To Catch a Rake
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No Good Rake Goes Unpunished
When George Drexel used his vast experience with women to write and publish The Rake’s Handbook: Including Field Guide, little did he realize the havoc it would cause. Now years later, the rumor of a second edition has London’s naughtiest widows pounding on his door, begging to be included. But George has given up his roguish ways and wants nothing more than to be left alone with his architectural pursuits…until beautiful Meta Russell tempts him from his work and leaves him contemplating an altogether different sort of plan.
The handbook may be years out of print, but it still has the power to ruin lives. Desperate to save her sister—whose inclusion has left her jilted—Meta tracks down the rake responsible, only to find a man who steals her breath and leaves her reeling. Banding together to put things to rights, George and Meta find themselves drawn inexorably together…but can Meta truly trust her heart to a man who wrote the book on being a rake?
The Rake’s Handbook:
The Rake’s Handbook, Including Field Guide
When a Rake Falls
To Catch a Rake
Praise for Sally Orr:
“Orr debuts with a charming romp. The witty repartee and naughty innuendos set the perfect pitch for the entertaining romance. Though there are serious themes and carefully researched historical details, it’s the banter and sensuality that are sure to enchant readers.”—RT Book Reviews, FOUR STARS
“The madcap adventures combined with a sweet love story will charm readers.”—RT Book Reviews, FOUR STARS
3.5 stars rounded
3.5 stars rounded
The second I’ve read in this series, the premise: a slam book for the more scandalous adventures of the ladies of the ton is a runaway best seller. Using initials and the whiff of scandal, the book has created several different reactions, from ladies looking to have their identity confirmed and their position bettered within the next installment to the premise of our story, a broken engagement when an innocent appears to have garnered a mention. The author, George Drexel never really considered a childish prank to have caused so many issues, and is determined to focus on his engineering. A current project, a tunnel underneath the Thames is occupying all but a few moments of his day.
Through no action of her own, Lily Russell is jilted by her fiancé as he believes the “LR” in the handbook and field guide is her. While not wanting that particular man back (smart girl) she does want to discover why her initials are used, and if there is any way to sort the issue. She takes to her sister, the widowed Meta, to confront and resolve the issue. Not easily daunted or derailed, she discovers much more to George than just the profligate rake she was expecting.
Characters are a strength in this story, while I found George to be a bit difficult to appreciate, I did enjoy all of the engineering problems and information thrown up throughout the story. Meta is solidly in her sister’s corner, but it was her tenacity in digging behind George’s façade to find who he truly was that made this story so enjoyable. Secondary characters played nicely into the story, adding elements that allowed both characters to show their innate kindness and generous spirits, and kept me reading on. Less fantastical than When A Rake Falls, this story uses Orr’s research, skills in characterization and some truly fascinating history to move the story forward and bring out couple together.
I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.