My Fake Rake
Lady Grace Wyatt is content as a wallflower, focusing on scientific pursuits rather than the complications of society matches. But when a handsome, celebrated naturalist returns from abroad, Grace wishes, ...more
A summer vacation couldn’t be complete without a slightly steamy HF romance... at least mine can’t.
Intelligent Lady naturalist is friends with bespectacled and slightly disheveled anthropologist. With the help of a real rake, nerdy (but handsome) dude begins to resemble a sophisticated gentleman. Confusion, chemistry and complications ensue.
I just love me some romance between early 19th century nerds.
My Fake Rake may have proven to little ole me that I actually might end up really enjoying historical romances. I didn't really think about the fact that a lot of them would probably end up being slow burn because of societal expectations of the time, but that's definitely right up my alley! I read a few reviews of this book before finishing it and I learned that these books may possibly be based on 80's films. If so, this ...more
This is my first book written by Mrs Eva Leigh and it won’t be the last, this book was unputdownable, why I even chastised myself for choosing to read it on a working day!
Mrs Leigh has crafted a vivid tale of finding its with blood and flesh lively characters.
I simply adored this rat ...more
“There’s no should when it comes to what we feel. There aren’t scientific laws when it comes to the human heart.”
With a little inspiration from The Breakfast Club, the Union of Rakes series introduces readers to five boys in detention, identified with similar-ish personalities from Breakfast Club movie characters. My Fake Rake stars “the brain”, Sebastian, a ...more
"Books and cakes?"
Entertaining Regency romance where it is the hero who transforms himself from shy, bookish, anthropologist into charming rake - all in order to assist his friend, the scientifically minded heroine, catch the eye of a celebrated naturalist! Add to this the help of a Duke with attitude... Yes, this is hilarious! The last quarter could have been abbrevi ...more
Sebastian was an anthropologist, basically penniless, even though his dad owned a profitable iron works factory. He was a total nerd, living on mutton and threadbare, yet functional clothes, spending his limited funds on books-I loved him! His stammer and anxiousness in new situations had me feeling for him, but it also presented him as a regular, likable fellow. Seb had a unique collection of steadfast friends from his school days, which served him well when he really needed help pulli ...more
I’m always on the lookout for a new author or series and I absolutely loved this premise.
I really liked Grace and Sebastian. They’re both smart and good people. I enjoyed their friendship and how they bonded over science and the library. The friends of Grace and Sebastian are fun and even though Jane is already married, I’m excited to see that the next book is Rotherby’s story.
Plot wise, it was good. There’s a lot of inner monologue and pining away for the other. I wanted more flirtin ...more
This was a fucking delight from start to finish. I mean, it's historical fiction with two nerdy scientist best friend leads who a) turn him into a rake and b) subsequently fake date in order for her to attract the attention of the scientist she's decided is her dream guy. Except that (view spoiler)[he's super awkward about the whole thing because he's been in love with her for years. And once they rake-ify him, she's all "Oh no, he's hot". (hide spoiler ...more
Partway through this book (which I was already loving) I found out it was inspired by 80's teen movies and totally blew my mind! My Fake Rake is very reminiscent of Pretty in Pink (with the ending that always should have been) meets Regency romance, complete with nerdy characters, a cinnamon-roll hero who undergoes a rakish makeover, and a great friends-to-lovers slow burn romance. This made me laugh out loud on several occasions and was just a whole lot of fun. I am alwa ...more
Sebastian Holloway is an anthropologist. He comes from a wealthy family but he have no fortune, since he decided to pursued his own studies and doing what he loves. He's penniless and not the most suave when it comes to social interaction. At least he have great friends that he met at Eton years ago.
Sebastian also have Grace ...more
Sorry but I am absolutely fed up with writers imposing a 21st. Century, anachronistic perspective on history. A regency world where dozens of women are trained scientists and get their papers published and form substantial parts of expeditionary forces undertaking research? A regency world where girls routinely have sex with no concern about pregnancy, reputation or anything else? A regency world where a mistress gives a maid hal ...more
As a fledgling herpetologist and overall awkward bean, Lady Grace has spent most of her life on the outskirts of upperclass Regency society. She has friends she’s met through her studies, but lately…she wants more. And when her longtime crush comes back to England, she decides it’s time to take matters into her own hands. And that requires help from her charmingly awkward anthropologist friend, Sebastian.
Sebastian is a giant nerd with the body of a virile Viking warrior. He a ...more
This is my first Eva Leigh novel. Can I just say I love her covers? I don't like the font on this one, but I feel like the couple fits the characters so well.
This book is the first book in her new series Union of the Rakes. Apparently this is loosely based on the movie The Breakfast Club, which I have never seen and if I have I can't remember. A group of friends is formed in the prologue, and I'm assuming they will each have their own story in the series.
Grace is our heroin ...more
Also, content warning for social anxiety and I appreciate the author warning for it, but . . . it was in the acknowledgements at the end? I don't find that helpful. (It was well done.)
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.My Fake Rake was one of my most anticipated books, and overall I was really disappointed with it. The premise sounds amazing. It's your typical historical romance, with fake dating and giving the wallflower a makeover to make everyone jealous, except in My Fake Rake the roles are reversed and the nerdy bo...more
My favorite research dork babies written by Eva Leigh are out in the world in a reverse My Fair Lady, with a few nods to Pretty Woman thrown in for good measure (ahhh, the boat scene!). I love them so much. Also, Leigh so cleverly seeded in little bits for the other four heroes in this series - The Union of the Rakes - and I would like the rest of the books now please.
This is good and a unique HR in many ways, but I wanted the hero and heroine to just be honest about their feelings. Their dual insecurities and fear of revealing the truth grew tiresome. But I still enjoyed listening to the audiobook, and I'll read the next book in the series.
Eva also writes in multiple romance genres as RITA-award nominated Zoë Archer.
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