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Never a Gentleman

(Drake's Rakes #2)

3.63  ·  Rating details ·  2,426 ratings  ·  270 reviews

Miss Grace Fairchild is under no illusions about her charms. Painfully plain, she is a soldier's daughter who has spent her life being useful, not learning the treacherous ways of the ton. She may have been caught in a scandal with society's favorite rogue, but how can she marry him when it means losing herself?

Mass Market Paperback, 433 pages
Published April 1st 2011 by Forever
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So the author woke up one morning and realized she missed good old bodice rippers.
Instead of going to the library and satisfying her need with a good oldie she decided to introduce the new generations to old school plots with cheating,spays and a lovable but tough hero that is stuck with a plain Jane.

And oh joy! When she finished, us devoted fans had the charming experience of reading this peace of!

Look, we got a heroine! Ain't she cute? A ditzy heroine. is she ditzy if we
5 stars – Historical/Regency Romance

I’ve pondered my thoughts on this for a couple of days because my reactions to it were so strong that I’m still struggling to adequately express my feelings into a review. Not since Charlotte Featherstone’s Addicted and Sinful have I been so emotionally raw while/after reading a historical romance, and this definitely reminded me a little of those, at least in terms of evoking such powerful, conflicting responses.

It’s an unapologetically honest, emotionally de
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Rachel (BAVR)
Beware of the spoilers below, because I care so little about this story that I won't spend time skirting around the issue.

Dear HR Authors,
If you want to write a long-suffering martyr as your heroine, have at it. Torment that snowflake like you've never tormented before. But for the love of god, at least make the bitch interesting.

Yes, I get it. Grace is ugly. Her hair is colorless yet still vaguely red, she has a horse face, and her husband thinks she's unfortunately plain. On top of all that,
Dec 20, 2015 marked it as do-not-read
Not only does the H cheat on the h (multiple times), but she also watches him have sex with another woman (the scene is played out for the reader in its entirety). Not only that, but while he's having sex with this other woman, he makes fun of the h's physical disability and has a good laugh with this OW. Later on, when the H confronts the h about having seen him, she asks him to do to her exactly what he did to his mistress (because she was super turned on, of course, instead of being repulsed ...more
Mar 22, 2011 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: No one
Recommended to new_user by: Catherine
Shelves: historical
Eileen Dreyer is nostalgic for the 80s. Never a Gentleman channels the bodice-ripper romantic interest who heaps endless cruelty on an angelic, long-suffering heroine. Myself, I dislike Man as villain, Woman as martyr. I don't resent men or a man; I'm not an unappreciated wife. So I resent Dreyer's thoroughly Victorian suggestion that women-as-angels will always endure "base," hurtful men.

I disagree on all counts. Marriage isn't "to be borne"; women are not angels -a disservice to women vilifie
I went from being so excited that the next book in this series was out (I thoroughly enjoyed Barely a Lady) to being very nervous when I saw so many negative reviews. Plus, I read some of the spoilers (I just can't help myself) and knew about "the scene." I don't typically approve of what happens in "the scene" either, but I have to say I disagree with those negative reviews. I do agree with those that say it was awful; it was and my heart bled/ached for Grace (and I wanted to do some serious bo ...more
Mar 06, 2011 rated it did not like it
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Preeti ♥︎ (Romance She Reads)
How to take a potential 5* book down to ludicrousness?
How to destroy the dignity and essence of an innocent and decent person - the h?
Read on.

I was so eager to get to book #2 as Grace completely captivated me in the first book. She is described as the plain amazon/Boadicea with a limp but has a quiet strength and fortitude that sets her apart. But my expectations were dashed quite cruelly. The first third is so promising that the later desecration of the book and the characters almost made me
This is the singlemost recent historical romance where I've seen the term "bodice ripper" used to describe it. It's so 80s. It's a reversion to those nasty bodice rippers that - THANK GOD! - are a thing of the past.

Really? I didn't think this was a ripper in any way, shape, or form. Even the tone wasn't ripper-esque. The character types certainly weren't.

Dreyer's book read just like most every other historical romance of recent years: uglified doormat heroine with a bucket of wangsty, masochisti
Mar 27, 2011 rated it it was ok
It really bothers me to give this book such a low rating, but this kind of book isn't my style. I've seen many fantastic reviews of this book, I think it's one of those books that you either absolutely love or hate. Possibly the problem for me was that it was packaged as a mainstream historical romance. When I pick up a book like this, I want to read about two characters who love and respect each other. I also don't want to worry about disturbing bedroom scenes. This book broke both of those rul ...more
Fre06 Begum
One of the worst cheating hero books and a doormat female lead!
This book doesn't belong in a romance category. I read 56% of the book and I finally had it. To begin with, I felt like I was re-reading The Arranged Marriage by Jo Beverly published in 1991. Both books are absolutely terrible.

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Jan 21, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: cheat-jerks

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I knew I shouldn't have read it, saw the reviews still I tried to read and now I wanna hit myself on the head again and again :(
I simply cannot bear cheating arrgghhh *pulling my hair out*
The guy is a scumbag, B/F a$$hole *punch him hard*

Why why whyyyy??? Somehow such plots and characters are written with such DEPTH that they leave me traumatized forever! AND why does the cheating part has to be done in such graphic detail and she was watching it ALL!!!
I still cannot
Mar 17, 2011 rated it did not like it
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THIS BOOK PISSED ME OFF! Then it made me smile, then it pissed me off so bad I wanted to rip someones head off, and then I smiled again and then I cried. I had so many different emotions that I gave it 5 stars.

This was my first read of Eileen Dreyer. It want be my last. The heroine was "the bomb".
Fani *loves angst*
Apr 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Boddice ripper fans only
Recommended to Fani *loves angst* by: Shawna
I hate that GR doesn't allow for half stars. This is a 4.5 for me, not 4 nor 5 either. Still, the ending was just my cuppa, emotional, angsty, heartwrenching and I liked the heroes, especially the heroine so much I decided to round it to 5 stars.

The hero is part of an English spy group, called Drake's Rakes. After a meeting with an informant and while on his way back to London to report, he's drugged along with the heroine and put in the same bed where they're soon discovered by a dozen ton memb
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Jess the Romanceaholic
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Good Lord, talk about being torn on a rating! This book was incredible, even with its flaws. This is my first Eileen Dreyer novel, but I have to say that if this is indicative of her writing style, it will not be my last.

Deliciously angsty, mildly kinky, and full of intrigue, this book literally grabbed ahold of me and refused to let go.

This is not a lighthearted “marriage of convenience” story by any stretch of the im
Apr 15, 2011 rated it it was ok
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Jun 06, 2017 rated it did not like it
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The writing style is great but the plot silly and the leading couple makes me want to bash my head in to stop the sheer pain of having to read about their idiocy. I finished this book out of sheer 'surely this can't keep going this way and the Goddess of Common Sense will bless one or both of these idiots?' but alas no. About the best I can say about this pairing is that at least by hooking up they won't inflict themselves on normal people.

Heroine redefines doormat. I am surprised the author did
Patti TheLoveJunkee
Apr 11, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: historical
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Apr 16, 2011 rated it liked it
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Mary Gramlich
Mar 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing
NEVER a GENTLEMAN written by Eileen Dreyer
Book #2 in the Drake’s Rakes Series
04/11- Grand Central Publishing - Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages

What happens when an ugly duckling realizes she was a swan all along?

Diccan Hilliard is a man defending his country and will do everything in his power to work toward protection of the crown, even marry a woman he is not particularly fond of. Grace Fairchild had spent her life living with her father during his military career traveling across the globe sa
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Hmmmm. I debated the review for this one a bit. I waffled between one star and five. I ended up going with one star since that is more unusual for me when it comes to rating books.

Now, don't get me wrong. I love me an insecure, unattractive, self-deprecating heroine (hence the notion of giving it five stars). The plainer the better (none of this "I wear glasses but am otherwise traditionally attractive" crap). While Grace is an amazing, brilliant, smart, courageous, inspired lady, she took the u
Mar 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
There are plenty of readers out there who will probably have an intense dislike for this book. Totally understandable. Lots of readers have particular tropes and elements that are zero tolerance for them. If that's you, then you might want to take a peek at the quick spoiler below to see if you should immediately put a line through this book. If you're like me, and a more of an anything-goes-depending-on-how-well-it's-written kind of reader, then feel free to skip ahead.

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New York Times bestselling, award-winning author Eileen Dreyer, known as Kathleen Korbel to her Silhouette readers, has published 28 romance novels, 8 medico-forensic suspenses, and 7 short stories.

2012 sees Eileen enjoying critical acclaim for her first foray into historical romance, the Drake's Rakes series, which follow the lives of a group of British aristocrats who are willing to sacrifice ev

Other books in the series

Drake's Rakes (6 books)
  • Barely a Lady (Drake's Rakes, #1)
  • Always a Temptress (Drake's Rakes #3)
  • Once a Rake (Drakes Rakes, #4)
  • Twice Tempted (Drake's Rakes, #5)
  • Miss Felicity's Dilemma (Drake's Rakes Book 7)