Read "The Perfect Rake" by Anne Gracie available from Rakuten Kobo. Sign up today and get $5 off your first download. A phony engagement turns into real. Editorial Reviews. Review. "Gracie's writing style is charming and wonderful." About the Author by Anne Gracie. Romance Kindle eBooks @ wm-greece.info She ran from a brute Fleeing violent tyranny, Prudence Merridew escapes with her beautiful younger sisters to London. One of them must.
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The Perfect Rake book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. She ran from a brute Fleeing violent tyranny, Prudence Merrid. Editions for The Perfect Rake: (Mass Market Paperback published in ), (Kindle Edition published in ), (ebook published in 2. To rescue her friend from a loveless marriage, a daring woman dons a disguise and finds herself captivated by a mysterious rake in this “perfect Regency.
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How to write a great review. The review must be at least 50 characters long. The title should be at least 4 characters long. Two sisters get their happy ending in this book.
I am not in a hurry to read about the third until I forget she was in this book. I did love the youngest. Feb 23, Jo rated it it was amazing Shelves: And when a rake finally falls, he falls forever. Oh, how I absolutely loved this book, every single part of it. All she wanted And when a rake finally falls, he falls forever. The chemistry between Gideon and Prudence was intense, and I loved their romance.
I know it—I, who used not to believe in such things. And you know it. Aug 25, Sharon rated it liked it Shelves: It got progressively better as it went on. The family was sweet and amusing to read, but dang they can be frustrating considering how Prudence literally did all the work.
Gideon was sweet.
Spoilers be Solid. Angst level? Other things to note? Medium angst hide spoiler ] Tears-worthy? When Gideon calls on Prudence the next day even though he knows that he normally stays away. When Prudence breaks off the engagement with the other guy. When Gideon saves Prudence from her grandpa.
Explicit details on sex. Psycho-sick grandfather. Crude language. Nov 23, Sh3lly GrumpyBookGrrrl. For those looking for a HR fix: After seeing her youngest sister, Grace, being beaten by her Grandfather Prudence knows they have to escape. Pulling off a massive deception they run to London to stay with their Great-Uncle and hope to find husbands so they can be forever out of the influence of their Grandfather.
But Prudence tells one lie too many and manages to become betrothed to the charming rake Gideon, Lord Calladice.
I think I 4. I think I must be in the Plain Jane mood, this is the second book I have read like this, one sister completely different in looks from her blonde and slender sisters! But I love it. If anyone knows more of these kind of books, don't hesitate in letting me know!
I think Gideon may be the perfect man. Here is a list of Why I Love Gideon: Despite Prue being the "plain" one he only sees her as beautiful and is truely bewildered when people say her sisters are the gorgeous ones, he just doesn't see it. He falls in love with Prudence first and isn't afriad to admit it and pursue her. He is adorable with 10 year old Grace, the youngest Merridew sister and takes a good, and well deserved, kick in the shins from her without complaint. Did I mention he was hawt?
I liked Prudence as well, although Gideon did kind of steal the show for me, what was good was that rather then the hero being the tortured one, she was, some truely terrible things had happened to her but she moves on and does her best for her sisters. A fantastic read, which I am sure I will reread at some point. I definitely recommend it! Dec 20, Nadia rated it did not like it Shelves: The southest that ever southeted.
Oct 08, Lee rated it really liked it Shelves: I read The Perfect Rake as part of an October challenge. The second part of this is surprising as Gracie is apparently Australian and usually I am at least aware of most published Australian writers. Nor do I find the cover inspiring, so the odds of me reading it if flying solo were low. Hence I have my Goodreads group to thank for any enjoyment I achieved! The book started slowly.
Gracie showed some details of the life Prudence and her four sisters were leading under their grandfather's roof. I suppose these scenes were necessary to display his abusive nature and Prudence's later desperation but, at times, I found them a little strange. Thankfully the tone changed considerably once the hero, Gideon, was introduced. Prudence had managed to come up with a plan to flee their grandfather but it fell apart a little until she invented a fake finance.
In a very funny meet cute, Gideon decides to play the role, and he does so admirably. I liked the running joke of Gideon not noticing the beauty of the other sisters. If the book continued like this throughout, I would have rated it 5 out of 5.
The tone changed again, however, around the halfway mark. She also introduced a couple more conflicts into the plot. It was the usual, he only bedded women who knew the score and wanted a frivolous bit of sex without the seriousness of a relationship and no one ever got hurt and blah blah blah.
I also think she fell into some sort of trap when she included the sex scene. Yes, perhaps that's the problem. I didn't mind the idea of a sex scene but it was to me ill timed and therefore, superfluous. There were a few bright moments in the second half of the book. Most of the jokes surrounding the character of Phillip, for example, were a hoot.
She seems to have done quite a bit of research, in fact. And I think I will probably give the other books in the series a go. View all 4 comments. There are some darker moments, but they never overshadowed the lovely heart-warming feeling I had after I finished reading it.
How could anyone love such a wicked, funny, foolish man? How could they not? Oh, Gideon is such a wonderful hero. Wickedly charming, amiable and flirtatious, he hides a vulnerable heart beneath his frivolous rakishness.
A lonely, sad, loveless childhood has made him determined to embrace a carefree lifestyle, determined to show the world that he cares for nothing and no-one. He sees love as a weakness but that changes the moment he meets a certain Prudence Merridew! I love how, when everyone else regards Prudence as plain, Gideon sees her as unique and beautiful.
Is there something wrong with your eyes?
Those eyes, that smile, that hair— from top to toe, Prudence Merridew is a rare little gem! Prudence could have hugged him. Not since their parents had died had her sisters laughed and sung and giggled with such riotous glee. It is chilling to read the abuse that Prudence and her four sisters suffered at the hands of their grandfather, a bitter, hate-filled old man, and discovering the true extent of his cruelty towards Prudence is truly heart-rending.
Their plight seems more poignant knowing how different their lives had been before their parents died… filled with sunshine and laughter and love and happiness. It tugged at my heartstrings when Prudence promises them that one day their lives will once more be filled with sunshine, laughter, love and happiness. I love the scene where Gideon outmanoeuvres him with just wit alone. I loved the kind-hearted Great-uncle Oswald, such a contrast to his brother, and the forceful Aunt Gussie who makes short shrift of Otterbury.
In fact, Mr. Shoebridge shall show you the way out. I love the humour which runs throughout the story and acts as a counterpoint to the darker moments. He tried to look contrite.
They are bold and easily led and have no sense of propriety. We can be formidable fellows when we try, you know. This review is also posted on my Rakes and Rascals Blog: View all 6 comments. Oct 21, Mariana rated it it was amazing Shelves: October BOTM https: The Perfect Rake is a story about 5 young girls sisters that suffer horriable physical and mental abuse at the hands of their grandpapa who has taken them in because their parents ar dead.
The Grandfather is very sadistic. To accomplish this Prudence had to lie more times than I can count as the story goes on. The Grand Uncle wont let the other sister come out until Prude The Perfect Rake is a story about 5 young girls sisters that suffer horriable physical and mental abuse at the hands of their grandpapa who has taken them in because their parents ar dead. The Grand Uncle wont let the other sister come out until Prudence has found a husband because she is very plain looking and her sister s are beautiful.
The very selfish sisters convenience her to lie once again. May problems with the book was Prudence has been engaged with a man name Phillip for 4 plus years he has taken her virtue barely write as he in living in Indian, an she also has to keep the betroth a secret. A 12 year old can see the writing on the wall that hes just not that in to you!!! She defends him constantly and berates Lord Carridice and treats him very nasty because she has been told he is a rake and libertine, but he is the one who is always willing to help her with her lies and deception to keep her and her sisters safe from their grand papa.
So how can Prudence treat him so badly after all of her abuse and neglect she has received from Phiilip? It is obvious to the reader that Philip has got from her want he wants!
Very depressing story it just doesn't work for me I don't understand authors who write romance novels and put all the child abuse and rape in the story.
That's not a romance story for me a bit to depressing I wont be downloading the other books in the series!!! Also their could have been a lot more sensual romance in the story to balance it out instead of the constant repeating of how Ugly Prudence was this was sad really!!! View all 5 comments.
Apr 25, Juliana Philippa rated it it was amazing Shelves: Oddly enough it is notoriously infamous rake, Gideon, Lord Carradice, who sees only a strong-minded spitfire with beautiful grey eyes and proves the saying that "beauty is in the eye of the beholder. May 24, Caz rated it really liked it Shelves: So instead, I decided to pick up a book from my TBR pile that has been recommended to me various times and is regarded as one of those that every self-respecting historical romance reader should have read.
The five girls were left to his guardianship following the death of their parents, and he frequently beats and abuses them all.
When the old man falls and breaks his leg chasing Prudence down the stairs, she decides, once and for all, that they must get away before one of them is killed. With their grandfather confined to bed, and with the help of the local doctor, Prudence concocts a scheme which sees them away to London to stay with their great-uncle Oswald.
In a few weeks, Prue will be twenty-one, and the guardianship of her sisters will revert to her; and if one of them can marry quickly, the fortune left them by their parents will become available to them. With her sisters being such beauties, Prudence is utterly convinced that they will attract the right sort of male attention, and so she has high hopes of their being able to escape their grandfather for good. Their conversation here sets the tone for most of their interchanges throughout the book, which are frequently laugh-out-loud funny, often insightful and sometimes beautifully tender.
Prudence has become used to thinking of herself as the ugly-duckling of the family, yet she is not envious of her sisters or bitter, wanting only the best for them. She is equally smitten, but holds herself back; at first, she thinks his compliments are just the offhand flirtations of a hardened rake, and also feels bound by her betrothal to Philip.
Both principals are beautifully drawn characters and the reader is left in no doubt that they are perfect for each other. There is a hint of darkness there, but he covers it with a lovely self-deprecating charm and his quick wit, often concealing his keen intelligence behind a buffoonish mask. The depth of his affection for Prudence is wonderful to see, and she truly blossoms under his care. With sunshine and laughter and love and happiness. I promise!
I had the same feeling towards the end of the book when the mood again changes abruptly — this time in the opposite direction, and takes a turn for the overly melodramatic. Oct 07, Debby "Piene Raven" rated it it was amazing Shelves: Anne Gracie did a fabulous job with this story.
I truly loved Prudence and Gideon. It didn't hurt that the other characters helped the story move along. There were scenes that had me boiling and some that had me smiling. Plenty of laughable moments and teary eyed ones as well. I loved this well written novel and welcome reading more from this author. May 07, Chi rated it it was amazing Shelves: It's a perfectly lovely book between a rake and an innocent.
And honestly, Anne Gracie held no punches: The sisters' grandfather was awful. Utterly beyond the pale. The author seriously pulled a fast one where she had the shore within sight, only for her to quickly release the rope, so bravo for fooling me there, and sitting on the edge of my seat right until the very end!
It was such a wonderful read. There were some negatives though. Oct 07, Wendy rated it it was amazing. Wonderful, witty and romantic with a dark story running in the background, I loved the first in this series and it certainly won't be my last Anne Gracie.
She writes with a great insight and understanding of human nature, notwithstanding the darker elements of this story this is a beautifully written, charming and extremely humorous love story.
The Merridew sisters have escaped their tyrannical grandfather after years of physical and mental abuse. Their goal is to marry off Charity, the second el Wonderful, witty and romantic with a dark story running in the background, I loved the first in this series and it certainly won't be my last Anne Gracie.
Their goal is to marry off Charity, the second eldest of these delightful siblings. Prudence, the eldest, has always been the surrogate Mother of the family after the tragic death of their beloved parents and has been the one to have suffered the worst treatment at the hands of their grandfather - her self esteem is at an all time low.
The reason she has been the main butt of her grandfather's cruelty become clear later in the story. Prudence embroils herself in all sorts of scrapes trying to explain the appearance of her family in London; they arrive at the home of their great uncle Oswald, the younger brother of their grandfather who is the antithesis of his brother, being kindly, loving and eccentric.
He immediately agrees to launch the eldest two girls into society. However, he is a stickler for propriety, and will not allow Charity to appear until her elder sister is 'fired off'. Timid Melly Pettifer is being forced to marry Dominic Wolfe, who stands to inherit a huge estate if he weds.
When Melly begs for assistance in escaping her impending nuptials, Grace acts as the plain and mousy chaperone on their visit to the groom-to-be. But when they arrive nothing is as they expect, and Grace is scandalized to find herself being pursued by a big bad Wolfe More in historical drama. The Runaway Duke. Julie Anne Long. Put The Runaway Duke on your 'must read' list! No one could ever accuse Rebecca Tremaine of being a proper young lady. She's wretched at embroidery, pitiful at the pianoforte, and entirely too informed about the human body, courtesy of her father's scientific journals.
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