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Letter from a Rake

(The Duke of Strathmore #1)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  737 ratings  ·  77 reviews
Millie Ashton thinks London society is full of empty headed, arrogant fools, but when she meets Alex Radley, she falls desperately in love with him. Fearing humiliation and rejection, she decides the only sensible thing to do is take her pride and go home to India. Men like Alex do not fall for girls like her, whereas every girl loses her heart to Alexander the Great.

ebook, 394 pages
Published July 15th 2013 by Penguin Books Australia (first published July 10th 2013)
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Millie Ashton and her family have returned to London after years living in India. Millie misses India so much, she can barely breathe. London is too stuffy but seems less so when she befriends Lucy Radley. They appear to be bosom buddies. Lucy's older brother, Alex, is handsome and every young lady is vying for his hand. He couldn't possibly be attracted to Millie, a full-figured young lady who wears a nose ring, could he?

From the moment he first lays eyes on Millie Ashton, Alex is smitten. He
Leisl Leighton
Jul 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
This lovely, gentle Regency romance was exactly what I needed to while away a rainy Saturday (no washing or housework done as a result!) I really enjoyed the interactions between the hero and heroine. The conflicts were simple but really well woven into the story and even though you knew what the hero needed to do to set things to rights after his letter went astray with disastrous consequences, it was really well done how author, Sasha Cottman got us to that place. The hero was an alpha-type wi ...more
Sep 14, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Millicent/Millie Ashton has come to London with her parents from Calcutta India. She was born there. Her father, mother and brother left England to go a build the family fortunes back up. Now they are very rich and have returned home to London.

Millie is having trouble making friends and being excepted by the other younger debutants. She is miserable until she meet Lady Lucy Radley the daughter of the Duke of Strathmore and then she is introduced to Lucy's brothers Alex the Marquess of Brooke an
Sep 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
What a wonderful debut novel by Sasha Cottman. A light, charming and very enjoyable Regency romance with an original plot, an appealing, unconventional heroine, Millie Ashton, and a very dishy hero, Alex Radley, Lord Brooke. I particularly enjoyed the banter between Millie and Alex and the fact that Alex unashamedly falls for Mille. He was a nice change from the typical Regency bad boy. Highly recommended for fans of the genre. I look forward to reading Ms. Cottman's next installment!
Aug 20, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
London 1817.

Millie's British father worked for the East India Co. in
India. Millie was born there. After 20+ years her family
returned to England and frankly she hated it. The ton's
unwritten preference included slender women. Millie
acted ashamed of her 'ample frame.' Later in the story
Millie walked daily & within a few weeks she was visibly
less endowed & had a smaller waist. To get these fast wt.
loss results did she have access to Regency equivalent of
amphetamines? Ironically the he
Bree T
Miss Millie Ashton has just arrived in England after spending her whole life growing up in India where her father worked. She finds London in March chilly and depressing and her sapphire nose ring and curvaceous figure draw the disdain and ridicule of the lithe London debutantes and she comes to dislike having to attend society events.

But then Millie meets Lucy Radley, a kindred spirit and through her, Lucy’s two older brothers, Alex the Marquis of Brooke and David. Millie is drawn by Alex’s blo
Imelda Evans
Jul 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this so much! Millie and Alex are gorgeous. It's so nice to read a story about people you can like and there are a lot of likeable people in this. I've been sick as sick lately. I had to drag myself out of bed to work but when I had finished what I had to, I needed a break and this was a perfect dose of R&R. Well done Sasha and hurry up with David's story!
Lily Malone
Sep 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had a great time reading this story of the lovely Millie Ashton and the gorgeous Alex Radley, set in the early 1800s in England.
Millie was a wonderful heroine - I rooted for her from page 1, and while Alex had his moments (I don't know I've ever found a bloke so wrapped up in getting rid of the bags under his eyes and having a good night's sleep so he would appear refreshed) - I feel sure these are probably most typical of men of the 'ton' at the time, which means of course that the author got
Alison Stuart
Jun 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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This is a delightful debut novel, written with wit and verve. The protagonists, Alex and Millie are young and fresh and make a wonderful change from the world weary protagonists of most "Regency" novels. While Alex may be more of an apprentice rake, he is hiding a shameful secret and Millie, fresh off the boat from India, is the outsider, too plump to be fashionable and sporting a decidedly unfashionable stud in her nose.
Like the youngsters they are, they tend to act with their hearts not their
Georgina Penney
An absolutely gorgeous debut.

I read Letter From A Rake at the beginning of the year and just picked it up again. Ms. Cottman has a wonderful way with words that draws you in within a matter of minutes. Millie and Alex are characters that really stick in your mind. I didn't realize how much until I started reading again this time and felt like I was visiting old friends.

Give this lovely little number a read, you won't regret it.
Aug 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Romantic and a little different plot line than most. No villain. No kidnapping. Nice.
Virginia Tican
FAKE Regency, if not for the story line, I would have given it a one star rating. It is so full of contemporary words and phrases all applied on present day context that put me in a Time Warp wondering if the setting is Present Day or Regency England. How, pray tell, can a bureaucratic phrase like "in/at this juncture" or words like "bulletproof plan" be used as common or usual everyday words in conversations during the Regency period when the etymology of such words have NOT yet occurred? and a ...more
Oct 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Reviewed for Confessions From Romaholics

I have had Letter From a Rake sitting on my IPad for a while and I thought it about time I read it in preparation for An Unsuitable Match. The series revolves around the Duke of Strathmore’s family and friends as his oldest children seek love. I devoured this book and the second book in one day because of the easily writing style, the straight forward plot in both of these books and the characters you want to hate but instead love

This book tells the story
Jul 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Aug 12, 2013 rated it liked it
I'm going to come right out with it and say that I, obviously, was not the target audience for this book.

Yes, I love historical romances and yes I love when the 'underdog' beats out all of the 'popular' girls and gets the handsome hero. BUT, and this is a big BUT, I do NOT like NA (new adult) books. And believe it or not, Letter From a Rake was, in fact, a NA book set in historical England.

The characters were far too immature. The only rake-like characteristics that Alex shows is his penitent fo
Jane Hunt
Aug 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Letter from a Rake by Sasha Cottman

This is the perfect story for Regency Romance lovers. An easy read I couldn't put it down.

The romance is engaging. The pacing of the story is good and the plot is well thought out with unexpected twists. There is an interesting amount of historical detail throughout which enhances the book.

Millie is an unconventional heroine for a Regency romance. She was born and lived in India and so provides a fresh perspective on Regency society's constraints on women. An endearing combination of feisty an
The Window Seat
Aug 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Letter for a Rake is the kind of story that I adore simply for how sweet and enjoyable it is to read. The storyline isn’t chocked full of angst and the main characters are genuinely good people who get caught up in a bad situation that keeps them apart.

Twenty year old Millie Ashton is feeling quite the culture shock when she returns to her parent’s homeland of England. Born and raised in India, Millie isn’t used to the pretentiousness she encounters while making calls on society women or just wi
Ermione Pickwick
Jul 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Congratulation to the author, this is definitely a great first novel and it's my favourite kind of love story too! Sasha Cottman has an intriguing, merry and exciting style; the story is full of passion but not in the Kleypas or Quinn's way: everything here is softer and more delicate (I'm not saying that against the just mentioned authors that I said I adore, more than once), the novel doesn't lack of moments of pure emotion, spiced with elements that surely can't be defined chaste; in Letter f ...more
Jun 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
‘Letter from a Rake’ is a delightful Regency story with twists and secrets interwoven to make it very enjoyable read. I read this book when I was unwell and it provided the perfect ‘comfort food for the brain’ transporting me into the world of London society with enough detail to bring it to life without being boring. Add to the mix an unconventional heroine, Millie, who is missing India where she was born and it finding it hard to fit into the polite and very fashion conscious world where girls ...more
Venetia Green
Jul 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
A highly enjoyable Regency romance with a twist or three.

Twist number one: the heroine Millie, was born and raised in India. As a result, she does not like or adapt well to the London social scene. Why, she even sports a nose-ring and reads the Karma Sutra! Millie is most definitely not your average Regency heroine.

Twist number two: Nor is Millie the svelte beauty typical of romance novels. She is, at least at the outset, distinctly chubby. I was a little disappointed that she lost weight with
Louise Reynolds
Jul 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Millie Ashton, recently arrived in London from India, doesn’t quite fit in. She has luscious curves, wears a nose-ring and is more outspoken than the misses of the Ton. Alex Radley, Lord Brooke, is the golden boy of the Ton. Not only will he inherit a dukedom one day, but he seems perfect in every way. Only his family knows how he has struggled all his life to conceal a problem which he cannot overcome.
Letter From a Rake, is a subtle confection built on layers of well-constructed misunderstandin
Shannon   The Romance Addict!
Jul 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Sweet Regency Romance.

Millie Ashton is raised in India and is different from the "normal" girls in England. This book takes place when she has just arrived in England. She hates it and just wants to go back to her beloved India. Millie is kinda a outcast in England and no one really gets her. She meets Lucy and becomes fast friends, then Lucy's brother Alex steps in. ( I really like him he was a sweet likable hero) Something big happens and a lot of drama and misunderstand goes down (I don't wan
Sandra R
I found this book quite different than I was expecting and I enjoyed it. The actual writing was very good - no grammar errors or poorly formed sentences - but I understand this is a first book and it did read like one, in my experience, as I have been reading for many years and had to compare it to many others. The story was fresh and interesting though and I intend to read the next book in the series.

Alex was almost 23 and Millie was 20, so this read as a NA story which I was not expecting. Th
Oct 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Oh my goodness, where do I even begin? I fell in LOVE with this book right from the beginning. The female lead, a rather feisty Millie Ashton, is just simply awesome. I love a strong woman who can speak her mind, and speak it she did. I also have a soft spot for these types of stories, so that alone made the read even more enjoyable for me. Upon arriving in London, Miss Ashton certainly meets her match when she is introduced to a certain Lord Brooke. Take a chance on this book; it is wonderful!
Ismailiah Williams-akueteh
Jul 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
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I received an ARC of this title from netgalley.

I liked this story.Spunky heroine, dashing charismatic hero with a secret complete with an understandable mistep that threatens to derail the romance before it begins. I also like the "cliffhanger ending" that set us up for another romance between charecters I've come to root for. A very enjoyable beach read.
Infantina Nivetha
Nov 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I haven't read so many historical fiction, as far as I could remember I think this will be the best of all for now. The story plot was great. The romance between the main characters were heart-warming. It was a different take on the novels I would normally read. I was totally immersed with the characters that I didn't want to take my eyes off except after I've finish reading this astonishing novel.

Letter from a rake is about soul mates Millie and Alex. The story dates back to 1817, where Millie
This was my first time with this author, but probably won't be my last if I need something quick, light, sweet, and/or inexpensive in the Kindle store.

Unless I am mistaken, this is the author's first published book. While it does read like a maiden novel in places, it is every bit as polished as some stories that I have read from the big names in the genre. Be warned, though, readers who are all about die-hard historical accuracy will find the vernacular and modern-tone offputting, particularly
Aug 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.75 - great characters. The friendships built, the quirkiness of their actions, the love between them (especially between siblings), was fun to read. I had problems towards the end though, from the moment of asking another to write a love letter without knowing what it said, until almost the end. It just got so chaotic, and messy, and panic inducing, and every other uncomfortable word there is. I can't tell if all that was tremendous writing on the author's part to induce those feelings, or if ...more
Apr 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Me ha gustado bastante, tiene algunos detalles que me han sorprendido y dan un toque original a una novela histórica.
Millie no es una joven como las demás, acaba de llegar con su familia de la India, ese pendiente en su nariz es un recordatorio del país que la vio nacer y que añora. Será difícil adaptarse a la vida en Londres. Hasta que en la fiesta que organiza su tío hace amistad con Lucy, una joven peculiar que resulta ser la hija de un duque.
Alex, hermano de Lucy, no tiene un primer encuentr
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