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The Perfect Rake by Anne Gracie
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Feb 22, 09

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Read in June, 2006

What a great first book in the series about the Merridew sisters. Prudence is a courageous heroine who protects her sisters from their verbally & physically abusive grandfather. While he is bedridden with a broken ankle, they escape to London to their Granduncle Oswald (who becomes a great secondary character in the series). Their goal is to get married as soon as possible to escape the guardianship of their grandfather, but Oswald puts a kink in their plans when he insists that Prudence marry first. She is considered a 'plain jane' in comparison to her lovely younger sisters, and also has a PAST that she feels makes it impossible to marry, so she invents a fake engagement to a very eligible man who never comes to London - SURPRISE! Enter Gideon, who quickly becomes infatuated, then falls in love, but keeps his sense of humor, even (or especially) when mayhem occurs. His Aunt Gussie is another great secondary character.

I love Gracie's witty and humorous style - the storyline in the later books in this series did not always hold up, but this one kept me involved all the way.
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Corrine I love this book! I'm so confused why I don't hear more people gushing about this. The rest of the series is blah, but this one is in my Top 10.


BJ Rose I also liked Hope's story (The Perfect Waltz), but not nearly as much as this one; Faith's story was about the worst Gracie book I've read, and I was SO disappointed in Grace's story - I guess my expectations were too high


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