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A Rake Never Changes His Spots

(The Inheritance Clause #2)

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  327 ratings  ·  50 reviews
Lord Seth Templeton has no desire for life to change. He enjoyed every minute of his bachelor existence. Anyway, his older brother, the Marquis of Eastbrook, partakes in enough seriousness for one family. His reputation as a rake has never caused him any problems…until now.

Now, he must find a wife. And quickly.

According to the terms of the inheritance, he must be engaged
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Kindle Edition, 109 pages
Published January 21st 2019 by Helstone Press

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Sissy's Romance Book Review
A Rake Never Changes His Spots by Samantha Holt is book Two in The Inheritance Clause Series. This is the story of Seth Templeton and Prudence Hartley. I have read the previous book, but feel you can make this a standalone case if you wish to do so. Seth's Grandfather's will states that he needs to marry to inherit his money. Which leads him to Prudence...a very smart /bookish women who could help him figure a way out...or later he wants a way in with her.
Loved their story and such a great fan
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Isha Coleman
Jan 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
Loves comes a little late, but arrives right on time for the dashing playboy and his daring spinster. Holt never ceases to charm hearts while tackling serious subjects and creating inspiring heroines. Prudence is a tough cookie. Her brain makes her unique, but her heart is all too human. When a Lord takes notice of her smarts is when this lonely duckling blossoms into the sweetest of swans. Seth and Prudence are a dazzling blend of intriguing romance and heartwarming storytelling. A perfect exam ...more
Elodie
Jan 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
It is was a cute sequel of the previous book, with this time the youngest brother, a renowned rake who has to find a bride or says goodbye to his inheritance.
But Seth, Lord Templeton is much more decided to find a way out of his grandfather’s will, as he thinks he has no need to marry.
To reach his goal, he enlists the help of a well educated and reclusive woman, Prudence Hartley.
Prudence might have enjoyed society life when she was a young debutante, but it was some years ago, since she has lost
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Monique
Jan 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The gorgeous cover drew me in, and after reading the sample, I purchased the book, and I was enchanted with the writing as much as I was with that luscious cover. Lord Seth Templeton, our hero, is a charismatic rake and needs to get married if he is to receive an inheritance, which he desperately needs. He encounters by chance in the library the studious Prudence Hastings, who is working on her research in medieval law. Seth is noisy, he is distracting Pru, so she finally asks him if she could b ...more
Space Cowgirl
Jan 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
To Inherit The Wind💨

Regency Romance

When grandfather, the Marquis, dies, his daughter inherits the real estate, plus a generous stipend. His will states that the rest of His inheritance will be split among his four grandchildren, but only after they complete a task he names for them in two months.
There are two young men and two young ladies, all adults. If the grandchildren fail at their tasks, the rest of the estate will go to a man named Hastings.
This book follows Seth, the second son, as he
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Lori D
Whats a Lord to do when he suddenly finds himself in position to take over the estate when his elder brother suddenly passes? Are his days as a confirmed bachelor at an end? Unfortunately there is the matter of the terms of the inheritance, that he must be engaged within two months or forfeit the money. Yes, a lot of money that will preserve his family and estates. Cannot he find a way out?
Going to the library (love it)to do some research, he unexpectedly seems to find a solution in the form of
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romancejunkie
Jan 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
ansious to read minerva book
Emily Pennington
Jan 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
Seth Templeton kept his attention on Mr. Barton, the lawyer, as his younger sister tried to sneak into the study and their older brother, Theo, gave her a raised eyebrow for her late entry. Seth wasn’t sure why he needed to be here at all for the reading of his grandfather’s Will since it was assumed his mother and possibly Theo would inherit the wealth. But when Mr. Barton got to the grandchildren, he explained they would inherit large sums of money only if they fulfilled certain terms within a ...more
Janet
Jan 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars
I, George Lockett, do decree that my grandchildren, herein named, will inherit my fortune in its entirety, so long as they fulfill the following terms. Each person must complete their task to my lawyer's satisfaction or their share of the inheritance shall be forfeit.

Lord Seth Templeton has no desire for life to change. He enjoyed every minute of his bachelor existence. Anyway, his older brother, Theo the Marquis of Eastbrook, partakes in enough seriousness for one family. His reputatio
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Brenda
Mar 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Lord Seth Templeton has no desire for life to change. He enjoyed every minute of his bachelor existence. Anyway, his older brother, the Marquis of Eastbrook, partakes in enough seriousness for one family. His reputation as a rake has never caused him any problems…until now.

Now, he must find a wife. And quickly. According to the terms of the inheritance, he must be engaged within two months or forfeit his grandfather’s money—money that would save his family. Finding a wife would be easy enough fo
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Emma
Jan 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
I am happy to be reunited with the Templeton family. The previous book "There Are Plenty More Dukes in The Sea" introduced the family and the inheritance clause. I really liked this story of challenges laid down and challenges accepted. In order to meet an inheritance clause, Lord Seth Templeton must become engaged to be married within two months. Seth is a notorious rake and you would think he would have no problem finding someone to help him. However, Seth wants more in a relationship. He want ...more
Lana Birky
Feb 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed everything about this book - the "getting to know" one another, the changes in the 2 main characters, no drama or angst, humor, budding romance and love. This 2nd book in the series has the youngest brother Seth, Lord Templeton, who is a well known partier and rake among the Ton, following his grandfather's task as outlined in his will. Seth has two months to take a wife and become engaged or lose his inheritance. Seth does not want to marry and has decided to try and find a legal way ...more
Stephanie
Jan 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Seth has heard his late grandfather's will and he has to be married within two months to inherit. Prudence is a young woman who happens to be a widow but also very smart, smart enough to be the only woman to be allowed into a vwet prestigious library. Seth goes to the library to see if he hmcan find a legal argument so he does not have to marry. Seth meets Pru and he tries to charm her but that does not work so he gives her a quill his brother gave him at college and then a couple of days later ...more
Mary Lou Hoffman
Jan 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A RAKE NEVER CHANGES HIS SPOTS is the second book in the Inheritance Clause series. This book could stand on its own but is even better when enjoyed as part of the series and in the order of release.

This was a fun, reluctant friends to lovers to HEA, historical romance. I enjoyed my time reading this novella and could not put it down. The characters are very likeable and, though the progression was predictable, it was just what I want in a feel-good romance.

I loved Seth more than any rake I’ve r
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Niki
Jan 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received a complimentary ARC via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Due to a clause in his grandfather's will, Lord Seth Templeton, brother of a marquis, must be engaged to be married within two months' time or forfeit his inheritance to a scoundrel. In his search for a legal loophole around this inheritance clause, Seth meets the widowed Mrs. Prudence Hastings. Though his charms don't seem to work on her as they have on so many other women, sh
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Judy Munoz
Jan 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is book two in the Inheritance Clause series but this book also works well as a standalone novel. This author has done it again - she has created another fun romantic romp. This book is another hit for this author. I loved this story! Lighthearted, fun and steamy - this story really entertains. The writing is witty and sharp and the story flows nicely. The characters are all engaging and likeable. Prudence is a serious, strong and intelligent heroine and Seth is a charming, suave and rather ...more
Peggy
Jan 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2019
According to his grandfather’s will, Lord Seth Templeton must be engaged (truly engaged) by the end of the two months in order to receive his inheritance. Seth is determined to find a way out of his task, a legal way. He meets Prudence Hastings, a lady with a brilliant legal mind doing research at the library. She agrees to help him with his problem. As they work together, they become good friends, maybe more. What will happen if Pru finds a way out? Or if she doesn’t? It could get interesting.

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Marie Bourgery
Jan 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Prudence Hastings was minding her own business, working on her medieval research when Lord Seth Templeton noisily entered her space at Wilson’s Library. Seth is researching a way out of being forced to become engaged within two months in order to receive his grandfather’s inheritance and he asks for Prudence’s assistance. Prudence was married before, lost her husband to consumption, and has no desire to risk her heart to anyone else but she is intrigued by Seth’s request. During their research t ...more
Michelle
Jan 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the second book in this series - it is a stand alone story (no cliffhangers). At the reading of his grandfathers will Seth and his siblings are told that they will inherit from their grandfather if they each successfully complete a task each within two months. Lord Seth Templeton's task is to be engaged by the end of the two months. He does not want to be rushed into a marriage and so is determined to find a way to get out of this predicament by trying to find some legal argument/option. ...more
Mary
Jan 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is sweet, amusing and romantic. Seth is a likable, charming, determined and cheeky rake. Pru is quiet, introverted, intellectual and stubborn. They meet in a library where Pru is doing medieval research and Seth is looking for a way out of his grandfather's inheritance condition. Pru offers to help him and they spend every day together pouring over books. The more time they spend in each other's company, the more they realize that there is far more to the other than they first thought. They ...more
Jennifer Crutchfield
Jan 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4 1/2 Stars! Book two of the Inheritance Clause series. Can be read and enjoyed as stand-alone. Novella told in dual POV with HEA. In order to inherit their grandfather's fortune four siblings must complete a task in two months time. Each book follows a different sibling and their assigned task. Seth the youngest son and a known rake's task is to be engaged to be married. Instead of setting out to find a bride he instead sets out looking for a loophole in the law that will allow him and his sibl ...more
Gladys
Jan 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
I thought this short historical romance was very fun and enjoyable. Everything is pretty typical but that doesn't make this read any less enjoyable. I liked both of the characters. I felt that they were very different but also had more in common than they ever expected. Seth was charming and quite sweet. I felt Prudence was a perfect match for him and I really liked how smart and independent she was. The plot moves along at a good pace an the storyline holds your interest well. In total, I thoug ...more
Carole Burant
Jan 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
If you want a quick lighthearted novella to read, this is the one for you. Lord Seth Templeton has two months to become engaged in order to get his inheritance from his deceased grandfather and he decides to go to the library to search for a loophole. There he meets Prudence Hastings who has quite the genius mind and she ends up helping him. Seth is a typical rake and Pru is a plain looking widow who would rather spend time with her books....what follows is a sweet story of how these two "illogi ...more
Barbara
Jan 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The second book in this series and it is now Seth Templeton's turn to fulfill his terms of the will within the two months. Seth is a rake and when he comes to the City Libary to see if he can find a way out of the terms, he meets Miss Prudence Hastings the only woman to have access to the libraries books. When Seth tells Pru of his dilemma she decides to help him. I enjoyed reading how these two come together. Looking forward to reading the next book. I received a free copy of this book via Book ...more
Sandra
Jan 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Blissfully uplifting romance

I enjoyed every minute of this sweetly passionate romance which was just as endearing and engaging as Angel's story. I instantly warmed to the leads becoming swept along by Holt's style of writing and her well rounded characters' charm, wit and chemistry. A wonderfully delightful read that has been crafted into a neat little package that can be consumed in an indulgent few hours. Seth and Pru are positively delightful together. Can't wait for book 3.
Suzette
Jan 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another sibling fulfills their task. Seth is determined to get out of marrying and seeks the help of the legal scholar Prudence. They spend copious amounts of time together doing research and getting to know each other. Prudence is afraid to love again because she believes it will interfere with her academic goals. The conversations are light hearted and fun. Both are able to laugh at themselves. They grow closer together and cross the line to lovers which leads to a happily ever after.

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Evonne Hutton
Jan 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Seth's story! An unrepentant rake needs to marry in 2 months or him and his siblings lose their inheritance!
He is eager to disprove the conditions of the will and start trying to find a legal way round it.
Instead he found Pru. A bluestocking that reluctantly undertake to help him.
A good story line with some lovely characters

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Victoria
Jan 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this story, it was serious, lighthearted, sweet and flowed well. The relationship between Seth and Pru was lovely to read and I wanted them both to see the solution in front of them. I was left with some questions but I assume they will be answered once the other siblings have completed their tasks. Looking forward to reading more about this family.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Tanya
Jan 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
His older brother was serious enough for the whole family. Then he finds out he needs to find a wife and quickly. His grandfather will sets out the rules to get his inheritance. He finds his way to the library where he finds her. He thinks she can help. What will happen between them? Will they find true love? See what will happen between them

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
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Samantha Holt resides in Warwickshire, England, with her twin girls, having followed her soldier husband around the UK for nearly 10 years. Growing up in Hampshire, she was inspired by the authors Jane Austen and Elizabeth Gaskell, both of whom lived and wrote only miles from her home town.

Samantha loves the romance genre and has been devouring romantic literature for as long as she can remember.
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