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My Fake Rake

(Union of the Rakes #1)

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  871 ratings  ·  260 reviews
In the first book in Eva Leigh's new Union of the Rakes series, a bluestocking hires a faux suitor to help her land an ideal husband only to be blindsided by real desire…

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,
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Published November 26th 2019 by Avon
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Addie H
Dec 10, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: p-newauthor
1.5-1.75 stars

Nov 30, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: library-copy
Despite not very good reviews, I read on. Hate to return a book un-read. Likeable characters but it's a plot that has been written many times before and perhaps much better by others. I am tired of reading about heroes and heroines that are purported with scholarly pursuits or a business acumen but demonstrate none of it in their acts or in driving of the plot. Ms. Leigh is a good writer, she did fairly well with character development but failed in the delivery with much too simplistic of a ...more
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.

“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, and
Aug 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Will two persons who have feelings deeper than friendship for another take the risk to damage their relationship and open their heart or will they keep their emotions shut down and risk to let happiness pass them by?

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
Sep 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: avon, arc, historical, romance
Sebastian Holloway has secretly adored Lady Grace Wyatt ever since sharing a pencil with her in the library they both frequent. But Sebastian is merely a poor scholar with no prospects, and Lady Grace is on a mission to make a famed naturalist she wants to wed notice her, a plan that includes molding Sebastian into a rake of the first order. But as these two bookish souls spend more and more time together, they realize that that happiness and true love may be right under their bespactacled ...more
Two nerdy folks falling in love? A great idea for a historical romance! However, for me, this one fell flat. Sebastian and Grace were super adorable in their nerdiness and awkwardness, but when the heroine spends the bulk of the novel trying to win over some other dude it was really hard to believe in their romance. The happily ever after was assured, but the journey there was a tad boring because one character was intent on catching the eye of someone else and the other was intent on burying ...more
Nov 17, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

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
Julie (Jewlsbookblog)
4.5 stars

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
Aug 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to read this gem early... and, oh, my goodness... adorable! And soooo sexy...
Jan 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Actual Rating: 4.5 stars

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
Nov 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars rounded to 4

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
Sissy's Romance Book Review
My Fake Rake by Eva Leigh is book One in the The Union of the Rakes Series. This is the story of Sebastian Holloway and Grace Wyatt. Grace is a Blue Stocking / Wallflower who has set her mind to a man named Mason. But of course Mason doesn't know she is alive. So her plan is to get her friend Sebastian to pretend to pursue her which will make Mason want her. But Sebastian is like her a bookish person so she knows she is going have to re-due him to make it more believable. Sebastian has feelings ...more
Dec 26, 2019 rated it did not like it
One of the most absurd regency romances I have ever read. Had it been in the mid to late Victorian era, maybe I would've believed it's premise, a little. I re-read some Loretta Chase books this month and that makes it harder and harder to read these clunkers so badly written by this "new mode" of lazy regency writers like Leigh. The book is ridiculous, but I will say the duke who is a friend of the hero is scrumptious.
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
There were a lot of little things I LOVED about this, but also a lot of big things I... didn't :( Full review coming soon!
Tales Of A Bookbug
Dec 14, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: historical, nerds, romance
Eva Leigh has quickly become one of my favorite authors in the historical romance genre and that is mainly because she writes stories that are so different from the typical HR books, with equally unconventional protagonists! I've read The London Underground series and The Wicked Quills of London books too and loved them both! So, I was eagerly waiting to see where the author would take this new series! And I was not disappointed!

This book features two nerds(Yes! You heard that right! Not just a
Dec 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, 2019
3.5 stars

This was just the agony purge I needed after the last novel I read. It has its share of silliness, but Grace and Sebastian are both sweet characters, and it’s pretty easy to root for them.
It would have been less interesting without the Duke of Rotherby joining the scheme. The history of his friendship with Sebastian and the other “union of rakes” fellows was one of my favorite things about the book and my main reason for being interested in the next one.
Sometimes the characterization
Maria Rose
I enjoyed this friends to lovers romance with the classic 'help me attract this other guy and whoops, when did you get so handsome!' theme. It's great to see two characters who are intellectuals - Grace and her study of reptiles and Sebastian with his focus on anthropology, and who appreciate that aspect in each other. And the third, the man Grace thinks she wants and discovers she actually doesn't is an all around decent guy too (which I appreciated as often they turn out to be wankers).

Mics ✖siempre romances✖
It's the same old story, friends to lovers. Sebastian is secretly in love with Grace but Grace doesn't see him as a man, she actually has a crush on another man (Mason) and they pretend to court each other because she wants Mason to notice her (among other reasons...) and she ends up falling in love with Sebastian instead.

It gets me everytime.

Their relationship was so cute, Sebastian was the sweetest man ever, he even remembered what she was wearing the day they met!. He's definitely an ideal
3.5 stars - Historical Romance

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.
Dec 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Review at The Alliterates

Trigger Warning: scenes of social anxiety and panic attacks.

“I’m happy,” she said, urgent. “I’m happy that if I’m to be mad, it’s with you.”

Imagine Chris Evan with glasses. Got it? Okay now Chris Evans is geeky and has lots of insecurities and some major social anxiety problems. He is very in love with his geeky co-star. She takes his glasses off and tells him how devastatingly handsome he is. If that is interesting to you (and why wouldn’t it really) than this book is
To slow for me. Read just about halfway and wondered why I kept reading something I found so boring.

Victoria (Latte Nights Reviews)
This review was originally posted on Latte Nights Reviews.

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 reallydisappointed with it. The premise soundsamazing. It's your typical historical romance, with fake dating and giving the wallflower a makeover to make everyone jealous, except in My Fake Rakethe roles are reversed and the nerdy

Nov 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My Fake Rake is out today! 11/26!!

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.
Jessica Grogan
Sep 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read and reviewed this title for Fresh Fiction, courtesy of Edelweiss and the publisher. For my full review please visit:
Tanya Sridhar
Aug 09, 2019 marked it as to-read
I'll defs read it, but *cringe* at that title
Lubnaa (Romance Library)
I received an ARC from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

My Fake Rake (*cringe*) is my first Eva Leigh book...and boy, it was quite the disappointment. Zero originality and pure ridiculousness from start to finish. And not the good kind of ridiculousness.

Let's start with the series premise. The Union of Rakes consists of a group of boys who became friends during detention at Eton. I mean, we've all seen The Breakfast Club so I don't need to spell it out for you. Aside from their shared
Sebastian is shy, retiring and mostly comfortable only in his studies. An anthropologist, he’s not far removed from the boy he was at 15 in Eton when he and his four friends started their “union”. He’s familiar with Grace, and the wallflower who was content to continue her studies in herpetology is now interested in a famed naturist returned from an expedition. But, as a penniless scholar, more comfortable with books and libraries, she’d never give him a second glance. Until lightning strikes, ...more
Susan in Perthshire
Jan 29, 2020 rated it it was ok
I received an ARC from Netgalley in return for an honest review.

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
Moon Love
Jan 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is feminist af and I love it!
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Eva Leigh is a romance author who has always loved the Regency era. She writes novels chock-full of determined women and sexy men. She enjoys baking, spending too much time on the Internet, and listening to music from the ’80s. Eva and her husband live in Central California.

Eva also writes in multiple romance genres as RITA-award nominated Zoë Archer.

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