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Francesca's Rake

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Though she possessed a vast inheritance at age one-and-thirty, Francesca was taller than most men and better educated. If all that failed to spook a potential suitor, her illegitimate birth to an Italian commoner would do the trick.

She was perfect! Viscount Clayburn, the most notorious rake in London, spen
Mass Market Paperback, 218 pages
Published April 28th 1997 by Ivy Books
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A heroine who is 31, liked that aspect. A hero who is trying to thwart his father ends up with a case of mistaken identity, when he decides to marry an inappropriate woman, who he doesn't realize is the chosen bride for him (not a spoiler as we know this as does the heroine.)That is the premise, and it is actually a little funny. She is the illegitimate daughter of an Italian women. Her mother marries an Englishman who raises her, so her temperament is quite different than the usual English girl ...more
Galen Pender, Viscount Clayborn is happy with his rakehell existence until his domineering father threatens to cut him off unless he marries and produces an heir. His father even has a bride in mind, a woman who comes with a nice parcel of land. Clay's instinct is to rebel against his father and marry an unsuitable woman. At the posting inn on the way to London, he encounters a beautiful goddess who appears to be some sort of chaperon to a young minx and Clay becomes instantly smitten, however t ...more
Deborah Vespo
Theresa Weller is on the shelf at 31. She's beautiful, headstrong, an intelligent bluestocking, the daughter of a Duke, and a very wealthy woman. One would think with such credentials she would have been removed from that shelf a long time ago - did I mention she was headstrong and a bluestocking? Those two features alone are enough to scare most men away. She is also seen as the target for Bartholomew by his own father the earl, unbeknownst to him who this paragon of a woman is. Bartholomew has ...more
Linda C
Francesca is tall, 31, intellectual, and illegitimate; not a likely candidate for suitors in Regency London. Viscount Clayburn has been humiliated by his father yet again and now said father wants to force him into a marriage to gain access to the land adjoining his estate. Clay determines to thwart his efforts by marrying another unsuitable woman. When he meets Francesca, he thinks she will be perfect and he falls in love at first sight, so... a win/win situation. Francesca has other ideas, sin ...more
Sandra Munger
Nice little romance
Ellen B.
Heroine has some trust issues. Hero has some serious Daddy issues. As Regency Romances go, it certainly wasn't bad, but Francesca's suspicions about Clayburn's motives got tiresome pretty quickly.
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