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How to Ravish a Rake (How To #3)

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Amy Hardwick has one last Season to shake off her wallflower image and make a love match. If she can't, she'll set aside her dreams of romance and return home to a suitor who can provide security-if little else. What she doesn't count on is the inappropriate-and irresistible-attention lavished on her in a darkened library by rake extraordinaire Wil
Paperback, 337 pages
Published March 27th 2012 by Forever (first published January 1st 2012)
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***original review posted at Romancing Rakes For The Love of Romance***

*ahem* Kati has done another limerick that might make you cringe because it's as awful as Charles Osgood's poetry (see: How To Seduce A Scoundrel)

There once was a rake named Will
Who rang up a large gambling bill
An heiress he must claim
To pay for his game
But in the end their secrets they must spill

Kati: Ah! So we finally get Will and Amy’s story. Totally NOT disappointed. But then again, Aunt Hester stole the show along with
♥ Melody
Fun read with an adorable couple and scrumptious hero! But this was in serious need of an epilogue or something more. The ending was so abrupt and stilted, it almost came off like an editing mistake. Like...where is the rest? You can't do that to your readers and the characters. The dialogue just abruptly stops and falls off the page. The couple's reconciliation deserved more than one brief conversation on the very last page. Come on! Felt very very rushed and incomplete.
María José
Aug 03, 2016 María José rated it it was ok
2.5 en realidad.
Debo aceptar que le iba a poner 3 estrellas, no porque se lo mereciera sino porque era un 2.5 positivo así que obvio subiría a 3 no? Pues leí el resto de los comentarios y decidí que no iba a engañarme al respecto.
Conocimos a Amy en los 2 primeros libros, no es mi tipo de personaje ideal pero al incluir a Will en la historia decidí que valdría la pena, pues No. El 0.5 es sólo por el final que me confundió tanto que se lo otorgué.

Por cierto si alguien me menciona "tiernos senti
Amy Hardwick knows all too well the reputation of William Darcett, also not quite so affectionately called "The Devil", and she's steering clear away from the handsome rake. She's on her last Season and decides to make this one to deviate from the earlier Wallflower years. And she succeeds becoming the fashion darling of the ton with her beautifully designed gowns.

Will is cut off from his heritage and cannot no longer travel abroad away from his meddling family. To cook up a scheme to get out of
Sep 16, 2016 Lorka rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf-at-all
This book was just ok, borderline Meh. I only made it thru to a little passed midway, but the whole time I kept thinking that I had already read this story before (even though I had not). I think my overall problem is that I never really liked or started to care about the main characters. The book starts off with the hero making some pretty dumb decisions, then acts like a complete dork with the heroine, then suddenly he is acting all nice and normal (nothing rakish about him). So I felt there w ...more
This could have been a great romance and it could have been a disaster .... As it is, it was neither, which is a shame because all in all I quite liked the story and the characters but it took me nearly half the book to start liking them
The main reason for the 3 stars is the writing, which was for big parts really good and then, often with one wrong sentence all the build-up came crashing down and it left me feeling bereft of the emotional buil-up

Nevertheless, it is a nice story
Jen (Red Hot Books)
Apr 16, 2012 Jen (Red Hot Books) rated it liked it
3.5 Stars
After a string of unsuccessful seasons, Amy is beginning to give up hope on the love match she has dreamed of. She's always been too shy to attract a man at any of the London balls, but this year, she is determined to make a change. Armed with the beautiful dresses she designed, she finally finds herself apart from the other wallflowers and enjoying her first taste of acclaim.

Will is the youngest son in his family. He has played his hand to the fullest, gallivanting around the world and
Michelle Kelly
Jul 19, 2012 Michelle Kelly rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical, 2012-read
I think my fav of the series so far

Completely loved How to Ravish a Rake!

I got so wrapped up in How to Ravish a Rake that I read it in a day, non-stop. The hero, Will was delicious and Amy was just delightful. I loved the romance formula that author, Vicky Dreiling concocted in this ravishing story. She choose a novel approach instead of writing the usual overused conflict where the protagonists try to avoid their mutual feelings towards one another. It wa
Mar 29, 2012 Donna rated it really liked it
I really liked this book all the way through, then I didn't like the ending at all!!! I liked Amy and enjoyed most of the romance. I loved Will and really enjoyed seeing his character develop and mature. The ending just really bothered me and didn't feel like it fit with the rest of the book. It just felt very forced and abrupt. Even though Amy was growing out of her shy personality, I don't see her reacting well with a scene in front of a huge group of Will's family and friends. And again, even ...more
Jess the Romanceaholic
Very "meh" right now. Full review and final rating to follow, but for now, 3.5/5.
Mar 24, 2012 Erin rated it it was amazing
This is the third book in Vicky Dreiling's inaugural How To series featuring Hawk's brother Will and Amy (from the first 2 books). I did receive my copy as an ARC from the author.

Amy happens to be my favorite of Ms. Dreiling's three heroines so far. She is an introverted thinker who must deal with a lot of social anxiety. This leaves her tongue tied in social situations and confused in larger crowds, which explains the idea that she is aloof, first mentioned in Duke. Amy is the type of heroine t
Mary (BookHounds)
Apr 17, 2012 Mary (BookHounds) rated it it was amazing

Known as a wallflower, heiress Amy Hardwick goes to London for one last season to try to change that and makes every effort to return eye contact, dance and do a bit more than wait in the wings and gossip. She has also decided to turn her hobby of designing dresses into a bit more. Although women are frowned upon for engaging in trade during the 1800's, she secretly cuts a deal with a dress maker and sees her creations cause a bit of a stir. The dresses she wears do
Francesca the Fierce (Under the Covers Book Blog)
This review was posted at Under the Covers

Rake meets wallflower. Rake teases wallflower with no intention of getting involved. Shit happens. Rake has to seduce said wallflower. Rake ends up falling in love.

This type of story should get old but when is narrated with humor and with characters that you seem to connect to and care from the beginning, then it's no wonder this book was a delightful read. I just couldn't put it down.

We got to know Amy Hardwick as Julienne's friend in How to Seduce a Sc
Mar 28, 2012 Danielle rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Review originally posted at Ramblings From This Chick

I'm sad to say that I did not enjoy this book as much as I was hoping to. The last book left me on such a high but with this book it just kinda dragged on for me during the beginning. I'm not sure if it was because of the conflict between Amy and Will or maybe because I was expecting more banter between them. I just felt like something was missing.

For the last few seasons Amy has spent her time on Wallflower row and is determined to make hers
Lindsey ( United By Books Reviews)
"How To Ravish A Rake" is book three in Dreiling's "How To" Series. You will encounter characters you may have seen in previous books. I couldn't wait for this installment thanks in part to shy, wallflower Amy. For some reason, that part of her I connected to and had me waiting to see her story. My waiting paid off as it was not a disappointment. Amy has decided on her last Season that she was going out with a bang. Amy uses her talent for designs and fabric to help her break out from the shy, a ...more
Jan 24, 2012 Sara rated it it was amazing
This book reminded me why historical romance was my first favorite genre as a young reader. I was immersed in the era immediately, from the dialogue to the detail when describing carriage rides, balls, and the popular fashions during the time. Not to mention my absolute awe at the strength these women had to have to find any kind of happiness on their terms. It was fascinating to me that one wrong word or gesture could have greater meaning than intended.

Amy Hardwick has one last season in Londo
Apr 03, 2012 Lynelle rated it really liked it
This is the 3rd book in Vicky’s How To series and was my first book of hers that I have read. I enjoyed this book so much that as soon as I was finished I downloaded and also devoured the first two books, How to Marry a Duke and How to Seduce a Scoundrel.

Amy Hardwick is very shy, her last season and she is determined to get over her shyness and overcome her status as a wallflower. She struggles with great anxiety to approach groups and gets tongue tied when everyone is speaking at once. I liked
Apr 10, 2012 Jessica rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-own
As many of you know, historical romances are one of my all-time favorite romances, so I knew I was going to like this one. I mean, look at the cover! So, as you can probably guess, I really enjoyed How to Ravish a Rake!

No matter what historical romance I read, I always love the main character. Amy is just an awesome heroine and I loved her whole story. She was used to being the "wallflower" at the balls, but this season she has come out of her shell and is determined to change. The fact that sh
Apr 12, 2012 Farrah rated it really liked it
How to Ravish a Rake was an excellent read. It was hot, engaging, and brilliant. It helps that I have a inclination for romances about a married couple falling in love. This one is definitely a worthy addition to the list of greats in that area.

For one, Amy is very admirable yet still seems real. She has her flaws but she does her best to overcome them. I love how she set out to reinvent herself and managed to very successfully. And after she and Will are forced into a marriage to avoid scandal,
Jan Crow
Apr 03, 2012 Jan Crow rated it it was amazing
Vicky Dreiling has done it again. She’s provided the reader with a five star night of entertainment with friends.
Amy Hardwick has gone to London to spend the season with her friend, Georgette, who she suspects will marry her beau, Beaufort this season. Amy has grown from the shy wallflower that we met in How To Marry a Duke, to a young lady dancing at the balls and showing off fashionable gowns that she, herself designed.
However, it is at one of these balls that she finds herself locked in a
Apr 10, 2012 Angelc rated it liked it
I've been hoping for one of the author's books to live up to her debut, but it hasn't happened yet. This book was okay, but it just wasn't on that fantastic level of her first book. There were aspects that I did enjoy about this story, but I think the focus on the bedroom scenes and the silliness of their wager left a bad taste for me.

I've loved the characters of Amy and Georgette since the first book in the series, so maybe I was hoping for more in "their story" (Amy gets to be the lead, while
How To Ravish A Rake is the third book in Dreiling’s How To series. I haven’t read the other books in the series so I didn’t have any expectations going into this. While I enjoyed Dreiling’s writing, I didn’t like this book as much as I was hoping. The pacing for the first half of the book felt really slow. I almost gave up at one point but kept going and the story finally picked up. I also got a bit tired of Amy’s inner monologue. She kept worrying about the same things over and over again.

Jan 02, 2013 Taryn rated it it was ok
Shelves: owned-books, romance
Amy is trying to throw off her wallflower image. And she wants NOTHING to do with William "the devil" Darcett.
However, Will wants everything to do with her. He finds her fascinating. After they both get 'stuck' in a strange position, they are forced to marry to keep Amy's reputation intact.

SPOILER ALERT: Where the book gets really strange is when they're trying to be in a 'dating' relationship, and then there's a weird subplot where Amy is getting paid for dress designs and then ANOTHER subplot
Rebecca (everyday reader)
Feb 13, 2013 Rebecca (everyday reader) rated it it was amazing
Amy is a wallflower who has decided that this will be her last Season and is determined to get away from her unflattering reputation. She shares her dress design drawings and everyone loves them, therefore making her the fashion darling of the Season. Will, Hawk's younger brother, has returned home after years abroad with no profession, money, or ambition. He loses a bit of money gambling, and instead of pleading to his brother for help, he figures marrying an heiress is his only option. Will fi ...more
Mary Gramlich
Apr 01, 2012 Mary Gramlich rated it really liked it
HOW TO RAVISH A RAKE by Vicky Dreiling

Do you feel my love even when we are not together?

Amy Hardwick was reconciling herself to spinsterhood and building a career as a fashion designer. This was happening in a time when women were expected to be married not career minded, yet Amy knew she should have some income just in case. That just in case turned out to be the man she is now married to Mr. William Darcett.

Will is an infamous rake that started out with the intent of using Amy and her money to
Mar 28, 2012 Betty rated it it was amazing
This is the first book that I have read by Vicky Dreiling, but it will not be my last. This was a charming historical romance that once started, I could not put down. Will, our hero, starts out as a very arrogant and self centered noble. He is the youngest in a large family and as such has learned to focus on his own needs. Amy, the heroine, has been "out" in society for several years, but has managed to be allowed one more season. She has resigned herself to marrying the man back home that she ...more
Mar 31, 2012 Katie rated it really liked it
Another great book from Vicky. My only true drawback was the backstory of Will's interactions with his family was set up well in his brother's story and I felt it could have played a slightly larger role throughout (or maybe consistent/prominent are better words for what I'm trying to convey). The resolution was wonderful and the ending was brilliant. I'd have loved an epilogue but I can't have everything and the laugh I got right at the end was worth missing an 'after' story. I had to smother m ...more
Shelly Bell
Apr 01, 2012 Shelly Bell rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
How to Ravish a Rake is the third book in Vicky Dreiling’s “How To” Series. You can read it as a stand-alone. However, after reading it, I wanted to know more about the stories behind the other happy couples, so I bought the first two: How to Marry a Duke and How to Seduce a Scoundrel. Both are nominees for the prestigious RITA award.

I look forward to reading more from this author. I’m giving How to Ravish a Rake four spunky beans.
Brandy Dorsch
Jan 13, 2012 Brandy Dorsch rated it it was amazing
This is an absolutely wonderful book! I knew that Amy's story was going to be interesting and I am so glad that it included Hawk's brother, Will. It is always nice to see a man recognize his fate.
Apr 19, 2012 Barbara rated it liked it
Not my favorite in the series, but I did enjoy reading about Will and Amy's romance. I love Dreiling's sense of humor. And as usual, Aunt Hester never fails to entertian. She's undoubtedly a favorite of mine.
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Mar 01, 2015 08:20AM  
  • Too Tempting to Resist (Lords of Midnight, #2)
  • When You Give a Duke a Diamond (Jewels of the Ton, #1)
  • Secrets of an Accidental Duchess (Donovan Sisters, #2)
  • Loving Lady Marcia (House of Brady, #1)
  • How to Romance a Rake (Ugly Ducklings #2)
  • Lady Anne’s Lover
  • The Art of Duke Hunting (Royal Entourage, #2)
  • All Afternoon with a Scandalous Marquess (Lords of Vice, #5)
  • The Saint Who Stole My Heart (Regency Rogues, #4)
  • The Pleasure of Your Kiss (Burke Brothers, #1)
  • Confessions from an Arranged Marriage (The Burgundy Club, #4)
  • The Runaway Countess (Nottinghamshire, #1)
  • Temptation  & Twilight (The Brethren Guardians, #3)
  • The Price of Temptation
  • FREEDOM : The Rake And The Recluse : Part One
  • Mad About the Earl (Ministry of Marriage, #2)
Vicky Dreiling is a confirmed historical romance junkie and Anglophile. Frequent business trips to the UK allowed her to indulge her passion for all things Regency England. Bath, Stonehenge, and Spencer House are among her favorite places. She is, however, truly sorry for accidentally setting off a security alarm in Windsor Castle. That unfortunate incident led her British colleagues to nickname h ...more
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  • How to Seduce a Scoundrel (How To #2)

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