A Beginner's Guide to Rakes (Scandalous Brides Series #1)

A Beginner's Guide to Rakes (Scandalous Brides Series #1)

by Suzanne Enoch
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A Beginner's Guide to Rakes (Scandalous Brides Series #1) by Suzanne Enoch

All of London is abuzz with the return of the utterly alluring, recently widowed Diane Benchley. Will she remarry? What will she do with her late husband's fortune? Sociey is shocked by her announcement—at the Grand Ball, of all places!—that she plans to open an exclusive gentleman's gaming club in the family mansion. But no one is more stunned than the Marquis of Haybury, Oliver Warren.

Years ago, Oliver and Diane shared a private indiscretion. Now Diane threatens to reveal Oliver's most ungentlemanly secrets…unless he agrees to help her. A notorious gambler—and rake—Oliver is overqualified to educate Diane in the ways and means of running her establishment. But striking a deal with Diane might just be the biggest risk Oliver has ever taken. This time, the only thing he has to lose is his heart…

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781429995702
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 10/04/2011
Series: Scandalous Brides Series , #1
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 77,615
File size: 469 KB

About the Author

A native and current resident of Southern California, Suzanne Enoch loves movies almost as much as she loves books, with a special place in her heart for anything Star Wars. She has written thirty Regency novels and historical romances, which are regularly found on the New York Times bestseller list. When she is not busily working on her next book, Suzanne likes to contemplate interesting phenomena, like how the three guppies in her aquarium became 161 guppies in five months.


Suzanne Enoch grew up in Southern California, where she still balances her love for the Regency romances of Georgette Heyer and classic romantic comedies with her obsession for anything Star Wars. Given her love of food and comfy chairs, she may in fact be a Hobbit. She has written more than 35 romance novels, including traditional Regencies, Historical Romance, and contemporary Romantic Suspense. When she isn't working on her next book she is trying to learn to cook, and wishes she had an English accent. She is the bestselling author of The Scandalous Brides series, The Scandalous Highlanders series, and One Hot Scot.

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A Beginner's Guide to Rakes 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 41 reviews.
Jenna_Conway More than 1 year ago
I love Suzanne Enoch - but not loving this book - it is like pulling teeth to get through - totally don't like the heroine. I actually don't even think I finish the thing - have been trying to for the past few weeks and am thinking it is time to give up and move onto another book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Suzanne Enoch, but I have found in some of her books the pacing is a little off. When I started reading "Beginner's Guide To Rakes" I didn't know if I would ever finish the book. After the first two chapters, I was bored. The pacing seemed off...I know the author was trying to establish a back story and intimate a history between Diane and Oliver, but the set up wasn't working for me. I took a break, and read a few other books, and then came back. With fresh eyes, I found myself caught up in the tale. The pacing still seemed a tad slow at times, but I found myself caring more and more for the main characters and discovered Ms. Enoch created a beautiful realm for her tale. The way Diane and Oliver dispatched their nemesis was a little hard to believe, but it still worked in some regards. Overall, I thought the book was enjoyable once I got into it. However, I don't think this is in my top three favorite books by Ms. Enoch.
MamaZooKeeper More than 1 year ago
Another great escape from Suzanne Enoch! Story drew me in from the very first page and kept me interested 'til the very last. The heroine is well drawn and keeps her man guessing...an interesting switch up for period novels. Looking forward to the next in the series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed this book very much. I am rarely disappointed with Suzanne Enoch.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am trying hard to like this book, but it is proving diffucult. I do not like the heroine at all. I feel bad for the hero, to have to put up with her. The story is slow and boring. Diane is not a likeable character at all. I normally enjoy her books, but this one is hard to finish. Hopefully it gets better.
BooMom More than 1 year ago
Love Suzanne Enoch's books and this one was as good as all her others.
loverofromance More than 1 year ago
It has been quite some time since I have read Suzanne Enoch, and I bought this book about a year ago, and its been on my shelf collecting dust, so since there have been a few books come into this series, I thought I would try reading the first installment, before I got the others. In the past I have come to love Enoch's writing and her powerful ability of storytelling, but I am sad to say I was disappointed in A Beginner's Guide To Rakes. For some reason I had the hardest time getting into the story, and by the time I was halfway, I wanted to finish it just to find out what happens, but I ended up skimming a bit (which is the worst, just so I could get through it). I think the biggest issue I had was the heroine in this story. I didn't like her at any part of the book. Usually I don't have such a difficult time with heroines, but there was something so hard about her character. I felt like there was so much harshness in the way she treats Oliver. You see how they both make mistakes when they first have their affair before they see each other again in London. I also understand how hurt she could be, but at the same time I wanted to shake some good common sense into her. She frustrated me to no end, and I couldn't help but have some serious issues with her. Oliver I liked from the first page, and I loved how patient he was with her, and never took what she said to him to heart. Even though there was a good solid story outline, and it had the same characteristics that I have come to admire in this author, I never could get fully into the story, and trust me I did try quite a bit. I do plan on trying the second one in the series, hoping it will be much better, because I don't want to give up on this author that I have loved in the past.
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1VAReader More than 1 year ago
Romance novels always end the same, but I looked forwad to discovering the way these lovers would overcome their differences. I enjoyed every moment of passion and pain.
CheapAndLazy More than 1 year ago
Other than the title, which didn't relate to the story in any way I could decipher, I loved this book. The premise is a favorite of mine: the hero messes up badly (before the story even starts in this case) and then must make up for it to the heroine. While not all of the books with this premise deliver satisfaction, this one did very well for me. Although the hero and heroine do get together in the middle of the book, he earns her trust gradually throughout. I found the conflict, emotions, and the way it was worked through very believable. The dialog is sharp and lively. The setting was refreshing (a woman opening up a gaming club staffed by women) and should provide plenty of fodder for future books in the series. This is numbered as the first of this series, but another review made me aware that Diane and Oliver appeared in a previous book--wish I'd known, I would probably have read it first. 
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LadyScarlet More than 1 year ago
Great storyline. I enjoyed the book overall. Kindof lost me a bit when after working so hard to open her business she would toss it all to the wind to spend hours in bed with the hero...didn't ring true to the characters independant driven spirit.
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Truely a delightful read.
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Could not finish hate the leading lady. No connection. Usually love her books. Not this one want my money back
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