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The Rake (Davenport #2)

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From the acclaimed romance writer, Mary Jo Putney, comes The Rake, a polished version of her original award-winning The Rake and the Reformer.Reggie Davenport, a self-destructive man, leavened by wit and humor and painful honesty, is making one last, desperate bid to change his lift. It was predicted that his life, disinherited and disgraced, would come to a violent end. B ...more
Hardcover, Large Print, 496 pages
Published December 31st 1998 by Wheeler Publishing (first published 1989)
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
Another example of how romantic fiction is not fluff. This book was deep as the ocean. I loved how this book brought together two people who had been hurt or damaged by life, and helped them to find peace and love.

The Rake is an excellent portrayal of a person suffering from alcoholism. And coming from a family where both side has members who were alcoholics, I can testify to this. Reggie reminded me of a few of my uncles. They could have been better men had they not been under the influence of
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Nuria Llop
(2º del Reto Rita)
Una relectura que he saboreado de principio a fin, más incluso que la primera vez que la leí. La historia está tan bien contada que casi cada párrafo es una delicia, con las palabras justas y apropiadas para hacer que nos sintamos, como lectoras, parte de ella, y que cada personaje se adentre en nosotras con gran facilidad.
Él es el protagonista por excelencia de la novela, aunque la trama gire en torno a ella, y es un personaje perfectamente construido, coherente, de los que e
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ɴΘεɱí
Mar 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: retorita-2017
Este libro se merece 5 estrellitas o más!
Un libro muy bien escritos que ha ido de menos a más, que te va atrapando y enganchando.
El personaje que mas me ha gustado ha sido el del Lady Alys,
Una mujer que para la época en la que vive ha sabido demostrar lo que vale, no ha dependido de nadie para llegar a donde a llegado, independiente y fuerte.
Reggie a pesar de su fama como libertino es un personaje que ha pasado por mucho y ver como va logrando salir de su complicado pasado, afrontando sus alti
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Lady Wesley
Alys Weston is running from her past, and Reggie Davenport is fleeing his future. Fate brings them together on Reggie's Dorset estate, Strickland.

It's uncommon, to say the least, for a woman to be an estate steward, yet Alys has been able to pull off that job for four years, communicating with the absentee owner in writing. When Reggie's cousin, the new owner, gives the estate over to Reggie, Alys sees her idyll coming to an end. Yet, when Reggie arrives at Strickland, he proves to be surprising
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Yolanda
Jan 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
#RetoRita
Dejamos atrás el ambiente de lujo de las típicas novelas de regencia y nos trasladamos a una propiedad en el campo, con sus escenas diarias, la siembra, ovejas, una alfarería. Nos adentramos en las tareas cotidianas que se viven allí .
Dos protagonistas muy distintos. Reggie un libertino, bebedor en exceso, con mucho mundo y de camino a la autodestrucción. Tiene muchas virtudes pero intenta taparlas bajo ese manto de libertinaje que también le hace tapar sus debilidades, la parte de su d
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Teresa Cameselle
Una lectura muy bonita.En mi opinión, Mary Jo Putney se adelanta con esta novela a otras publicaciones de la época, con unos protagonistas que, siendo el fruto de la nobleza gallega, no son ni tan tópicos ni tan perfectos como solían ser en las novelas de entonces.
La novela está muy bien escrita y mantiene el interés todo el tiempo, aunque no puedo decir que me haya deslumbrado como la anterior, que fue todo un descubrimiento. Esta no exige una atención constante, ni buscas tiempo desesperadamen
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Natalia
Jan 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
#Reto Rita.

¿Hay más de 5 estrellas? Porque sinceramente, este libro se merece muchas más.

Es una historia de oportunidades:
Oportunidad a conocerse a si mismo.
oportunidad a desear más para uno y poder hacerlo.
Oportunidad a cambiar y mejorar tanto como individuo de una comunidad como persona.
Oportunidad para amar, que te amen y sobre todo amarte y respetarte a ti mismo.

Podrías seguir con la lista, pero sinceramente, !Hay que leer este libro¡. No tengo palabras para poder explicar o haceros entende
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Buggy
Opening Line: “When two gentlemen are related by blood, they do not usually address each other with formality.”

Based on all the glowing reviews and accolades THE RAKE has received I was really looking forward to sinking my teeth into this regency romance. And I guess because I’d heard so many good things I was a little surprised at well, frankly how dull this was. Even with Putney’s great writing, attention to detail and a reprobate bad boy as our hero this was a bit of a grind to get through.

My
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Lady Wesley
Jul 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: listened
Fabulous. If you like this book, I highly recommend this audio version by Mark Meadows. If you haven't yet read this book, ditto. It's one of the classic historical romances of all time.

Alys Weston is running from her past, and Reggie Davenport is fleeing his future. Fate brings them together on Reggie’s Dorset estate, Strickland.

It’s uncommon, to say the least, for a woman to be an estate steward, yet Alys has been able to pull off that job for four years, communicating with the absentee owner
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Kinga
Feb 25, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Rake, huh?
More like ‘The Alcoholic’ but that probably wouldn’t make a good title for a bodice ripper and supermarkets wouldn’t stock it.

This must be the first historical romance written along the lines of 12 steps of AA clubs. You can see it in its structure but I am not admonishing Putney for using it. It provided a good frame for an exciting novel which would get more stars from me if the heroine’s secret and at the same time her reason for hiding from the world for a decade weren’t so ut
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Floripiquita
Feb 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reto-rita
Me ha gustado mucho más que el primer libro de esta serie. Una historia sobre segundas oportunidades, con dos personajes nada convencionales y muy modernos para la época que les ha tocado vivir. Su historia de amor me ha parecido preciosa.
Mi tercer libro del #RetoRita.
Caz
I've given this an A for narration and an A- for content at AudioGals.

Dear Dreamscape Media,

THANK YOU!

So often have I seen a favourite and/or long awaited book come out in audio only to have my heart sink when I see the name of the narrator, or for me to start listening with high hopes – only to have them dashed within minutes because the narration is poor. I cannot tell you how happy I am that this didn’t happen when I started listening to your new recording of Mary Jo Putney’s The Rake, one
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Kimberly Carrington-Fox
4'5 estrellitas
Ahkajdshañkfhasdkfjhsdkfhaskdñkgashkasg!!!!!!! Todo eso es lo que tengo que decir de Pecado y virtud, qué joyita de libro!! Qué estupenda mezcla de humor, drama, pistos y tensión. Estamos muy acostumbrados a los nobles palote, a los sinvergüenzas que sonríen, levantan una ceja y hacen que nuestras bragas salgan volando. Que son licenciosos y con mil defectos. Pero cuando uno de esos defectos se convierte en enfermedad... Reggie Davenport está al borde de tirar su vida por la borda
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♡Karlyn P♡
What a GREAT historcial regency-era romance. The passion, desire and tension is taught between the hero/heroine, but in a typical 90's style regecy romances there was very little bedroom action. But I swear I didn't miss it as the romance and tension was so good.

The story centers around Alys, a 30-year old spinster working as a land manager at a country Estate. And Reggie, a wealthy commoner who takes ownership of the estate where Alys works and is shocked to discover a woman running the proper
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Iradai
No hay nada como leer un libro sin ninguna expectativa,porque consigues mayor sorpresa al encontrar una buena historia. Gracias al reto de Rita la Cantaora estoy conociendo grandes libros.
Robin
Reginald Davenport has a well-earned reputation as a Rake. Known as the "Despair of the Davenports", Reggie has no prospects. He spends his days sleeping off a hangover, and his nights drinking and carousing. When his cousin calls him to his estate, Reggie believes his allowance will be cut off. Instead, his cousin offers him an unentailed property called Strickland which happened to be Reggie's boyhood home. Reggie agrees to move to the country and take over the very prosperous property.

Reggie
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Jacob Proffitt
While part of a series and with characters you're clearly expected to know, I didn't feel that left out without having read the first.

I liked the idea of this story well-enough but have a hard time rating it very high now I've finished it. It was fun getting to know Alys and I enjoyed her confidence and strength. I didn't enjoy so much her insecurity about being unattractive—mostly because she let it define her so much despite having respect and acknowledgement for her skill and competence in pr
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Bj
4.5 "The Reformed Rake & The Lost Heiress" Stars for the story and 5+ Stars for the narration!

This book started a little slow (especially in the romance department), but give it time. If you love HR with great character development that extends beyond the HEA, The Rake will not disappoint. Moreover, the narration is simply divine. I will definitely be looking for more of Mark Meadow's narrations in the future.

Source: Playster.com audiobook trial.
Zumbagirl
I'm glad I finally gave MJP a chance, always heard good things about this book and it was excellent. Seemed a little on the long side and took me a while to finish. I'd given up on angst and stress in my reading for April, but decided to try something a little more heavy - this was - and did well.

The hero, Reginald Davenport or Reggie, has a serious drinking problem. He realizes it but is not sure what to do. This may seem like a very negative thing, as it is, but somehow the way the author wro
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Beatrizz1983
Mar 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Una novela preciosa, que se atreve por primera vez a poner los puntos sobre las "ies" y a mostrar la cara más oscura de los libertinos, el alcoholismo, como un problema
Corrine
I put off reading this book for seven months because I was really afraid that the hero being an alcoholic would drag the book down, but MJP reminded me of one fact that I had forgotten: addicts are typically very charismatic. And Reggie's charm really kept this book afloat.

I struggled with how to rate this book: I wanted to give it five, but there were a few things that got on my nerves - although I think it's because I just read an MJP title a few weeks ago, and the same thing that annoyed me a
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Naty Levin
Jan 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reto-rita
Terminado "Pecado y Virtud " y estoy encantada! He pasado por todas las emociones posibles. Está historia me hizo reír, angustiarme , llorar y enamorarme. La relación entre Alys y Reggie se desarrolla lentamente pero eso la hace más creíble y yo soy fan de las historias que se cocinan a fuego lento. Y por lo visto, me pueden las protagonistas fuera de lo común y los libertinos reformados
Alba Turunen
May 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
En realidad 4'5 Estrellas, pero las 4 se las he dado por otros motivos que explicaré a continuación. Como novela me ha parecido preciosa y profunda, un libro muy de los de antes, que no en vano tiene casi 30 años para demostrarlo.

Conocí la obra de Mary Jo Putney hace unos años leyendo su serie "Ángeles caídos", que me dejó muy satisfecha, de modo que me lancé a éste libro sin ninguna vacilación. Al principio iba algo confusa porque hay un libro anterior que no he leído, el de Richard, el sobrino
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Susanna Herrero
Sep 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Preciosa historia. Me quedo con más ganas de esta autora.
Myself
Jan 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reto-rita
Empiezo nueva novela del #RetoRito.
Un 4
Terminada!!! Me ha encantado y eso que iba con pies de plomo por lo poco que me gustó el primer libro de la serie. Reggie como Alys son dos personajes estupendos a los que va desmenuzado a lo largo de la historia y con los que no te aburres ni un momento.
De Reggie te enamoras casi desde la primera página y vives con él su redención.
Y desde luego hacen una pareja estupenda.
Miranda Davis
Oct 06, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: keeper
I tried to enjoy this slowly, in modest servings over time to make it last like a bag of cookies. But come on, this is sooo great I couldn't put it down. Damn you, Mary Jo Putney! Wonderful heroine capable on a dozen levels (as a guardian of young people and female steward of an estate she runs successfully, obscuring the fact she's a she to absentee owners). She's got spine and intelligence but is unaware of her own attractiveness. (The hero's mojo goes Schwing the first time they meet even tho ...more
Crista
After being an avid romance reader for the past 15 years, this is the first book I've ever reviewed. I felt compelled to review this book because it is quite simply the best that I've ever read,...(and I've read a lot!).

Reggie Davenport is the quintessential rake. He is a womanizer, gambler, fighter, and an alcoholic. He is, in essence, on a spiral downward and is basically drinking himself to death. That's Reggie on the outside. On the inside Reggie is a kind, considerate, unselfish, humorous,
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Katie
May 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this. The minor characters were well done. I like it when they feel like real people. And the alcoholism was dealt with very well.

What I didn't think was dealt with well was Alys's struggles with self-confidence. I mean, I've been there, but it DOES get better as you get older and as you gain confidence in other areas of your life.
That was touched on a little--that she was self-confidence in other areas of life--but it didn't quite work for me anyway. (view spoiler)
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Melissa
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Juliana Philippa
Jul 29, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely utterly fantastic!! Wow - a definite reread. Completely distracted me from my homework, but it was just so wonderful. I was glad to read a good Putney book after finding her most recent release pretty weak. The Rake, however, is not weak at all, but rather completely 100% great!!!

One of the greatest things about this book was that it tackled the very serious issue of alcoholism extremely well, dealt with it compassionately, and portrayed it very vividly/starkly. I *never* get emotiona
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She writes young adult fiction as M.J. Putney.

Mary Jo Putney was born in Upstate New York with a reading addiction, a condition for which there is no known cure. After earning degrees in English Literature and Industrial Design at Syracuse University, she did various forms of design work in California and England before inertia took over in Baltimore, Maryland, where she has lived very comfortably
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