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And the Miss Ran Away With The Rake (Rhymes With Love #2)

3.75 of 5 stars 3.75  ·  rating details  ·  1,013 ratings  ·  137 reviews
Daphne Dale never could have imagined that when she answered an advertisement in the newspaper that she would find true love. Now she has the opportunity to meet her unknown suitor, but it means traveling to Tabitha’s wedding, and into the heart of her family’s sworn enemies. Everyone knows the Seldons are terrible rakes and bounders, but Daphne will risk anything to gain...more
Mass Market Paperback, 353 pages
Published March 26th 2013 by Avon
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I love when a title fits a book perfectly and that is just the case with the newest from Elizabeth Boyle. Daphne Dale answered an advertisement in a newspaper on a whim and it has grown into so much more and she is determined to meet the mysterious Mr. Dishforth. When they agree through their corresponding to meet at her friends betrothal ball, she is elated to meet the man she has fallen for yet one look at Lord Henry Seldon, sworn adversaries of the Dale's, leaves her confused. She thinks Henr...more
Huma Rashid
I really wanted to like this book. I've heard wonderful things about Elizabeth Boyle, and many of my friends recommend her highly. However, I found "And the Miss Ran Away With The Rake" to be almost a chore to get through.

The writing felt slightly off to me right from the start - stilted, halting, a little watery and weak. But that can easily be overcome with compelling characters and original - or if not original, exciting - plot choices.

What really sunk this book for me was the fact that I fo...more
Lo recomiendo, sencillo pero tiene un no sé qué que me ha gustado mucho, la verdad.
Los personajes no paran de liar y liar y liar el tema hasta que incluso el final me ha sorprendido. Y su enamoramiento es pausado, como me gusta. Es como una comedia de enredo, llena de despropósitos, en la que lo que abundan son los diálogos entre ellos y, lo cierto, es que me he pasado todo el rato con una sonrisa en la boca.... tonta de mí jajajaja
Ahora deseando la historia de Harriet que promete muuucho

Ann Keller
When Daphne Dale reads the advertisement, she’s delighted. “Sensible gentleman of means seeks sensible lady of good breeding for correspondence, and in due consideration, matrimony.” It’s just the sort of thing she’s been looking for. Posing as Miss Spooner, she replies to the ad, and begins an engaging correspondence with Mr. Dishforth, a gentleman entirely suited to her.

Fortunately, Mr. Dishforth is nothing like the womanizing, charming Lord Henry Seldon. The Seldons and Dales have detested ea...more
3.5 - 3.75 stars

This is the second in Elizabeth Boyle’s Rhymes with Love series, in which the titles are ‘riffs’ on well-known nursery-rhymes. As with the previous book in the series (Along Came a Duke) the heroine is a resident in the village of Kempton in which the unmarried ladies labor under a terrible curse – that they are doomed to spinsterhood.

Daphne Dale is the best friend of Tabitha Timmons, heroine of book one and soon-to-be Duchess of Preston. As the best friend of the bride, Daphne...more
Huh. Well, I may have to just swear off historicals for a while because the last two or three have left me wanting . . . something more. Unfortunately, And The Miss Ran Away With The Rake didn't make me reconsider the first part of that statement and reinforced the latter.

This book is Ms. Boyle's take on the Hatfield-McCoy feud (in this case the Dale-Seldon feud) began solidly but as Henry's interfering family members became entangled in Henry and Daphne's story, I began to lose interest. I was...more
2.5 stars. This is the second in the Rhymes with Love series. I didn't like the first one and only gave it two stars. I sincerely hoped this one was better.

In the previous book, Preston and Roxby put an ad in the paper advertising for a wife for Preston's uncle Henry Seldon (who is of the same age due to old man Seldon having kids in his old age). Henry is the opposite of Preston, intelligent, responsible, socially awkward. It wasn't kindness that caused them to do this, but drunkenness. I truly...more
And the Miss Ran Away with the Rake is the second book in Boyle’s Rhymes with Love series. Daphne Dale has responded to an advertisement in the paper for a gentleman seeking a wife. She initially sends the letter to tell the man in question that his jest is not funny in the slightest; however, a correspondence between her and “Mr. Dishforth” develops. Lord Henry Seldon is submerged with letters due to his nephew (younger by 6 months) putting the ad in the paper in a jest; Henry is not happy, yet...more
This story was a funny and light read.


I found the prologue amusing - the set up of Henry Seldon by his brother, who placed an advertisement in the paper for him to find a wife. He's about to burn them all when his sister insists that he must write every single one of the women who wrote him back. Of course, as he's going through them, he comes across a letter from a certain someone he starts a correspondence with...

Daphne Dale doesn't know she is corresponding with Henry...more
Lily Callahan
Normally I don't like romances of misunderstanding, I always feel like screaming "Just tell 'em!" but I loved this one. The redoubtable Daphne Dale and the charmingly ordinary Lord Henry are members of long warring clans, the Dales and the Seldons, but also secret correspondents under the names Miss Spooner and Mr. Dishforth. The path to true love is cluttered not so much by the hidden identities of the letter writers (though it is), but by hundreds of years of warring great aunts. And the two p...more
Cherie Jensen
I giggled, I laughed, I snickered, almost continuously. The comedy was subtle at times and predictable at other times but was always enjoyable. Sometimes I didn't realize I was laughing until I felt wetness at the edge of my eyes.

Daphne and Henry have just the right amount of stubbornness and pride. I never felt uncomfortable with them.
Jill Kemerer
What a terrific book!! I laughed throughout this one--Elizabeth Boyle has such an amazing voice! I love romances with wit, intrigue, and humor, and boy, did this deliver! The heroine, Daphne, had the perfect blend of wistfulness and spunk, while the hero, Henry, made me swoon.

Can't wait to catch up on Ms. Boyle's backlist!
I loved this so much going on, it made me laugh too. I'm looking forward to the next in this series!
Chondra Fox
loved...very funny
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Tall, handsome, well-turned out, and rich Lord Henry Seldon, twin to Lady Juniper (Hen) and Uncle to the Duke of Preston is a confirmed bachelor who is happy looking after his nephew’s estates. Unknowingly, his nephew and Preston’s friend Earl of Roxley post an ad in the London paper on his behalf. The ad reads: “Sensible gentleman of means seeks a sensible lady of good breeding for correspondence and in due consideration of matrimony. Lord Henry is outraged his nephew would do such a thing, but...more
Shh I'm reading!
I give this book 2 stars because I finished it, but it was really closer to a one for me. My criticisms start with the title (what were they thinking?) and continue from there. Henry and Daphne are 2 supposedly intelligent and sensible people who fall in love through letters using nom de plumes. After making plans to meet at a ball, we know that their love has a long road to HEA because the Seldons and Dales do NOT mix. Ever. Here was my biggest source of disgruntlement with the tale.
Where Boyl...more
The Window Seat
I have a few go-to storylines that I just adore in any incarnation and one of my absolute favorites is the plot of two characters falling in love through correspondences. I guess I’m a sucker for knowing the hero and heroine are perfect for one another if they could only see it out in the real world and then watching them have that epiphany for themselves. If you’re familiar with the films The Shop Around the Corner or You’ve Got Mail, then you already know the basic premise for And the Miss Ran...more
Another great read from Elizabeth Boyle in the Rhymes with Love series. For generations the Dales and the Seldons have been feuding but Daphne Dale must attend the engagement ball of Tabitha and the Preston, the Duke of Seldon because Tabitha is her best friend and because she will finally be meeting the gentleman she’s been corresponding with, Mr. Dishforth. Daphne has thought that she would be regulated to the life of a spinster or a companion to an older relation but after finding and respond...more
Mary Gramlich
Lord Henry Seldon is going to strangle his nephew that is a confirmed fact. A prank turns into a nightmare when an ad is run seeking a bride for Henry, something he definitely does not want. So many letters arrive yet only one lone piece of correspondence captures his attention and draws him into believing that destiny and fate are calling to him.

While not using her real name the sensible and very delightful Daphne Dale is the one woman Henry responds back to also under the guise of anonymous n...more
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I have read another book by Ms Boyle, and I enjoyed it very much. She writes with humor and that is important, at least to me.

Henry and Daphne start a correspondence and become very enamored with one another, without knowing the others true identity. These letters are important enough to each of them that they are thinking the other person is "perfect" for them.

The couple hopes to meet at a certain ball. From there things go down hill fast. It turns out each of them is from a family which has be...more
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And the Miss Ran Away with the Rake by Elizabeth Boyle was a chore to read through, though I was determined not to give up on it as I would have liked to, but I don't like to give out "Did Not Finish" ratings unless I absolutely have to. So...this book earned a 1 Olive. It truly was "meh." I really wanted to like it since I spent money on it, and the fact that Avon (my favorite publisher ever) published this book, but no. It was awful.

The writing wasn't awful per-say but what made me not like...more
It all started very innocently with a prank between friends. One personal 'sensible gentleman looking for a wife' ad in newspaper... One HUGE pile of letters... One irritated Lord Henry... One apology from guilty cousin...
It would have probably ended here if fate or luck didn't accidentally nudged Lord Henry to glimpse one of the letters. And he could not resist to reply to a saucy little minx that lectured him on getting everyone hopes up with ad like his... Neither Lord Henry nor Daphne Dale d...more
Deborah Vespo
Enjoyable read.. most especially when one is laid up in bed with the flu! Yuck! Daphne Dale responds to a letter in the paper, posted by a gentleman who also happens to be looking for a bride. She is of a good family... known for their prolific ways when it comes to bearing offspring. She isn't wealthy but she is very intelligent, beautiful, and comes from a family with a very strong and powerful heritage.

Lord Henry Seldon's nephew, The Duke of Preston was actually the one who placed the ad in t...more
Allison Collins
Ever read a book that just makes you smile all throughout it, and while you want to see how it ends, you don’t want it to be over with? That’s how I felt about “And the Miss Ran Away with the Rake”. This book was on my to-be-read list, and I was thrilled to win it in a Goodreads giveaway.
I started this book on a long flight from San Jose to Dallas, and as it progressed, realized it is similar to one of my all-time favorite movies “You’ve Got Mail”. Now the hero and heroine of this story in no w...more
A really enjoyable historical romance. Cute story with good chemistry. I love that Henry was considered dull by everyone who knew him -- but Daphne was convinced he was a rake, and he loved that about her and she brought out his inner bad boy.
Another thing that won me over was the similarity to Shop Around the Corner/You've Got Mail. I love the story of pen pals who fall in love and don't know that they know (and dislike) each other outside the letters. I'm game for pretty much any version of t...more
Ahhh it’s nice to read a historical romance again.

This was deliciously funny and delightfully witty.
So it goes something like this…

…silly friend and nephew placed a lonely hearts ad for Lord Henry as a prank…
…Lord Henry is intrigued by one letter….
…back and forth correspondences and declarations of love…
…wants to meet…
…both used fake names…
…eyes meet at a ball…
…no introductions – he sweeps her into a dance…
…almost caused a scandal during said dance (back then you just don’t almost kiss someone o...more
Lady Lioness
I picked this one up in Florida because I always like to have two or three unread hard-copy titles for the actual plane trip. This ensures I have unbroken reading time. I haven't read the first book, Along Came a Duke, but it didn't impact my enjoyment of And the Miss Ran Away with the Rake.

I liked the idea that they fell in love with each other via the post, but I would've like to seen a little more of the build-up. Instead, Boyle sets the scene and then time jumps to months later. While there...more

I loved it !!! The second book in the Rhymes With Love series is Henry & Daphne's story . A case of mistaken identity leads to true love in this delightful regency romance from Elizabeth Boyle .
Daphne Dale answered an advertisement for a wife & found true love . She didn't know that her secret pen-pal was one of her own family's sworn enemy . They've been corresponding by using fake names . Although there was an amusing little tidbit concerning Mr. Dishforth .
The case of mistaken ident...more
Sierra Ferrante
The romance between Daphne and Henry is exciting and steamy and fun! Although at first they seem an unlikely match, the sparks between the two quickly ignite when they meet up after a prank which brings Daphne to Lord Henry Sheldon's residence for a wedding ball for a friend. This book had me laughing out loud at parts with the clever dialogue and wit. I liked how the hero was a proper straight edged gentleman instead of a rake. Henry is handsome and a swoon-worthy hero. Daphne is likable and sw...more
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Elizabeth Boyle was an antipiracy paralegal for Microsoft before settling down to write full-time. Her first novel, Brazen Angel, which won Dell's Diamond Debut Award in 1996, also won the Romance Writers of America's RITA Award for Best First Book, and was a finalist for Best Long Historical Romance. She lives with her husband in Seattle, Washington. She is also the author of Brazen Heiress.
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