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Product Details

  • Series: Scandalous Brides Series (Book 1)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks; Original edition (October 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312534515
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312534516
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #628,119 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Enoch creates a romance that is risque, risky, sensual, inventive, fun and smart with light touches of the era, charming characters and a pace that will keep readers up all night."--RT Book Reviews on A Beginner's Guide to Rakes

“It’s time to fall in love with Suzanne Enoch, who can always be counted on to deliver a story so vivid and romantic that you'll never want it to end. With her fascinating characters, lyrical prose, and whip-smart dialogue, Enoch has created a novel to be cherished. A BEGINNER'S GUIDE TO RAKES is perfection on the page!”—Lisa Kleypas

“Reading a book by Suzanne Enoch is like stepping into a time machine. She so adeptly transports readers….”—New York Journal of Books

“A joyride of a novel…a sensual romantic caper sure to win applause.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“A highly gifted author.”—Romantic Times

“With her carefully drawn characters and plot chock-full of political intrigue, greed, and scandal, Enoch has put a nifty Regency spin on the Beauty and the Beast story.” —Booklist

“Suzanne Enoch has a gift for piquing a reader's interest.”—Sun Journal

“Ms. Enoch provides an entertaining read…an often amusing and just as often dangerous battle of the sexes that will delight fans.”—Harriet Klausner

“Dazzling, delicious, and delightful.”—Karen Hawkins

“Always an eagerly anticipated pleasure.”—Christina Dodd

“Indulge and be delighted!”—Stephanie Laurens


“Dazzling, delicious, and delightful.”—Karen Hawkins


“One of my very favorite authors.”—Julia Quinn

“Perfection on the page!”—Lisa Kleypas

From the Back Cover

A RISQUÉ BUSINESS

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? Sociey 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 more stunned than the Marquis of Haybury, Oliver Warren.

AN INDECENT PROPOSAL
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…

“One of my very favorite authors.”—Julia Quinn


More About the Author

A lifelong lover of books, Suzanne Enoch has been writing them since she learned to read. She is the author of two well-received Avon Regencies, The Black Duke's Prize and Angel's Devil, and five Avon Romances: Lady Rogue, Stolen Kisses, By Love Undone, Taming Rafe and Reforming a Rake. Born and raised in Southern California, Suzanne lives a few scant miles from Disneyland with her collection of Star Wars action figures and a Cairn terrier named Katie (after the heroine of her first Regency). She's still looking for her own hero, and hopes he will be handsome, titled, and just a little wicked. Meanwhile, she's currently at work inventing him in her next historical romance.

Customer Reviews

The "villian", who wasn't a strong/sensible character in the book, had no motivation...Just meh.
mekramer79
It doesn't make me not want to finish reading the books where this happens, but it's just disconcerting and should be a simple catch.
Lauren Sheldon
All in all, it's a great beginning to a series, and I really can't wait to read Jenny's story (if it's ever told).
Maria Cocco

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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By OLT TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 8, 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I suppose it's enough that the hero likes her, but one wonders exactly why that is. In the course of the story, she shoots him in the shoulder, throws a candelabra at him, insults him at every turn and is, in general, just barely civil to him. Well, they have a past that she's not happy about, so we're supposed to understand her somewhat shrewish behavior.

Widowed Diane Benchley, Countess of Cameron, had been married to an uncaring and gambling-addicted earl, who, when he died, left her nothing but heavy debt. She manages (not quite legally) to sell unentailed property to pay off all the debts and keeps one large mansion for herself, which she intends, for some reason, to turn into a gentlemen's gambling club, one to rival all existing clubs by being somewhat special. One of the unique aspects is that it will be staffed only by female employees. To staff this club, Diane places a want ad in the paper and is inundated with educated, good-looking job-seekers. Keep in mind, this is early 1800s England. The chance that she would have so very many fine applicants is highly suspect.

But whatever. Moving on to the remodeling of the mansion to convert it into a club, Diane doesn't have the money to do so, so Oliver, the Marquis of Haybury, is blackmailed into lending her the money and into giving advice on gambling club administrative issues and teaching the female employees about the games. They have maybe 5 weeks to learn about gambling, mind you, and how to run the games and watch out for improper behavior on the clients' part, etc. Fast learners all, apparently.

Now, how could Diane blackmail Oliver? Well, they have a past in Vienna, just shortly after her husband died. They had a 2-week affair and then Oliver takes off back to England without a word to her.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Maria Cocco on October 11, 2011
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I have no idea who named this book, but clearly that person never actually read the book. The heroine is a widow, and really quite familiar with rakes at this point in her life. So, please just ignore it altogether. Maybe it will make sense in the context of the coming series, but certainly not at this point.

The hero and heroine are both sharp and a little angry. He softens before she does, and spends much of the book essentially wooing her in his own way. Diane is working very hard to be her own woman in a world that doesn't really allow for it, so she's a bit tougher than your usual heroine, and she's a bit more bitter. We know the h/h have met before, but we don't get much insight into it in the beginning. As the past starts to be revealed, the hurt and anger Diane feels towards Oliver becomes clearer, and you understand why he has to make amends. I bought their HEA big time because they really seemed to work together.

All in all, it's a great beginning to a series, and I really can't wait to read Jenny's story (if it's ever told).
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Romanzwriter on October 6, 2011
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I am a huge fan of Ms. Enoch, and i started reading this, expecting to love it like I have many of her earlier books. But from the beginning, this plot sounded like something I'd read before, with a woman opening up her own gambling/ gentleman's club. In this story, this woman is bitter and angry from a past relationship with the hero. Which would not be so bad if she hadn't held on to this anger, and bitterness through almost the whole way through, up to the last chapter! The hero of the story, Oliver, hurt her two years ago, after a brief affair that lasted two weeks. Because of this, she seems to hate the whole male race and is determined to live her life to only benefit herself. Which, she doesn't really, since she hires all these disgraced society girls to work in her club.

The amount of bitterness she has doesn't seem equal to the affair. (at one point she actually shoots him in the arm after he tries to kiss her) She was a new widow and he was a known rake, and he'd singled her out after the first night he met her and slept with her... And she expected him to marry her?

Anyway, she blackmails him into helping her, and he does. In the process of course, he begins to examine his own feelings and admits to himself that he left her, because he had feelings for her that scared him. He is so sweet to her, and time after time after time... Literally... She insults him and tries to put him in his place. Which apparently was under her foot!

In a way, it was reminiscent Tristan and Georgiana in The Rake, except Georgiana let go of her bitterness early so the story was more enjoyable.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By mekramer79 on October 9, 2011
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I really wanted to like this book, because a lot of authors I really like recommended it through various social media sites. It was ok. Here is why, there was no conflict set up in the plot. The H and h "knew" each other previously to the story and that relationship laid the ground work for their relationship and problems in the book. Why the h talked to the H again or asked his help, or why they were so filled with vitriol in the beginning of the book, didn't make sense when the past is revealed near the end of the book. The "villian", who wasn't a strong/sensible character in the book, had no motivation...Just meh.
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