The Perfect Rake
Fleeing violent tyranny, Prudence Merridew escapes with her beautiful younger sisters to London. One of them must marry—and fast. To act as her sisters' chaperone, Prudence invents a secret engagement to a reclusive duke...But when the duke arrives unexpectedly in London, she needs his help to avert disaster.
...into the arms of a rake
Aristocratic Gid ...more
And we will all the pleasures prove.
There will I make thee beds of roses
And a thousand fragrant posies, 10
A cap of flowers, and a kirtle
Embroider'd all with leaves of myrtle.
If these delights thy mind may move,
Then live with me and be my Love.
THE PERFECT RAKE...was a beautiful love story that revolved around Prudence Merridew and Aristocratic Gideon romancing under the light of the glossy ballroom of London's ton.
The story starts out with young prudence ...more
Prudence, Gideon's beloved "Miss Imp", was a hoot too. Her failed attempts at resisting his charms had me smil ...more
Holy shit! Nightmares commencing now..
Lord Carradice is a proper rake. He is immune to the charms of women, until he mee ...more
Oh what a delightful, sweet treat this turned out to be! Gideon, Lord Carradice is a devilishly charming, flirtatious, affable, seemingly carefree and superficial rake, but he harbors an underlying heart of gold, an innate caring, protective nature, and a hidden, deep yearning for love. And all it takes to rumple his composed, raffish façade and reveal the truly sweet, adoring, and devoted man within is a feisty, spirited, redheaded, fiercely loyal, and nearly on th ...more
So glad this was released in audio by a decent narrator!
I looooooooove how Gideon sees Prudence. Gorgeous to his eyes. Selfless. Honest, despite the fact they meet in a lie. He can see the why, the reason behind her actions. Melts me to a puddle every time.
Also - and this is a key moment - when Prudence and her sisters need to flee, he helps no questions asked. He trusts that she has good reasons >>> I’m here every day for that.
4.5 Stars—I think this was bett ...more
I won’t go into details but I liked the book for two and a half reasons –
First, because I was tickled silly, lolling-about-holding-my-sides tickled silly!
The book finds its funny groove in the 3rd chapter and keeps shooting one sharp witticism after another.
I had to stop reading a few times from laughing so hard! I couldn't help but feel sorry for Prudence as she dig her way deeper into her funny lies with Gideon right there beside her, to make the situation even worse and funnier.
Even with the dark undertones of abuse, the story never lets up from it's lightheartedness and humor, with Gideon always ready with a joke and Prudence having to hold her tongue from not laughing or blowing her cover.
The secondary characters are also a ...more
Gideon is ...more
Prudence Merridew is very plain (you will hear about this a lot in the book—too much), especially when compared to her four extremely beautiful younger sisters. Oddly enough it is notoriously infamous rake, Gideon, Lord Carradice, who sees only a strong-minded spitfire with beautiful grey eyes and proves the saying that "beauty is in the eye of the beholder." This book is utterly fantastic, Gideon is definitely one of my favorite heroes of all-time, and—while very dark in some parts—The P ...more
It is always difficult to review an amazing book because nothing you say can really explain the magic of the story and all w ...more
One thing I didn’t like is that the sisters referre ...more
There is so much unexpected darkness in this book. Their grandfath ...more
And when a rake finally falls, he falls forever.
Oh, how I absolutely loved this book, every single part of it.
Gideon is the perfect rake, really he is. I loved how flirtatious he is, and he was just amazing with Prudence. To him she wasn’t plain like she was to everyone else, to him she was the most beautiful woman in the world.
“If you were mine, I'd never leave you, Prudence. I couldn't.”
Prudence was just an amazing character, so loyal and protective of her sisters. All s...more
This is my second year taking part in Super Wendy’s Multi-Blog TBR Challenge, and even though I don’t read the various romance sub-genres widely, I’ve nonetheless managed to find something in my TBR pile to fit the prompts each month. But I’m afraid I’m going to wuss out for the first time. November’s prompt is “It’s all about the hype” – and I don’t have anything that fits the bill. For one thing, historical romances don’t attract that sort of attention any more and for another, as an ...more
The family was sweet and amusing to read, but dang they can be frustrating considering how Prudence literally did all the work. I know she’s the oldest, but she definitely seemed to be doing everything while the others kinda didn’t do shit.
Gideon was sweet. I don’t have much to say here.
Things that you might want to know (WARNING: Spoilers be ...more
This was my first book by Anne Gracie and I will certainly be dipping into more of her books, based on how much I loved this one. It’s romantic, funny and full of characters who totally captured my heart. There are some darker moments, but they never overshadowed the lovely heart-warming feeling I had after I finished reading it.
How could anyone love such a wicked, funny, foolish man? How could they not?
Oh, Gideon is such a wo ...more
Prudence Merridew and her beautiful sisters have runaway from her evil Grandfather. After seeing her youngest sister, Grace, being beaten by her Grandfather Prudence knows they have to escape. Pulling off a massive deception they run to London to stay with their Great-Uncle and hope to find husbands so they can be forever out of the influence of their Grandfather. But Prudence tells one lie too many and manages to become betrothed to the charming rake Gideon, Lord Calladice.
I think ...more
I liked the heroine, Prudence, even if I was torn. On one hand I liked her quick wit and her ingenuity, on the other I hated her stubborness when it went against her. But still, I liked her and sometimes even admired her!
If I liked Pru, I adored Gideon! He was fantastic! His devious mind was plain genius! His way of confounding Pru with double meanings was fantastic!
The very best part of this book was the dialogue! Brilliant!
All in all a very funny and enjoyable book!
I have enjoyed each Anne Gracie novel that I have read, and this one was no exception. There isn't anything terribly different about it (other than the awful grandfather who beats the heroine and her younger sisters - let that be a warning). The characters were well developed, especially Gideon, the rake who finds himself gobsmacked by the "plain" sister. The narration by Heather Wilds (whose performance I like in Anna Lee Huber's Lady Darby series) i ...more
There were scenes that had me boiling and some that had me smiling. Plenty of laughable moments and teary eyed ones as well.
I loved this well written novel and welcome reading more from this author.
5 🌟 on this enjoyable read.☺ ...more
The sisters' grandfather was awful. Utterly beyond the pale. The author seriously pulled a fast one where she had the shore within sight, only for her to quickly release the rope, so bravo for fooling me there, and sitting on the edge of my seat right until the very end!
It was such a wonderful read.
There were some negatives though. (view spoiler)[Such as Gideon's really annoying atte ...more
In case you imagine we were a filthy rich ...more