For the Sake of a Scottish Rake

For the Sake of a Scottish Rake

by Anna Bradley

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After a sheltered upbringing, Lady Lucinda Sutcliffe is finally embarking on her first season, eager to experience everything she’s missed. When Lucy realizes that her uncle plans to quickly marry her off in exchange for a slice of her fortune, she begs a favor of a new acquaintance, Ciaran Ramsey. If Lucy remains single until she turns twenty-one, she—and her money—will be out of her uncle’s power. All the charming Scot needs to do is woo her for six weeks, and then jilt her . . .
The Ramseys don’t need the scandal of a false engagement attached to their name. But Lucy’s older suitor is both distasteful and dangerous, and Ciaran can’t allow his lovely friend to be forced to marry such a man. And besides, the more time Ciaran spends with his new “betrothed,” the more their ruse begins to feel very much like the real thing. Passion like this is impossible to feign, but how much is a rogue willing to risk for love?. . .
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ISBN-13: 9781516109708
Publisher: Lyrical Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 02/18/2020
Series: Besotted Scots Series , #3
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 718
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Anna Bradley is the author of The Sutherland Scandals and The Sutherland Sisters novels, as well as the Besotted Scots series. A Maine native, she now lives near Portland, OR, where people are delightful and weird and love to read. She teaches writing and lives with her husband, two children, a variety of spoiled pets, and shelves full of books. Visit her website at

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For the Sake of a Scottish Rake 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
carolintallay 2 days ago
Unique, ticks all of my boxes, adventure, witty, danger, true friends! I love all the characters in this story, the friendship of the three ladies, Cirian and his male friends, well written love story without pages of porn, sensual without needing a bath. I have found a new author, and I can't wait until her next book! I highly recommend! Thank you.
Sholee 2 days ago
I just loved the cover especially that lovely green dress and such a confident sway. Didn't expect it to be part of a series but the story itself is standalone so nothing to fret about. Overall, it was an exciting read with good plots that kept me entertained. However, there were moments where it drags a little with over melodramatic self deprecation that was unnecessary in my book. I tend to skip through it and continue through the more important highlights. I would think Anna Bradley's style is quite suited for literature type too. Definitely a breezy read with good humour and a little unexpected twist. I didn't expect Lucy to be such an expert at picking locks but then I didn't expect her to save herself in the end either. I liked the strong headed Lucy, unlike some typical romance novel where the hero must save the damsel in distress, hence the favourable rating.
candy-b 3 days ago
Lady Lucinda Sutcliffe has been isolated with her father Since just after his beloved wife dies. He wants to protect Lucy. So they live in a big manor just them and a few servants. Her Uncle Jarvis is made temporary guardian. Her twenty-first birthday is just around the corner. She had gone nowhere and done nothing and she so wanted to do it all. On one of the days of the week, she was strolling down the street, there was a huge crowd and she was curious. So she partly climbed a coach and looked over. Two men were bare to the waist and pounding on each other. She had never seen such a thing. When a brawl starts Ciaran runs and grabs her and scoops her up and runs to his carriage. Mr. Ciaran Ramsey when he went to balls, danced with the wallflowers so they didn't feel left out. When she saw him at Lady Ivey's ball she knew she had fallen in love. She never thought she would. He was her hero. This is an enchanting story. It is well written, funny and sad. The characters, the men are protective and the women seem to get into trouble and always being rescued. He does not even realize he can feel love. Ciaran wants to go back to Scotland because of his childhood love. Who betrayed him but also his family and they had to flee. It is easy to read and its fun watching Lucy frustrate Ciaran. I highly recommend this novel. I received this ARC from the author and voluntarily reviewed it.
skelley55 7 days ago
Excellent book, Three rakes find their HEA. Can men and women be friends?
Robindpdx 7 days ago
This was a well-written, entertaining book. Lucy is going to London for the Season, and realizes her uncle plans to marry her off to get part of her fortune. She asks her new acquaintance, Ciaran, to woo her for six weeks until her birthday when her fortune comes into her control. Ciaran doesn't want a false engagement, but he doesn't want Lucy to be married against her will either. It was lovely to read about Lucy and Ciaran developing an actual friendship and really getting to know each other. I enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more books by this author.
DebbieLTD 9 days ago
Lady Lucy was left an orphan with a sizable inheritance which was put into the hands of her greedy, indebted, and cruel uncle. When she learns her uncle plans to get rid of her so he can take her money, Lucy desperately tries to convince her best friend to court her so she is protected. Can Ciaran give up his dreams of returning to Scotland to help out Lucy, and will it make any difference at all in her uncles schemes? Light, easy read. Great characters and well developed plot made this an enjoyable story. I received an advance copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
moonfox1234 9 days ago
While I would say that I thought that this was a fun read I ultimately had mixed feelings about it. To start I liked the premise of the book and the basic outline of the characters. Unfortunately, after these things the murkiness sets in. The book very much tries to be a friends-to-lovers romance but in my opinion that really wasn't the case. Lucy and Ciaran were in fact new acquaintances that had their relationship growing simply because of plot reasons. I also took issue with some issue of the actions and behaviors that the characters engaged in, seemingly without fear of reprisals. This seemed very inaccurate for the era that this story takes place in. Tongues would seriously wag and ruination and disgrace would loom and lastly, I kind of found Lucy's attitude annoying, which I refuse to elaborate on do to spoilers. So in the end I would say this was an OK read.
Historical_Romance_Lover 10 days ago
Lucy has come to live with her uncle, aunt and cousin after her father passes away. Her life with her father is very secluded, so when she has an opportunity to stretch her wings, she does. One of her first adventures is swimming in the early morning at Brighton. While she is a competent swimmer, Ciaran walks by and thinks she is drowning and tries to save her. He gets kicked in the nose for his troubles. Lucy later encounters Ciaran when she wanders into a bare knuckle brawl and he saves her from the unruly crowd. He then starts showing up at her morning swims where they end up talking until she must return to her lodgings. They develop a deep friendship. When Lucy's uncle finds out about her early morning swims, he packs up the family and heads to London. He soon starts bringing around an older suitor who does not appeal to Lucy at all. She decides to ask Ciaran to act like he is courting her to chase the unwanted man away. At first he disagrees, but then changes his mind. But the more time that Lucy spends with Ciaran, has her feeling going from friendship to love. She had long ago decided to to not marry. And who ever heard of marrying your best friend?? Ciaran wants nothing more than to head back to Scotland and see if there is still a life for him to be had. He is still in love with his former fiancée and needs to know where they stand. But when Lucy needs his help, he knows that he can't abandon her. He agrees to court her to send the other guy packing, but he finds himself falling for Lucy. Is his life really back in Scotland or could he get his HEA right here in London? I loved Lucy and Ciaran's story!! I've waited for Ciaran to get is HEA ever since his siblings got theirs and Bradley did not disappoint!! I loved Lucy!! She was so unconventional and refreshing and just what Ciaran needed to realized that his future was not back in Scotland. There were two secondary stories woven into this one. It makes me wonder if we will see their sides of the story in a future series...
Tlbran 10 days ago
For the Sake of a Scottish Rake is the third book in the Besotted Scots series. I haven’t read all the earlier books in the series, but I don’t feel like I missed anything by not reading them. The main characters were well-developed, and the book had a lot of humor. At first the book seemed to drag, but it speeds up once they arrive in London for the Season. Lady Lucinda “Lucy” Sutcliffe had led a sheltered and she was ready for adventure. She meets and is “rescued” by Ciaran while swimming in the ocean. Although she didn’t need rescuing then, she does once she realizes her uncle had plans to marry her off and steal her money. Ciaran Ramsey had been wandering through life after having to leave Scotland the woman he had loved all his life. Meeting Lucy seemed to rouse Ciaran from dull life. He tried to stay away from Lucy, but finally admitted to his interest in Lucy and their morning meetings on the beach. When Lucy comes up with the idea of a fake engagement for six weeks, Ciaran was not going to let it be to any other man but himself. The more time they spend together as an engaged couple, the stronger their feelings become. Will they realize their love for one another before her uncle accomplishes his plans? Once my interest was caught by the book it was hard to put down. Lucy was self-reliant, feisty, and full of spunk. Ciaran was a hero needing someone to help bring him back to life. I enjoyed the book, although I wish the author would have let the two other couples have their own books. Their courtships sounded like they had a great story behind them. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
gypsygrandmatv 10 days ago
For the Sake of a Scottish Rake is a clever, fun regency romance. While there is the requisite evil uncle trying to get control over the heroine's fortune Lucy is a clever, strong heroine able to get herself out of trouble and is looking for adventure. She and Ciaran meet early one morning on the beach in Brighton. Ciaran thinks she's drowning and is kicked in the face trying to save her!! Regardless a friendship soon develops between them which inevitably leads to love...but neither will admit to it. With a great love story and charming characters I really enjoyed this book. Thank you Netgalley for the opportunity to read an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Pompie1999 10 days ago
This was an enjoyable, but perhaps perplexing read. I enjoy the author’s writing style and I liked the premise of the story, but I didn’t care for the resolution. I LOVED that we got three romances for the price of one. I didn’t feel that the two additional romances detracted from the main romance at all since they mostly took place in the background. You knew they were happening, but they weren’t “in your face”. We first met the Ramsey family in the final book of this author’s Somerset Sisters, More Or Less A Temptress. Three siblings, Lachlan, Isla, and Ciaran had to flee their home in Scotland when Lachlan was falsely accused of murder. At that same time, their mother told them that they had a brother, Finn, in England – and he is the Marquess of Huntington. As she lay dying, their mother urged them to flee to England and find their brother. Since then, we’ve seen Isla find her HEA in The Wayward Bride, and now, finally, the match I’ve been waiting for, Ciaran. Of the Ramsey siblings, the one who was most affected by having to leave Scotland was Ciaran. In the year since they left, he has only half lived. He’s been listless, restless, bored and unhappy – especially since his siblings wed and they now have lives of their own. Ciaran longs to return to Scotland and to see if he can reunite with his betrothed who jilted him before Ciaran had to leave. His siblings have just encouraged him to accompany a couple of older ladies to Brighton to assure their safety. Little does he know that his life is about to be turned upside down. Lady Lucinda (Lucy) Sutcliffe is the daughter of the Earl of Bellamy. Her father developed a neurosis after his wife was killed by a highwayman and everybody thought him mad. Basically, he walled himself and Lucy off from the world. Lucy had lived in isolation until her father passed away and she transferred into the care of her Uncle Jarvis. Lucy isn’t wild, exactly, she’s just exuberant to be out of isolation and to be able to enjoy the world. In her enthusiasm, and naivete, she finds herself in a couple of situations that lead someone else (read that Ciaran) to believe that she needed rescuing. She didn’t, she had a plan, but you can’t argue with someone who is the size of a house. And, actually, she does need rescuing, she just doesn’t know it yet. I loved their first meeting. It was entertaining and funny and sets the pace for many of their interactions. I loved how smart and resourceful Lucy was – with one minor blip when she did the required TSTL action. However, she soon overcame that and was back to her resourceful self – and rescued herself. What didn’t I like? Well, as I mentioned earlier, I didn’t like the resolution. There was a very, very, vile villain – I mean despicable (just wait until you read all he does) – and he gets absolutely no, none, nada, zip, zilch punishment. Actually, it felt to me as if he were rewarded. At the very least he could have had to flee to the continent – but – I would have preferred that someone hang him upside down from a tree with his nose in a red ant bed – then dribble him with honey and let the ants take care of the rest. Sorry, did I mention he was vile? The thing that perplexed me was how Jarvis came to be her guardian. Her father was an earl, and whoever inherited the earldom would have been her nearest male relative. So, why wasn’t he her guardian? Jarvis didn’t inherit the earldom, so how could he be her nearest male relative? Jarvis could have been her m
PatD 10 days ago
A depressed Scot. A lady enjoying life on the sly. He "saves" her, gets a broken nose for his efforts, and they become friends. They save each other in various ways and misadventures until the "friend" label becomes a roadblock to more intense feelings. This story has a wonderful cast of characters, friends and villains alike.
FaeScot 10 days ago
What a delightful story! It was packed with humor, a spirited independent heroine, surprising story turns and a hero with a capital H. It was full of my favorite things, a guardian protector a heroine who's makes her own choices and scots. Plus we get THREE HEAs by the end of the book! Lady Lucinda, Lucy, Sutcliffe is a few weeks of turning 21 and receiving her father's substantial inheritance. Her father after losing his beloved wife, retreated to his country estate with Lucy and locked them away. Society considered her father mad and she therefore was probably mad too. Unfortunately after her father died, she was under the unfortunate control of her selfish and self indulgent Uncle Jarvis. Uncle Jarvis is determined to get a piece of Lucy's substantial inheritance to pay for his mountain of gambling debts. Her marital stock in the London's Ton is low because of her father's madness. Enter Lord Godfrey, who is a scheming, abusive gambler who loves to inflict pain, especially on young women. His former young wife died after one year of marriage to the awful man. Godfrey is determined to marry Lucy as he's holding all of Uncle Jarvis' gambling debts. Ciaran Ramsay is a lost man, wounded by events that happened in Scotland. When he spies a young woman in the Brighton surf and thinks she's drowning and jumps in to save her. It's just Lucy having an early morning swim in the ocean. This starts their unconventional friendship. She's determined to experience adventures after being locked way at home. Ciaran finds himself "saving" her several times when she has an escape planned out and sees herself perfectly safe. As they're drawn together he finds her a unique female that shakes him up and helps him feel again. When she disappears from Brighton he delays his trip back to Scotland to make sure she's safe. And this begins their journey to discover women and men can be friends but it turns to love quickly. I loved Lucy's intelligence and independence. I also enjoyed seeing Ciaran come back from numbing mindlessness to burn hot for Lucy. He is a born rescuer and I adore those types of heros. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced readers copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
vpenning87 10 days ago
This book has a very strong female character that is so easy to like, and cheer for, that I almost felt like I was her best friend. Lucy’s father has recently passed, and she is bound and determined to see more of the world than her father allowed her in his final years. The male was also one I could imagine falling in love with from the moment he tried to save me from drowning. Ciaran, is a man with good moral fiber, even if his behavior makes him a rake. The book follows the romance of a girl who unfortunately has the stigma of her father’s mental illness attached to her as she tries to navigate the London Season with her aunt, uncle, and cousin. Unfortunately, her uncle is not one to look out for her interests, even though he is her guardian since she is not old enough yet to collect her inheritance. This creates the drama and tension to make the reader turn the pages to see how it will turn out. Will the uncle have her marry the man he wants, or will Lucy make it to her birthday and be able to make her own decisions. Determined not to marry, but falling in love with a man who keeps showing up in her life, we learn more about Lucy, as well as Ciaran and his past. Again, both characters are well written, and as the end of the book gets closer, one feels like you are starting to have to say goodbye to some old and beloved friends. I truly enjoyed this romance, because that was what this was. A romance. One that sticks with you even after you close the pages.
charleneC 10 days ago
I loved this book! filled with so many interesting and complex characters. I loved all the details. A wonderful read that will take you away from it all!! I was granted an advance copy by the publisher Kensington from Netgalley and Here is my true and unbiased opinion.
Darlene491 10 days ago
For The Sake Of A Scottish Rake, by Anna Bradley, is available at booksellers on 2-18-20. Rake is book 3 in Ms Bradley's Besotted Scots series. I've been a fan of Ms Bradley's since her first book in 2015. I discovered that book by accident, it had a hot cover, and have followed every series since then. I've given Rake a rare, for me, 5 stars. It's the most entertaining book I've read in some time. I was invested in the characters, their journey, and HEA. I liked Lucy and Ciaran and rooted for them from page 1 to the very end (which is good). Lucy is a free spirit, finally set, kinda, free. She takes advantage of opportunities for adventures, trying not to get caught & ruin her reputation. I could believe her frame of mind and wish for something more. She meets Ciaran on her 1st big adventure and her lust for life brings Ciaran out of his funk. He's had to leave his home & start over & hasn't taken it well. He's a kind man, handsome too, Scottish with a sexy accent, and drawn to Lucy like a moth to a flame. They start as friends but in reality the relationship was more from the moment they met. Takes them an entire book to finally fess up and admit what we already knew. The journey is fun, witty, and sweet. The secondary characters are terrific and were fleshed out enough to make their love stories interesting too. Watching 3 bachelors taken to their knees is fun. Between the 3 couples there's a plethora of emotions flying around making for an interesting read. I really loved this book. Already looking forward to Ms Bradley's next offering. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advance copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. #AnnaBradley #ForTheSakeOfAScottishRake #BesottedScots #netgalley #KensingtonPress #LyricalPress #historicalromance #romance
georgia1 11 days ago
Brighton, England 1818 Lucy was determined. She wanted to live life after being closed up with her father before his demise for the last four years. Now in the custody of her uncle, she just wanted to experience everything! Her first adventure was going out early in the morning and swimming on her own since her cousin Eloisa would not go in. But she was about to meet her fate, whether she knew it or not in the form on one braw Scot, Ciaran Ramsey who thought she was drowning and pulled her in to the beach! Thus the adventure begins! Ciaran ends up rescuing her out of a real scape and it seems they are bound to meet again! Then Lucy's uncle (vile man) is determined to marry her off before she turns twenty one and can access her inheritance and picks a terrible husband. She goes to Ciaran and asks him to pretend to be her betrothed and court her. Well, you know how that could end, don't you? Everything needed to turn this story into the perfect must read! Adventure, lies, witty banter, amazing characters and a couple who need each other, they just don't know it to begin with! Another truly delightful story by the fabulous Anna Bradley will "Wow" you until the end! Lori D
Noire 11 days ago
I received an ARC of this book to read through NetGalley in exchange for a fair review. For The Sake Of A Scottish Rake by Anna Bradley is the third book in her Besotted Scots series. It can be read as a stand-alone, but it is an excellent series, and I enjoyed reading the first two books. Lady Lucinda Sutcliffe has lead an extremely sheltered life, her father suffered from social anxiety, and he became more and more isolated from society. With his death, she is now under the care of her aunt and uncle, and about to embark on her first season Lucinda longs to experience adventures and a trip to Brighton seems like the perfect time. Despite a rocky start where Lucinda bloodies the nose of Ciaran Ramsey when he mistakenly assumes she is drowning and attempts to rescue her, they become friends, and she turns to him when she realizes that her uncle is selling her hand in marriage to a nasty villain whose first wife died mysteriously. This is a lovely friends to lovers story with a fake engagement, a dastardly guardian and there’s only one bed. I enjoyed reading this book and do recommend it. Light to Medium Steam. Publishing Date February 18, 2020. #NetGalley #KensingtonBooks #ForTheSakeOfAScottishRake #AnnaBradley #HistoricalRomance #bookstagram #bookstagrammer #kissingbooks
lcdolphin 11 days ago
Entirely engrossing story. Ciaran and Lucy meet under peculiar circumstances and a deep friendship is forged. Lucy's Uncle has great plans for Lucy's life and her money, which she is determined to thwart, and Ciaran keeps trying to help. Really enjoyed the humour and the inventive way these two kept getting together. This book can be read as a standalone, despite being a part of a great series, as Ciaran's family only make a brief appearance. Highly recommend.
CathyGeha 11 days ago
Quick easy to read historical romance. It was not my favorite book by this author and I am sad to say that as I have truly enjoyed other books by this author. What I liked: * Lucy was not predictable * Three romances in one * The friendships * The thwarting of the bad guys * That everyone had a HEA What I didn’t like * Lucy’s behavior was more than a bit over the top and not in keeping with the times. *The time being rung in days and weeks and even times on the clock and spelled out repetitively * Falling back on the gambling relative using the heroine to pay his a less than admirable holder of those debts * The predictability * The lack of a true backstory for the main characters * Wondering how Uncle Jarvis became her guardian Did I enjoy this book? Not so much Would I read another book by this author? Maybe Thank you to NetGgalley and Kensington-Lyrical for the ARC – This is my honest review. 2-3 Stars