The Rake (Lessons in Love Series #1)

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A Regency romp about a young lady who vows revenge on the rakish lord who loved and left her, only to find herself unexpectedly caught in Cupid's net along with the handsome viscount when her plan to love and leave him backfires.

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Overview

A Regency romp about a young lady who vows revenge on the rakish lord who loved and left her, only to find herself unexpectedly caught in Cupid's net along with the handsome viscount when her plan to love and leave him backfires.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780380820825
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/28/2002
  • Series: Lessons in Love Series , #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 466,278
  • Product dimensions: 4.18 (w) x 6.75 (h) x 0.96 (d)

Meet the Author

A native and current resident of Southern California, Suzanne Enoch loves movies almost as much as she loves books. When she is not busily working on her next novel, Suzanne likes to contemplate interesting phenomena, like how the three guppies in her aquarium became 161 guppies in five months.

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The Rake
Lessons in Love

Chapter One

By the pricking of my thumbs,

Something wicked this way comes.

-- Macbeth, Act IV, Scene i

Lady Georgiana Halley watched Dare enter the ballroom and wondered why the soles of his boots didn′t smoke, he was so well traveled on the path to Hell. The rest of him certainly smoldered, dark and devilishly seductive, as he made his way toward the gaming rooms. He didn′t even notice when Elinor Blythem turned her back on him.

"I really do hate that man," she murmured.

"Beg pardon?" Lord Luxley loped by her, the country dance sending him leaping in a circle with her at the center.

"Nothing, my lord. I′m only thinking aloud."

"Well, share your thoughts with me, Lady Georgiana." He touched her hand, turned, and vanished for a moment behind Miss Partrey as they wound through the line again. "Nothing pleases me so much as the sound of your voice."

Except, perhaps, for the gold clinking in my purse. Georgiana sighed. She was becoming far too jaded. "You are too kind, my lord."

"That is an impossibility where you are concerned."

They circled around again, and Georgiana scowled at Dare′s broad back as the scoundrel strolled out of sight, probably to go smoke a cheroot and drink with his blackguard friends. The evening had been so pleasant before Dare had intruded. Her aunt was hosting the soiree, so she couldn′t imagine that anyone had even invited him.

Her dance partner joined her again, and she favored the handsome, golden-haired baron with a determined smile. She would just have to put that devil Dare out of her thoughts. "You are energetic tonight, Lord Luxley."

"You inspire me," he said, sounding winded.

The dance came to a close. While the baron dug in his waistcoat for a handkerchief, Georgiana caught sight of Lucinda Barrett and Evelyn Ruddick, standing with their heads together at the refreshment table."Thank you, my lord," she said to her partner, curtsying before he could offer to take her on a stroll around the room. "You′ve exhausted me beyond recall. If you′ll excuse me?""Oh. I-- of course, my lady.""Luxley?" Lucinda exclaimed from behind her ivory-jibbed fan as Georgiana joined them. "How did that happen?"Georgiana gave in to a genuine smile. "He wanted to recite the poem he′d written in my honor, and the only way to stop him after the first stanza was to agree to a dance.""He wrote you a poem?" Evelyn looped her hand around Georgiana′s arm and led the way to the chairs lining one side of the room."He did." Grateful to see Luxley select one of the debutantes as his next victim, Georgiana accepted a glass of Madeira from one of the footman. After three hours of quadrilles, waltzes, and country dances, her feet ached. "And you know what rhymes with Georgiana, don′t you?"Evelyn wrinkled her brow, her gray eyes twinkling. "No, what?"

"Nothing. He just put ′iana′ after every ending word. In iambic- trimeter, yet. ′Oh, Georgiana, your beauty is my sunlightiana, your hair is finer than goldiana, your --′"

Lucinda made a choking sound. "Dear Lord, stop that at once. Georgie, you have the most astounding ability to make gentlemen do and say the most ridiculous things."

Georgiana shook her head, pushing a goldiana curl out of her eyes as it came loose from one of its ivory clips. "My money has that ability. Not me."

"You shouldn′t be so cynical. After all, he did go to the effort of writing you a poem, awful or not," Evelyn said.

"Yes, you′re right. It′s very sad that I′ve become so jaded at a mere four-and-twenty, isn′t it?"

"Are you going to choose Luxley for your lesson?"

Evelyn asked. "It seems to me, he could stand to learn a few things -- namely about how dim women aren′t.

Taking a sip of sweet Madeira, Georgiana smiled. "To be honest, I′m not sure he′d be worth the effort. In fact --" A movement by the stairs caught her attention and Dare reentered the ballroom, a woman on his arm. Not just any woman, she noted with a slight scowl: Amelia Johns.

"In fact what?" Lucinda followed her gaze. "Oh, dear. Who invited Dare?"

"Not me; that′s for certain." Miss Johns couldn′t be above eighteen years old -- a good twelve years younger than Dare. In years of sin though, he surpassed her by centuries. Georgiana had heard rumors that viscount was courting someone, and with her family′s money and her pert brunette innocence, Amelia was no doubt the target, the poor thing.

Dare took both of Amelia′s hands in his, and Georgiana gritted her teeth. The viscount said something brief and, with a jaunty grin, released the girl and strolled away. Amelia′s face flushed, then paled, and she hurried from the room.

Well, that blasted well made one thing clear. Georgiana stood, facing her friends again. "No, not Luxley", she stated, surprised at her calm determination. "I have a different student in mind -- one in serious need of a good lesson."

Evie′s eyes widened. "You′re not thinking about Lord Dare, are you? You hate him. You barely speak to him."

Across the room Dare′s deep laugh sounded, and Georgiana′s blood heated to near boiling. Obviously he didn′t care a fig that he′d wounded a young girl′s feelings -- or worse, broken another heart. Oh, yes, he badly needed a lesson. He was the reason they′d made the lists in the first place. And she knew the exact lesson she intended to teach him. In fact, she could think of no one better qualified to deliver it than she. "Yes, Dare. And, obviously, I′ll have to break his heart to do it, though I′m not certain he even has one. But..."

The Rake
Lessons in Love
. Copyright © by Suzanne Enoch. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2014

    love her books

    She is one of the best.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2012

    Read it twice.

    Read it twice - worth it both times.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2012

    So good

    I really liked the story. It was nice to have a well developed couple with a past. I did not want to put it down.

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  • Posted April 14, 2012

    This is one of my favorite stories by Suzanne Enoch. Loved Tris

    This is one of my favorite stories by Suzanne Enoch. Loved Tristan and Georgiana and all of the borhters.

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  • Posted October 18, 2011

    Chapter 13

    The best.

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  • Posted May 10, 2010

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    Don't let the cover fool you

    I really wish that historical romance novels would have different covers. They get so ridiculous they turn one off from reading a book. I am glad I didn't let this silly cover keep me from meeting Tristan and Georgiana.

    Their relationship was delightful and it's always nice to read about a couple with history. I was a little curious as to what would make Tristan do what he did to Georgiana but one is glad to find his true reasons and intentions. Georgiana is no shy lady and I am so glad she was always breaking her fans on his nuckles. She was funny in all her plotting and I loved that Tristan was not a complete rake, just a little.

    The drama at the end seemed sort of unnecessary but I still rather enjoyed their story. Can't wait for Lucinda's and Evie's

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  • Posted February 16, 2010

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    Missed this one.

    I had somehow missed Tristan's story. I really liked this book. It wasn't what I expected in a good way. I liked that the drama wasn't drug out for no reason. I liked both Georgie and Tristan as characters.

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  • Posted January 31, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    "A promising start to the series, with delicious lessons in love!"

    Suzanne Enoch can be expected to deliver on a good story, yet what I like about The Rake is the numerous interactions between the main characters and how each learned to trust the other again. I like that Georgiana and Tristan talked and shared things, outside of the bedroom. The ending is wildly romantic, especially when Tristan made his proposal, when he laid all his cards on the table, vulnerable and hopeful. I like that both characters learned something about love and life and each other. Reviewed by Carole for The Raving Readers

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2006

    ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL

    I can't say enough about this amazing book. I read it so many times that I had to buy a new copy after my first fell apart. The hero, Tristan Carroway, Lord Dare, is a man to die for - witty, charming, clever, handsome, and so much more. His relationship with his family melts the heart. His love for Georgiana, the heroine, is enviable. Their repartee is unequaled. You can't go wrong with this book. If you are a romance fan - this is an absolute must!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2002

    I'm impressed!

    This is the first Suzanne Enoch book I've read, but I'm definitely a convert. I read this book in one night, which isn't unusual with my favorite authors. Although the basis of the story is a little weak (she chooses someone she supposedly hates to teach a love lesson to), the overall effect is entirely engaging!

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    entertaining escapist tale

    Georgina Halley, Lucinda Barrett, and Evelyn Ruddick discuss the arrogance of men with money. They agree to teach a particular lord how to care for a woman. At the soiree hosted by her aunt, Georgina selects Tristan Carroway when she observes him apparently mistreating innocent heiress Amelia Johns. Six years ago Tristan broke Georgina¿s heart and her virginity in a wager. Now she plans to make him fall in love with her before destroying him so that he crawls back on his knees to Amelia. <P>Georgina persuades Tristan¿s elderly aunts to allow her to move in as their companion. This stuns him to see her blithely sitting at the dinner table. Separately Georgina and Tristan think back to that dumb bet of his that cost both of them everything. He regrets what he did to her, but now he needs money to keep the estate and his family afloat. Georgina is wealthy, but he must stick with Amelia who is also rich. However, both begin teaching the other a lesson in love, but an abundance of pride stands in the way of a future together. <P>An entertaining escapist tale based on a weak premise turns into a fun frolic because of the strong eccentric cast. Besides the delightful battling lead couple, his family provides amusing depth to THE RAKE, but Amelia subtracts from the triangle, as she is just a nasty work. Fans of Regency romances will enjoy Suzanne Enoch¿s first With This Ring tale and want to read the upcoming stories starring Lucinda and Evelyn. <P>Harriet Klausner

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