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The Midnight Rake

(Three Regency Rogues #3)

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  162 ratings  ·  32 reviews
A gentleman by day...

Phineas Betcham, Viscount Fenhurst is one of the country's most eligible bachelors... which—to the heartbreak of each season's new debutantes—is the way he intends to keep it. Because the broodingly handsome Viscount has vowed to keep emotions out of the bedchamber. And he is a man who always stays true to his word.

So when Penelope Rosebery arrives at
Published January 13th 2015 by Carina
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Let's crank up the snark-o-meter, shall we? This one got a D+ at AAR. What can I say? I liked the parrot.

Incidentally, the title of this book bears almost no relation to the content. For one thing, the hero isn't a rake, and for another he doesn't suddenly turn into one at midnight and go about debauching innocent maidens.

Also - in the cover shot, the heroine looks like she's wearing a curtain.

I found The Midnight Rake rather hard going at first. Not because it’s difficult to read, but because
Kimberly Rocha~ Book Obsessed Chicks

Penelope Rosebery and her younger sister have been left in an untenable situation since the death of their father. Penelope was left at the alter and has had her livelihood stolen from her by the rogue she thought loved and cared for her. Living on their own with little means has left the sisters in desolation, but Penelope has a plan to find her ex-fiance, Simon, and make him return all he stole from her family. On the road to London however, Penelope and Aubry have some difficulties when the m
Linda Sims
Apr 23, 2015 rated it did not like it
Penelope Rosebery and her younger sister Aubry are travelling to London they are going to seek out the man who has stolen all of their family fortune, they are alone in the world since the stress had been too much for their father who had died.

Fortunately they are rescued when their coach has an accident by Victoria Betcham the Countess of Fenhurst, who is on her way to London to stay in the family townhouse. The countess is lonely, her husband is away travelling, her daughter is staying with fa
Amy ~ Love At 1st Read
Jun 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Anabelle Bryant is absolutely killing it with this Regency Rogues series. Her vividly drawn characters and setting bring the Regency world to life right before my eyes. The Midnight Rake is so indescribably good, I feel almost incoherent trying to capture all the things I love about it. But love it, I did. Everything from the heartbreak of rejection, to the hilarious annoying bird and meddling mother, to the supportive friends, and the wondrous romance. All the twists and surprises that happen ...more
Patty McKenna Van Hulle
A wallflower heroine on a quest to right some wrongs, a hero with the motto "No wife, happy life" & a misbehaving FAIRY GODMAMA, who will win the war?

Penelope Rosebery has always been a good girl & with only a dad, she has helped to raise her younger sister, Aubrey. She only made 1 mistake & it cost her family all their money, her being jilted at the altar, her dad's health & then his life & she & Aubrey have been living in poverty never knowing what will be their next me
Dec 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
The Midnight Rake by Annabelle Bryant

Phineas was the perfect man to curl up on the couch and read about today. He prides himself on his decorum and honesty. He’s a gentleman through and through. It was delightful to watch him fall head over heels for the delectable Penelope. The internal battles he has with himself over wanting Penelope were a glimpse into a man’s psyche. He adores Penny and will do anything to protect her interests and her heart. He truly was such a great character that made me
Sonya Heaney
Originally posted HERE .

I think I’ve reached a point where I’ve binged on so many Regency romances I expect something… more… when I read. The Midnight Rake had an interesting premise, and I really appreciated that more effort was taken to use British English (something too many authors in this genre overlook). However, there were a few points in the book where I asked myself if I wanted to continue reading – I felt like I’d already read this story dozens of times in the past year.

There’s a reas
Nicole Laverdure's Reviews
Dec 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Who doesn't love a Rake?
Lovers of Regency stories will love The Midnight Rake, well written by Anabelle Bryant. I have read her two previous books Duke of Darkness and To Love a Wicked Scoundrel, and again, I wasn't disappointed! It kept me interested until the end. I loved her two main characters Phineas Betcham and Penelope Rosebery, two bruised souls who get a second chance for love. Will love be in the air for them? I liked her secondary characters Victoria and Aubry, who added a little touc
Apr 21, 2015 rated it it was ok
Sometimes I curse my inability to leave books unfinished. I wasted my time finishing this book instead of enjoying another. I had purchased all three of the books in this series at the same time and came back to finish this despite my horrible experience with the first two books in the series. I don't understand Bryant's thought process. She tries to distract readers and introduce some bizarre out of the blue scenario to bring forth unnecessary suspense into the story the back story ...more
Margaret Sholders
Jan 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Anabelle has written a sweet story. Yes there are problems to fix but all in all it was a happy book. Her people are mostly helpful but there are spoilers. Penelope and her sister Aubrey meet the Countess of Fenhurst when their coach breaks down and the Countess takes them under her wing. Penny is looking for the man who jilted her and stole everything she had. She meets the Viscount, Phineas, who is struck in awe of her. It is fun to see them argue about how he can't help her if she doesn't giv ...more
Brian Benson
Jan 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Her best yet. Anabelle Bryant continues to amaze. She has taken several characters from her first two novels, To Love A Wicked Scoundrel, and Duke Of Darkness and deftly blended them into her newest release The Midnight Rake. Penelope Rosebery bilked of her families savings and left near penniless at the alter, heads to London in search of the con-man who stole her families fortune and a priceless heirloom. In the course of her search, she connects with Phineas Betcham aka Viscount Fenhurst. Phi ...more
Jan 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was the first book that I had read by Anabelle Bryant. I loved it! Please read my full review at my blog:
Jackson D'Lynne
Jan 12, 2015 rated it liked it
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Joann Maggio
Sep 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Midnight Rake ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐by Anabelle Bryant

When I began reading the Regency Rogues series the character of Phineas Betcham became of interest to me. This handsome eligible sort after brooding bachelor was a gentlemen through and through. I wondered where was his flaws and would they be revealed.

When his mother arrives home with the impoverished Rosebery sisters and Phineas finds himself in close quarters with the beautiful Penelope who holds some type of mystery to herself the book takes off. This
Loraine Oliver
May 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed-books
The Midnight Rake is the third book in the Three Regency Rogues Series and was every bit as good as the first two! This is the story about Phineas, Viscount Fenhurst and Penelope Roseberry. There is also a cast of great supporting characters, two of them being his two best friends, Lord Constantine Highborough who we met in the first book in this series, To Love a Wicked Scoundrel, and Devlin Ravensdale, The Duke of Wharncliffe, who we also met in the first book but book two was his story, Duke ...more
3 stars. This could've been a much better read. It had some hilarious moments involving a macaw and it's equally hilarious lines (very unsubtle attempt from the H's mother, the owner of the dratted bird, to get him to marry ASAP :p). However:

1. The h, Penelope, was a bit of a TSTL. She'd be perfectly fine, then do something that'd set my eyes rolling. She had a suitor that jilted her at the altar and rob her family off of money and valuable stuff, on the same day. When her father dies after the
Michelle Joyce Bond
Mar 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
THE MIDNIGHT RAKE kept me up well past the witching hour.

Phineas, a.k.a. Viscount Fenhurst, is so adverse to marriage, he mentally recites an anti-marriage mantra whenever a female threat looms. However, he is caught completely off guard when he collides with an unexpected houseguest, a beauty who smells of vanilla and sparks a feeling he is unable to dismiss–a passion that will soon consume him.

Penelope has come to London in order to seek out the man who left her waiting at the alter while he
Amy Alvis
Dec 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The author doesn't have the books linked as a series, but it has characters from To Love a Wicked Scoundrel and Duke of Darkness.

Penelope Rosebery and her sister have been left penniless by her disreputable fiancee. Hoping to find him in London, they are waylaid by a broken axle when the Viscountess of Fenhurst comes to their rescue. Inviting them to join her to London, she eventually gives them shelter in her son's home.

Phineas Betchum is surprised to find his mother and her guests in his home.
Joan Osborne
Apr 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Delightful Regency romance

This was a delightful Regency romance and I truly enjoyed the growing romance between Penelope and Phineas but there were a few things that I found myself annoyed with otherwise I would have given it five stars. There seemed to be a building story with the mysterious woman and boy that Phineas visited at night and though the question that surrounded his reasons for these visits was answered, I felt it really served no purpose as to Phineas's relationship with Penelope.
...secrets and scandals

Charming story about a young woman who sets about to right a wrong, find the cad who'd stolen her inheritance. Along the way she is captivated by, and captures the attention of, a charming young viscount. Phineas Betcham, Viscount Fenhurst, is determined not to marry. His maman has determined otherwise. Penelope Rosebery has no interest in marriage. She's on a quest.
I am still puzzling over how two women rescued from the highway by a delightfully generous dowager end up in
Feb 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Damsel in distress

I would of blessed the book with five stars if Penelope's character wasn't so nauseating at times. Once in a while, I come across a good female role model that is the heroine. I think more time could have been spent on the Ditaglio history. Why did the hero have to keep punching his palms whenever he was faced with the need to protect our punch. I guess I don't get that type of mentality. I found it juvenile that's all. I didn't understand the mistress and son visits and how th
Dec 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
It's not quite a four star book for me, but better than three stars. The book is a good solid read, but nothing fantastic. The story is interesting, the characters engaging, but now two weeks after reading it (I gave it four stars right after finish the book) I can hardly remember it. A comfort food kind of book, I read it, I enjoyed it, it satisfied my romance craving, but it didn't leave much of a lasting impression.
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Dec 30, 2014 rated it it was ok
I had to put this book down several times, which is never a good indication! The heroine took too much blame upon her shoulders to suit me and the hero thought entirely too much of himself. However, I really liked Aubry, heroine's little sister had the spark to keep me interested in this story for a while.
Mar 19, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance
I thought it was fairly silly to expect readers to believe that a woman would pick up two random strangers, take them home and expect her fabulously wealthy son to support them in grand style. Which he does so I guess she was right. If you can get past that you have to contend with misused vocabulary....and characters that forget their own motivation. I'll stop here.
Aurrora James
May 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very enjoyable

I adored watching Penny and Phin fall in love. Phil was every bit the handsome dashing hero and I loved that he boxed. I wish that we had learned a bit more about his secret night visits. That didn't feel fully explained. Also, I struggled with the heroine's actions at the end. Even still, a fun read.
Jan 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
Lisa C.
Jul 03, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was kind of a ridiculous story. Although I have enjoyed other books by this author, this was disappointing and entirely too predictable. I could barely make it to the end.
Dec 05, 2014 rated it liked it
Story was cute, but it was a slow read. I think it could have moved at a faster pace.
Jean Cowden
Apr 28, 2015 rated it liked it
It was a little too much sex for me, otherwise the story was cute.
A gentleman by day...

Phineas Betcham, Viscount Fenhurst is one of the country's most eligible bachelors... which—to the heartbreak of each season's new debutantes—is the way he intends to keep it. Because the broodingly handsome Viscount has vowed to keep emotions out of the bedchamber. And he is a man who always stays true to his word.

So when Penelope Rosebery arrives at his home, impoverished and in need of help, Phin is every inch the gentleman. But, beneath the surface, Penelope stirs a prot
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