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The Rake's Unconventional Mistress (Ladies of Paradise Road #3)

3.08  ·  Rating Details ·  77 Ratings  ·  20 Reviews
Miss Letitia Boyce didn't begrudge her sisters their fun with the pick of London's available bachelors. She'd chosen her path and knew book-learning and marriage rarely mixed. Her proof was Lord Seton Rayne, who had made it abundantly clear that an unmarried schoolma'am was of no interest to him—no matter her good connections.

Wealthy and titled, one of the most notorious r

Published August 2008 by Mills & Boon (first published 2008)
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Mar 18, 2010 A.M. rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to A.M. by: Jan
What bothered me about this book is that the main character is portrayed as a strong, independent woman... but we hardly ever enjoy her independence. Yes, she is unusual for her time period, but I think she could have been stronger or more spirited. Any time things get difficult, she is immediately rescued by Rayne. Despite her supposed intelligence and independence, she is very naive and seems to need Rayne around to make the smart "manly" protective decisions, which weakned her as a character. ...more
Harlequin Historical
Throughly enjoyable.

Letitia Boyce is not your average heroine. She is an independent young woman who has started a seminary to teach young ladies. She is an author. She is outspoken and completely lovable. Always told that blue-stockings did not get married, she is determined to have a life she can be proud of with or without her mother's approval.

Lord Seton Rayne is a rakehell and very full of himself, in Letitia opinion. They clash every time they meet. Oh but that does spark the interest in
Heroine is acknowledged bluestocking who’s opened a seminary for young ladies. She meets the rake who’s been escorting her younger twin sisters and isn’t impressed. Then she meets him again on the military training ground where he’s instructing new cavalry officers, and is less impressed. This has a lot of clichéd elements—the intellectual heroine who secretly writes scandalous novels and Also has a girl’s school, the rakish hero who wants to be in control—but they are done so well. The sparks i ...more
Margaret Fisk
Jul 08, 2015 Margaret Fisk rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
I read this Regency romance a bit ago, but never got around to reviewing it. When I was looking at the list of books I’d read this year for something to post today, the title caught my eye. A quick skim, and the story has bloomed full again in my mind. That, to me, is the sign of a good book. It means not only did I enjoy it the first time round, but that the story was strong enough to leave hooks for my memory to latch on to.

The Rake’s Unconventional Mistress speaks to the women who did not cho
This is one of those stories I don’t know how to rate. On one hand, the parts that I liked were worth 5 stars, on the other hand there were parts I didn’t like that don’t deserve such a high rating. So it all comes down to the percentage of like/dislike.

What I liked:
The story/romance between Lettie Boyce and Seton Rayne. It didn’t start as your typical romance, she disliked him on sight, she yelled at him on the next meeting and he kissed her angrily to knock her down a peg or two. The rest was
Apr 09, 2012 Judy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have enjoyed Juliet Landon's books.

This is the 3rd book in a series Ladies of Paradise Road.

Actually the 4th if you count One Night in Paradise.

Than A Scandalous Mistress and Dishonor & Desire.

This story is of Letitia Boyce and Lord Rayne, younger brother of Lord Nicholas from A Scandalous Mistress.

Letitia is running a school for girls and what no one knows is that she has authored two very popular and somewhat scandalous books. She is quite independent.

From the moment she meets Lord Rayn
Richmond, Surrey 1814

Our hero Lord Rayne is 33 and Letitia is 24.

Yeah story wasn't that great. Could have been , but wasn't. I had read that for being a story of a "independent" woman, she sure did need to be rescued alot from Lord Rayne. Or acted like she needed him make her most important decisions. Or handle her publisher. And it's true. She's was weak while trying to act strong. And for being a woman trying to teach young girls how to act, she had no problem becoming Lord Rayne's mistress. A
Lynne Tull
I'm back in my seems this is the only book I had by Juliet Landon. The story took place in 1814. First of all, the herione is a 'blue-stocking' and has gone her own way separate from her widowed mother and two sisters. When she meets the hero, she begins an adversarial relationship with the point of being rude. She is definitely unlikable, but I overlooked that knowing there would be a point when the tide would turn. I got a completely different look at the use of mistresses ...more
Had trouble sticking with the story - Heroine's character had potential at the beginning and perhaps Hero shoed glimmers, but some of the conversation was silly and the whole section on her conversation with Jane Austen was just over the top for me...Did Not Finish
Aug 21, 2011 Becky rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
Actually the third in a series of three books, I read this one first because it's the one my library had. Now I'm going to have to try and dig up the first two....

I'm a sucker for books where the hero/heroine is an author, and really enjoyed the scenes where Lettie was working on her latest scandalous novel. The whole "you can be my socially accepted mistress and it will help out your school for young ladies" bit was more than a little far-fetched, but by the time it came around I liked the char
Blodeuedd Finland
Yawn, and I gave up. DNf
Leticia Boyce runs a ladies' seminary, against the wishes of most of her family, and proves unconventional in other ways as well. This narrative is less presentist than it could be, a fact to its benefit; Leticia is less independent than she seems, though at least she's allowed to keep her dignity and there's no irritating Stockholm Syndrome. More readable than I'd expected, in short. (This was yet another temporarily free ebook, though not a Kindle promotion.)
Overall, this was a fun read. Some of the plot stretched the bounds of credibility, but it was a nice little escapist adventure, and the characters were well-drawn, and generally likeable. I would read more of her books.
Tuesday's Child
Straightforward, holiday read. I don't mind that it is predictable...
Jun 10, 2010 Dara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks, historical
I really enjoyed this book. And I love Rayne as the hero and Lettie as the heroine. Great characters!
Apr 29, 2010 Laura marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance-novels, ebook
Picked this up as a free download
Heather Lei
Aug 26, 2012 Heather Lei rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Silly even by romance novel standards.
Kagama-the Literaturevixen
Boring and bland. Bloring.
Aug 20, 2013 Silje rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read the norwegian version
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Ladies of Paradise Road (3 books)
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  • Dishonor and Desire (Ladies of Paradise Road, #2)

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“Damn it, Lettie. Marry me. For pity's sake, marry me and put me out of my misery.” 2 likes
“I cannot have you as my mistress. I though I could, but I can't. I want you for more than that. I want you for life, waking and sleeping. You see what happens when I let you out of my sight? This. It won't do, I tell you. You'll have to accept me because I can't live without you. So there.” 2 likes
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