The Perfect Rake

The Perfect Rake

by Anne Gracie

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A phony engagement turns into real passion in this delightful Regency romance from award-winning author Anne Gracie.

Fate has lavished beauty on the Merridew sisters—that is, all save the eldest. But plain Prudence bears no grudge; she loves her four beautiful sisters infinitely. So when their abusive grandfather is laid up with an injury, she seizes the opportunity to concoct an ingenious plan that will allow all five of them to escape the clutches of their legal guardian. All it will take is a little matrimonial deception...

A renowned rake, Gideon, Lord Carradice, has a way of making ladies swoon. But when Prudence arrives at his doorstep and mistakes him for his cousin, the Duke, it is Gideon who’s infatuated. The delightful spitfire claims she and the Duke are engaged—although a taller tale was never told. In spite of the lies, Gideon is so taken with charming Prudence that he’s eager to join her game, especially if it will award him a stolen kiss or two. Now, Prudence’s plot is about to go terribly, albeit deliciously, awry...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425203958
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/05/2005
Series: Merridew Series , #1
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 349,139
Product dimensions: 4.18(w) x 6.74(h) x 0.95(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Anne Gracie is the award-winning author of the Chance Sisters Romances, which include The Spring BrideThe Winter Bride, and The Autumn Bride. She spent her childhood and youth on the move. The gypsy life taught her that humor and love are universal languages and that favorite books can take you home, wherever you are. Anne started her first novel while backpacking solo around the world, writing by hand in notebooks. Since then, her books have been translated into more than 16 languages, and include Japanese manga editions. As well as writing, Anne promotes adult literacy, flings balls for her dog, enjoys her tangled garden, and keeps bees.

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Perfect Rake 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 70 reviews.
Lady-Brazen More than 1 year ago
A rake with primitive instincts that senses beauty among the plainest of Janes. Anne Gracie's characters are entertaining. Gideon and Prudence command impressive salaries as actors, I'm sure...if they were real. Starting at page one 'The perfect rake' guides you through a spectrum of behaviors: from dark human foibles to light heart stopping, loving traits. Grab hold because the novel plays on your emotions like a favorite melody plays on the soul. This rich fast pace book takes you on excursions throughtout the Continent with a destination calling for a permanent door knocker. Finally, just when you think you've solved the plots a new twist evolves. In 1806, Norfolk, England, orphans Prudence Merridew and her sisters are sent to reside with their tyrant, undermining grandpapa. Ten years later, Prudence tired and emotionally scarred devises a plan of escape. While on the run she's bewitched by the most amiable rake, Lord Gideon Carradice. This whirlwind romance is a keeper. Don't fret when you reach 'the end' the sisters have their own narrations.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It¿s been a while since I¿ve read anything as good as this. I love the characters that Ms. Gracie created. How their characteristics slowly change and how they shine in their own way. This book is a mix of romantic comedy and drama. Ms. Gracie manages to balance both aspects beautifully in this story. What I loved most was how Gideon was slowly pursuing Prudence, taking his time because he knew how wary she was when it came to rakes. He took his time courting her, comforting her and loving her. Ah, but he is a rake! Of course he does some shameless flirting that I can't help but love him. As I look forward to reading about the rest of Prudence¿s sisters, the only disappointment I have is that she chose to write Charity¿s story in this same book.
BarbB More than 1 year ago
This was my first Anne Gracie novel and I was so wonderfully surprised to find such a talented writer.

This book was so much fun and heartwarming. The characters came alive and found their own place in your heart. Gideon was the dream for every
reader. The plot was fast paced, but flowed beautifully. I could not name one fault with this book, each character was the perfect spice to this fun mix. As an avid reader, thank you, Ms. Gracie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I happened to find this novel while browsing at Barnes. It is, without a doubt, one of the best books I read in 2005. The characters are just wonderful. So full of life that you feel as if they are real and you're watching a movie. I cannot wait for the other novels regarding the sisters to come out.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1816, Lord Dereham uses a riding whip in a rage on his seventeen years old granddaughter Faith in the locked attic. Nineteen years old sister Charity sends Faith¿s twin Hope to get the oldest sibling Prudence to intercede with their abusive grandfather. Charity has welts on her face and Hope on her wrists as both tried to intervene. Pru frees Faith and tells him in eight weeks she will be twenty-one and the guardian of her siblings; they will leave even without a cent. When he hurts himself in a fall while angrily running after Pru, she takes her sisters to the home of their Uncle Oswald where she hopes to find them husbands...................... Oswald takes in his battered nieces, but insists Pru marry first. She informs him that she is engaged to recluse Edward, a duke. Pru goes to see Edward to enlist his help, but his rakish cousin Gideon Carradice intercepts her. She thinks he is Edward while he knows she is his beloved and wants her as his wife though his withdrawn cousin seeks a spouse too.................... As expected, Anne Gracie provides a wonderful Regency romance that through her ensemble of secondary cast brings to life the era especially the rights of male guardians to abuse and use their female wards. Pru is a courageous person standing up to her violent vile grandfather who blames his late daughter-in-law for her Jezebel ways that killed his son in sin. He takes his feelings outon their children. Fans will appreciate Gideon¿s efforts to prove to his beloved that he is the man for her, but first must overcome his own duplicity. THE PERFECT RAKE is a near perfect sub-genre entry................... Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read this author, she rocks! This is the first story in this series sets the fun! Sisters story is sad yet courage is a wonderful trait, love between these sister is beautiful. Read it!
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Enjoyed all the ins and outs of this story. Unique storytelling.
SesameG on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! Prudence Merridew is considered plain, but has the spirit of a tiger as she risks her own safety to protect her sisters from their violent grandfather. A charming, believable romance and some funny side characters (most notably the benevolent Great-Uncle Oswald) round out this tale.
jeffersonsambrosia on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Perfect Rake started out as a fantastic novel, it is a fun and light hearted romance that fits perfectly in the genre. I don¿t mind saying that I am a little bit addicted to your bodice rippers, while I try to go with some that go against the grain lightly I still love the formula and the happily ever after. Which with The Perfect Rake you do get. However, the story ends up being a little lack luster.About midway through this book it drags, and you will get a little tired of the Hero and Heroine. It becomes a point where the hero is just TO perfect, to sweet. He sets himself up like a martyr and it gets a little bit old. Over all the characters are likeable, and they aren¿t absolutely horrible. But I think around page 180 or so I wanted to club our hero Gideon over the head with a cup of raffia. I mean is supposed to be a rake, it would have been a bit nicer if he acted a little bit more like a rake.But all is not lost, the book may not be perfect but it¿s not a failure either. Over all the characters are likeable, and there are some rather amusing moments between Gideon and Prudence. So if you don¿t mind a little bit of melodrama, and a slight drag in the center, you will enjoy the book. And for me while it wasn¿t perfect, It did make me want to continue on and read the next book in the series.
Anniik on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a charming book! Witty and yet tender at the same time, plot devices that would usually bother me are made fresh and interesting. The characters are warm and alive, and the reader finds herself truly caring what happens to them. Prudence's honor and loyalty, set against Gideon's past of dishonor and licentiousness is a fascinating paradox. Despite the differences in their character, though, they are a wonderful pair - a real complement to each other. They fall in love with each other slowly enough that it is realistic, and the misunderstandings and conversations they have at the beginning were enough to make me laugh out loud. Truly charming!
xorscape on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
From jacket: Fate has lavished beauty on the Merridew sisters, that is, all save the eldest. But plain Prudence bears no grudge; she loves her four beautiful sisters infinitely. So when their brutal grandfather is laid up with an injury, she seizes the opportunity to concoct an ingenious escape plan for all five of them, and fast...Renowned rake Gideon, Lord Carradice, has a way of making ladies swoon. But when Prudence arrives at his doorstep, mistaking him for his cousin, the duke, it is Gideon who's infatuated. For some reason, this delightful spitfire has told her uncle that she and the duke are engaged, although a taller tale was never told. But so taken is Gideon with this charming miss that he's eager to join the game, especially if it includes a stolen kiss or two. Now Prudence's plot is going terribly, if deliciously, awry...There is a lot of humor in this book, even with the themes of domestic violence running throughout. And I always like books where there is plenty of plot, and even more than one love story!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a story that tugs at your emotions. It can make you laugh out loud at one point, cry at another, and sigh with the sweetness of the romance. It really is the total package and was even better on a reread.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It took sometime to actually get interested in the story
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written good story, Just enough humor to make the story interesting,
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Gideon was such a charming pain in the neck -- loved his character!
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