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Bargaining with a Rake

Bargaining with a Rake

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by Julie Johnstone
     
 

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For eleven years, Gillian Rutherford has dreamed of escaping her family's dark secret and living a normal life. Now, faced with an unwelcome marriage that will chain her to London and the secret slowly killing her, she's desperate to save herself and the sister she adores. Salvation comes in the form of an American shipping tycoon, and all she must do is seduce him

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For eleven years, Gillian Rutherford has dreamed of escaping her family's dark secret and living a normal life. Now, faced with an unwelcome marriage that will chain her to London and the secret slowly killing her, she's desperate to save herself and the sister she adores. Salvation comes in the form of an American shipping tycoon, and all she must do is seduce him into marrying her. But Gillian's scheme hits a snag when she makes a bargain with a notorious rake Alexander Trevelle, Lord Lionhurst. He'll help her win the hand of his American friend, if she'll assist him with exacting revenge against her unwanted fiancé. But the price of the pact may just be their hearts.

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Humorous and touching. She has created a delightful cast of eccentric characters that I hope to see again.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781482309423
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
02/11/2013
Pages:
292
Sales rank:
1,027,093
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.66(d)

Meet the Author

Julie Johnstone is a USA TODAY best-selling author of Regency Romance and the author of a new urban fantasy/paranormal romance book. She's been a voracious reader of books since she was a young girl. Her mother would tell you that as a child Julie had a rich fantasy life made up of many different make believe friends. As an adult, Julie is one of the lucky few who can say she is living the dream by working with her passion of creating worlds from her imagination. When Julie is not writing she is chasing her two precocious children around, cooking, reading or exercising. Julie loves to hear from her readers. You can send her an email at juliejohnstoneauthor@gmail.com or find her at www.juliejohnstoneauthor.com, or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/juliejohnstoneauthor and www.facebook.com/authorjuliejohnstone and on twitter at @juliejohnstone. You can join Julie's newsletter here: http://juliejohnstoneauthor.com/extras/subscribe/

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Bargaining with a Rake 4.3 out of 5 based on 2 ratings. 15 reviews.
Tethys More than 1 year ago
This book has three big flaws. The first is the typos - here were enough of them to pull me out of the story. The second was continuity - in one instance, two characters meet, and then about 10 pages later, one of those asked a third character about the first one and says he never met that person. The third issue was characters - there were too many. This book was chalk full of so many references to people and name dropping and craziness that I could not keep track of who knew whom and what when. Fourth - too much arbitrary death. It's a fine plot device to propel the story forward but man, people were dying right and left for no actual reason. I do think this author has potential, and would be willing to read another book once she worked out some of the kinks. Otherwise, this was a bit of a mess.
Macmurphie More than 1 year ago
Having read Julie's other novel I decided to give this one a shot. This is the kind of book you pick up to read and get so lost in the story, that you forget everything around you. Suddenly as you sadly finish the last line of the book, you realize you must return to reality. You fall in love with the characters and are cheering them on to the end. The story is gripping and leaves you hungry for what happens next. This was an utterly delightful and refreshing novel!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Captivating book, which I couldn't put down. I finished it at midnight, even though I had to get up at 6 AM. I was pleasantly surprised that it would hold my attention, since I usually only read mysteries. Great job. When's the next book coming out?
MADreaderMD 10 months ago
I enjoyed the action, intrigue, and romance of this story, from the ballrooms and London houses to the hunts and country estates. It was a fairly dark story with tragedies from the past and present fueling the heart-wrenching drama. Unable to protect her family from the secrets of the past, Gillian decides the only thing to do is marry an American who will take her and her sister far away from England. She strikes a bargain with the notorious rake Alex, Lord Lionhurst, to gain his help in convincing his friend to marry her. The plan will also destroy Alex's greatest enemy, who just happens to be Gillian's current fiance. It seems like a good plan for both sides, but what happens when a man who has sworn to never love again and a woman who can't afford to marry for love fall for each other?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is about 249 long. It is well edited ( I suppose the corrected that) except for one place where she refers to someone as Mrs. Sutherland - and the guy was supposed to be single and there was no mother or sisters-in-laws who could potentially have that name. I'm grateful for the free read and also for the fact this is not one of those books that have a few chapters which end in a cliffhanger. This is a full length book without a cliffhanger. That being said, The storyline is ok but it has long and tedious versions of the same event as experienced by different people. It is not really captivating, indeed it's borderline boring.. I skimmed most of it. Iwould NOT recomb
DebDiem More than 1 year ago
I totally enjoyed reading Julie Johnstone's Bargaining With A Rake! Alex and Gillian's story is well written and fast paced. The characters are fantastic and when coupled with lots of planning and scheming and the humor when those plans backfire, it makes for a fun read. There's also plenty of drama and sizzle. Bargaining With A Rake is book 1 of A Whisper of Scandal series, but can be read as a stand alone. This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger. I look forward to reading more from Julie Johnstone in the future.
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RhondaRFK More than 1 year ago
ENTHRALLING CAPTIVATING ROMANCE I love Julie Johnstone’s books. This highly talented author grabs the reader and pulls them into the story. Open up the book and escape for a while. Bargaining with a Rake is book 1 of A Whisper of Scandal series. You will want the entire series. Gilliam Rutherford’s most deepest dream is to escape both her family’s dark secret and an unwanted marriage, which will force her to remain in London, take her sister and leave England. She is desperate enough to try anything to make this happen. She makes plans to seduce a shipping tycoon from America into marrying her. Sutherland is looking for a wife and thinks Gilliam will fill his need very well. Lord Lionhurst, Alexander Trevelle, is Sutherland’s, the American’s friend. All three meet at a ball and although Alexander knew Gilliam knew each other when they were children they fail to recognize each other. Alexander discovers her plans and takes it upon himself to stop her at whatever the cost. Anyone who will seduce and trap his friend into marriage is not the sort of person he would wish on anyone. When he discovers who Gilliam is currently betrothed to, a man he desperately wants to destroy, he has a proposal for her, with his final goal to seduce and then leave her. He will help her win his friend’s hand if she will help him gain revenge against her current unwanted betrothed. The bottom line is he wants Gilliam for himself and plans through his seduction to win her heart. Gilliam and Alexander are truly two of the most contrary and stubborn members of the ton. Mix that together with an Aunt and sister who love to meddle and you have a recipe for surprises, suspense, humor, and passion. I highly recommend anything written by this author to anyone who loves to read romance.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book had a very good storyline. It was fast paced and I really enjoyed reading this book!!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There were a few typos but I liked the story. There might have been one death to many, however despite that you'll fall in love with the characters.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A witty debut novel from Julie Johnstone. Lady Gillian's the keeper of family secrets and determined to protect her sister at any cost. I loved the lengths she was prepared to go to in her quest to escape their scandalous past. I particularly loved hero Alex. He's bold and bowled over by Gillian. A protective man after my own heart. Compulsive reading.