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The Rake (Lessons in Love #1)

3.85  ·  Rating Details ·  6,016 Ratings  ·  257 Reviews
A Regency romp about a young lady who vows revenge on the rakish lord who loved and left her, only to find herself unexpectedly caught in Cupid′s net along with the handsome viscount when her plan to love and leave him backfires.
ebook, 384 pages
Published March 17th 2009 by HarperCollins e-books (first published June 4th 2002)
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I avoided reading this book for some time because I wasn't too keen on the idea of a hero ruining a heroine's reputation for a wager and going away without a care. Well, I should've known better than trust a book blurb!

The general idea is there, but events don't fold exactly like that... On the contrary, Tristan was a very likeable hero, who'd never meant to hurt Georgie and did everything he could to save her reputation - and succeeded! And that led me to question Georgie's actions: Why did she
When Lady Georgiana Halley loses her innocence to Viscount Dare she’s heartbroken and ashamed to learn it was all for a wager. Now six years later, Georgiana thinks it about time Dare get’s taught a lesson! Only when the lesson backfires Georgiana’s heart is yet again on the line and this time Dare won’t give her up without a fight!

I was so happy I found this hidden away on my TBR shelf, after reading a recent Suzanne Enoch book, I wasn’t all that impressed or wanting to read one of her older
*4.5 Stars*

I first read this book so long ago that I don't exactly remember when it was. I have reread this trilogy many times over the years, but I still enjoy it each time. It's been at least a year or two since the last reread, so the dialogue and exact events had faded enough that it felt like a rediscovery.

I am a fan of second-chance-romances and the frenemies-to-lovers trope, and this definitely fit the bill for both. Second chances can sometimes be hard to accept, but the author did a fab
Aug 24, 2008 Eastofoz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Readers who like a good love/hate story
This book is so good ! Tristan and Georgiana have this red-hot love/hate thing happening right up to the end. The jabs they give each other are wicked but all the while they’re aching desperately for each other which makes for top-notch romance. There are some great twists and turns and sex in some very unexpected places—refreshing for a regency! What’s so good is that it doesn’t follow the typical regency story-line: they meet, they don’t like each, there are the rules of the ton, they have sex ...more
Fani loves angst
A really sweet and slightly humorous romance without anything extraordinary but very well written.

It's the story of Tristan and Georgianna who have a past; a past only the two of them know about and enmity is all that remains after 4-5 years. But now Georgianna decides to teach him a lesson about how a gentleman should really behave; break his heart in the process and leave him as he did with her years ago.

Of course trying to win his love means she has to be friendlier with him and charm him. Tr
Ahh...finally back to a book that falls in my "comfort zone". No spies, no suspense, no clues to follow and puzzles to solve. Just your everyday rake...handsome, charming, witty...who has a stigma attached that might as well be stamped to his forehead "Caution all females! If you can read this, you are too close!" And a heroine who is beautiful, gracious, (a little too) witty...who, apparently, can't read. LOL The book begins 6 years after the heroine was duped out of her virginity by the hero w ...more
Apr 20, 2015 Susanne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Susanne by: Karen Booklover
Witty, charming, lovely and sweet.

Suzanne Enoch is becoming one of my favorite authors! She writes books of quality. The language is great and engaging. I could really feel myself walking around the streets and going to fancy parties in regency London. I could feel the grass and the sunshine.

The story about Tristan and Georgiana was everything I enjoy in a romance! I loved Tristan’s family and Georgiana was so sweet, albeit a bit naive, moving in to help his aunt and to teach Tristan a lesson.
Nuria Llop
Una novela entretenida, con una galería de personajes encantadores que compensan algunas carencias de los protagonistas y una trama muy simple con un conflicto de pareja que solo se sostiene por la personalidad cada uno. Él es un personaje bastante plano que no me despertado mucho interés, sus pequeños defectos son perdonables por todas las cualidades que presenta. Ella, con su rencor y su insistente deseo de venganza, a pesar de lo que siente por él, me ha resultado algo infantiloide y poco coh ...more
Nov 23, 2011 Jan rated it it was ok
Very strange book. Georgiana and Tristan seemed very fun and interesting in the latter books in this series, but strangely enough their own book fell terribly short.

It had its great moments, because their backstory is actually interesting, and matters of trust always make for good romance stories. And the side-characters, Georgiana's friends and Tristans family are lovely.

Unfortunately one third of the plot hinged on Georgie's plan to make Tristan fall in love with her and then break his heart,
Feb 21, 2012 Julie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ok, this one was my first by Suzanne Enoch and all I can say is how did I go so long with out reading her? I freaking loved this book; love the banter/fighting between Tristan and Georgiana-it was clever and witty. They were funny without being over dramatic and stupid. And I loved the fighting between them was for something that actually happened and not just some stupid big misunderstanding that could be fixed with a simple conversation. Loved the ending, so sweet without being cloying or syru ...more
Rosie Read
I actually thought the novel had a lot of potential and it certainly started off well. Six years after Viscount Dare seduces Georgiana she decides to make him the object of her lessons in chivalry. The whole ton knows of the animosity between Georgiana and Dare and there are plenty of opportunities for witty barbed exchanges between the two. However, for some reason I felt a bit disappointed with the direction of the plot. Some details were adorably sweet (fans is all I shall say) and others had ...more
Oct 22, 2011 Ilze rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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This might have been a 3 or 4 star rating up to the point where an 18 year-old debutante tries to seduce the hero in his own bed, after sneaking undetected out of her own house, at 2 in the morning, by herself, finding a hackney cab and simply walking into the hero's house and finding his bedroom in a mansion of 20 bedrooms, in total darkness. I just couldn't buy into that scene at all. After that it went pretty much downhill, and the gratuitous and trashy sex scenes near the end, especially the ...more
4.5 stars.

I don't know how good this review will be because I've had 4 glasses of wine. Maybe I should wait until tomorrow...

In the meantime.
I did really enjoy this book. I had pushed it to the front of my TBR shelf because it received high ratings from some of my GR friends.

Tristan (the hero) was a complete doll. I LOVED him so much. Although I think my feelings for him ultimately affected my opinion of Georgiana, the heroine, because I could see so much good in him when she could only see the

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The Rake,was the first historical romance book I read and I'm not frantic about it!Well,I'm guesing after reading about 10 marvelous books in the genre,I was bound to read one that didn't amaze me.

It's not that The Rake was a bad book,more like one that I won't remember for long after finishing it and one whose story didn't appeal to me so much.
First of all,I had a problem with the main concept of the plot.The whole thing of a w
Jan 12, 2016 Zoe rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have had this book on my TBR for a while, since I have been home sick for 2 days, I decided to read it to pass the time I am forced to stay in bed. This a such a typical encounter between Suzanne Enoch and me.

The book started great, with Tristan and Georgiana, who had a "thing", the nature only known to the both of them. There isn't much else to the plot other than Tristan and Georgiana danced their little dance toward each other. I liked both characters, which is usually the ca
Aug 25, 2011 Madu rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's 5 a.m
It has been a while since I've read a book for the first time that made me laugh, hold my breath and that kept me awake during the whole night
The first half was wonderful, but after that I thought for about 2 chapters that it would be only about Tristan trying to win Georgiana's hand and I waited something to happen...AND IT DID!! And it was so funny. I couldn't stop laughing
My first Suzanne Enoch book -surely not my last!
My sincere apologies. I read a ton over Thanksgiving break but wrote zilch, which leaves me forgetting the particulars but remembering the overall feel of this story... I like it, it entertained me. It was better than average yet not (obviously) one I'll never forget.
Aug 27, 2008 ChloeLeeNH rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Regency Era fans
I love Suzanne Enoch. This is another great one.... I am starting this series with this one. Glad I took everyones recommendations... I love the love/hate relationship they have from the beginning. It was neat that it tied into the previous trilogy she did as well. This one was a lot of fun!
Feb 02, 2016 Flor rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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It is book two in my re-read month. "The Rake" was the first book i read by Suzanne Enoch. I find it amazing that i always choose the best in authors series to read first. I was a little slower in reading this one since last week was a busy week. Anyways.... I really can't remember how old i was when i read this book. Nor can i remember where. I just remember loving it and being ecstatic to find out there were two others afterwards.

The hero and heroine unlike many other romances have known e
Nov 01, 2012 Fiary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ceritanya ada tiga gadis muda, Georgiana, Lucinda dan Evelyn yang ingin memberi pelajaran kepada kaum pria bangsawan aristokrat yang menurut pandangan mereka sudah tidak lagi menghargai dan bersikap sopan terhadap wanita serta tidak (kurang) memiliki tanggung jawab terhadap apa yang telah mereka perbuat terhadap kaum wanita. Intinya mereka ingin membuat pria bangsawan menyebalkan menjadi gentleman.

Di seri pertama – The Rake, mengisahkan love – hate relationship antara Georgiana Halley dengan Tri
Angela Noviana
Baca novel ini..... aku lumer sama Tristan a.k.a Dare. Ya ampun, tuh cowok so sweet banget. Walaupun aku gak setuju sama perlakuan dia 6 tahun lalu kepada Georgiana a.k.a Georgie.

Jadi, 6 tahun lalu, si Dare dengan begonya melakukan taruhan, (1) dia akan mendapatkan ciuman dari Georgiana dan (2) salah satu stoking yang dipakai oleh wanita itu saat itu. Sebenarnya Dare mendapatkan keduanya, tapi yang diketahui oleh masyarakat adalah Dare hanya berhasil mendapatkan ciuman. Kenapa dia menyimpan raha
Pamela Shropshire
Jul 12, 2016 Pamela Shropshire rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book, although a new series, begins after A Matter of Scandal ends, and features Lady Frederica's companion, Georgiana, and Lord Dare. In Scandal, we got a hint of past trouble between them and that is explored fully here.

Six years ago, Dare entered into a wager that he could seduce Georgiana, and he did so. When she found out about the wager, she was rightly furious; but at least Dare never told anyone. He had taken one of her stockings at the time; he has never been able to forget Georgia
This could easily have been a great book for me: a hero and heroine who actually have a backstory that is actually interesting (he entered a wager that involved stealing a kiss and a stocking from her, he slept with her in the process, and after thinking he only did so to win a bet (because we must have a huge misunderstanding somewhere), she is now afraid to trust anyone), great supporting characters (I hope his brothers and aunts keep showing up later in the series), and adorable banter betwee ...more
Oct 13, 2015 Hero rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rating: 3.1

I decided to read this book because my goodreads friends were either reading #3 in the series, England's Perfect Hero, or it was on their to-read, and I thought I would start with book one for once since I'm notorious for starting in the middle of a series.

I was quite disappointed in the book but I think this was more against the expectations I had for it and the series. It is a nice fluffy Regency tale but I never bought into their "love". In fact, I couldn't even figure out that the
Lisa Creane
What do you do when the supposed hero does something so casually vicious that he goes beyond "rake" territory to "villain" from the start?

Give him the excuse of callowness, and then wait until he's weighed down with the needs of orphaned younger brothers and impoverished properties before allowing the wronged woman to seek revenge. Then have her offer salvation instead with love and cash.

Do you see why this doesn't work for me? I don't remember him even apologizing. I kept reading because I li
Tidak tebal memang, tapi ceritanya bagussssss! *dengan banyak 's'*

Pelajaran yang awalnya diniatkan oleh Georgiana, malah pada akhirnya berbalik ke dirinya sendiri. Karena rupanya lelaki yang dia pilih untuk menjadi 'Lesson in Love' adalah seorang lelaki yang pernah terlibat dengan masa lalunya. Lelaki itu meninggalkan dirinya dengan 'kenang-kenangan' sakit hati serta ketidak percayaan kepada diri sendiri dan orang lain.

Pelajaran yang dia susun berhasil dengan mulus, namun apa yang dia niatkan j
Sep 27, 2009 Nisha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: love/hate romance lovers and beta hero lovers
A love/hate romance. One of my favorite cliches, but this book portrayed it in a new angle. Lovers with some history and some mistakes who end up realizing that they really love each other.

There are so many reasons why this book read well. One, the hero is actually a fairly normal decent guy, not perfect or too roguish. He had made some mistakes, but forgivable. Two, Triston's family. I loved them all. I wish there was more about them actually. I loved the part when he considered selling one of
Apr 23, 2010 Ruth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this story. There's no real tortured characters, and not a huge amount of steam, but the electricity between the two protagonists sizzles and the story whips along at a rapid pace. It's great to read a story which leaves you feeling so happy.

The interactions between Georgiana and Dare are great - witty and biting, and oh so smart. I actually chuckled whilst reading it in several places (that never happens!), and I actually found myself saying "what a bitch!" out loud at one point (that a
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“I'm glad you decided to come."
"It doesn't mean anything." He grinned. "Everything means something.”
“He wrote you a poem?" Evelyn looped her hand around Georgiana's arm and led the way to the chairs lining one side of the room.

"He did." Grateful to see Luxley select one of the debutantes as his next victim, Georgiana accepted a glass of Madeira from one of the footman. After three hours of quadrilles, waltzes, and country dances, her feet ached. "And you know what rhymes with Georgiana, don't you?"

Evelyn wrinkled her brow, her gray eyes twinkling. "No, what?"

"Nothing. He just put 'iana' after every ending word. In iambic trimeter, yet. 'Oh, Georgiana, your beauty is my sunlightiana, your hair is finer than goldiana, your—' "

Lucinda made a choking sound.”
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