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Rakes And Radishes

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When Henrietta Watson learns that the man she loves plans to marry London's most beautiful and fashionable debutante, she plots to win him back. She'll give him some competition by transforming her boring bumpkin neighbor, the Earl of Kesseley, into a rakish gothic hero worthy of this Season's Diamond.

After years of unrequited love for Henrietta, Kesseley is resigned to go
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ebook, 1st Edition, 257 pages
Published September 13th 2010 by Carina Press (first published September 1st 2010)
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Catherine
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Caz
Jun 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone looking for something different in an HR
Recommended to Caz by: Gerrie
4.5 stars

This, Susanna Ives' début novel was published by Carina in 2010, and is one of the most unusual historical romances I’ve read. In fact, it sometimes doesn’t feel like a romance at all; what it actually is is the story of a conflicted young man who has struggled all his life not to allow himself to be defined by his past, and who faces some very difficult – and perhaps even insurmountable – challenges in his attempt to find his true self.

That said, there is a love story running throughou
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Heather
Dec 01, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was such an unusual historical; the heroine comes across at the beginning as self-absorbed, and can only see her "true love." What she doesn't get is that her "true love" might have been standing in front of her all along. The hero was strong, capable, focused on his family and his lands, and it made me gain such respect for him, but at the same time, he had a softer side that he shows with his relationship with her and his mother. I respected his mother a lot too, for not bowing and forcin ...more
Caroline The HEA Lover
Aug 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing
(This was originally posted on Book Lovers Inc)

Rakes & Radishes surprised the hell out of me! With a title like this it could have easily turned cheesy, lucky for me it didn’t (ok there IS one allusion to ‘her feminine petals’ or something like that,which made me roll my eyes). I have to admit that when I saw the title I was reluctant but the cover screamed READ ME, I’m so pretty look at me, look at me! (don’t you find it pretty?) So here I was starting a book without really knowing what to
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Tina Whittle
Aug 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I’m not a romance reader — I have nothing against romance itself, but as a genre, it’s not one of my favorites. Rakes & Radishes by Susanna Ivesis the first romance I‘ve enjoyed since Kathleen Woodiwiss's Shanna by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss. Granted, Rakes and Radishes isn’t a typical romance, not by a longshot. But it’s an ultimately satisfying, intellectually surprising, dark-around-the-edges read for anyone bored with the usual will-they-won’t-they? story.

Plus, if you’re a fan of masculine pulchritude, Lord Kesseley is one of the sexiest males to ever make
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Carol *Young at Heart Oldie*
Once in a while, I read a book that's so emotive that I find myself thinking about it long after I have put it down and Rakes and Radishes, with its theme of love and forgiveness, is such a book. I am sure opinions about this book will vary greatly; some readers will love it and others will hate it. I am definitely one of those readers who love it. I found it refreshingly different probably because it doesn't conform to the usual norms of the Historical Romance genre.

Thomas, Earl of Kesseley, is
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April
RAKES AND RADISHES by Susanna Ives is a wonderful historical Regency romance set in 1819 England. It is well written with details, depths, twists and turns. It has astronomy, romance, lost love, agriculture, secrets, betrayal, finding true love, sowing wild oats, finding the truth about love and lost, and requiting lost love. The characters are strong, determined, believable and will tug at your heart strings. The hero, Kesseley, is strong, handsome, a country bumpkin, an earl, loves agriculture ...more
Michelle Witte
Sep 11, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: fans of Wuthering Heights
Originally posted at Libri Ago

When I started into this book, I was expecting a fun, light read like Jane Austen's Emma. Oh no. I got Wuthering Heights. While Wuthering Heights is a great book, its moody and near-violent overtone doesn't lend itself well to the label of "romance." Indeed, it could be considered the antithesis of romance, with the anger and revenge of the lovers destroying their lives and those around them.

That's why I was somewhat surprised with the dark turn of the novel about a
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Liz Fichera
Aug 18, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Wow. RAKES & RADISHES hit me like a slow kiss: It started out all innocent enough, but then it got its hooks in me and wouldn't let go. The writing is beautiful, original, and very visual; I definitely felt part of early 1800's England. The tension and build-up between Henrietta and Lord Kesseley was palpable on every page. What I loved best, however, was the development of Lord Kesseley's character. The author expertly painted his personality, particularly his darker side, which kept me tur ...more
Denise
Nov 22, 2010 rated it really liked it
What I really liked about this book, is that it took a very different path than most of the historical romances I have read. Henrietta and Kesseley have grown up together in the English countryside. He is an Earl who has loved Henrietta always. She thinks she is in love with her cousin Edward. When she finds out that Edward, who has gone to London for the season, has been courting someone else, she enlists Kesseley's help in winning Edward back. You just want Henrietta to open her eyes and see t ...more
Zoobaaruba
Jan 28, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 1-star
Good God! All of the characters (the secondary one's too) were annoying, the story moved along at a snail's pace, the interactions between the hero and heroine were stilted and unnatural. They're "best friends" with no apparent adult supervision throughout their friendship and yet they're about as familiar with each other as strangers. I just can't explain how much I disliked this book, might as well be titled "A Tale of Selfish Idiots and Whiney Fools". All the characters took turns either pini ...more
Gail
This was a nice read--the heroine has dreamed of leaving her boring little town and living in London. She's in love with Julian, a poet and cousin--and then she reads about his involvement with one of the year's beauties. The hero has a title, but he's mostly a farmer. He's been in love with the heroine for years, but she's already turned him down once. She's devastated when she learns about her beloved Julian, and decides to turn the hero into a gentleman the beauty will fall for, so she'll hav ...more
Laura
Aug 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing
The premise of this book reminded me of Jane Austen's Emma, only much funnier and much better written, with just enough details to paint the world the characters inhabit and without being too heavy with information you don't want. It was at times hilarious and light hearted and at times intense, especially when Kesseley struggles with the demons of his childhood, living through the nightmare that his father left behind. I enjoyed the depths of these characters and how they energized each other i ...more
Carly
Jan 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! It had a wonderful emotional journey. Yes, it's more heart-wrenching then the typical historical romance light-heartedness, but that's what makes it so good. So many authors proclaim their heroes "rakes" without showing the true despondency and horrid consequences of their "rakish" behavior. Ms. Ives delivers a wonderful and *believable* take on the results of selfish and manipulative behavior, all the while building towards a lovely romance. Brava, Ms. Ives!
Laura
Oct 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Witty, engaging, and truly well-written. I flew through the pages; I couldn't wait to get to the end. There was a lot of suspense and the characters were not your usual stock romance heroes. Not to mention every other page I cracked up with one of the witty lines delivered by the female heroine. I loved this book!!!
Katie(babs)
Sep 07, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Heroine is a nit-wit and the story is ridiculous.
Daisy
Sep 27, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
First of all, let me say how much I appreciate this cover! Look at the couple, there's tension there, but no bodice-ripping or exposed six packs. Don't get me wrong, I'm not against looking at nice abs, but on the cover of a book they can be really tacky. And part of the problem of people calling romance novels trash. Also, not even my grandmother could have been offended by it.

Anyway, the main storyline here is that Henrietta fancies she's in love with her cousin, a handsome brooding poet, who
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Joy
Oct 27, 2010 rated it really liked it
Henrietta Watson, a generally kind-hearted, pretty mathematical genius who is prone to fantasies influenced by gothic novels, goes to London with her childhood friend, Lord Kesseley. Kesseley, a down-to-earth, agriculture-minded peer, is in love with Henrietta, but she is in love with her cousin, a poet who is himself in pursuit of a society beauty. Once in London, in a social milieu saturated with prostitution, gambling, loveless marriages, hypocrisy, and adultery, things start to unravel and h ...more
Bookworm1858
Oct 14, 2010 rated it liked it
Rakes and Radishes by Susanne Ives
Carina Press, 2010
253 pages
Romance
3/5 stars

Source: Received a free ecopy via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

This started out very promising and then took a very different (and to me, unwelcome) turn. Henrietta thinks she is in love with her cousin Edward, who has left her for London in order to try to publish his poetry. She eagerly awaits his return so that they can conquer London as a married couple. However she receives a rude awakening upon readi
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Kimm
Aug 21, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Rakes & Radishes? Seriously? That has to be about one of the best titles around for a Regency. As soon as I read that, I was sucked in to this book. I had to scratch my head and ask myself, I wonder what in the world that is supposed to mean (yes, I really did that, I remember it well). Of course, after reading the book, I ‘get’ it now, and of course, you’ll have to read the book if you really want to see where the radishes fit in. Such a creative move!

Rakes & Radishes is a wonderful Reg
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Claudine
Aug 24, 2010 rated it really liked it
Suzanna Ives’ Rake & Radishes left me with a big sigh at the end of the story once Thomas and Henrietta got their HEA.
When Henrietta Watson learns that the man she loves plans to marry London's most beautiful and fashionable debutante, she plots to win him back. She'll give him some competition by transforming her boring bumpkin neighbor, the Earl of Kesseley, into a rakish gothic hero worthy of this Season's Diamond.
Thomas, the Earl of Kesseley was a published renowned gentleman farmer an
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Lori
Oct 30, 2010 rated it liked it
This book felt like two distinct books. In the first part, Henrietta comes across to me as particukarly whiny and selfish. Everything is all about her, and she gives little thought to how her actions or words affect her closest friend, Thomas. Thomas has been in love with Henrietta forever, and while I admired his thoughtful nature, he was a bit of a wuss where she was concerned, frequently declaring his love when he was rebuffed at every turn.

The second half occurs because Thomas realizes she'
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Azhureheart
Sep 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance-mf
I bought this one because of the title. And I don't think I'm the only one. I wanted to know what was hiding behind this ridiculous title. I thought it would either be funny or very bad. Or maybe both.
It wasn't what I expected at all. (view spoiler)
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Ivyd
Oct 29, 2010 rated it liked it
3.5 Definitely worth your time to read.

Henrietta, Kesseley, and Edward have grown up together. Kesseley has loved Henrietta since he's known what love was. Henrietta loves gothic novels and Edward. Edward goes to London seeking his fortune and inspiration for his poetry. When Henrietta discovers he's attempted a Gretna Greene wedding with Lady Sara she devises a scheme. Kesseley will woo Lady Sara away from Edward who will once again be hers. As plans habitually do, Henrietta's goes awry with co
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Ivyd
Nov 12, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

3.5 stars ~ definitely worth your time to read.


Henrietta, Kesseley, and Edward have grown up together. Kesseley has loved Henrietta since he's known what love was. Henrietta loves gothic novels and Edward. Edward goes to London seeking his fortune and inspiration for his poetry. When Henrietta discovers he's attempted a Gretna Greene wedding with Lady Sara she devises a scheme. Kesseley will woo Lady Sara away from Edward who will once again be hers. As plans habitually do, Henrietta's goes awr
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Wollstonecrafthomegirl
If the second half of this book had continued in the same vein as the first it would've been five stars easily. The first half is a funny, somewhat off the wall, look at a very different h/h. The heroine, Henrietta, is convinced she's in love with someone else but the author does a good job of making it clear she's not, but she does in fact love the hero. Henrietta doesn't know herself in an almost Emma Woodhouse type way - very clever girl, no emotional intelligence. The hero, Kesseley, is an E ...more
Cathy Leming
Aug 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Henrietta is a Regency Scarlet O'Hara, hopelessly lost in a crush with no grasp on reality, or the hunky earl next door.

Lord Kesseley is a mountain of kindness, patience, consideration, with very mature feelings for the girl next door, Henrietta. And he's a hunk.

I judge a romance novel by the hero (I know, right?!?!) and so this romance is five stars, because the Earl of Kesseley is perfect. He's considerate, protective, trustworthy, loves animals, he's smart, and gorgeous. I fell in love with K
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Diyou
Feb 26, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I have mixed feelings about this story. One the one hand I loved that the sympathetic hero was the Earl and the annoying antagonist was the Lady. I disliked that the Lady was able to jerk the Earl around and toy with his feelings "to improve him."

Kesseley has been in love with his neighbor Henreitta for years. Sh, however, does not return his feelings, and instead uses his emotions and his friendship for her own gains. Henreitta gets Kesseley to take her to London to find him a wife (a ruse to u
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Melanie (Moviemavengal)
Aug 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle
I just heard about this book and the title so intrigued me that I had to download it. I love the friends to lovers trope and this was is a doozy.

I loved that Henrietta is a mathematical genius. She is not your simple young immature miss although she is that foo. Her card counting abilities lead to some interesting adventures of her own separate from the H.

Henrietta wants to use her lovesick puppy of a neighbor Kessely to lure away the new romance of her beloved Edward. The only way to do that is
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Nikki
Jun 07, 2016 rated it did not like it
Boooo! I wanted this book to be good. It wasn't at all. None of the characters were likeable or interesting. Neither was the story. It was dull and dragged on. The random convenience character that came in at the end made no sense. The hero's love of the heroine was selfish. The heroine was flighty, inconsistent and slutty when it suited her. Neither of them deserved a) to be together or b) a happy ending. I think the author had two ideas in her head and combined them, since most of it didn't tr ...more
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 2 Mar 09, 2015 01:10PM  
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  • The Bride and the Buccaneer
  • A Passionate Endeavor
  • Seducing the Duchess
  • When a Lord Needs a Lady
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  • The Training of a Marquess
  • Too Wicked To Kiss (Scoundrels & Secrets, #1)
  • One Moonlit Night (Moonlight Square, #0.5)
  • Sweet Enemy (Veiled Seduction, #1)
  • Once a Rake (Drakes Rakes, #4)
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