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Reader Roundup – Romantic Rakes with Amy Alessio

Amy AlessioBad boys were appealing even in Regency times, it seems. These transformation stories add spice to the strict ballroom and ton societal rules of those days.





putney rakeIn Mary Jo Putney’s The Rake, Lady Alys Weston is trying to disguise herself as a man to get a job as manager of the long neglected Strickland site. Reginald Davenport is trying to escape his past misdeeds by staking his claim as heir, only to find out that he is falling for his new estate manager. A rewritten version of an older title, these characters are memorable and winning.
laurens rakes vowStephanie Laurens writes about many fascinating rakes, including Vane Cynster in A Rake’s Vow. Vane tries to escape marriage hunters from the ton only to find the woman of his dreams after taking shelter from a storm. Patience trusts no man after her parents’ disastrous marriage, but her sizzling attraction to Vane makes her rethink her position.
maclean nine rules to breakIn her debut book, Nine Rules to Break when Romancing a Rake, Sarah MacLean introduced readers to Callie, a proper girl overlooked by suitors. After her younger sister’s engagement, she decides to take her life into her own hands and begins to follow a list of daring escapades. Her long crush, Gabriel St. John, can’t ignore the woman who asks him for a kiss and tries to fence. Refreshingly different, Callie launched an exciting Regency author.
enoch beginners guideEnjoy Suzanne Enoch’s A Beginner’s Guide to Rakes as it follows feisty widow Diane Bentley as she tries to open a gentleman’s gaming club. Marquis Oliver Warren is blackmailed into helping her when she threatens to reveal details of a past activity they shared. Soon he realizes he does not mind helping her as they discover an irresistible attraction.
campbell rakes midnight kissAnna Campbell invites readers to sample A Rake’s Midnight Kiss. Genevieve Barrett has secretly authored her father’s articles for years and doesn’t know what to do when one of his students arrives at their home. She recognizes him as the masked thief who tried to rob them earlier, too. Sir Richard Harmsworth wants an important jewel from the home to cement his rightful place in society. They soon find common ground in this exciting battle of wills.
if you give a rake a rubyJewels and secrets also abound in Shana Galen’s fun If You Give a Rake a Ruby. Fallon, the Marchioness of Mystery, is a notable courtesan. Warren Fitzhugh is undercover, trying to get a notorious crime lord for his work in the Foreign Office. He uses her past as a pickpocket to blackmail her into helping him with his mission, only to find that their off the page chemistry draws them into a deep romantic relationship.
boyle ran away with the rakeAnd the Miss Ran Away with the Rake joins the other sensual fun titles in Elizabeth Boyle’s Rhymes with Loves series. Miss Daphne Dale answers an ad looking for a sensible lady despite her reluctance towards romance, only to find her attentions captured by the totally wrong Lord Henry Seton instead. Why can’t she fall for the sweet Mr. Dishforth instead? Readers will enjoy her dilemma.

When Regency rules get broken, mayhem – and delightful romance ensue.


Bio: Amy Alessio has enjoyed the advice of teens for over seventeen years in her work as a librarian at the Schaumburg Twp. Library in Illinois. Her first young adult mystery, Taking the High Ground [1], was published by 4RV Publishing. She wrote Mind Bending Mysterious Services for Teens (ALA Editions, 2013) and co-authored A Year of Programs for Teens 2 with Kim Patton. She is the 2013 Illinois Library Association Young Adult Librarian Award Winner and the Northern Illinois RWA 2013 Librarian of the Year. Information on her blog and presentations on vintage crafts and cookbooks as well as readers advisory topics can be found at http://www.amyalessio.com/ [2].

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#1 Comment By Patty McKenna Van Hulle On April 19, 2014 @ 1:56 am

I love rakes!! I love when they are so doomed and don’t know it. A wallflower should ALWAYS put a rake thru Hades!!

#2 Comment By Becke Martin Davis On April 19, 2014 @ 9:42 am

Thanks for the recommendations, Amy! I’m still catching up on historicals. I’ve read romantic suspense and contemporary romance for years, but only discovered the joys of rakes, dukes and dashing scoundrels when I was taken in hand by Anna Campbell and a few others. Anna gave me a reading list – I’ve read almost all the books on her list now and the few remaining ones are in my to-be-read pile, along with the gazillion other historical romances I’ve picked up since then. I don’t know when I’ll find time to read them all – especially since I’m always adding to the pile – but I’m giving it my best effort!

#3 Comment By Carrie Spencer On April 19, 2014 @ 10:50 am

Awesome list Amy!

I’ve read three of them, Anna Campbell’s, Suzanne Enoch’s and Sarah Maclean’s. Great authors there.

I’ll also recommend Suzanne Enoch’s The Care and Taming of a Rogue – reading the dedication of that book (to Hugh Jackman) gave me a chuckle and made the rest of the book extra enjoyable!


#4 Comment By Jennifer Tanner On April 19, 2014 @ 9:52 pm

Hi Amy,

Historicals were the first romances I read. I’m a big Anna Campbell, Nicola Cornick, Judith McNaught and Christina Brooke fan.

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