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
“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 ...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 ...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 ...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 ...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 ...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 ...more
This book features two nerds(Yes! You heard that right! Not just a ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
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 ...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.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...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.
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 ...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 ...more
Eva also writes in multiple romance genres as RITA-award nominated Zoë Archer.