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My Fake Rake

(Union of the Rakes #1)

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  1,077 ratings  ·  305 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 January 31st 2020 by HarperCollins (first published November 26th 2019)
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Addie H
Dec 10, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: p-newauthor
1.5-1.75 stars

Nov 30, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.

Theres no should when it comes to what we feel. There arent 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 Lady
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 wont 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
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
Sep 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, romance, avon, historical
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
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
3.5 stars

Im always on the lookout for a new author or series and I absolutely loved this premise.

I really liked Grace and Sebastian. Theyre 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, Im excited to see that the next book is Rotherbys story.

Plot wise, it was good. Theres a lot of inner monologue and pining away for the other. I wanted more flirting and
Dec 26, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Aug 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Trigger warnings: social anxiety

4.5 stars.

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)
Dec 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lady Grace Wyatt studies reptilese and amphibians. Even if it doesn't make her popular in the eye of the ton, she's confident in herself and is okay with being a wallflower.

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
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
I very much understood why each character was scared to talk about their feelings, but IT WAS VERY ANNOYING. And definitely dragged on too long. This is one of those stories that could've been a novella, I think.

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.)
Feb 13, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
DNF - Writing is wooden, dialog is stilted, and I'm not really connecting with the characters. So far, it lacks any sizzle or wit. Honestly, I'm finding it to be pretty dull.
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 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

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!
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
Jessica Grogan
Sep 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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  ·  review of another edition
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 its 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).

Luz Trevino
I was really looking forwards to reading this since the day it came out....and it did not disappoint. I really enjoyed it from start to finish. The MCs were very unique in the sense that both were very intellectual and loved science. I was more of a fan of Sebastian than Grace. He put himself out there to overcome his social anxieties to help her catch the attention of another man. Seb was a very sweet guy. His friend Rotherby also was a great character. Their friendship was one of the best ...more
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 of another edition
Review at The Alliterates

Trigger Warning: scenes of social anxiety and panic attacks.

Im happy, she said, urgent. Im happy that if Im to be mad, its 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 wouldnt it really) than this book is for
To slow for me. Read just about halfway and wondered why I kept reading something I found so boring.

Nov 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
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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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