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A Rake's Guide To Pleasure (Somerhart #2)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  1,001 Ratings  ·  91 Reviews
The dashing Duke of Somerhart has the notorious reputation of being one of London's most incurable rogues. When he meets the alluring Lady Denmore, he is immediately intrigued. Her air of recklessness and innocence intertwined titllates him as no other woman ever has. But what secret is the lovely Lady Denmore hiding?
Paperback, 352 pages
Published August 1st 2008 by Zebra
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The book that lifted me from my book slump despite the cheesy title and cover. Elegant, witty, sharp writing along with characters that you could root for. I didn't care that this historical romance read like contemporary characters thrown into a historical setting. Lisa Kleypas does it and when she succeeds, she is incomparable. At least until I read Victoria Dahl's A rake's guide to pleasure. This was a resounding five star read for me.

Emma Jensen aka Lady Denmore is one of those heroines dev
Aug 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: blush-worthy
Spare me the title, the cover quote, and the terrible cover. Honestly, had I just stumbled upon this book on my own I would never have picked it up. It looks ghastly.

Another hot Duke running around London, single. You swear, if I had any sense I'd quit reading books that had the word Duke on the inside/back cover.

Emma, the young widow of Baron Denmore is in London, being notorious. She's staying up well into the wee hours of the morning, and she's gambling, she's drinking, and my oh my she's eve
Apr 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book very much! Suspense, drama, frustration, and mmmmmm lurrrrrrrrrrve~ all put together in a fast, exciting, believable build up! She's a desperate gambling liar who's pretending to be something she's not while fleecing aristocratic gamblers out of their money, and he's a sort-of-reformed manslut who's ashamed of his past and now has a chip on his shoulder about being ridiculed.

In the beginning, I wasn't happy with our heroine Emma because at first you're all, damn she's gonna g
Dec 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: regency, own, duke, romance
Emma Jensen is left 600 pounds when her uncle dies, which isn't enough to live on for the rest of her life. So she goes to London masquerading as widowed Lady Denmore to earn some money by gambling (she's good at it, thanks to her degenerate father). A lot of people had problems with Emma but I liked her; all she wanted was a quiet, peaceful life by the ocean. She was smart, independent, and resourceful.

This was very predictable (especially because Matthew reminded me of the stalker in Talk Me
Julie (jjmachshev)
Oct 16, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2008-reads
3.5 stars for Victoria Dahl's "A Rake's Guide to Pleasure", mostly for the incredibly hot sex with heavy hints of dominance by our hero. If it wasn't for the weaker plot, it would have gotten that 4th star.

She's the daughter of the deceased Baron Denmore, a totally degenerate member of the Hellfire Club who turned his home into a den of iniquity while caring for his grandchildren. Emma saw things as a young child that tore her innocence away. After his death, she was left destitute and thrown on
Jul 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
After a reading several disappointing historical romances and one contemporary thriller, I decided to seek solace in Victoria Dahl, an author whose books have never let me down.

A Rake's Guide To Pleasure hit the spot perfectly. Emma, Lady Denmore, a mysterious young widow with a talent for gambling, suddenly appears in London’s high society, winning both money and hearts.

Emma has plenty of secrets to hide. She’s neither a widow nor a Lady, and so poor that gambling is her last resort, the only w
May 08, 2008 rated it liked it
I must say that Victoria Dahl has some of the best historical romance covers around. I really do love the ones where the man and woman are mostly naked in a sea of silk sheets, and her latest, A Rake’s Guide to Pleasure is no exception. But a cover can only do so much for sales. A Rake’s Guide to Pleasure is a well-written, sexy romance with two mature characters who want totally different things in life. The Duke of Somerhart refuses to take the word “no” for an answer from Emma Jensen, who pre ...more
Rosie Read
Dec 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
I initially read the first in this series a while a go and remember not really being all that bothered by it which is why it took me a so long to pick up A Rake's Guide to Pleasure, the second in the Huntington series.

I was pleasantly surprised by this novel, as I said I wasn't expecting much going in but I really did enjoy it. I found Emma to be a strong and yet realistic heroine, a balance that can sometimes be a little hard to strike without coming across as smug. Although a tad more masterfu
Jul 12, 2009 rated it really liked it
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This is a great story about two sad, lonely people, who have a HEA. The heroine is superb - a tragic background, no future, a past she desperately wants to hide, and gifts for gambling and lying shamelessly. The hero is stiff, haunted by his past, and desperate to forget it. They both have what they have been led to believe are "wicked desires", which must be controlled at all costs. Throw in a nutcase ex, a whole cast of secondary characters, a great plot and a well-written story, and it just s ...more
DNF (thanks to the heroine) but 2 stars nevertheless.

What a disappointing follow-up to To Tempt A Scotsman. I'd been so looking forward to reading Hart's story but Emma ruined the entire thing for me.

Her complete lack of proprietary was not as charming as Alex's had been in Scotsman. I really feel her situation, steeped in lies and deception, could have very well been avoided.

And call me crazy, but I prefer my heroines to actually WANT to feel attraction, desire and love for their heroes. She d
Aug 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
I LOVED this book! I would have rated it a 5 star but it took me about a quarter of the way through before I actually connected to the characters. I LOVED Hart! But then again, I love Duke's. This is my first VD book and look forward to her other historical romance's. Steamy and well written, I like that there was a hint of mystery behind both their lives, but Ms. Dahl wrote it so that we weren't left with the feeling like we were the only one's not knowing what was going on. I really don't like ...more
Feb 20, 2016 rated it it was ok
Ok I only read like the first one hundred pages and never intend on finishing it. I give the book 2 stars but my book discussion on this book and the topic of "can a romance title be feminist?" got 5 stars!!
I am just not a fan of the romance genre. However the main character was pretty independent and assertive which I admittedly didn't expect. This made for an excellent discussion and after I heard the rest of the storyline I was happy I didn't read it all the way through. Yes I can be
Rebecca (everyday reader)
Emma is an orphaned girl with no more family who has turned to gambling, running with a fast crowd, lying, and not behaving as a lady should, but she'll do almost anything for her dream of getting away from society and to have her own home. Hart is a duke who sees through Emma's lies, even as he is attracted to her from the beginning. She gives her virginity to him, he discovers all of her untruths, and all their dreams come true. Great read!!
Jun 20, 2010 rated it really liked it
Very steamy compared to most of the Victorian-era romance novels that I've read in the past. Very nice...
Jan 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Emma Jensen menyamar sebagai Lady Denmore, seorang janda muda, selagi berusaha untuk memperoleh uang sebelum Season dimulai dan sebelum semua orang tahu tentang penyamarannya. Ayahnya, baron Denmore, meninggal bersama adiknya dan tidak meninggalkan apapun sehingga Emma tinggal dengan pamannya yang akhirnya juga meninggal karena suatu kebakaran, membuat Emma sebatang kara. Rencananya mengumpulkan uang berjalan dengan mulus sampai suatu hari dia bertemu dengan pria itu, pria yang dulu sangat dia h ...more
Elis Madison
Emma Jensen grew up in a den of iniquity.

Her father was a drunk, gambling whoremonger who exposed his daughter to the seediest things in life at an early age. One night she ran into a guest, the Duke of Somerhart (a/k/a Hart), and thought he was an angel come to help her out. She told him about the creepy man who tried to get into her room, and he told her to go to her room and lock the door. The next day he was gone; the servants said he’d had words with her father before he left. She hoped he
Feb 19, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, kindle, period
Another good period romance from Dahl. Very tense, great pacing. It is rather a cheesy cover, and title... not really indicative of the story. Emma is a young noblewoman whose family have all died, leaving her virtually penniless - she has undertaken to travel to London, under the guise of a widow, and engage in games of chance with nobleman suckers, to make her fortune in a few short months, before someone finds out the ruse and she has to flee. It's utterly brazen (not to mention preposterous) ...more
Sarah Eiseman
Apr 27, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a fun historical romance–the classic tale of a woman impersonating someone of a different class in order to get her life back on track. We meet Lady Emma Denmore, a very young widow, who is quite the gambler. She’s working toward a very specific goal and doing her best to keep any hint of her former life a secret. But in her former life, she met the notorious Hart, Duke of Sommerhart, at one of her father’s raunchy parties. A confirmed bachelor always on the lookout for eager widow ...more
Jill Dunlop
Mar 27, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Emma Jensen takes her leave of the country to head to London. She makes the acquaintance of an old family friend by portraying herself as a young eccentric widow who enjoys gambling. In reality, Emma desperately needs the money to live on so she can live independently from an ardent suitor from her past. In London she catches the eye of Somerhart, a Duke who has the reputation of quite the womanizer. In truth though, Somerhart is anything but a rake. He was once spurned very publicly by his lady ...more
Jan 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book continuing on the Huntington Series. I really love the concept of these couples throwing convention to the wind and finding their HEA without the restrictions of society. Emma and Hart's relationship started out scandalously and yet both found peace and trust in each other despite their beginning of lies. While this book skirted my line of tolerance for the whole "guy seduces gal even though she says no" trope and almost went over to stalkerish tendencies, the fact tha ...more
Brandy *Ahviel*
I loved this book. From the beginning you are led to believe that the heroine is doing the right thing, then you discover that she is about to do the worse thing a woman in her position could do. Yet while she is going to ransom her find she lets herself go and is taken into to bed with her captive, who awakens everthing inside of her.
Her captive is also taken away by how much feeling he has for the woman who did save him and at the same time is going to be stealing money away from them. When th
Oct 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
I really enjoyed this book, much better than I did the first book in the series. I love the way Emma decides to take her life into her own hands and make herself stable as opposed to finding a man to do it for her. The characters in this book are truly top notch, some of the best historical romance characters I have had the pleasure of reading.

The plot moved at a fast pace, although the sensual scenes are still lacking some of the heat that Victoria Dahl's more recent work has. I am not sure if
Apr 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I found out about Victoria Dahl when I read Talk Me Down, which I think is safe to say, is her first most popular book. I looked her up and found her other historical romance books.

I finally found a copy of A Rake's Guide to Pleasure and I found myself very pleasantly surprised. It was a well written book with great characters that you find yourself caring for despite their shortcomings. Emma Jensen is one of the smartest, most strong-minded and sassiest heroines I've read. And Hart is handsome,
Aug 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
Someone else commented on the cover and title of this book, and I have to agree - the title especially does not seem particularly appropriate. This being said, I thought this was one of Dahl's better books. I've read and enjoyed many of her contemporaries, and had not been bowled over by the historical I'd read by her. This one had quite an original take on the heroine. At the beginning it reminded me of a book by Jo Beverley, with the sister upstairs during a house party... (can't think of the ...more
Dec 30, 2010 rated it liked it
Hero is the rakish, reckless Earl of something. Heroine is pretending to be the widow of another earl while she gambles to make enough money to live quietly on before society figures out her pretense. Hero's intrigued by her, tries to find out her secrets--while conducting a seduction--and does. Which starts all kinds of trouble.

This is a good read, but it's filled with a lot of the standard historical romance tropes. There's a creepy villain, and a last-minute rescue, and a lot of steamy seduct
This one has stayed with me a while. The heroine is maquerading as someone else in order to earn enough money at the tables during her new friends parties. Her only goal is to disappear into obscurity after a childhood with a notoriously neglectful and libidinous father. Her aim is a self sufficient life. She didn't bet on the hero though and their mutual and unstopable seduction is pretty scorching, angsty and tender. I liked this best of everything I've read by this author, despite the ending ...more
Jim son of Jim (formerly PhotoJim)
My third historical romance in a month. The big difference is that I actually liked this one. Despite the cheesy title, the book was well written. I liked the characters and the plot. I would call it a drawing room tale with sex. Emma Jensen was raised in a house of ill-repute but a father who was less than ideal. After her family situation changes again, she decides to go to London to earn enough money to live on her own. There she meets the Duke of Sumerhart. Most call him Winterheart, but Emm ...more
It started out shaky, looked cliched, but since it was recommended, I moved along. Boy! Am I glad I did! It was different and it was good. Not mind-blowing, but good nonetheless. I really enjoyed reading it, and I liked the heroine as well as the rake-of-a-hero, and though the parts with mother and son were a bit too cheesy, I liked Lady Denmore too. :D
My favourite quote: "Unlike your experience, Hart, there is rarely bad intention. People just happen to get hurt." She finally met his gaze. "An
May 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2011
"One Week as Lovers" was one of my very favorite reads last year, so I was eager to read the story of a pair of characters I saw in that book. Yes, I know this one came out first, but seem to have a strange habit of reading historicals out of order. It was a terrific read (naturally, I loved the scenes that introduced Lancaster), but that's a no-brainer, since I love Dahl's romances, both historical and contemporary.
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I have my mother to thank for my passion for writing. My mom is an avid reader of popular fiction, and I began reading highly inappropriate books around the age of eleven, I think. (Thanks, Mom, for always leaving those delicious books strewn about!)

To Tempt a Scotsman, a Golden Heart winning historical, was my first published book. Here I am signing the cover! A Rake's Guide to Pleasure (which w
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  • To Tempt a Scotsman (Somerhart, #1)
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“Yes," she spat. "I am quite picky. Often I like my seductions to consist of more than 'Hallo there. are to spread your knees for a duke?' Silly miss that I am.” 6 likes
“Really, Your Grace. Crooking your little finger again? At least buy me a bauble before you try to tup me in the carriage.” 2 likes
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