MY FAKE RAKE - Eva Leigh
The Union of the Rakes
ISBN: Print - 978-0-06-293240-2
London - 1817
Lady Grace Wyatt has managed to avoid the marriage temptation for years, preferring, instead, to pursue her studies of reptiles and amphibians. She's not entirely opposed to being wed but finding the right man who fits her needs is another thing. Most eligible men looking at an earl's daughter to marry are not interested in science or would approve of Grace's pursuit of such. However, the recent return of a well-known naturalist, and bachelor, to England may open the door for Grace. With her father's sudden illness and her parents' hopes to see her settled, Mason Fredericks could fit the bill. The only problem is, Fredericks thinks of Grace as a fellow scientist, and not an eligible mate! What to do? Perhaps if Grace were seen around London in the company of a known rogue, Fredericks would realize that she is a woman worth pursuing. But, in order to do that, Grace must find a suitable, and safe, rake.
Anthropologist Sebastian Holloway, bookish, quiet, and unassuming is a dear friend of Grace's. He has always loved his brilliant, lovely friend, but has never dreamed of marriage due to his limited resources. Seb would also like to go on a research expedition, so when Grace offers to fund this if he would transform himself into a wild and rakish dandy so that she can attract Mason Fredericks, Seb reluctantly agrees. What could go wrong?
So, the charade begins. All along, Grace makes it seem as if Mason is her goal, but she knows deep inside that Seb is really the sort of man she actually wants. But a deal is a deal, and the two must complete the bargain. With the aid of a close friend of Seb's, Grace begins to work on making her friend into someone he truly isn't. Will Mason Fredericks fall for this? Who knows? And what if he does? Is this really what Grace is prepared for, or is she going to regret the outcome?
MY FAKE RAKE is a delightful story with two beautifully written characters who understand each other more than they understand the world around them. Secondary characters add to the tale, usually in a humorous manner. Readers will love the entertaining ending.
Lady Grace Wyatt is content as a wallflower, focusing on scientific pursuits rather than the complications of society matches. But when a handsome, celebrated naturalist returns from abroad, Grace wishes, for once, to be noticed. Her solution: to “build” the perfect man, who will court her publicly and help her catch his eye. Grace’s colleague, anthropologist Sebastian Holloway, is just the blank slate she requires.
To further his own research on English society, Sebastian agrees to let Grace transform him from a bespectacled, bookish academic into a dashing—albeit fake—rake. Between secret lessons on how to be a rogue and exaggerated public flirtations, Grace’s feelings for Sebastian grow from friendship into undeniable, inconvenient, real attraction. If only she hadn’t asked him to help her marry someone else...
Sebastian is in love with brilliant, beautiful Grace, but their bargain is complete, and she desires another. Yet when he’s faced with losing her forever, Sebastian will do whatever it takes to tell her the truth, even if it means risking his own future—and his heart.
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