The Perfect Rake (Merridew Series) (英語) マスマーケット – 2005/7/30
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A phony engagement turns into real passion in this delightful Regency romance from award-winning author Anne Gracie.
Fate has lavished beauty on the Merridew sisters—that is, all save the eldest. But plain Prudence bears no grudge; she loves her four beautiful sisters infinitely. So when their abusive grandfather is laid up with an injury, she seizes the opportunity to concoct an ingenious plan that will allow all five of them to escape the clutches of their legal guardian. All it will take is a little matrimonial deception...
A renowned rake, Gideon, Lord Carradice, has a way of making ladies swoon. But when Prudence arrives at his doorstep and mistakes him for his cousin, the Duke, it is Gideon who’s infatuated. The delightful spitfire claims she and the Duke are engaged—although a taller tale was never told. In spite of the lies, Gideon is so taken with charming Prudence that he’s eager to join her game, especially if it will award him a stolen kiss or two. Now, Prudence’s plot is about to go terribly, albeit deliciously, awry...
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This is a very funny mistaken identity trope that evolves into instant attraction. But Prudence is betrothed to Phillip who has been in India for 4 ½ years. Prudence is not the type of woman to set aside a promise made. Gideon, is a true rake but he has fallen in love at first sight and is determined to win over Prudence.
I laughed, because the banter is hold-your-tummy funny. The Grandfather is so diabolically evil that we know Pru and her sisters need the protection Gideon and his cousin, the Duke, can offer. The character development is spot on. The plot is well written. My only criticism is that I felt it a bit too long. This is my first read of a book by Ms. Gracie who has written many romance novels. And I assure you it will not be my last.
Gideon is completely fun. An unapologetic rake who has a few scruples like no innocents and only will bed partners. He is great at teasing and cajoling Pru who is full of rules and is so busy taking care of everyone else she has little time for her own desires. Some of their banter was terribly fun though.
“Do you think ladies’ eyebrows can communicate as well?” she asked.
“No, they don’t have sufficient thicketry,” he said with authority.
“Yes, that is the official term.”
Of course as soon as the infamous rake meets the damsel in distress it is an instant infatuation with her and he becomes pretty besotted rather quickly. Still Gideon was the high point for me in the book. The way he sees Pru is really something and I liked how he saw her past for what it was and didn’t care about it a smidge.
Pru has a lot to overcome, including and MIA fiancé that wandered off to India without her. That isn’t going to stand in the way of Gideon though. Pru is the prize and his eye is on her no doubt.
This is an easy read that could have been trimmed a little around the edges but had some nice characters and a fun strangers falsely engaged story.
The writing is good. The dialogue is snappy. Those characters who are not evil are endearing, including the small cast of secondary characters. In fact, I thoroughly enjoyed the book except for one thing: (SPOILER) The ending involves a foaming-at-the-mouth, irrational, menacing madman. That is one of the devices I detest most. A character-driven novel deserves a character-driven solution rather than a dangerous crazy person popping up.