And the Miss Ran Away With the Rake: Rhymes With Love

And the Miss Ran Away With the Rake: Rhymes With Love

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by Elizabeth Boyle

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From New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Boyle’s popular Rhymes with Love series, comes And the Miss Ran Away with the Rake, a fast-paced, sensual historical romance.

Miss Daphne Dale isn’t looking for love, but when she reads an advertisement looking for a “sensible lady,” she can’t resist. The tender


From New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Boyle’s popular Rhymes with Love series, comes And the Miss Ran Away with the Rake, a fast-paced, sensual historical romance.

Miss Daphne Dale isn’t looking for love, but when she reads an advertisement looking for a “sensible lady,” she can’t resist. The tender dialogue with the mysterious “Mr. Dishforth” is a welcome respite from the time she must spend with Lord Henry Seldon, an infuriating rogue she can’t stop thinking about. Which one will capture her heart?

RITA Award–winning author Elizabeth Boyle offers up another magical story filled with sensuality, passion, and wit. A sexy page turner, And the Miss Ran Away with the Rake is a lively and clever romance that you won’t want to put down.

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Publishers Weekly
Tabitha Timmons is going to marry the Duke of Preston (as chronicled in Along Came a Duke), but her best friend, Daphne Dale, is still searching for her own happy ending. Usually prim, proper, and practical, Daphne has spent the past month secretly penning passionate missives to a "sensible gentleman" she met via an advertisement in the Morning Chronicle. When they finally meet at Tabitha's engagement ball, it's love at first sight—but the gentleman is Lord Henry Seldon and the sparks are from the centuries-old Dale-Seldon feud. Daphne is not ready to buck generations of hatred and defy her family for a Seldon rogue, even if she likes his good humor, opinions, and sense of duty. Henry is also horror-struck that his perfect woman is one of the over-proud Dales, but he can't keep his hands to himself. Henry and Daphne are willfully blind to how perfect they are for each other, so every encounter is entertaining and slightly manic. They clash constantly, but their kisses are sizzling. Their eventual mutual epiphany, complete with a madcap race to Scotland, is the perfect finishing touch to this delightful Regency. (Apr.)
Romantic Times
“In order to concoct a great family feud you need three elements: two passionate families and a trifling incident that might have brushed over with an apology - save for one thing - did I mention the passion part?”
Fresh Fiction
“Ms. Boyle’s writing is always a pleasure to read. She has a knack for creating engaging and entertaining stories with just the right amount of romance. Her characters are always likable.”
Kirkus Reviews
When his nephew puts a lovelorn ad in the paper on his behalf as a prank, Lord Henry Seldon never expects to find someone he might consider his soul mate; unfortunately, she's a Dale, sworn enemies of the Seldons. Lord Henry Seldon, possibly the most sober and sensible Seldon ever born, is not amused when his nephew, the Duke of Preston (who is barely six months younger than he) buys an ad in the London paper, from a sensible gentlemen seeking a sensible lady for correspondence and possible matrimony, and directs the replies to Henry's address. But he is shocked when one of the letters actually resonates with him, and he finds himself falling in love with Miss Spooner through a series of exchanged letters he signs Mr. Dishforth. However, as events unfold, it soon points to the possibility that his beloved Miss Spooner is none other than Daphne Dale, of the detested Dales, sworn enemies of the Seldon clan for centuries. At first determined to deny their mutual attraction, Henry and Daphne sway to the strength of their feelings for one another, but their families prove to be further obstacles to their happiness. Boyle's second installment in the Rhymes With Love series is a light, fun read with a cute and intriguing storyline that combines a Romeo-and-Juliet–style arc with a twist on a Cyrano de Bergerac–esque correspondence confusion. For the most part, Boyle's writing is smooth and well-paced, the characters are engaging and authentic, and the dialogue is witty and does a good job grounding the characters and moving the story forward. However, there are some slow moments, and a pet dog at times gets in the way of the flow of the plot rather than enhancing it. The book charms and entertains, and the hook is unique and fun, earning a few extra points for originality: a good bet for historical romance fans.

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Rhymes with Love Series , #2
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Meet the Author

Elizabeth Boyle has always loved romance and now lives it each and every day by writing adventurous and passionate stories that readers from all around the world have described as “page-turners.” Since her first book was published, she’s seen her romances become New York Times and USA Today bestsellers and has won the RWA RITA® and the Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Awards. She resides in Seattle with her family, her garden, and her always-growing collection of yarn. Readers can visit her at, or follow her own adventures on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. 

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And the Miss Ran Away with the Rake 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 reviews.
rph2cpa More than 1 year ago
I waited up to read this as early as I could. It was Definitely worth the wait!! I truly love this addition to the story of the trio of spinsters from Kempton. Another enjoyable romance by E.B. BRAVO!!!
joepall More than 1 year ago
If you’re looking for that book that steals time and will cause your heart to flutter this is your week-end read. I almost over looked this due to the cover title- a little too Humpty-Dumpty for me. Yes, I know there are a lot of writers out there basing their new books on fairy tales and now children’s stories…some times it works and sometimes it doesn’t. This book does work, although in my opinion I would have gone with a different title since this book is more about love letters.  Think Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks in “You’ve Got Mail” and you have this book. Two people brought together by fate who were never meant to meet much less fall in love. Neither knows what the other looks like and yet they know each others souls intimately. Each yearns that the one they’ve been writing is really who they seem to be on paper and hoping upon all else to actually meet. Yet, through a series of events two sworn enemies slowly find common ground (think Hatfield’s and McCoy’s) and wonder if the blossoming of feelings they have for one another are real. Are they betraying their feelings for those who’ve they’ve been writing? Is it fate that brings these two lovers together or is it the past righting a wrong.  Well, to know these answers, you’re just going to have to read this little gem. Happy lost week-end to you!!
MaryGramlich More than 1 year ago
Lord Henry Seldon is going to strangle his nephew that is a confirmed fact.  A prank turns into a nightmare when an ad is run seeking a bride for Henry, something he definitely does not want.  So many letters arrive yet only one lone piece of correspondence captures his attention and draws him into believing that destiny and fate are calling to him.   While not using her real name the sensible and very delightful Daphne Dale is the one woman Henry responds back to also under the guise of anonymous name.  Neither knows the other is playing  the “you do not know me” game but it does not stop the clandestine meetings and dancing around societal propriety.   They are in the same room, sparing with one another over some bit of news, all without truly knowing if one another are their correspondent.  The letters that pass between these two are full of romance, and tender thoughts without a revelation of identification but many guesses are conducted and a few kisses shared. To add one more spice of issues keeping these two apart is a centuries old feud between their families that no one can remember the origin of, but neither family can get over.  The Henry and Daphne spend together makes them realize that they are being drawn in closer to the edge of love and still they will not identify their intentions. No reader ever walks away from an Elizabeth Boyle book they are a romantic spectacular event.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a nice follow up to the first book. It is nice to see characters from the first book brought back. Daphne and Lord Henry are nice characters. They are easy to like and both a little stubborn when it come to love. Expecting great things from book three.
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AnnBKeller More than 1 year ago
When Daphne Dale reads the advertisement, she’s delighted. “Sensible gentleman of means seeks sensible lady of good breeding for correspondence, and in due consideration, matrimony.” It’s just the sort of thing she’s been looking for. Posing as Miss Spooner, she replies to the ad, and begins an engaging correspondence with Mr. Dishforth, a gentleman entirely suited to her. Fortunately, Mr. Dishforth is nothing like the womanizing, charming Lord Henry Seldon. The Seldons and Dales have detested each other for some time and it is little wonder why. Henry Seldon is a rake of the first water. Even touching him briefly sets Daphne’s senses all aflutter and the rogue is not above using his considerable charms to undermine Daphne’s firm resolve. Thankfully, Mr. Dishforth vows to come to her aid and Daphne is delighted when he proposes to run away with her to Gretna Green. Still, who is Mr. Dishforth anyway? Selecting the mysterious man from among the handsome young men of the ton seems an almost impossible task and the loathsome Lord Seldon keeps getting in Daphne’s way, too. Surely, Mr. Dishforth and Lord Seldon cannot be one and the same man! That prospect would simply be too horrible to contemplate. Good period piece. It’s a bit of a Romeo and Juliet tale, as well, with two factions hating each other for all of the wrong reasons and a pair of star-crossed lovers caught in the middle.
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I borrowed this book from the library and loved it so much that I purchased it for my personal library.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fun read definitely good for a rainy day. the beach or just any day when you want to relax and escape from the world. I would definitely read more of Ms. Boyle's books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
is just delightful. Read them, you'll smile!
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This story of love between two people Daphne and Henry is a interesting madcap plot. Their families have not associated with each other for generations. Its fun to read and I enjoyed it thoroughly.
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This is the second book in the series, which I recommend reading in order. The storyline of this book is closely tied to the first. And it appears to be the same for the next in the series, based on the teaser. I was bothered with some continuity issues, the largest being that the heroine is established to be a poor liar, then becomes able to lie convincingly to the hero at the onset of their adventure later in the story. Don't published authors have editors to catch inconsistencies?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Even though I liked Tabby & Preston's story in the first book of Rhymes with Love this 2nd one was the best. Daphne & Henry's arguments over an old family feud & their witty conversations kept me laughing & wanting to read more.
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skelley55 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. Daphne's character was better defined in this book. I liked her fight against the idea of loving a Seldon. I found the book very entertaining.
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