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The Rake (Davenport #2)

4.04  ·  Rating Details ·  5,276 Ratings  ·  314 Reviews
Previously "The Rake and The Reformer".

The Rake Reginald Davenport, disinherited, disgraced, alcoholic, is headed for a bad end. New Earl of Wargrave gives him Strickland, the ancestral estate his uncle took illegally.
The Reformer Lady Alys Weston fled wealth and title, fell into managing Strickland, caring for three unrelated former students. Reggie wakes her passions.
Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages
Published April 1st 1998 by Topaz (first published 1989)
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
Another example of how romantic fiction is not fluff. This book was deep as the ocean. I loved how this book brought together two people who had been hurt or damaged by life, and helped them to find peace and love.

The Rake is an excellent portrayal of a person suffering from alcoholism. And coming from a family where both side has members who were alcoholics, I can testify to this. Reggie reminded me of a few of my uncles. They could have been better men had they not been under the influence of
Feb 13, 2014 Buggy rated it really liked it
Opening Line: “When two gentlemen are related by blood, they do not usually address each other with formality.”

Based on all the glowing reviews and accolades THE RAKE has received I was really looking forward to sinking my teeth into this regency romance. And I guess because I’d heard so many good things I was a little surprised at well, frankly how dull this was. Even with Putney’s great writing, attention to detail and a reprobate bad boy as our hero this was a bit of a grind to get through.

Mar 07, 2013 Kinga rated it really liked it
The Rake, huh?
More like ‘The Alcoholic’ but that probably wouldn’t make a good title for a bodice ripper and supermarkets wouldn’t stock it.

This must be the first historical romance written along the lines of 12 steps of AA clubs. You can see it in its structure but I am not admonishing Putney for using it. It provided a good frame for an exciting novel which would get more stars from me if the heroine’s secret and at the same time her reason for hiding from the world for a decade weren’t so ut
♡Karlyn P♡
Mar 06, 2009 ♡Karlyn P♡ rated it it was amazing
What a GREAT historcial regency-era romance. The passion, desire and tension is taught between the hero/heroine, but in a typical 90's style regecy romances there was very little bedroom action. But I swear I didn't miss it as the romance and tension was so good.

The story centers around Alys, a 30-year old spinster working as a land manager at a country Estate. And Reggie, a wealthy commoner who takes ownership of the estate where Alys works and is shocked to discover a woman running the proper
Lady Wesley
Alys Weston is running from her past, and Reggie Davenport is fleeing his future. Fate brings them together on Reggie's Dorset estate, Strickland.

It's uncommon, to say the least, for a woman to be an estate steward, yet Alys has been able to pull off that job for four years, communicating with the absentee owner in writing. When Reggie's cousin, the new owner, gives the estate over to Reggie, Alys sees her idyll coming to an end. Yet, when Reggie arrives at Strickland, he proves to be surprising
I'm glad I finally gave MJP a chance, always heard good things about this book and it was excellent. Seemed a little on the long side and took me a while to finish. I'd given up on angst and stress in my reading for April, but decided to try something a little more heavy - this was - and did well.

The hero, Reginald Davenport or Reggie, has a serious drinking problem. He realizes it but is not sure what to do. This may seem like a very negative thing, as it is, but somehow the way the author wro
I put off reading this book for seven months because I was really afraid that the hero being an alcoholic would drag the book down, but MJP reminded me of one fact that I had forgotten: addicts are typically very charismatic. And Reggie's charm really kept this book afloat.

I struggled with how to rate this book: I wanted to give it five, but there were a few things that got on my nerves - although I think it's because I just read an MJP title a few weeks ago, and the same thing that annoyed me a
May 17, 2010 Crista rated it it was amazing
After being an avid romance reader for the past 15 years, this is the first book I've ever reviewed. I felt compelled to review this book because it is quite simply the best that I've ever read,...(and I've read a lot!).

Reggie Davenport is the quintessential rake. He is a womanizer, gambler, fighter, and an alcoholic. He is, in essence, on a spiral downward and is basically drinking himself to death. That's Reggie on the outside. On the inside Reggie is a kind, considerate, unselfish, humorous,
Miranda Davis
Oct 17, 2012 Miranda Davis rated it really liked it
Shelves: keeper
I tried to enjoy this slowly, in modest servings over time to make it last like a bag of cookies. But come on, this is sooo great I couldn't put it down. Damn you, Mary Jo Putney! Wonderful heroine capable on a dozen levels (as a guardian of young people and female steward of an estate she runs successfully, obscuring the fact she's a she to absentee owners). She's got spine and intelligence but is unaware of her own attractiveness. (The hero's mojo goes Schwing the first time they meet even tho ...more
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Sep 05, 2014 Misfit rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What an emotional rollercoaster.

9/5/14. I am very behind on reviews and life and work has been busy and there are plenty of other reviews on the book page to help readers decide if this book is a good fit. I loved it, and really appreciated the way MJP handled Reggie's story and his battle with alcoholism without turning him into a whiny walking pity-party. Well done.

Kindle copy obtained via library loan.
Apr 20, 2016 Widala rated it really liked it
May contain spoilers.

It's a good book with good characterization, good interactions and good dialogue. There are some inspiring moments but two stood out for me.
The first was when Alys taking the backseat of her own romance drama to support Reggie in his struggling to get sober.
Alys's feelings for Reggie was growing more complicated and it affected the way she behaved towards him. But then she realized that it was hard enough for Reggie to deal with his own shit without she's adding the burden w
I loved this book. The romance and the struggles of the eponymous rake are beautifully enmeshed; in fact they both carry equal weight within the story. “The Rake” is Reggie Davenport, who is in his late thirties, and who has spent most of his time drinking, gambling and womanising. He’s beginning to realise that his way of life – the drinking especially – is going to kill him sooner rather than later, but continues to drink to excess, despite the warning signs of memory loss and the fact that hi ...more
Jul 15, 2012 Jana rated it it was amazing
I had an impulse to hold the hem of this story and to let it walk me around. That is the child in me talking, needing comfort, something/somebody to look upon. In the world of reading, in the genre of HR, you won’t find a better book to admire, to get fascinated with, to mold your opinions around its moods and pace. It’s a very grown-up, exceptionally adult and mature masterpiece.

It made me dry my tears with my fingertips, trying to swallow without the burn in my throat. The understanding of th
Regan Walker
Reforming an Alcoholic Rake Takes a Good Woman

Set in 1817, this is the story of Lady Alys Weston, who fled the shallow affections of her fiancé because he only wanted her money to become a governess and then an estate manager. She excels at her work and hides her sex from her absentee landlord while making him money. But when Strickland is given to Reginald Davenport, the disinherited alcoholic—a rake all of London is aware of—Alys knows she is in trouble.

Reggie means to reform and Alys is his i
Jenny Q
Now that I've read my second Mary Jo Putney, I can say that she has a true talent for creating deep, dimensional characters that capture a reader's heart. I've seen this book on quite a few "best of" lists, and it's the characters that drive this emotional and sublimely satisfying love story.

The only thing Reggie Davenport has ever been good at is winning at gambling and using his winnings to drink away his demons every night. When the cousin who usurped his place in the family succession reache
Apr 27, 2011 Zeek rated it liked it
Shelves: hist-rom, romance
Reggie, The hero has a drinking problem AND he’s a notorious womanizer. Lo and behold when he meets Alys, the heroine and the reformer to his reformee- he wants to change.

Although this is the biggest fantasy/fallacy pet peeve out there for me in romance, (in other words, the dream that our love can actually change a man), I went along with it because hey, that's why i read romance- to get away from reality. But I will give that it doesnt always work for me, if it feels too implausable.

The reaso
Jane Stewart
Average at best.

A few times I was thinking “shouldn’t I be done with this soon?” It was easy to put down. I was not drawn in. And a couple things bothered me - in spoilers.

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Juliana Philippa
Absolutely utterly fantastic!! Wow - a definite reread. Completely distracted me from my homework, but it was just so wonderful. I was glad to read a good Putney book after finding her most recent release pretty weak. The Rake, however, is not weak at all, but rather completely 100% great!!!

One of the greatest things about this book was that it tackled the very serious issue of alcoholism extremely well, dealt with it compassionately, and portrayed it very vividly/starkly. I *never* get emotiona
Mar 25, 2011 Christine rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
The Rake is Reggie Davenport, a man nearly at the end of his rope, drowning in alcohol, and headed for death. He is a rake in the truest sense of the word, and not in the lovable roguish sense so often implied in the romance genre, as if being a rake is really a good thing. He's an alcoholic. He has killed people. He often wakes up and doesn't even remember what terrible things he has done.

And then there's Alys, working as a steward in a man's world, getting away with it only because her employe
Regan Walker
Aug 28, 2016 Regan Walker rated it really liked it
Reforming an Alcoholic Rake Takes a Good Woman

Set in 1817, this is the story of Lady Alys Weston, who fled the shallow affections of her fiancé because he only wanted her money to become a governess and then an estate manager. She excels at her work and hides her sex from her absentee landlord while making him money. But when Strickland is given to Reginald Davenport, the disinherited alcoholic—a rake all of London is aware of—Alys knows she is in trouble.

Reggie means to reform and Alys is his i
I LOOOVE Reggie.

This took me a while to finally read and it's not perfect, but MJP's characters can be so charismatic and full of heart that it's easy to forget any issues I have with the story.

So while it may not win a Pulitzer Prize, this book was still very sweet and charming and I definitely recommend it if you like historical romances.
Aug 30, 2009 Ridley rated it it was amazing
I liked that the book was dedicated to Bill W. It definitely was very much in line with AA's principles.

My grandfather sobered up through AA and this book mirrored everything he had told us about his drinking and his sobering up.
Sep 29, 2015 Ash rated it liked it
3.5 stars
Do you ever read a book where you're like "...I don't get it"? This was that kind of book for me. I can see that this is one of those books where my opinion is way out in left field, so these are just my own notes on why I didn't get it:

Heroine works as an estate steward and also takes care of a couple of kids/young adults, one of whom is a young lady involved in her own romance. Heroine has some kind of secret, terrifying past. Heroine frequently dresses like a man to do her steward job.

--- B
Jun 13, 2012 Nath rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jul 06, 2013 Doreen rated it it was amazing
I've read other books by this author before and enjoyed them, but I really loved "The Rake".

I have to say though that Reggie is a bit of an unlikely hero. An alcoholic gambling womaniser who's killed men in duels, he hated his uncle from whom he was set to inherit a title until a previously unknown heir arrived (story told in a previous book). Said heir gives him an estate, where he finds his estate manager is female. She has her secrets too, and for a while it looks as if there are too many pro
Mar 22, 2016 Nere rated it it was amazing
Empecé leyendo novela romántica hace muchos años y sobre todo leía histórica (quizás era lo que tenía más a mano o lo que más se publicaba). La historia me gusta y la novela de Regencia fue y es uno de mis género favoritos.
Mary Jo Putney llegó a mis manos y me encantó. Y este libro es uno de los que más me gusta de esta escritora. Trata un tema espinoso y duro: el alcoholismo. Reggie y Alys son dos protagonistas atípicos, con problemas pero que consiguen establecer una relación de igual a igual
Jan 28, 2012 Carisa rated it it was ok
I know I'm in the minority, but this is the romance book that has bored me the most so far.I couldn't find anything to spark my interest other than a phrase here and there. I lost count of how many times I put it down, while wishing I could get rid of my obsession to finish reading every book I start.
HERO is a Rogue, who's mispent many years pursuing a rakish lifestyle as an outlet for his loneliness and need of self-validation. A last chance for salvation arises by running a estate where he mee
Mar 24, 2009 Nikki rated it it was amazing
Shelves: greatlovestories
Oh my goodness...

I just adored this book. It's truly the ultimate romance novel and if the world were full of books as lovely as this one, I would get nothing done and be happy for it.

This is about love, forgiveness, friendship, blooming where your planted, new beginnings, creating the family you want, forgiving the family you have, accepting your shortcomings and finding joy in the journey.

If my conservative friends can get over the "name" of the book - they will find the very best sort of st
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She writes young adult fiction as M.J. Putney.

Mary Jo Putney was born in Upstate New York with a reading addiction, a condition for which there is no known cure. After earning degrees in English Literature and Industrial Design at Syracuse University, she did various forms of design work in California and England before inertia took over in Baltimore, Maryland, where she has lived very comfortably
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