This Rake of Mine

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Scandal, outrage, ruin, rapture ... Who knows where one kiss can lead?

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Overview

Scandal, outrage, ruin, rapture ... Who knows where one kiss can lead?

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  • ISBN-13: 9780060783990
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/25/2005
  • Series: Avon Romantic Treasures Series
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 697,977
  • Product dimensions: 4.18 (w) x 6.75 (h) x 0.96 (d)

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 won the RWA RITA® and the Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Awards. She resides in Seattle with her family, her garden, and always-growing collection of yarn.

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This Rake of Mine


By Elizabeth Boyle

HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Copyright © 2005 Elizabeth Boyle
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0060783990

Chapter One

Miss Emery's Establishment for the Education of Genteel Young Ladies
Bath, England
1810

"I don't see why he has to be allowed in," Lady Philippa Knolles complained to her cousin, Miss Felicity Langley, as they crept down the back stairs of their school.

"Pippin, when the Duke of Parkerton sends his brother to perform an errand of such a delicate nature," Felicity explained, "one cannot simply bar the door to the man. Even if he is a disreputable ...a horrible ... "

"Rake," supplied Felicity's twin sister, Thalia, who brought up the rear of this illicit party. Tally, as she was known, was not one for delicacy of words, and besides, she was rather excited at the prospect of getting a look at such a man.

To Tally the word rake conjured all sorts of dreamy possibilities, like pirate or highwayman or smuggler. And the very notion that Miss Emery had banished the entire school to their rooms for the afternoon until their "visitor" had departed was just too much to bear.

A rake at Miss Emery's? Why, it was like history in the making, a moment not to be missed.

"Really," Tally had declared, "how does Miss Emery expect us to recognize this sort of man if we have never seen an example of one?"

Felicity had readily agreed. Pippin had been a bit more hesitant than her daring cousins, but in the end, she'd relented and joined the party, if only because she too held a secret curiosity about the infamous rake, Lord John Tremont.

"Who was it that Lord John ruined?" Pippin asked.

"Miss Miranda Mabberly," Felicity supplied without hesitation. "He kissed her rather inappropriately at the opera."

Felicity's knowledge of the ton never ceased to amaze Pippin, especially given that up until two years ago, the Langley sisters had never even set foot in England, having spent their entire lives traveling the world with their father, Lord Langley, a distinguished member of the Foreign Office.

"Oh, dear," Pippin said. "If that is so, why didn't he just marry Miss Mabberly?"

Tally finished the story, for at the moment Felicity was timing their descent to ensure that they didn't run into the headmistress or one of their other teachers, especially their decorum teacher, Miss Porter.

"Miss Mabberly was betrothed to the Earl of Oxley at the time," Tally whispered. "Oxley cried off when he learned what happened."

"And Miss Mabberly?" Pippin asked."What of her?"

Tally shrugged. "I don't particularly know. Probably the usual in those circumstances. A fatal decline, banishment from good society, not that it really matters, she was ruined after all."

"How dreadful!" Pippin whispered.

Not to let the story pass without her own stamp upon it, Felicity added, "I daresay Miss Mabberly ended up in some Eastern harem or married off to some Colonial merchant." To Felicity, either fate was of equal degradation, considering her own matrimonial aspirations were nothing less than to marry a duke, thus having earned herself the nickname of "Duchess" at a very early age.

Taking another look down the stairwell, and seeing that the coast was clear, she waved her accomplices to follow her.

Down the steps they crept and then dashed across the hall and into a nearby closet. Having feigned a megrim earlier, Felicity had been excused from Miss Porter's class and had used the time to remove the buckets, mops and brooms that usually filled the tiny space.

After they wedged themselves in, Tally looked about their quarters and sighed. "I suppose this is the best we can do," she said, setting down the fourth member of their party, Brutus, her ever-present companion. Though the small black dog had been a gift to Felicity and Thalia during their father's tenure in Austria, Brutus had taken to Tally from the first moment she'd gathered him up into her arms.

And Tally never minded (well, maybe a little) that her dog appeared to most like a little clown, with his big round eyes and funny tufted mane of hair. She took great pleasure in pointing out that Brutus possessed the heart of a lion, fearless and loyal, despite his demure stature.

Brutus immediately went to work inspecting their hiding place, sniffing at the pungent smells in the closet and finally giving his opinion by shaking his monkeylike head in protest. "Ruff!"

"Tally," Felicity whispered sharply. "Do make him be still! He'll ruin everything with his sniffing and yapping. I still say we should have left him with Nanny Gerta. It's a wonder Miss Emery allows him."

Tally gathered Brutus up and hugged him close, shooting her sister a dark glare, which the Duchess ignored with the imperial grace that only a future wife of a duke could possess.

Dogs at Miss Emery's were as much against the rules as rakes, however Lord Langley's infamous charm had gone a long way in convincing the usually impervious lady to allow Tally to keep her dear dog at school.

After all, Brutus could trace his bloodlines to Marie Antoinette's own beloved affenpinscher. Such lofty connections had a way of bending even Miss Emery's rigid rules.

"Are you sure Miss Emery is going to make Lord John use the back stairs?" Tally asked. She wasn't overly fond of dark enclosed spaces and had a growing look of panic about her.

"Yes," Felicity said with her usual certainty. "She can't let him go up the main stairs -- why, everyone would be peeping out their doors at him." She opened the closet door a bare crack to afford Tally some light. "Besides, with Bella's room in the back of the house, it is the most expedient route for him to take."

And expediency was the order of the day.

Lady Arabella Tremont, the Duke of Parkerton's daughter and Lord John's niece, was being sent home in disgrace. She was the first student in the history of Miss Emery's to have caused such a scandal, having been caught kissing one of . . .

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    An enjoyable regency romance

    In 1801, Miranda Mabberly has some doubts about her upcoming marriage to Lord Oxley as he and her parents fail to defend her honor besmirched by her future mother-in-law. However, things are taken out of her hands when notorious rake Lord John Tremont blatantly accosts and kisses her at the opera. The nuptials are over and her parents blame Miranda, completely cutting her off...................... After five years of begging her parents to let her come home and learning her mother died without anyone bothering to inform her, Miranda writes off her father. She takes a job as decorum teacher Miss Jane Porter at Miss Emily¿s Establishment for the Education of Genteel Young Ladies. After five years there she has inherited a small fortune so she plans to leave, but not before John visits the school to escort his disgraced niece home. He runs into Jane, but fails to recognize her though she knows him. Edged on by three matchmaking youngsters, John begins to court Jane who rejects the advances of a rake though they soon fall in love, but to persuade her remains impossible................... THIS RAKE OF MINE is an enjoyable regency romance that in many ways is typical of the sub-genre with a rake getting his comeuppance through love. The story line is refreshed by Miranda who gives up on those who should have rallied around her when she concludes that she will always be held culpable for the actions of John. This gives her the courage to move on and not to fear challenging the aristocracy including John and his older brother. Fans will enjoy this fine historical pot boiler starring an admirable heroine and the wastrel she reforms.......... Harriet Klausner

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  • Posted July 17, 2011

    What a page turner!

    Book 2 of the Bachelor Chronicals

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

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    Great story

    This is a great story It is nice to see how these two ended up after meeting them in Something about Emmaline The story has a nice twist near the end

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  • Posted December 27, 2009

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    Wonderful book!

    Elizabeth Boyle never disappoints, all her books are wonderful, exiting and very romantic. She is one of my favorite authors.
    I recommend these books bellow but all of her books are great.
    Here are some of the others:
    Memoirs of a Scandalous Red Dress
    Confessions Of A Little Black Gown
    Stealing the Bride
    It Takes A Hero
    I could keep going but you can go to her website and check it out.
    I hope we'll have Elizabeth for a long time. :)

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  • Posted July 18, 2009

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    This lively chronicle picks up on the ramifications of the public kiss/grope between redhead Miranda Mabberly and the very drunk Lord Jack Tremont (Something about Emmaline)

    Initially the kiss served to save 16-yr.-old Miranda from an unwanted marriage: but her reputation was ruined, she was sent away, denounced by her irate family, and encouraged to change her name. Now 9 years later "Jane Porter" is a sobersides resigning as a teacher in a lady's school when she literally bumps into Jack again and sparks abound. Both of them never forgot that kiss. What she learns in this book is that Jack had offered for her and that she "died" (!!!). Jack, too, is not what he still seems - the eternal rake - guilty at having caused Miranda's death, he has joined his family in undercover work for the Crown. A jolly band of young matchmakers: twins Tally and Felicity aka "the Duchess", and Pippin, are persistent and inventive at keeping Jack and "Miss Porter" in each other's company. Some sly doings by the "late" Aunt Josephine and Jack's butler and steward, keep Miranda and Jack safe in each other's arms, and the coast of England safe once again from French spies.

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