The Art of Ruining a Rake

The Art of Ruining a Rake

by Emma Locke

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BN ID: 2940157933142
Publisher: Intrepid Reads
Publication date: 07/21/2015
Series: Emma Locke's The Naughty Girls Series , #4
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 59,368
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Emma Locke is a USA Today Bestselling Author of smart, sensual Regency romances. Her current books make up the Scandalous Spinsters series, a double trilogy featuring three courtesans and three country hoydens who marry into the notorious Alexander family. She is also an engineer living in the Pacific Northwest, where she loves hiking with her dog, hot yoga and riding out the annual 330 days of rain.

You can Like Emma on Facebook at, follow her on Twitter @EmmaLocke_ or check out her books and appearances at

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The Art of Ruining a Rake (The Naughty Girls, #4) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Simply fun! Loved it ~ so much fun to 'see' that what happens today, could have happened any time! Bought the series!
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Sam1219 More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review. Roman Alexander, never meant to ruin his best friend's sister. Twice. But there they were, on the desk,in flagrante delicto, when the door opened. Lucy Lancester was fired from the girls' school she founded, and her name was linked with the Marquess in the rag sheets and she is turned out of polite society. When Lucy declines his offer of marriage--twice--Roman must take a cold, hard look in the mirror and face that he does not like the shiftless degenerate he has become. After falling prey to his wiles not once, but twice, it is clear enough Roman's imagination is not running away with him, so why did Lucy seduce him in the first place if only to rebuff him later? Is there any hope for him to ever win her heart? Can Roman change his habits and be worthy of him in her eyes? Society's? His own? This story is by turns delightful, laugh-out-loud funny, and yet poignant and painful as Roman grapples not just with his relationship with Miss Lancester, but also with his brothers and making a place for himself in their business. The dialogue is inspired, and the depth of Roman and Lucy's characters is rare. I am looking forward to reading more books in the Naughty Girls Series.
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MoniqueD More than 1 year ago
What a joy to discover a new author and fall head-over-heels in love with a book! A year ago, Roman Alexander ruined Lucy Lancester, he offered to marry her but she refused because she told him she would rather remain independent. And he was not the kind of man she would marry anyway. Roman is broke, he is a true rake, but the thing is, he never meant to ruin Lucy; she tricked him. He doesn’t know that Lucy has always loved him, but he is so wrong in every way. Except that Roman is the most charming, handsome, adorable rogue and Lucy cannot resist him. But she does for a year, until they meet again, and things happen, and now Lucy is completely ruined, totally, irrevocably ruined. Roman proposes again, and again Lucy says no, to Roman’s utter astonishment. Lucy will have to exile herself to her brother’s and lose her School for Accomplished Young Ladies, for which she had worked so hard. THE ART OF RUINING A RAKE is an absolutely fabulous historical romance! Ms. Locke is a fantastically talented writer, her prose is effortless, elegant and witty, the dialogues are spectacular, and the banter between Roman and Lucy is priceless; it reminds one of the true pleasure of reading. The characters are wonderfully complex and ever so enticing. Roman is a true rake, he’s a fop, a gigolo, he does nothing; we shouldn’t like him, and yet we do because he is so charismatic and irresistible, but as we get to know him, we get to see that there is much more than meets the eye. Lucy is also superb: she is very different from what we often see; she needs a purpose in life, if only she could resist her charming rake. I just loved Roman and Lucy so much; what a grand adventure THE ART OF RUINING A RAKE is! There is real passion, the character development is beyond compare, it’s fun, light, and lovely; THE ART OF RUINING A RAKE is a complete and utter delight! I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
debwill74 More than 1 year ago
I received this copy of The Art of Ruining a Rake from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I'd started reading this book expecting a quick, buzz through romance. I was charmingly surprised to discover that it was a much deeper and richer book than I'd anticipated.
JeneratedReviews More than 1 year ago
The Art of Ruining A Rake is the engaging fourth installment in Emma Locke's Naughty Girls series. This book and it's characters matured as this work developed. Ms. Locke's often humorous take on circumstances that would make most people despondent and defeated instead added strength to her characters portrayal. A story of human error, accountability and ultimately forgiveness of oneself and others brings this novel full circle. The magnetic attraction between the hero and heroine was an added bonus to this appealing book. *I received this ARC via Netgalley.* *While this book can be read as a stand alone reading the prior books in this series would enhance your reading experience.*
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
ADORABLE! Emma Locke has found a new fan. Roman and Lucy were magnetic. I had to finish this story as soon as I started it. It was so cute how she tried to turn the tables and ended up falling into her own trap. It was wonderful how strong Lucy was in her beliefs. Normally the heroine gives in way too quickly. But she was spunky and determined to do things her way. Roman discovers that whenever the heart is involved anything goes and is willing to give his all to prove that he is all in. I received a copy of The Art of Ruining a Rake in exchange for an honest review. It is obvious to me that I love a story when it keeps drawing me back whenever I have to put it down. This was one of those types of reads for me.
Redhott More than 1 year ago
Lucy wants to be an independent woman in a timeperiod where it is unheard of. She has loved her brother's bestfriend Roman since she was a little girl but is scared to be with him due to a past tragedy. I wouldn't call Roman a Rake but he may have been in previous books. I felt a little lost since I had not read the first 3 books of the series although the author tried to bridge the gap. Despite that problem I enjoyed this book because I laughed out loud at the characters and had to fan myself during the love scenes. I would read another book by this author.