A Beginner's Guide to Rakes

A Beginner's Guide to Rakes By Suzanne Enoch, A Beginner s Guide to Rakes All of London is abuzz with the return of the utterly alluring recently widowed Diane Benchley Will she remarry What will she do with her late husband s fortune Society is shocked by her announcement
  • Title: A Beginner's Guide to Rakes
  • Author: Suzanne Enoch
  • ISBN: 9780312534516
  • Page: 173
  • Format: Paperback
  • A Beginner's Guide to Rakes By Suzanne Enoch, All of London is abuzz with the return of the utterly alluring, recently widowed Diane Benchley Will she remarry What will she do with her late husband s fortune Society is shocked by her announcement at the Grand Ball, of all places that she plans to open an exclusive gentleman s gaming club in the family mansion But no one is stunned than the Marquis of HayburAll of London is abuzz with the return of the utterly alluring, recently widowed Diane Benchley Will she remarry What will she do with her late husband s fortune Society is shocked by her announcement at the Grand Ball, of all places that she plans to open an exclusive gentleman s gaming club in the family mansion But no one is stunned than the Marquis of Haybury, Oliver Warren.Years ago, Oliver and Diane shared a private indiscretion Now Diane threatens to reveal Oliver s most ungentlemanly secrets unless he agrees to help her A notorious gambler and rake Oliver is overqualified to educate Diane in the ways and means of running her establishment But striking a deal with Diane might just be the biggest risk Oliver has ever taken This time, the only thing he has to lose is his heart
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    1. Suzanne Enoch

      Suzanne was born in Southern California sometime in the latter half of the 20th century In the way that some people are born knowing they want to be astronauts or cellists, Suzanne always knew she wanted to be a writer Early dreams of becoming a zoologist and writing true stories about her adventures in Africa were crushed, however, after she viewed a television special about the world s most poisonous snakes she did NOT want to write about how she d been bitten and lost a limb to a cobra Thankfully at the same time the movie Star Wars premiered, and she realized that she could make up adventures and write about them, and not be eaten by deadly predators while doing research.She dabbled in romantic fantasy writing for a year or two after graduating with a degree in English from the University of California, Irvine, until her affection for traditional Regency romances led her to write one for fun After several encouraging rejections from publishers, she snared the interest of the world s best and most patient literary agent, who advised her to revise the manuscript This ultimately led to the publication of her first book, The Black Duke s Prize, from Avon Books in the Spring of 1995 A second Regency, Angel s Devil, followed that Fall.When Avon folded its traditional Regency line, Suzanne was encouraged to try her hand at historical romance As she remained keenly interested in England s Regency period, she decided to attempt another manuscript set in that time Lady Rogue hit the shelves in March of 1997 She wrote a total of 29 books for Avon, including two anthologies and a five part contemporary series which received a pair of starred reviews from Publishers Weekly One of those books, Twice the Temptation, was named one of the five best romances of the year by PW in 2007.In 2002 her well known love of all things Star Wars led to an invitation to appear on the E channel in the television special Star Wars The Force Is Back , where she discussed the romance in the movie series and ended up with air time than George Lucas.In 2010 Suzanne left Avon Books for St Martin s Press, where she continues to pen historical romance novels Her 31st book, Taming an Impossible Rogue, is set to arrive in March 2012.Suzanne is known for her humorous characters, sexy bad boys, and whip sharp, witty dialogue She currently resides in Placentia, California with several hundred guppies and various other tropical fish, and handful of very loud, spinach loving finches And her collection of action figures and statues from Star Wars , Lord of the Rings , X Men , and Pirates of the Caribbean Everybody needs some inspiration, after all.facebook SuzanneEnoch

    406 thoughts on “A Beginner's Guide to Rakes”

    1. Who named this book Seriously, who It has nothing to do with the storyline At all The same goes for the cover It s like someone just picked it at random Ignoring the weird title and cover, this book turned out to be rather excellent It was completely different than I assumed it would be I can t think of another time that Enoch has created a heroine quite like this I loved it.Diane was an awesome heroine I think some readers might not like her because of how cold and manipulative she could seem, [...]

    2. Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.DNFI made it halfway, so someone pat me on the back What a snooze Maybe this book only seemed worse than it is because I tried listening to it instead of just reading it So not only did I get a boring story with characters I could careless about, but I had to suffer through the annoying voice of Anne Flosnik I should have known better to get a book that she read I know many like her, but I forgot how annoying her narration is Still, the story is the story and I can usually ove [...]

    3. Talk about not judging a book by its cover First, as others have pointed out, the title has zilch to do with the actual story No clue why she went with this title Second, the picture looks nothing like the characters Why, would a woman who always dresses in black, be portrayed in a white dress Makes no sense Book covers aside, it s a fun read Some of this has elements of other Enoch works, such as the use of totally implausible scenarios an axe through the ceiling, anyone , and the not implausib [...]

    4. Not one of Enoch s best, but the premise was very unique.Not sure where the title or the cover came from, but this book did not involve a beginner in anything nor did the heroine ever wear white in fact, she almost always wore black and she and the hero have a past and are the furthest thing from beginners or naive lovers.In this first installment of a new series, Diane is a 23 year old widow who seems much older than her years She is bitter, cunning, and resourceful After her husband died, leav [...]

    5. How odd The title has absolutely nothing to do with this surprisingly rich and delightful read.For a complete review, visit Affaire de Coeur magazine, online or hard copy,affairedecoeur October 2011 edition.

    6. This book was okay for the most part I liked the premise of the hero breaking the heroine s heart in the past and then meeting up with her again I kind of lost interest towards the end though Also, the heroine behaved a little too alpha female for my taste and wasn t very likable Some of the scenes were too OTT and stupid, like the heroine shooting the hero for kissing her, and the hero breaking through the heroine s bedroom floor with an axe to get to the her I m not sure if I will be on pins a [...]

    7. For the first half of the book, I just did not like either Oliver or Diane and if I wasn t a completist I think I would have chucked it in Luckily the second half was a bit better and hence my overall rating of 2 stars.Why the dislike Well, Oliver is a cad, a gambler and a cheat He was cut out of his uncle s will and went to Vienna where he met Diane 2 years ago, who had just buried her husband and was left penniless and alone in Vienna He seduced her and then left her when things got a bit inte [...]

    8. This is only my second Suzanne Enoch book, and I realize she s writes witty, fun romances This one, however, just didn t grab me Who knows why I liked it, but I ll probably not read it again.

    9. Reading one of New York Times bestselling author Susanne Enoch s books is like getting a fresh warm chocolate brownie topping it with vanilla ice cream, hot fudge finished with a cherry and taking the first decadent rich bite.cious A BEGINNER S GUIDE TO RAKES is a rich sweet decadent indulgence that readers were given last month from St Martin s Paperbacks who gobbled each.Lady Diane Benchley is back in town and has all of London s tongues wagging Will she marry Why is she back Diane is about to [...]

    10. This was a delightful book set within an interesting setting I enjoyed Diane and her bold attitude and her cleverness for opening a gaming club with all female members besides a few burly footman where the females are treated just as females and not expected to be anything else unless they choose too There were so little choices for woman born on the wrong side of the blanket or in other unfortunate circumstances, not all of them want to be companions or governesses, that Diane sort of becomes a [...]

    11. I probably won t be able to do this review or book justice but here it goes I like the whole premises of the series and we have a lot of intriguing stories yet to be told from The Tantalus Club The story was well written and engaging The whole problem was Oliver At first Ms Enoch teased and teased about the fact that Diane and Oliver had a past two years ago in Vienna, but we could never get the whole story Over half way through the book, we don t have it We have Diane and Oliver engaging in a b [...]

    12. I m normally a big fan of Enoch s books, but I found the heroine to be extremely unlikeable I was eventually able to sympathize with her, but it took the majority of the book to bring me around I also had a lot of But what about questions at the end The premise was unique, but the execution wasn t up to Enoch s usual high standards.

    13. Oliver and DianeLoved this book It was just what I needed to get me out of my slump Funny dialogue and great characters I found myself lol several times during the book Excellent second chance romance.

    14. Better than a lot of HR out there, but the beginning was clunky, and the story and characters never fully engaged me.

    15. This had me enthralled the first 10% of the book And then it hit a wall and didn t move anywhere at all I couldn t get past the 42% point It may pick up later in the book but when there was such a mysterious beginning that made me want to jump to the end of the book to see what was happening and where it was going you can t just slow it down again I didn t actually look at the end so I may come back to this when I forget how exciting the beginning was to see how the story ends.

    16. You can color me sad, you can color me blue, you can color me unimpressed, you can color me surprised, you just can t Color me Barbra.I have had an epiphany about myself I give authors all kinds of latitude when it comes to historical romance novels Contrary to what it may seem, I m not really one of those readers that go into a tizzy when historical accuracy and historical romance books don t match especially in the language and slang department Let s get serious here I would probably have a re [...]

    17. Lady Diane Benchley s late husband was a dissolute gambler, who left her with nearly nothing after she paid off his creditors She does posess the deed to his town house in London, however, and has very specific plans to make herself a fortune Shocking all of polite society, she sets out to establish an exclusive gentleman s gambling club, run and staffed entirely by respectable women Oliver Warren, the Marquis of Haybury, has tried to forget Diane for two years, since they shared two incredible [...]

    18. In Ms Enoch s latest, The Beginner s Guide to Rakes, the first paragraph reads Very few things in the world could make Oliver Warren, the Marquis of Haybury, flinch He could count those things on one hand, in fact The yowling of small children The squeak of rusted metal And the mention of that name She had me at yowling.That name is Diane Benchley Two years ago, in Vienna, when Diane had just been widowed and made penniless, Oliver and she shared an intensely passionate two weeks which ended whe [...]

    19. A BEGINNER S GUIDE TO RAKES by Suzanne Enoch is an interesting historical romance set in Regency England.Book 1 in the new THE SCANDALOUS BRIDES series It has scandal, passion, love, romance,gambling,an indecent proposal,secrets,a bit of blackmail,a rusque business,a past indescretion,sweet sensuality,an exclusive gentleman s gaming club opening in the family mansion This is the story of Lady Diane Benchley,recently widowed,alluring,and determined to never be impoverished again,she decides to op [...]

    20. I wasn t certain I was going to like this one at first Oliver and Diane have a painful history and when this book starts they truly do not like or trust each other There is plenty of wit but it is of the sarcastic, biting kind, not just banter However, as they come to spend time together the wounds begin to heal and their relationship turns from dislike to a tenuous partnership to friendship and love And as this happens their conversations become playfully witty and less cutting but still mai [...]

    21. Suzanne is a wonderful writer, but this book left me cold I did not care for either main character and didn t care what happened to them I found the female to be too calculating and the male to be too submissive I hated the scene where she shot him And where in the world did that title come from It had nothing to do with the story and was not mentioned in the story anywhere I had just finished reading her series of books about the men who belonged to the Duke of Stoneville s club and was hoping [...]

    22. Not the best by Suzanne Enoch I found it very difficult to get into this storyline for the heroine was constantly irritable and cranky Penniless widow who was suddenly dropped by her lover our hero two years earlier comes to London to open a gentleman s club He s funding it because she s blackmailing him Much happens, they can t resist each other, but she needs convincing he s changed Not bad, but not great either, and can t understand the title, has nothing to do with the story Still, I will re [...]

    23. Loved this It was so fantastic to see a smart, strong heroine that is determined to get her life together and be reliant on no one I loved that the author didn t cop out and have her forced to marry at the end She chose, on her own terms, because it was what she wanted Fantastic

    24. I always love to read stories in which the two main characters share a history together, and Ms SUzanne Enoch really brought me my favorite thing in this book Gosh gosh gosh I love Oliver Warren I love how at first, he seemed to be an arrogant, untrusted rake who broke Diane s heart two years ago by leaving her after they shared such wonderful time together But the he helped Diane with her Tantalus club, the he realized he had fallen in love with her and was always in love with her And when th [...]

    25. overuse of the word chit was a little annoying, but otherwise enjoyable story he used an axe to get through the floor ceiling to get to her

    26. The story and the writing were excellent However, I must agree with other reviewers that the title and cover image, in particular her dress, are a complete disconnect from the story.

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