Gareth: Lord of Rakes

Gareth: Lord of Rakes

by Grace Burrowes

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Grace Burrowes writes The Lonely Lords with passion and heart

Caught between a rake and certain ruin...
Felicity Worthington's only hope of avoiding poverty-or worse-is to learn to run the brothel bequeathed to her by a distant cousin. Gareth Alexander, Marquis of Heathgate, finds himself in the impossible position of having to help Felicity by teaching her the art of pleasing a man. Felicity's loveliness in no way reduces his resistance, leaving Gareth to wonder if the honor he thought long dead still survives, and whether that honor will allow him to yield to the lady's ruinous scheme...and to their shared desires...

"Sizzling sexy...the miracle of love and the magic of Grace Burrowes' writing come together to create an escape into the Regency world where romance finds a way against tremendous odds." -Long and Short Reviews
"A wonderfully written story of redemption full of humor, secrets and action." -Under the Boardwalk

Once you enter Grace Burrowes' lush Regency world, you'll never want to leave.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781492638612
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 05/03/2016
Series: Lonely Lords Series
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 216,088
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.80(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Grace Burrowes' bestsellers include The Heir, The Soldier, Lady Maggie's Secret Scandal, Lady Sophie's Christmas Wish and Lady Eve's Indiscretion. Her Regency romances and Scotland-set Victorian romances have received extensive praise, including starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Booklist. The Heir was a Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2010, The Soldier was a PW Best Spring Romance of 2011, Lady Sophie's Christmas Wish and Once Upon a Tartan have both won RT Reviewers' Choice Awards, Lady Louisa's Christmas Knight was a Library Journal Best Book of 2012, The Bridegroom Wore Plaid was a PW Best Book of 2012. Two of her MacGregor heroes have won KISS awards. Grace is a practicing family law attorney and lives in rural Maryland.

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Gareth: Lord of Rakes 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
WorldsCollide More than 1 year ago
Absolutely lovely! This is definitely my new favorite Grace Burrowes book. Gareth: Lord of Rakes was a brilliant historical romance. It had steamy romance, shocking secrets, and a scandalous family secret that totally blew me away. I LOVED this book! I loved the idea for this book. A heroine forced to become a madame and made to learn how to do it from a notorious rake. It's definitely something I haven't seen before and I really liked that about this book. I thought it made the book even better. Felicity was a heroine is a bad situation. She's destitute because of her father's lack of preparation and the only money she can get is from a brothel. And the only way she was get the money from the brothel is by learning the how to be a madame, from the business side, to the knowledge of...shall we say "the arts of love." And the only person she is allowed to learn from, by way of an airtight will, is Gareth, a notorious rake. It puts her in a difficult situation. I really liked her. She was a very strong character. Even though she had every right to throw a pity party, she sucked it up and did what she had to do. She was intensely loyal to her sister and determined to take care of her, one way or another. She was tough, clever, and very likable. I thought she was a great heroine. Gareth was also lovely. I completely adored him. Despite his reputation as a rogue, he was so sweet. I loved how, even as he was committed to helping Felicity fulfill the terms of the will, he was even more determined to help her find a way out of it, so that she could get the money and still save her reputation. I adored him. He was just wonderful. The romance was both super sweet and steamy. Felicity and Gareth were so cute together. They were just such a perfect couple and it showed with their every interaction. And, let's not forget the chemistry between them. It was super hot and, when they finally got together, on fire. A few times, I just wanted to shove them in a room and refuse to let them out until they admitted their feelings for each other. Neither of them were in denial to themselves. They just couldn't admit it to each other. And, they were so close to letting a good thing get away. But, though that would usually annoy me, I think it worked in this book because it fit the characters, complete with their fears and insecurities. I really liked them together. I thought they were a lovely couple. The plot was fast paced. I was hooked the entire way through. The mystery of who was really behind the will kept me riveted and the reveal of who was really behind it too me by surprise. Not to mention the secret involving Felicity, her sister, and Holbrook (another character, who I really liked). It was jaw-dropping. Talk about family secrets. It was definitely a surprise. And, now, knowing Holbrook's past, I can't wait to read his story, which I believe is coming up in the next few books. I really enjoyed the story and the ending was wonderful. Gareth, Lord of Rakes was a fantastic historical romance. I adored this book! It had secrets, surprises, thrills, and romance. It was brilliant. Lovers of romance, this is a book you don't want to miss. *I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
RtBBlog More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Rachel Review originally posted at Romancing the Book Book provided by NetGalley I’ve turned into one of those book addicts–you know the type–we read an entire series in a few days then cry into a tub of ice cream when the next book in the series isn’t out yet. This is what Grace Burrowes newest regency series has done to me, and Gareth was no different than the previous gems she published. Felicity Worthington has an inheritance–it’s just not one a gentle bred lady should have–or even be excited about. A brothel? She has ninty days to prove to the Solicitor that she knows the art of seduction. The only problem? She’s a virgin, a spinster, a woman who knows nothing of the ways of the world. Enter in Gareth, Marquess of Heathgate. The last thing he wants to do is teach an innocent the ways of seduction. But he’s convinced he can do it without getting his heart involved. What made this story so special was the fact that although it seemed like your typical regency romance where rake meets innocent, falls in love,and marries wasn’t that at all! The characters were so three dimensional, the issues they dealt with as well as the road blocks they had tossed in front of them made the reader really think that there was no possible way that they would end up together. I was ready to throw my ereader halfway through the book. I loved the character of Gareth, that my friends, is how you write a rake. He admitted he was awful but he had a reason behind every little thing that he did and it wrecked me as I read it. Felicity was the same way–she just wanted to do right by her family and help provide a come out for her sister. All in all it was a beautiful regency romance. Again, another stellar book by Ms. Burrowes.
def618 More than 1 year ago
I love Gareth! Gareth should never have been the Marquess of Heathgate, but a tragic boating accident killed his family except his mother and younger brother Andrew. He has survivor's guilt and feels unworthy. Felicity Worthington's father, a viscount, left her and her younger sister Astrid without much to live on. A cousin's will left her brothel to the eldest heir with Heathgate to help with the business side. As he discreetly teaches her the business side and eventually more, she falls in love with him. But is she the eldest heir? Can Gareth love her? Read this wonderful book for the answers. The secondary characters are very interesting also. I highly recommend this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
entertaining, with a complex conflict that kept me interested in reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Recommend skippingit
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think this is my favorite of the series.  Absolutely exceptional.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
AustenStudent More than 1 year ago
The sixth book in Grace Burrowes’ wonderful Lonely Lords series. I now have a second favorite hero in this series. Gareth Alexander is a man unexpectedly thrust into a marquessate upon the tragic deaths of the heirs in a boating accident. Society whispers behind his back hinting at foul play, so he has retreated into a life of debauchery since he figures, why even bother to convince them otherwise? “‘Sometimes, boredom can become an enemy that demands excesses of vice and a banishment of decency. Bad company become no real company at all, and soon what began as an effort to find pleasure or drown sorrow becomes a cultivation of evil.’” But this hero has a soft side, too, in the elegance of his home and his beautifully-designed gardens that soothe his soul. These descriptions and details are lovely to read. So when he’s named as a trustee to a former liaison’s estate to train Felicity Worthington, an impoverished viscount’s daughter—to succeed as a madam—and thus ensuring her absolute ruin—he finds himself questioning his intentions as possibly honorable where she is concerned. In short, he falls head over heels for her. From the start, he is absolutely protective and kind toward Felicity, and she is a quick and smart young woman. Even though he’s teaching her things a lady should never know about, Gareth shows infinite patience and kindess with her. She comes to respect Gareth despite his past and falls just as hard for him. His sincere consideration of her are breathtaking and emotionally endearing. They are, above all, friends. She, in turn, feels such love for him that it pains her to see him with the cold marquess facade he wears like armor. The romance between Gareth and Felicity is sweet and sensuous, as he reluctantly yet tenderly introduces her to the pleasures of the body and she responds with her whole heart. In this story, Gareth must find the true gentleman he is behind the painful veneer, the one that Felicity has discovered. We get a glimpse of a future heroine, Astrid, Felicity’s impetuous younger sister; Andrew, Gareth’s only surviving brother and the next Lonely Lord hero; and the dashing David Holbrook, a mysterious and honorable lord, yet another Lonely Lord hero. It is imperative to read this series in order for the bombshells almost casually dropped within its pages. Memorable moments: “His was the kind of story that had the peerage fornicating like rabbits until the requisite heir and spare had been safely raised to manhood.”  “He started a mental list, a syllabus of corruptions he must perpetrate on her ignorance and innocence.” "Wench-hopping had lost its appeal the day he’d found Felicity in his formal parlor, staring at his ugliest Axminster carpet." “He had lost his heart to a virgin spinster.” "She had read enough Catullus to know that friendship—particularly from gentlemen not in contemplation of marriage—could be a flexible and not always proper concept." Another beautifully written and exquisite story with a lush and romantic love story that will sweep you off your feet.
Doodlebug4444 More than 1 year ago
REVIEW UH OH!!!!!! I think I have a new fave! Sorry Darius, Nicholas, Ethan, Beckman and Gabriel .. but Gareth has arrived! Oh Gareth .. I want to clone your sorry delicious self! So Gareth is absolutely new to this series (meaning there was no previous mention of him in any of the first 5 books) so I wasn’t sure what to expect. Well you already know I wasn’t disappointed, so let’s move on to why! Gareth is the Marquis of Heathgate, he is also a bit of a man whore, taking pleasure as he wishes while performing his dreaded titled tasks. I got the impression he is bored with his life. He is very handsome, titled, and a coveted match for many young ladies. Well his whole world is about to be rocked when Felicity Worthington requests a meeting in his parlor. Felicity is hardly making ends meet. She is a resigned spinster who has taken on the family responsibility of her younger sister (her sister still has the chance for a good match). No matter what it takes, Felicity is willing to take any chance to improve their station in life. When she is called upon by her barristers, she is told she is to inherit a brothel and must become the madame in order to claim the financial perks. The will explains that she must have Gareth teach her all .. which includes not only savvy business manners, but the pleasures of the flesh. No longer bored, Gareth embarks on teaching Felicity all he can and at first goes about it quite business like! Felicity is different from other woman however and before he knows it, a game of cat and mouse has begun and he is uncertain if he is the cat or the mouse. Regardless, these two become quite close in emotion as well as in body and with the side of danger that is lurking, they ride one crazy roller coaster. I fell in absolute love with both of them and reveled in their angst and cheered their joy. I tell you, Grace Burrowes can write a mean romance (the fact that she writes my fave genre doesn’t hurt either .. WINK). I do not reread books all that often but this series is on my “to read again” pile. What seems effortless, she is so talented at pulling heartstrings and providing believable stories with believable characters. All her leading men know how to protect and love, nurture, break hearts, flirt, and consume their chosen woman with so much desire you wonder how they can possibly deny the forming relationships. Thank you once again Grace Burrowes for another reason to gush over your work. I love that you set the stage for the next two Lonley Lords and you can rest assured I am anxious to read and review them! :)
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Great novella about two characters that appeared in previous books, but needed their own HEA. Loved the mystery Archer was working on, and also the dialogue/teasing from Valentine Windham. Grace Burrowes does a great job of bringing back beloved characters from prior books to bring things full circle. Lots of action in a relatively short story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Grace Burrowes is one of my favorite authors, and I'm enjoying thia series. I thought the plotline of this book was a bit contrived, and by halfway thru i just wanted them to do it already. I'll have to look forward to the next one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another great tale from Grace Burrowes. So glad to see more to come; trying to be patient :)