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The Rake (Lessons in Love #1)

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  6,292 Ratings  ·  271 Reviews
A Regency romp about a young lady who vows revenge on the rakish lord who loved and left her, only to find herself unexpectedly caught in Cupid′s net along with the handsome viscount when her plan to love and leave him backfires.
Kindle Edition, 388 pages
Published March 17th 2009 by HarperCollins e-books (first published June 4th 2002)
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Dina
I avoided reading this book for some time because I wasn't too keen on the idea of a hero ruining a heroine's reputation for a wager and going away without a care. Well, I should've known better than trust a book blurb!

The general idea is there, but events don't fold exactly like that... On the contrary, Tristan was a very likeable hero, who'd never meant to hurt Georgie and did everything he could to save her reputation - and succeeded! And that led me to question Georgie's actions: Why did she
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Rane
When Lady Georgiana Halley loses her innocence to Viscount Dare she’s heartbroken and ashamed to learn it was all for a wager. Now six years later, Georgiana thinks it about time Dare get’s taught a lesson! Only when the lesson backfires Georgiana’s heart is yet again on the line and this time Dare won’t give her up without a fight!

I was so happy I found this hidden away on my TBR shelf, after reading a recent Suzanne Enoch book, I wasn’t all that impressed or wanting to read one of her older
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Catherine
*4.5 Stars*

I first read this book so long ago that I don't exactly remember when it was. I have reread this trilogy many times over the years, but I still enjoy it each time. It's been at least a year or two since the last reread, so the dialogue and exact events had faded enough that it felt like a rediscovery.

I am a fan of second-chance-romances and the frenemies-to-lovers trope, and this definitely fit the bill for both. Second chances can sometimes be hard to accept, but the author did a fab
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Gio
Jan 24, 2017 rated it did not like it
The Heroine

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The Hero

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ME!!!!!!!!!!!

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Over it.
VeroRinconin
Este libro lo leí hace años y no me acordaba más que de los abanicos ^^ pero si que tenía un recuerdo lejano de que me había gustado.
El caso es que esta #NaderíaEncantandora fue mi bote salvavidas en estos momentos en que mi mente/estado lector está sufriendo un cortocircuito.
Es una historia sencilla, sin una trama compleja, que invita a seguir leyendo para seguir sonriendo y para ver como resolverán sus diferencias los protagonistas.
De los protas decir que Tristan es mi favorito pero que se le
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Andrea
This could easily have been a great book for me: a hero and heroine who actually have a backstory that is actually interesting (he entered a wager that involved stealing a kiss and a stocking from her, he slept with her in the process, and after thinking he only did so to win a bet (because we must have a huge misunderstanding somewhere), she is now afraid to trust anyone), great supporting characters (I hope his brothers and aunts keep showing up later in the series), and adorable banter betwee ...more
Eastofoz
Aug 19, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Readers who like a good love/hate story
This book is so good ! Tristan and Georgiana have this red-hot love/hate thing happening right up to the end. The jabs they give each other are wicked but all the while they’re aching desperately for each other which makes for top-notch romance. There are some great twists and turns and sex in some very unexpected places—refreshing for a regency! What’s so good is that it doesn’t follow the typical regency story-line: they meet, they don’t like each, there are the rules of the ton, they have sex ...more
Fani *loves angst*
A really sweet and slightly humorous romance without anything extraordinary but very well written.

It's the story of Tristan and Georgianna who have a past; a past only the two of them know about and enmity is all that remains after 4-5 years. But now Georgianna decides to teach him a lesson about how a gentleman should really behave; break his heart in the process and leave him as he did with her years ago.

Of course trying to win his love means she has to be friendlier with him and charm him. Tr
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KarenH
Ahh...finally back to a book that falls in my "comfort zone". No spies, no suspense, no clues to follow and puzzles to solve. Just your everyday rake...handsome, charming, witty...who has a stigma attached that might as well be stamped to his forehead "Caution all females! If you can read this, you are too close!" And a heroine who is beautiful, gracious, (a little too) witty...who, apparently, can't read. LOL The book begins 6 years after the heroine was duped out of her virginity by the hero w ...more
Susanne
Jan 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Susanne by: Karen Booklover
Witty, charming, lovely and sweet.

Suzanne Enoch is becoming one of my favorite authors! She writes books of quality. The language is great and engaging. I could really feel myself walking around the streets and going to fancy parties in regency London. I could feel the grass and the sunshine.

The story about Tristan and Georgiana was everything I enjoy in a romance! I loved Tristan’s family and Georgiana was so sweet, albeit a bit naive, moving in to help his aunt and to teach Tristan a lesson.
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Kyraryker/WhiskeyintheJar
Started off so well, witty fun dialogue and interaction between the two characters. But good golly the middle and ending of the book was like wading through molasses in winter.
 
The heroine's trust issues with the hero appear and then reappear and reappear and reappear. Look lady, maybe instead of flipping the freak out immediately when a stranger relays some info you're upset to hear, perhaps instead, take a breathe and ask your dude "wtf, do you know what this is about?"
 
I can handle misund
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Jan
Very strange book. Georgiana and Tristan seemed very fun and interesting in the latter books in this series, but strangely enough their own book fell terribly short.

It had its great moments, because their backstory is actually interesting, and matters of trust always make for good romance stories. And the side-characters, Georgiana's friends and Tristans family are lovely.

Unfortunately one third of the plot hinged on Georgie's plan to make Tristan fall in love with her and then break his heart,
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Nuria Llop
Una novela entretenida, con una galería de personajes encantadores que compensan algunas carencias de los protagonistas y una trama muy simple con un conflicto de pareja que solo se sostiene por la personalidad cada uno. Él es un personaje bastante plano que no me despertado mucho interés, sus pequeños defectos son perdonables por todas las cualidades que presenta. Ella, con su rencor y su insistente deseo de venganza, a pesar de lo que siente por él, me ha resultado algo infantiloide y poco coh ...more
Kimberly Carrington-Fox
Me siento generosa y por eso le doy tres ⭐ pero es un libro que no me dejará huella. Más en la reseña! ...more
Ilze
Jul 25, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suzanne-enoch
This might have been a 3 or 4 star rating up to the point where an 18 year-old debutante tries to seduce the hero in his own bed, after sneaking undetected out of her own house, at 2 in the morning, by herself, finding a hackney cab and simply walking into the hero's house and finding his bedroom in a mansion of 20 bedrooms, in total darkness. I just couldn't buy into that scene at all. After that it went pretty much downhill, and the gratuitous and trashy sex scenes near the end, especially the ...more
Julie
Aug 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ok, this one was my first by Suzanne Enoch and all I can say is how did I go so long with out reading her? I freaking loved this book; love the banter/fighting between Tristan and Georgiana-it was clever and witty. They were funny without being over dramatic and stupid. And I loved the fighting between them was for something that actually happened and not just some stupid big misunderstanding that could be fixed with a simple conversation. Loved the ending, so sweet without being cloying or syru ...more
Grace
I enjoyed Georgiana and Dare quite a bit although I wasn't expecting to. The blackmail plot I could have done without.
Rosie Read
I actually thought the novel had a lot of potential and it certainly started off well. Six years after Viscount Dare seduces Georgiana she decides to make him the object of her lessons in chivalry. The whole ton knows of the animosity between Georgiana and Dare and there are plenty of opportunities for witty barbed exchanges between the two. However, for some reason I felt a bit disappointed with the direction of the plot. Some details were adorably sweet (fans is all I shall say) and others had ...more
Nikki
4.5 stars.

I don't know how good this review will be because I've had 4 glasses of wine. Maybe I should wait until tomorrow...

In the meantime.
I did really enjoy this book. I had pushed it to the front of my TBR shelf because it received high ratings from some of my GR friends.

Tristan (the hero) was a complete doll. I LOVED him so much. Although I think my feelings for him ultimately affected my opinion of Georgiana, the heroine, because I could see so much good in him when she could only see the
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UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish
Keepin' this short -

I just adore this author's stories. Great plots, great characters, LOADS of humor, and beautiful happily ever afters. I can't ask for more than that!
Ursula
The rake in this story, Dare, took the h's virginity when she was 18 (linked to a wager). The h, Georgiana, found out about the wager and refused to have anything more to do with him. He didn't tell anyone about it, which was nice, I guess, and does his usual screwing around etc. for SIX YEARS. She remains unmarried. With me so far? Some years later she decides to get even, (revenge is a dish best served cold taken to extremes), scheming to have him fall in love with her so she can jilt him. Of ...more
Anna

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The Rake,was the first historical romance book I read and I'm not frantic about it!Well,I'm guesing after reading about 10 marvelous books in the genre,I was bound to read one that didn't amaze me.

It's not that The Rake was a bad book,more like one that I won't remember for long after finishing it and one whose story didn't appeal to me so much.
First of all,I had a problem with the main concept of the plot.The whole thing of a w
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Zoe
Jan 12, 2016 rated it liked it
I have had this book on my TBR for a while, since I have been home sick for 2 days, I decided to read it to pass the time I am forced to stay in bed. This book.......is a such a typical encounter between Suzanne Enoch and me.

The book started great, with Tristan and Georgiana, who had a "thing", the nature only known to the both of them. There isn't much else to the plot other than Tristan and Georgiana danced their little dance toward each other. I liked both characters, which is usually the ca
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Nisha
Sep 27, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: love/hate romance lovers and beta hero lovers
A love/hate romance. One of my favorite cliches, but this book portrayed it in a new angle. Lovers with some history and some mistakes who end up realizing that they really love each other.

There are so many reasons why this book read well. One, the hero is actually a fairly normal decent guy, not perfect or too roguish. He had made some mistakes, but forgivable. Two, Triston's family. I loved them all. I wish there was more about them actually. I loved the part when he considered selling one of
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Madu
Aug 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's 5 a.m
It has been a while since I've read a book for the first time that made me laugh, hold my breath and that kept me awake during the whole night
The first half was wonderful, but after that I thought for about 2 chapters that it would be only about Tristan trying to win Georgiana's hand and I waited something to happen...AND IT DID!! And it was so funny. I couldn't stop laughing
My first Suzanne Enoch book -surely not my last!
Celestita Giron
Jul 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A veces creo que soy una desordenada para leer series pero WOW!! Suzanne Enoch ya me había convencido con la historia de Lucinda y Robert Carroway, pero Georgiana y Tristán tenían una historia igual de fascinante, siempre prefiero la de Lucinda, la considero destronable. Espero que la de Evelyn me atrape igual.

Enoch se suma a mi lista de autoras favoritas, en definitiva :)
TJ
My sincere apologies. I read a ton over Thanksgiving break but wrote zilch, which leaves me forgetting the particulars but remembering the overall feel of this story... I like it, it entertained me. It was better than average yet not (obviously) one I'll never forget.
ChloeLeeNH
Aug 25, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Regency Era fans
I love Suzanne Enoch. This is another great one.... I am starting this series with this one. Glad I took everyones recommendations... I love the love/hate relationship they have from the beginning. It was neat that it tied into the previous trilogy she did as well. This one was a lot of fun!
Flor
Jan 28, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5
Megan
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Suzanne was born in Southern California sometime in the latter half of the 20th century. In the way that some people are born knowing they want to be astronauts or cellists, Suzanne always knew she wanted to be a writer. Early dreams of becoming a zoologist and writing true stories about her adventures in Africa were crushed, however, after she viewed a television special about the world’s most po ...more
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"Why, yes. You have on several occasions, as I recall. If you care to apologize for that, however, I'll be happy to escort you wherever you wish to go."

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