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The Rake and the Wallflower (Seabrook Family #2)

3.67 of 5 stars 3.67  ·  rating details  ·  240 ratings  ·  13 reviews
Among the ton, innocent young Mary Seabrook is positively out of place. She'd rather go bird watching than go to a ball, and her embarrassing habit of speaking the truth gets her nothing but funny looks. If her peculiar behavior keeps up all Season, she may never find a man to marry.

But when her bird-watching eyes catch sight of Lord Grayson, she sees right through his bad
Paperback, 224 pages
Published October 1st 2001 by Signet
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The Rake and the Wallflower is one of those Regencies that make you realize you're darn glad you don't live in the Regency era. It made tea parties intolerable, fashion tedious, balls dreadful, and dowagers absolutely redoubtable. How did anyone ever have fun back then, when the society was so controlled by a set of arbitrary rules where no one ever said or did what they truly thought? If you are shy and quiet, people think you lack manners and consider you a disgrace. But if you say too much, y ...more
Author: Allison Lane
First published: Oct 2001
Length: 3046 kindle locations
Setting: Regency, mid 1810s (Lane references Lady Caroline Lamb and Lord Byron, their affair in 1812, and her subsequent stalking of the poet prior to his departure from the UK in 1816.)
Sex: Not exactly clean. While the act itself does not occur there are many intimate kisses with tingling desire and engorgement.
Series: Book 2 of 3. Book 1 elaborates on Catherine and Blake's story. Their story is heavily discussed, possibl
Well, this packed in a lot for a 300 page novel! We've got attempted murder as misguided revenge, a rake who is nothing of the sort, an almost cartoon-villainess, gossip, attempted seduction and - well, you get my drift.

Mary Seabrook is the "Wallflower" of the title. She's quiet, kind and intelligent, and is having her first Season, along with her sister Laura, who is a "diamond of the first water". Unfortunately, however, Laura is also spoilt, selfish and, it becomes apparent later on, somewhat
Miss Mary Seabrook has accompanied her sister Laura to London for their come-out. Promised by her brother-in-law that she would be able to meet others who share her scholarly interests in birds, Mary looks forward to the Season. The Season does not turn out to be quite what Mary expected. First, there's her sister Laura, a diamond of the first water and a spoiled brat determined to get rid of Mary and outshine everyone else. While hiding from the advances of an overly familiar gentleman, Mary ta ...more
Meridian Conk
A melodramatic regency, but an enjoyable one. The villain, the heroine's sister, is s a bit of a one note jealous diva, but the consequences of her selfishness take the story in exciting directions. The hero is a sensitive intellectual, afraid of blood, dislikes hunting, and is seen saves no less than three animals in the course of the story. Being ostracized by society for a false rumor some three years ago his sensitive nature has been cruelly worn down the endless snubs. The heroine's steadfa ...more
Lisa Ann Montgomery
Young, awkward Mary Seabrook is delighted when handsome Lord Grayson enters her life. But she soon discovers that danger follows him at every turn-and that his many mishaps may be more than mere coincidence...

I appreciate that Ms. Lane mentions the characters from Devall's Angel. This helped to tie the action to something else I had read. I did have difficulty believing that a group of intelligent people could overlook the spoiled sister, Laura's, many deceptions. Then she runs off, and we have
Sandra R
I really enjoyed this book - wonderful dialogue and interaction between the h/h. A traditional Regency beautifully written. 4.5 stars
This is a very well told story. It has all the necessary elements of a good romance as well as a compelling plot involving Lord Grayson and Miss Mary Seabrook. Lord Grayson has the undeserved reputation of a rake while Mary struggles with a nervous stammer and a sister, Laura, who outshines her. Gray (Lord Grayson) and Mary meet while both are trying to avoid others and thus starts an unlikely friendship. As subplots unfold, including murder attempts on Gray, the story continues at a good pace k ...more
The book started off sweet. Finally, after so long, Mary was seen by Gray as a lady who was interesting instead of her sister's shadow. Getting to know Gray and Mary was a treat and I loved that Mary's intelligence was shown and that Gray respected that about her. I feel that the story became convoluted at the end where it's wasn't about them falling in love but the secondary characters. I disliked this and wished the Mary and Gray would have stayed the focus of the story. I also felt that the s ...more
A delightful book in the style of the traditional regencies. I recommend all three books in this series.
falling apart on my books shelf from so many readings
It was okay. Nothing memorable.
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Allison Lane is the author of 20 Regency novels and 6 novellas. She is a Holt Medallion Winner and the 2005 Romantic Times Career Achievement Award Winner, as well as National Readers' Choice Awards Finalist for three books.

Notes from Allison Lane:

I am not one of those who always wanted to be a writer, though I suspect I wanted to be just about everything else -- doctor, astronaut, artist, scienti
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