, cattieNESS & were just one big a hoot a minute dysfunctional family. Now all romances need the sparks & sizzle, so Ms. Marlowe began with a hard undies scorching kisses up against the wall & never ended the naughtiness with a grass stains, pearl buttons & much NEKKIDNESS! This romance was a nonstop freight train filled with intrigue, blackmail, a deeply buried family secret, many mysterious pasts & threw in a Dowager with class, spunkiness & totally ruled her family with her iron fist encased in silk, who wasn't afraid to use her SPARKLY PIXIE DUST to right her wrongs! Ms. Marlowe WOWED me with her tale of revolving plots, not answering all the mysteries, revealing new questions for the next book, a grownup Lord, a "broke the mold" heroine, a crazy dysfunctional family above & below the stairs, hilariousness galore & a fun & sexy FIGHT FOR LOVE stories, so she earns my top score of 5 fingers up & 10 toes & who & when is the next one! NetGalley ARC given for my honest review.
WorldsCollide More than 1 year ago
A nice book that had its pros and cons but was an overall lovely read, A Rake by Any Other Name was an enjoyable historical romance. It had some issues that kept me from really loving it, but in the end, I liked it just fine. I had conflicting opinions about both of the main characters. With Sophie, I started off annoyed with her. She seemed judgmental and willing to write off anything that nobles did as bad without giving it a thought. But, as the book went on, she earned by respect as a character. I already knew that she was strong and independent, but she proved that she was also kind and an ultimately fair person. She was undoubtedly by favorite part of the story. With Richard, it went the other way around. I never had a problem with liking him. He was a sweet man who did his best to be honorable. But, as the book went on, he lost my respect. The way he handled the situation was poor, to say the least. The fact that he claimed to have been in love with Antonia, only to fall right back out of love when he met someone who more suited to him. That's all well and good for the romance in the book, but it made him seem, not exactly fickle, but very naive. Then, he proved that he could assert his will within his family under some circumstances but, for some reason, was terrible at doing so in others. Like with his choice of bride. I didn't dislike, but he wasn't my favorite character. The romance, on its own, was good. Sophie and Richard were very sweet together. I liked the way that they went from disliking each other, to getting to know each other, earning each other's trust and respect, then claiming love. And, they had some heat between them. Overall, I thought they were a lovely couple. I had a couple of other issues with the book that brought it down. 1) Richard's entire family seemed selfish and rude and snobby. His father and mother annoyed me with their use of their son as a commodity and the way that, once they didn't need Sophie's wealth, they looked down on her and scored a match. One of his sister's way okay. I like her no-nonsense attitude and her ability to take down a man with just her words. His other sister, however, struck me as materialistic and shallow. With all the issues with money, the one thing she kept complaining about was not getting her season. Other than that one sister, they all irritated me. 2) This book fell prey to more than one annoying plot whole. You know, the ones used way too often in romances that are not only cheesy but extremely irritating. First, the presence of the almost fiance who was, of course, catty and snobby. Then, Sophie, who was an otherwise reasonable character, fell prey to the sin of listening in on a conversation, hearing something she interpreted as bad, then running away before getting the full context and going all melodramatic before finally being set straight. Then, there was (possible spoiler alert) the totally predictable plot twist where one of the characters gets found in a compromising position with someone else and is forced into an engagement that led to a lot of unnecessary angst and self pity. And, finally, tacked at the end, is a lost heir that suddenly pops up, resolving the situatio. Even though I liked the story overall, these plot holes annoyed me and made me skim until they were fixed. There was a secondary story in this book about one of the maids in the house. I skimmed through it because it seemed unrelated to the main story, but I know of other reviewers who liked it. The plot was well paced and I was kept interested the entire way through. Despite the issues that I had, I still liked the story overall. It was a nice read that, though not perfect, was enjoyable. I'm curious to see what will come next in this series and I liked this one enough to continue on with it. We'll see if book 2 is better. A Rake by Any Other Name was a good historical romance. Though I had issues with it, I still liked it and enjoyed reading it. It had it's flaws, but it was still a charming read. Romance lovers, this might be a book you'll want to look up. *I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review