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The Rake

(Lessons in Love #1)

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  7,765 ratings  ·  375 reviews

Three determined young ladies vow to give three of London's worst rakes their comeuppance ― but when these rogues turn the tables, who truly learns a lesson in love?

Once upon a time, the notorious Viscount Dare charmed Lady Georgiana Halley out of her innocence ― to win a wager, no less! ― and now he must pay dearly. The plan is simple: She will use every seductive wil

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Mass Market Paperback, 1st edition, 375 pages
Published June 4th 2002 by Avon
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Dina
Feb 03, 2009 rated it liked it
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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Gio Listmaker
Jan 24, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tstl
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ME!!!!!!!!!!!

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Over it.
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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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Rane
Apr 17, 2009 rated it really liked it
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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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
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
WhiskeyintheJar
Jul 14, 2012 rated it it was ok
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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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
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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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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Petra
Jun 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Judging from the cover I was little hesitant to read this. But very soon great writing by new to me author pulled me in. And when Tristan appeared, he stole the book for me. Well, Georgiana is pretty cool too. This is a light funny and in parts, hot book. The plot held me turning pages and every single scene with Tristan was just absolutely enjoyable.
He is not your typical rake, broke viscount, more like.
I liked that usual regency proprieties were not so strictly held on to in this book. Our t
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Kinga
Nov 13, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: pub-2002
I knew that if I continued with this bodice-ripper obsession, I will eventually come across a dud.

This felt like a romance novel written by a neural network trained on tons of Mills & Boon. It almost read like one, but then you realised it was mostly nonsensical.

For the life of me, I couldn't understand what problem these two had but it didn't have to take 6 years, it could've been solved in a five minute conversation. I was exasperated. Everything was so illogical.

Additionally, I had to keep
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Shaz
liked the humour of the Carroway Family. Tristan and Georgiana were obviously a love, hate relationship. Enjoyable read
Sangria
Honestly, I think this book should of been called The Wager.

I got a bit of whiplash in this romance, however in the end it was an enjoyable enemies to lovers historical rom-com in my mind.

My biggest star off was for the simple fact that I didn’t get a flashback to the EVENT or wager, that happened the 6 years before and I couldn’t rectify in my mind how blasé Georgiana was about it.....

Our Lord Dare, was a rotten man apparently at one time, and took her innocence in a wager. Yet, they’ve gone o
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Ilze
Jul 25, 2011 rated it did not like it
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
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. ...more
Rosie Read
Apr 28, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Thenia
A light and fun story that is a mix of a second change at love, enemies to lovers and revenge romance between Georgiana and Tristan, the Viscount who derailed her life.

The two of them have history, with Tristan having stolen more than a kiss from her in order to win a wager, something for which Georgiana has not forgiven him. Years later, she has given up on the idea of marrying any of the men who are only after her wealth, and decides to teach Tristan a lesson - make him fall for her and then b
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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
Nikki
Jun 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
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!
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Avid Booker
Dec 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 I read this book because I read the last book first and I wanted to read Saint's book, but I thought I might as well read the first one, second. ANYWAY, I was somewhat interested in this couple too so it wasn't a chore. I just want to say that I enjoyed myself! I LOVE all of the characters and that's rare for me. But I did. Even Edward wasn't that fucking annoying in this book. And I have to mention him, I Love Bit.

Tristan, our hero, at first I was a little confused about him. He did seem to
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Rachmi
Sep 27, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: ebook, historical, romance
This is my first Enoch books, I'm happy it's quite good I enjoyed it.

I especially really liked Tristan and Georgiana's banter. It's funny and also adorable. I can feel their chemistry easily.

Tristan and Georgiana as characters are also interesting. They have flaws it makes the way their build their relationship is much more interesting. I liked other characters too. They are intriguing me, especially Grey and his wife, Emma. Although they are already married here, I want to know more about their
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Georgina Parkin
Jul 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
4.5 stars.

I had some issues with stuff (the biscuits REALLY got to me) but I also really enjoyed reading this. It ended up being much better than I’d anticipated and I’m really glad I tried it. It had some scenes in it that were completely new to me in a historical setting that had me blushing and honesty I was all for it. I didn’t really like the ‘evil’ chick, but overall I really enjoyed the story and I’m eager to read more from this author.
daniela
Jul 22, 2020 rated it liked it
a very funny book!! i loved georgie and tristan <3
going to read the next books now!
Anna
May 01, 2011 rated it liked it

Review originally posted at http://bookstobrightenyourmood.blogsp...

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  ·  review of another edition
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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Lisa Creane
What do you do when the supposed hero does something so casually vicious that he goes beyond "rake" territory to "villain" from the start?

Give him the excuse of callowness, and then wait until he's weighed down with the needs of orphaned younger brothers and impoverished properties before allowing the wronged woman to seek revenge. Then have her offer salvation instead with love and cash.

Do you see why this doesn't work for me? I don't remember him even apologizing. I kept reading because I li
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“He wrote you a poem?" Evelyn looped her hand around Georgiana's arm and led the way to the chairs lining one side of the room.

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