Read "The Perfect Rake" by Anne Gracie available from Rakuten Kobo. Sign up today and get $5 off your first download. A phony engagement turns into real. Editorial Reviews. Review. "Gracie's writing style is charming and wonderful." About the Author by Anne Gracie. Romance site eBooks @ She ran from a brute Fleeing violent tyranny, Prudence Merridew escapes with her beautiful younger sisters to London. One of them must.

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The Perfect Rake book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. She ran from a brute Fleeing violent tyranny, Prudence Merrid. Editions for The Perfect Rake: (Mass Market Paperback published in ), (site Edition published in ), (ebook published in 2. To rescue her friend from a loveless marriage, a daring woman dons a disguise and finds herself captivated by a mysterious rake in this “perfect Regency.

It was so good - straight to favs. This was the funniest, most heart-warming, romantic book I have read all year. If you like historical romances this is a must-read. I can't believe I had this on my TBR-shelf for so long - but the better for me right now: The plot was wonderful.

Prudence is the eldest sister of five and takes care of her your sisters and try to protect them from their abusive guardian. When he falls down the stairs they escape to London and must marry soon - before their Grandpapa recovers. Their great uncle wants to marry of Prudence first, but she's already secretly betrothed to her childhood love who she hasn't seen for over four years.

But since her sisters cannot enter society before she is wed she conjures a fake betrothal to a duke who never visits London - only he has just arrived. Prudence tries to save the day but only tangles herself further when she mistakes Gideon for the duke, and it doesn't get any easier when they start to fall in love. This book was so funny without being silly.

Gideon was the sweetest, most protective, adorable rakish hero and following his confusion about falling in love with Prue was adorable. Prudence is so loyal, a protective motherly hen who does everything for others and really never put herself first. All her sisters are beauties but she's the ugly duckling - only Gideon cannot see that.

Why the devil does everyone keep saying she is plain? I cannot describe this amazing book. The character development and the plot was wonderful and I couldn't stop reading.

I loved all characters except the evil ones and little sister Grace warmed my heart. View all 16 comments. At first I thought I would be annoyed by Prudence's sisters. One of them was so overwhelmed by the prospect of escaping their grandfather and marrying that in an instant she forgot what their oldest sister did for them. Fortunately, that sister didn't play any important role in the book so it was good.

Since it seems the second book is about her, I am not in a hurry to read it. I need to forget or at least dull her presence here. There is so much unexpected darkness in this book. Their grandfath At first I thought I would be annoyed by Prudence's sisters. Their grandfather is truly evil and horrible man. He hates women. He beats his granddaughters because his son left him when he fell in love with their mother. The book starts with them trying to save their youngest sister, a ten-year-old, from a severe beating.

Only because she was trying to make something Egyptian-looking.

Others get regular beatings for using their left hand or having red hair or whatever he thinks next. I was glad when they got away. The fun part starts when the two protagonists meet for the first time. One of the reasons I enjoyed this was that the only secrets they have between them are those they just haven't thought of discussing his family history and what happened when she was sixteen. I loved Gideon from the first moment. He never acts a rake though. We are told he is one by others.

There is nothing pathetic or forceful in his relentless pursuit or what she sees as his play. The hilarious fact is he doesn't see her sisters as more beautiful than her.

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I was getting annoyed by the constant emphasis how the sisters are beautiful but poor Prudence is not. When their grandfather's brother says that Prudence needs to be married first because the others would ruin her chances, Gideon thinks there must be something very wrong with them.

To be honest I didn't expect to like this book this much. Two sisters get their happy ending in this book. I am not in a hurry to read about the third until I forget she was in this book. I did love the youngest. Feb 23, Jo rated it it was amazing Shelves: And when a rake finally falls, he falls forever. Oh, how I absolutely loved this book, every single part of it. All she wanted And when a rake finally falls, he falls forever. The chemistry between Gideon and Prudence was intense, and I loved their romance.

I know it—I, who used not to believe in such things. And you know it. Aug 25, Sharon rated it liked it Shelves: It got progressively better as it went on. The family was sweet and amusing to read, but dang they can be frustrating considering how Prudence literally did all the work. Gideon was sweet. Spoilers be Solid. Angst level? Other things to note? Medium angst hide spoiler ] Tears-worthy?

When Gideon calls on Prudence the next day even though he knows that he normally stays away. When Prudence breaks off the engagement with the other guy. When Gideon saves Prudence from her grandpa. Explicit details on sex. Psycho-sick grandfather. Crude language. Nov 23, Sh3lly GrumpyBookGrrrl.

The Perfect Rake by Anne Gracie

For those looking for a HR fix: After seeing her youngest sister, Grace, being beaten by her Grandfather Prudence knows they have to escape. Pulling off a massive deception they run to London to stay with their Great-Uncle and hope to find husbands so they can be forever out of the influence of their Grandfather. But Prudence tells one lie too many and manages to become betrothed to the charming rake Gideon, Lord Calladice.

I think I 4. I think I must be in the Plain Jane mood, this is the second book I have read like this, one sister completely different in looks from her blonde and slender sisters! But I love it. If anyone knows more of these kind of books, don't hesitate in letting me know!

I think Gideon may be the perfect man. Here is a list of Why I Love Gideon: Despite Prue being the "plain" one he only sees her as beautiful and is truely bewildered when people say her sisters are the gorgeous ones, he just doesn't see it.

He falls in love with Prudence first and isn't afriad to admit it and pursue her. He is adorable with 10 year old Grace, the youngest Merridew sister and takes a good, and well deserved, kick in the shins from her without complaint. Did I mention he was hawt? I liked Prudence as well, although Gideon did kind of steal the show for me, what was good was that rather then the hero being the tortured one, she was, some truely terrible things had happened to her but she moves on and does her best for her sisters.

A fantastic read, which I am sure I will reread at some point. I definitely recommend it! Dec 20, Nadia rated it did not like it Shelves: The southest that ever southeted. Oct 08, Lee rated it really liked it Shelves: I read The Perfect Rake as part of an October challenge. The second part of this is surprising as Gracie is apparently Australian and usually I am at least aware of most published Australian writers.

Nor do I find the cover inspiring, so the odds of me reading it if flying solo were low. Hence I have my Goodreads group to thank for any enjoyment I achieved! The book started slowly. Gracie showed some details of the life Prudence and her four sisters were leading under their grandfather's roof.

I suppose these scenes were necessary to display his abusive nature and Prudence's later desperation but, at times, I found them a little strange. Thankfully the tone changed considerably once the hero, Gideon, was introduced. Prudence had managed to come up with a plan to flee their grandfather but it fell apart a little until she invented a fake finance.

In a very funny meet cute, Gideon decides to play the role, and he does so admirably. I liked the running joke of Gideon not noticing the beauty of the other sisters. If the book continued like this throughout, I would have rated it 5 out of 5.

The tone changed again, however, around the halfway mark. She also introduced a couple more conflicts into the plot. It was the usual, he only bedded women who knew the score and wanted a frivolous bit of sex without the seriousness of a relationship and no one ever got hurt and blah blah blah. I also think she fell into some sort of trap when she included the sex scene.

Yes, perhaps that's the problem. I didn't mind the idea of a sex scene but it was to me ill timed and therefore, superfluous. There were a few bright moments in the second half of the book. Most of the jokes surrounding the character of Phillip, for example, were a hoot.

She seems to have done quite a bit of research, in fact. And I think I will probably give the other books in the series a go. View all 4 comments. There are some darker moments, but they never overshadowed the lovely heart-warming feeling I had after I finished reading it. How could anyone love such a wicked, funny, foolish man?

How could they not? Oh, Gideon is such a wonderful hero. Wickedly charming, amiable and flirtatious, he hides a vulnerable heart beneath his frivolous rakishness.

A lonely, sad, loveless childhood has made him determined to embrace a carefree lifestyle, determined to show the world that he cares for nothing and no-one.

He sees love as a weakness but that changes the moment he meets a certain Prudence Merridew! I love how, when everyone else regards Prudence as plain, Gideon sees her as unique and beautiful. Is there something wrong with your eyes? Those eyes, that smile, that hair— from top to toe, Prudence Merridew is a rare little gem! Prudence could have hugged him. Not since their parents had died had her sisters laughed and sung and giggled with such riotous glee.

It is chilling to read the abuse that Prudence and her four sisters suffered at the hands of their grandfather, a bitter, hate-filled old man, and discovering the true extent of his cruelty towards Prudence is truly heart-rending.

Their plight seems more poignant knowing how different their lives had been before their parents died… filled with sunshine and laughter and love and happiness.

It tugged at my heartstrings when Prudence promises them that one day their lives will once more be filled with sunshine, laughter, love and happiness. I love the scene where Gideon outmanoeuvres him with just wit alone. I loved the kind-hearted Great-uncle Oswald, such a contrast to his brother, and the forceful Aunt Gussie who makes short shrift of Otterbury. In fact, Mr. Shoebridge shall show you the way out. I love the humour which runs throughout the story and acts as a counterpoint to the darker moments.

He tried to look contrite. They are bold and easily led and have no sense of propriety. We can be formidable fellows when we try, you know.

This review is also posted on my Rakes and Rascals Blog: View all 6 comments. Oct 21, Mariana rated it it was amazing Shelves: October BOTM https: The Perfect Rake is a story about 5 young girls sisters that suffer horriable physical and mental abuse at the hands of their grandpapa who has taken them in because their parents ar dead. The Grandfather is very sadistic. To accomplish this Prudence had to lie more times than I can count as the story goes on.

The Grand Uncle wont let the other sister come out until Prude The Perfect Rake is a story about 5 young girls sisters that suffer horriable physical and mental abuse at the hands of their grandpapa who has taken them in because their parents ar dead. The Grand Uncle wont let the other sister come out until Prudence has found a husband because she is very plain looking and her sister s are beautiful. The very selfish sisters convenience her to lie once again.

May problems with the book was Prudence has been engaged with a man name Phillip for 4 plus years he has taken her virtue barely write as he in living in Indian, an she also has to keep the betroth a secret. A 12 year old can see the writing on the wall that hes just not that in to you!!! She defends him constantly and berates Lord Carridice and treats him very nasty because she has been told he is a rake and libertine, but he is the one who is always willing to help her with her lies and deception to keep her and her sisters safe from their grand papa.

So how can Prudence treat him so badly after all of her abuse and neglect she has received from Phiilip? It is obvious to the reader that Philip has got from her want he wants!

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Very depressing story it just doesn't work for me I don't understand authors who write romance novels and put all the child abuse and rape in the story. That's not a romance story for me a bit to depressing I wont be downloading the other books in the series!!! Also their could have been a lot more sensual romance in the story to balance it out instead of the constant repeating of how Ugly Prudence was this was sad really!!! View all 5 comments. Apr 25, Juliana Philippa rated it it was amazing Shelves: Oddly enough it is notoriously infamous rake, Gideon, Lord Carradice, who sees only a strong-minded spitfire with beautiful grey eyes and proves the saying that "beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

May 24, Caz rated it really liked it Shelves: So instead, I decided to pick up a book from my TBR pile that has been recommended to me various times and is regarded as one of those that every self-respecting historical romance reader should have read. The five girls were left to his guardianship following the death of their parents, and he frequently beats and abuses them all.

When the old man falls and breaks his leg chasing Prudence down the stairs, she decides, once and for all, that they must get away before one of them is killed. With their grandfather confined to bed, and with the help of the local doctor, Prudence concocts a scheme which sees them away to London to stay with their great-uncle Oswald. In a few weeks, Prue will be twenty-one, and the guardianship of her sisters will revert to her; and if one of them can marry quickly, the fortune left them by their parents will become available to them.

With her sisters being such beauties, Prudence is utterly convinced that they will attract the right sort of male attention, and so she has high hopes of their being able to escape their grandfather for good.

Their conversation here sets the tone for most of their interchanges throughout the book, which are frequently laugh-out-loud funny, often insightful and sometimes beautifully tender. Prudence has become used to thinking of herself as the ugly-duckling of the family, yet she is not envious of her sisters or bitter, wanting only the best for them.

She is equally smitten, but holds herself back; at first, she thinks his compliments are just the offhand flirtations of a hardened rake, and also feels bound by her betrothal to Philip. Both principals are beautifully drawn characters and the reader is left in no doubt that they are perfect for each other. There is a hint of darkness there, but he covers it with a lovely self-deprecating charm and his quick wit, often concealing his keen intelligence behind a buffoonish mask.

The depth of his affection for Prudence is wonderful to see, and she truly blossoms under his care. With sunshine and laughter and love and happiness.

I promise! I had the same feeling towards the end of the book when the mood again changes abruptly — this time in the opposite direction, and takes a turn for the overly melodramatic.

Oct 07, Debby "Piene Raven" rated it it was amazing Shelves: Anne Gracie did a fabulous job with this story. I truly loved Prudence and Gideon. It didn't hurt that the other characters helped the story move along.

There were scenes that had me boiling and some that had me smiling. Plenty of laughable moments and teary eyed ones as well. I loved this well written novel and welcome reading more from this author. May 07, Chi rated it it was amazing Shelves: It's a perfectly lovely book between a rake and an innocent. And honestly, Anne Gracie held no punches: The sisters' grandfather was awful.

Utterly beyond the pale. The author seriously pulled a fast one where she had the shore within sight, only for her to quickly release the rope, so bravo for fooling me there, and sitting on the edge of my seat right until the very end! It was such a wonderful read. There were some negatives though. Oct 07, Wendy rated it it was amazing.

Wonderful, witty and romantic with a dark story running in the background, I loved the first in this series and it certainly won't be my last Anne Gracie. She writes with a great insight and understanding of human nature, notwithstanding the darker elements of this story this is a beautifully written, charming and extremely humorous love story.

The Merridew sisters have escaped their tyrannical grandfather after years of physical and mental abuse. Their goal is to marry off Charity, the second el Wonderful, witty and romantic with a dark story running in the background, I loved the first in this series and it certainly won't be my last Anne Gracie. Their goal is to marry off Charity, the second eldest of these delightful siblings.

Prudence, the eldest, has always been the surrogate Mother of the family after the tragic death of their beloved parents and has been the one to have suffered the worst treatment at the hands of their grandfather - her self esteem is at an all time low.

The reason she has been the main butt of her grandfather's cruelty become clear later in the story. Prudence embroils herself in all sorts of scrapes trying to explain the appearance of her family in London; they arrive at the home of their great uncle Oswald, the younger brother of their grandfather who is the antithesis of his brother, being kindly, loving and eccentric. He immediately agrees to launch the eldest two girls into society. However, he is a stickler for propriety, and will not allow Charity to appear until her elder sister is 'fired off'.

Prudence has her own reasons for not wanting to be married and devises a scam involving a man she has never met, Edward, Duke of Dinstable. Feeling herself to be safe from the reclusive Duke, who hasn't been seen in society for many years, she tells her uncle they have been secretly engaged for more than four years: The comedy of errors continues when Prudence arrives at Edward's home to explain and beg for his complicity in her lie and to assure him she is not attempting to trap him into marriage.

Unwittingly she explains to the wrong man and Edward's cousin, Gideon, a rake and confirmed bachelor, is highly and comically amused, and utterly captivated by the plucky little Prudence. He sees a beauty, invisible to most, and there follows a brilliantly funny interchange between these two characters talking at cross purposes.

Prudence does not realise she is not talking to Edward and Gideon very quickly realises what is happening and ruthlessly exploits the situation, initiating her into the joys of kissing.

The rest of the story follows at a fast pace with some sad, poignant moments but also some hilariously uproarious interactions between Gideon and Prudence, whom he renames 'Imp' deciding her name is totally inadequate to her nature - he much prefers 'Imprudence'. There is also a comical and entertaining scene between Gideon and great uncle Oswald where Gideon unwittingly becomes betrothed to Prudence; however, not unhappy about the situation he does his best to make it fact.

His complete and utter belief in Prudence's beauty - the phrase "beauty is in the eye of the beholder" comes to mind - and his fear that every other man will try to take her away from him is endearingly sweet and funny and proves that this rake has fallen completely under her, albeit unintentional, spell.

He becomes her champion and protector whether she wishes it or not. Gideon has his own demons to slay but in the process of falling heavily for his Prudence his strong loveable and honourable character emerges, in short, Gideon is the perfect hero Gideon is one of those heroes I will not forget. View all 9 comments. Oct 07, Mei rated it it was amazing Shelves: A sweet and very cute book. I liked the heroine, Prudence, even if I was torn. On one hand I liked her quick wit and her ingenuity, on the other I hated her stubborness when it went against her.

But still, I liked her and sometimes even admired her! If I liked Pru, I adored Gideon! He was fantastic! His devious mind was plain genius! His way of confounding Pru with double meanings was fantastic! The very best part of this book was the dialogue!

All in all a very funny and enjoyable book! This book reached 3 stars because of the first part. The first part of this story is absolutely excellent, in spite of the reluctant heroin. I could understand why she was reluctant, but she was a bit too much for my personal taste. Gideon, on the other side? What a great guy! A rake, yes, but so witty, so charming, so funny and so endearing, delightful! I was reading with a contented and happy sigh. From the sounds emanating from her, she must be standing on a cat, and I don't approve of cruelty to animals - or ears!

Whoever that girl's music master is, he should be hanged, drawn and quartered - preferably while she plays him a dirge on that thing.

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We'll publish them on our site once we've reviewed them. Continue shopping. Item s unavailable for download.Seven Minutes in Heaven. The Reluctant Reformer. That's not a romance story for me a bit to depressing I wont be downloading the other books in the series!!! Evelyn Ruddick knows she should avoid him at all costs -- but the strikingly beautiful lady wants to aid the children of the Heart of Hope Orphanage, and he heads the board of trustees. The answer to this question appears to depend mainly on your genetic makeup i.

Gideon, Lord Carradice is a devilishly charming, flirtatious, affable, seemingly carefree and superficial rake, but he harbors an underlying heart of gold, an innate caring, protective nature, and a hidden, deep yearning for love. Miranda Jarrett. Chapter Thirteen The Merridew Sisters 1. Top Charts.

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