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The Casanova Code (The Rake Patrol #1)

3.77  ·  Rating Details  ·  166 Ratings  ·  39 Reviews
"A refined gentleman, age 25, of wealth and education, seeks the acquaintance, with a view to matrimony, of a high-minded, kind-hearted lady who prefers an evening of quiet conversation to the lively demands of society."

Edwina Hargrove knows that this "gentleman" was, in fact, Ashton Trewelyn, a rake notorious for seducing the young and naive. In fact, five decent women ha
ebook, 304 pages
Published June 5th 2012 by Penguin Group (first published 2012)
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The first book in The Rake Patrol series. Edwina Hargrove sees an ad advertising for a wife but she knows its really a ruse to attract decent women and bundle them off for scandalous purposes. She also sees patterns and codes in the advertisements. Anyway she and her fellow Rake Patrol are determine to stop Ashton Trewelyn from his dastardly deeds.

A fun, witty, little romp in the world of codes and secrets. Not a lot of action, may have lagged slightly at times but, overall, I found it enjoyable
Jun 14, 2012 Pat rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The code word is SEXY!

Edwina Hargrove is a very modern woman (for the Victorian era!) She rides bicycles (scandalous!) and longs for independence and adventure, but the closest she ever comes is using her uncanny code-breaking skills to decipher letters from her brothers and to decipher coded messages in the personal ads in the newspapers. Until the day she decodes a message from one of the ton’s most notorious rakes, advertising for a good woman to draw into his debauchery. Edwina, along with h
Jun 01, 2012 Elysa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Refined Seduction
THE CASANOVA CODE by Donna MacMeans is a delightful romance between a reformed rake and a blue stocking. I loved the whole concept of the The Rake Patrol formed by the heroine and her three friends to stop "gentlemen" from seducing and ruining young women.

When Edwina Hargrove comes face-to-face with her first rake she learns he's not what she expected and finds herself falling under his spell.. Her modern ways and unusual pastimes - riding a bicycle and deciphering coded messa
Jun 02, 2012 Caroline rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
An emotionally satisfying story that lingers in your mind when you shut the book--readers looking for a well written story with an innovative plot should open The Casanova Code and fall into it.

A young lady with a gift for cracking codes finds her skills have more use than playing games with family or decoding titillating messages in the personal columns. A war hero finds that a reputation built up in his younger days lingers in society like a bad odor hindering any chance he has of a more meani
Lucy Lavelle
Jun 17, 2012 Lucy Lavelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
I received a copy of this book from the Goodreads First Reads Program.

I'm not a huge fan of romance books but I enjoyed this book regardless of that, Edwina's skill in cryptography was an interesting plot point (I'm quite interested in cryptography myself but sadly I lack Edwina's talent for it!).

I liked that Edwina was not a typical romance heroine, her insistence on being a modern woman was refreshing given that women in romance books are notoriously subservient.
Ashton was also an interesting
Jun 19, 2012 Dottie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A witty, passionate historical romance that will capture your heart! Taken from my review at

Edwina is not like the other females of her time period. She rides a book and spends her time decoding messages. Whenever she and her brothers exchange correspondence, they write their messages in code, using their favorite book, Treasure Island. She also watches the local newspaper for ads written in code and tries to read the message behind these ads. One such ad, appearing to be a m
Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
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There's the saying a tiger can't change his stripes, but what if he does?

I hadn't taken the time to open a book by Donna MacMeans until I nabbed a copy of The Casanova Code. Let me say here and now, I was so wrong to wait this long. I snickered, cheered, and at times wanted to toss the book across the room. Why? Because I got so wrapped up in the characters! I did. I sat down to read this book planning to take in two, maybe three chap
Shayna L.
Jun 09, 2012 Shayna L. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
I received this book in a goodreads first-reads giveaway.

First I wanted to say that I've never really been interested in romance novels but I just couldn't put this book down! I stayed up until 5 AM reading - it was that interesting! Several parts were quite mysterious - I kept trying to figure out who the mystery person was and what the codes could mean.

The characters were likeable. Sometimes the things Edwina did would irritate me. She was always saying how she was a new modern woman but then
Jan 01, 2015 Michelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fun start to a new series by Donna MacMeans. Edwina has always had a head for figuring out puzzles, decoding secret messages, and understanding patterns. A secret code in the newspaper lead her to Casanova, Ashton, but he’s not the man he used to be. Ashton has returned injured from the war and wants to leave his wastrel life behind him. He’s ready to do some good but isn’t sure how to change his life. He finds Edwina intriguing and interesting and beautiful and isn’t quite sure what to do wit ...more
Jessica Donovan
Jun 23, 2012 Jessica Donovan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this book by winning a GoodReads contest.

This was both a charming and sexy story. I liked the easy-going, humorous narrative, and even though I did not expect to, I fell in love with the characters. I even managed to learn something about Japanese culture and Googled pictures of shunga.

The only thing I didn't really like was the ending. I like sentimentality, but it was a little too saccharine for my tastes. (view spoiler)
Jan 31, 2015 Cherie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
Good, strong story. I liked both characters especially the heroine, Edwina. She's a pretty but not beautiful young woman who has an instinct for patterns whether in movement, numbers, or landscape. She has been raised with older brothers with whom she tried to keep up so she is not a dainty lady, inside or out. She is refreshing. Her hero has a reputation he'd love to shed. Previously known as Casanova, Ashton has been in battle and his experience and a wounded leg have changed him. The story st ...more
Rosemary K
Jan 18, 2015 Rosemary K rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ashton Trewelyn returned home a changed man. He's not going to waste his life. He's reformed. Edwina Hargrove and her friends have formed the Rake Patrol to stop men like Ashton from seducing unsuspecting women. Now he finds that he needs Edwina. This bluestocking is skilled with codes. Can the reformed rake and this "modern" woman find a future? This is an entertaining and solid story that is filled with romance and a dash of mystery. The characters are compelling and the dialogue is sharp and ...more
May 28, 2012 Michele rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent page turner! Couldn't put it down. The chemistry between the H/H is believable and builds throughout the novel. I really enjoyed the personal growth and overcoming of obstacles in their own lives that enhanced their own character, they were better together than apart.

Wonderfully written to keep the reader's interest. A must have!
Aug 23, 2014 Kenzie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Page turning story I really enjoyed. Great female lead character with a fun group of friends. The romance was exciting with the Asian twist. Excellent book I highly recommend.
Jul 01, 2012 Helen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book not put downable from start to finish it had me Ashton and Edwinda are so good for each other. So well written the story flows and all the characters add so much to it can't wait for the next one.
Jun 19, 2012 Katie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I got this book as a Goodreads First Read and am very glad I did! This book was really hard to put down as soon as I started it! I am looking forward to the rest of the Rake Patrol books!
I read this because in a few days, I am going to meet the author. I thought it would be a good thing to be familiar with her work. I've never read an historical romance before; I enjoyed this one. MacMeans is a good writer and pays attention to many details. Plus I loved her heroine. Edwina is well-defined, sticks to her morals, intelligent, and spunky. And unlike many of the other books I've read with romantic leanings, Edwina's love interest, seemed a worthy choice. Of course, being a romance, ...more
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Sandy M
Jul 02, 2012 Sandy M rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
I was hoping when I started this book there would be plenty of action interspersed with the heroine’s ability to read patterns and decode most anything given to her and the romance. Unfortunately, while we get a bit of mystery, even a little bit of action is nearly non-existent and the romance doesn’t truly come alive until the last quarter of the book.

As children Edwina and her brothers made up codes for each other to break. That tradition, so to speak, is still alive and well, and Edwina looks
Jan 01, 2013 Lindy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reviewed for TwoLips Reviews, LLC
4 Kisses, 1 Pepper - M/F, oral sex

Ashton Carswell Trewelyn the Third places a personal ad for a friend in the Mayfair Messenger where Edwina Hargrove's friend Sarah works. Sarah says he's no gentleman; he's a rake who debauches decent women. She says the rumor is he's Casanova. She and her friends decide that any women who respond to his ad should be warned, and the Rake Patrol is formed. When Edwina decodes an encrypted message that says there will be a meeting
Aug 28, 2012 Denise rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical, romance
This is a story of Edwina Hargrove who as a young child her, and her brother would write in code to each other. She loved deciphering his letter of his adventures when he would write to her. Edwina was bored with her life, Edwina and her friends had formed a group called “The Rake Patrol”. It’s main reason was to inform young maidens that rakes take advantage of them and take their innocence, and if they become pregnant they send them to America so no one knows their reputations are ruined. Edwi ...more
Jul 02, 2012 Danielle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First off, a big, gigantic THANK YOU to Ms. Donna MacMeans for a signed copy of The Casanova Code and a boat load of swag including book marks, a beautiful peacock feather, and a lavender scented, handwritten card in a wax sealed envelope. The card smells absolutely divine! I opened the package in the kitchen while my family was making lunch and everyone was absolutely awed! And this was all before I even opened the book! Ok, Ok, I'll stop my gushing over the package opening and move on to an ac ...more
Deb Wilson
I am not a fan of romance novels, and I honestly picked this one up looking for a change of pace along the lines of the super trashy. This book is not trashy. There's a little scandal, some semi-racy scenes, but overall its pretty well behaved. There's I think two kisses, and one sex scene in the whole book.

A man seeking a female companion for a friend ends up finding a love of his own in a most unlikely place through unlikely circumstances and mistaken identity. The cat changes his spots.

The s
Patty McKenna Van Hulle
Review coming soon to a computer screen near you. This romance did make the EXCLUSIVE FRURR's MY 2016 MUST READS & Mizz Donna using the most unique FAIRY GODTHINGIE I have encountered, a newspaper called "Mayfair Messenger" to get her hero & heroine together. I get to read Book #2, THE WHISKY LAIRD'S BED, next.

P.S. A proud SHOUTOUT to my ROCKING RC Public Library for the BEOTCHING read!!
May 10, 2014 Tammy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good story. I enjoyed it a lot, the ending was good, and a perfect fit for the story. Something was missing though, and I can't put my finger on it, and that was the only thing holding me back from giving it a higher rating.
Nov 03, 2014 Valerie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great Victorian romance! Finally a heroine with brains and talent to match the "rogue." Her friends are worthy of books which I hope are forthcoming??
Just so so. I really hated the heroine's friends. Seems like their shrews.
Theresa Scarangella
This is a story of Edwina Hargrove who would write to her brother, and him to her, in code. She loved to look for codes to break. She formed a group called "The Rake Patrol". The groups main object is to find rakes who are trying to use woman and when they become with child, get sent to the Americas. This is the way Edwina meets Ashton Trewelyn renowned rake. This story is very entertaining and the characters are likeable and I can't wait to read the next "Rake Patrol" book. Having met and chatt ...more
Amy Alvis
Jul 19, 2014 Amy Alvis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
LOVE it!!
Dec 20, 2012 Bridget rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
I really wanted to like this book, couldn't wait for it to come from Amazon. I read a lot of historical fiction, but I really didn't like this one. The language was clunky and uncomfortable, the love scenes were creepy, and if someone mentioned the hero's "jade stalk" or the heroine's "heavenly gate" one more time I was going to scream. Unfortunately, this book is the reason people make fun of romance novels.
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