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The Rake to Ruin Her (The Ransleigh Rogues #1)

3.57  ·  Rating Details ·  116 Ratings  ·  31 Reviews
Once a rake…

Known as "Magnificent Max," diplomat Max Ransleigh was famed for his lethal charm until a political betrayal left him exiled from government and his reputation in tatters. He seems a very unlikely savior for a well-bred young lady.

Except that Miss Caroline Denby doesn't want to be saved…she wants to be ruined! To Caroline, getting married is tantamount to a dea
Paperback, Harlequin Historical #1129, 288 pages
Published February 19th 2013 by Harlequin (first published January 1st 2013)
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This was just what I was looking for, nothing to heavy and appealing enough to keep my attention. Both Max and Caroline were both charming and fun, sparks fly from the moment they first met and does the sparks fly.

I have a weakness for the marriage of convenience and how it plays out and when Caroline decides to worm herself out of one marriage by being ruined by an well known rake and when she comes across "Magnificent Max," Max Ransleigh. She thinks her prayers are answered of course things
3.5 stars - B- at AAR.

On the surface, The Rake to Ruin Her is a fairly run-of-the-mill marriage of convenience story, and as such, it’s well-written. I found the two principals to be engaging and fairly well-rounded given the smallish page-count allowed by the average Harlequin Historical.

Caro Denby is a rather unconventional young lady in that she has no desire to marry or make a name for herself in society. From a very young age, she has worked with her late father on his stud farm and desir
Jan 18, 2013 Farrah rated it really liked it
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Very sweet! The Rake to Ruin Her was an adorable romance that is sure to be a hit...

The concept of a historical romance heroine trying to ruin herself in order to avoid marriage is a new one but this book managed to do it differently. Caroline was completely blunt and asked Max to ruin her, point-blank. But, Max doesn't agree. So, this creates a different situation, one that I enjoyed thoroughly.

Caroline was a refresh
Jan 18, 2014 HÜLYA rated it really liked it
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Good book. Max is back in England after a political misstep that has left his reputation ruined. He and his cousin are visiting his aunt, who is holding a houeparty. Caro is there under duress. Her stepmother really wants her to get married and Caro has no desire to do so. She is happy running the stud that she and her father started. She comes up with the idea that if she were to be ruined no one would want her and she could go back to her life. When she asks Max to help her he declines. When a ...more
Apr 09, 2016 Olga rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Es el primer libro que leo de esta autora y es pesimo. Una historia "cogida con alfileres", los personajes sin chispa y tremendamente aburrida... menos mal que es corto el libro porque sino lo dejo en la pagina 20. Una perdida de tiempo, que pena!!!!
Apr 08, 2013 SuperWendy rated it it was ok
Mostly I was just bored by this book. I didn't buy into the idea that the heroine would be ignorant about society's reaction if she were "ruined" (she's appalled to realize that her ruination could adversely effect her stepmother and stepsister. Um....DUH!). I also got really annoyed that she kept harping about marrying her childhood friend Harry, like he was some sort of consolation prize if, heaven forbid, she was going to be forced to marry anyone. Poor Harry! With friends like the heroine, w ...more
Karine Darnessy
Aug 25, 2015 Karine Darnessy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Deuxième roman de cette auteure que je lis et elle rejoint mon panel des auteurs que je pourrais acheter en fermant les yeux.

Caroline a perdu son père et a donc hériter du haras familial. Sa belle-mère lu rabâche sans arrêt qu'elle devrait trouver un mari avant que sa demi-sœur fasse son entrée dans le monde. Max est le fils cadet d'une homme très influent a la chambre des lord. Malheureusement, lors du'une mission a Vienne tout bascule et il perd la confiance de Wellington . Il est obligé de re
Monique Daoust
Apr 20, 2015 Monique Daoust rated it it was amazing
Caro decides she would rather be perceived as ruined, thus she would be able to marry her childhood best friend, Harry who is in India; Harry would let her lead the life she wants. Her best choice seems to be Max Ransleigh, Magnificent Max. He might be a rogue, but he is still a gentleman and when Caro explains her situation and asks him to compromise her, he refuses. They become friends, and after some time, Max realises that Caro is quite attractive, even though he is mesmerised by her succule ...more
Initially, I got the book for my mom, who read it in one sitting before bed and later said something along the lines of: "It was readable when I skipped about 20 pages a couple of times and then read on, but nothing special. Thank god that I didn't purchase this!"

Her evaluation made me fear that maybe I, too, wouldn't really like the novel, but luckily I was mistaken and found this novel to be a 3-star one for me.

This book is a part of my 2015 reading challenge

For those of you who can't be both
Jan 04, 2014 Kelly rated it really liked it
So usually in Regency Romances its all about protecting your reputation and ensuring that society doesn't think that you're a naughty little girl. In this novel Caro Denby wants to be a naughty girl with a ruined reputation. A good start, and a gold star for originality.

Now, I had major issues with how the delightful Max and Caro finally came to be perceived as ruined. Caro is attacked and Max helps, but is caught in the fray and is believed to be the attacker. Fine. But Caro says she will
Anna (Yoda Is My Spirit Animal)
Caroline Denby is mourning the loss of her beloved Father and trying to hold on to the control/ownership of the family's horse-stud business. But her Stepmama had other ideas and won't rest until Caro is married off to the first gentleman that will have her. Besides being reluctant to be subservient to a man who may not approve of the business, Caro doesn't want to have children because almost every woman in her family has died in childbirth. So she propositions Max Ransleigh, a notrious rogue w ...more
CJ Patrick
Apr 18, 2013 CJ Patrick rated it it was ok
I think this would have made a great short story. I say that because after they married, the plot really dragged. I understand the drama about a pregnancy and why she decided to not worry about it anymore, but it just wasn't a compelling read. In fact, I was pretty bored with Max and Caro by the end of the book. It seemed like their sparks had dimmed.

There were some good things like Max and Caro's interactions at the house party at the beginning. They were both so full of life, even if Max was w
Jan 03, 2013 Jaime rated it liked it
~This review is of the ARC sent by the publisher~

The Rake To Ruin Her by Julia Justiss is an engaging story about a man seeking to restore his good name and a woman hoping to ruin hers. Max Ransleigh, a peer groomed for a career as a diplomat, is not, in fact, the typical rake. He is an honorable gentleman who finds himself in disgrace after a mission involving a damsel in distress nearly leads to national disaster. While in seclusion, he is approached by Caro Denby, an heiress who has recently
4.5 stars Review originally published here:

Publisher: Harlequin Historical
Publish Date: 19th Feb
How I got this book: ARC from the publisher via Netgalley

Once a rake…

Known as “Magnificent Max,” diplomat Max Ransleigh was famed for his lethal charm until a political betrayal left him exiled from government and his reputation in tatters. He seems a very unlikely savior for a well-bred young lady.

Except that Miss Caroline Denby doesn’t want to be saved…she wa
April Hollingworth
Oct 18, 2013 April Hollingworth rated it liked it
This is the first in a series about the Ransleigh Rogues and I will read the other three. In fact I'm about to start book two.
Caro is determined not to marry so that she wont have to relinquish control of her horses and business to a husband!She propositions Max to ruin her after all he has a bad reputation as a rouge so how can it hurt him?
Max is a disgraced officer wanting to clear his name. After declining this intriguing woman's offer Max later rescues her and in the process her reputation
Disclosure: This ebook was provided to me free of charge through NetGalley for the sole purpose of an honest review. All thoughts, comments, and ratings are my own.

Really interesting tale that had my attention the whole time. The pace was wonderful and the characters engaging. Great dynamic in the relationship that made it very believable. Beautiful storytelling that entertained the whole time!

It had really great flow and did the job of making me think at times. I love a book that taps into my e
Feb 02, 2013 GONZA rated it it was ok
Regency romance with a nice plot, the damsel wants to be ruined so she doesn't have to get married and can keep on working as she used to do with her father. Of course the rake doesn't want to but things happen and they find themselves married and, obviously in love!

Romanzo regency diverso dal solito, dove la signorina desidera rovinarsi la reputazione in modo da non doversi sposare e poter continuare a lavorare come faceva quando il padre era vivo. Naturalmente lo scapolone incallito non vuole,
Mar 04, 2014 Sherrill rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this story and how it progress. Recommend.
It was okay..good premise..I am not very fond of the writer' style of writing..very sexually explicit and she makes the stories pretty boring otherwise.
The story is charming: a heroine who wants to be ruined so that she can continue to run her family's horse ranch instead of turn it over to a fortune hunter; and a hero who is a disgraced diplomat turned rake. The brief encounters between Caro and Max were awesome! But they were few and far between. And in the interim I didn't enjoy the writing style of this author. Its heavy on the exposition and the telling over showing. I only made it to 40% until I decided to give up skimming.
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Miniseries: Ransleigh Rogues, series starter
Category: Historical Romance
"Justiss begins a new series about a group of cousins known as the Ransleigh Rogues, notorious rakes followed by scandal. Book one is outrageous and refreshingly inventive, with a lady in distress, an available rogue and a marriage of convenience for all. Justiss encapsulates the period, language and mores of the Regency era with great skill." RT Book Reviews, rated 4 stars
Jun 09, 2013 Aina rated it did not like it
This is definitely not her best! At least not in my opinion.
Nothing happens, at all!! Probably one of the most boring books I've read in a while. There's no action, no drama and whatever love there is, seemed rushed or out of place.

It's like the author never really got into the story, and just doodled along to finish a book before deadline.
Eve Gaddy
Aug 05, 2013 Eve Gaddy rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! Julia Justiss' books are always well-written and entertaining. The Rake to Ruin Her is no exception. I was surprised throughout the book. They never did what I thought they would and I loved that. Sexy, sensual and surprising. Can't wait to read all the Ransleigh Rogues.
May 13, 2013 Anne rated it really liked it
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I thought there were some boring parts in the middle, but overall, I enjoyed it.
May 18, 2016 Cassie rated it really liked it
Cute. It's been a while since I've read a Harlequin novel.
Ren Thompson
Sexy and funny. Will be following the rest of the series.
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