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Rakes and Rogues (Signet) Mass Market Paperback – June 1, 1993


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  • Series: Signet
  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Signet (June 1, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451176391
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451176394
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,078,639 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Helen Hancox on August 21, 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This collection contains stories by two very well known authors in the Regency genre, Mary Balogh and Mary Jo Putney, and three others with whom I was unfamiliar (Melinda McRae, Anita Mills and Maura Seger).

The first story is "Hide-and-seek" by Melinda McRae and features Miss Juliet Waldron who works as governess and mother to the seven illegitimate children of Viscount Belmont. Although an attractive woman, Belmont has always found that she 'lacks passion' and so hasn't ever considered a dalliance with her - plus he's not sure he could ever replace her as governess as she is so good at the job. Juliet knows, too, that she would struggle to find employment elsewhere because she has a son that she bore out of wedlock. However Juliet has long been in love with Belmont and when she discovers a beautiful gown she decides to attend a masque with him to give herself a Cinderella-like evening. She soon discovers one evening in his company as a desirable woman isn't enough and both she and Belmont find their needs and desires for the future becoming more important.

This was a well-written story with the viscount a surprisingly sympathetic character, despite his rake nature. He is clearly a loving father and cares for his staff although I couldn't quite entirely like him because of his sexual shenanigans. For this reader there was some doubt as to whether he could really commit to monogamy but otherwise this was a very pleasant read.

The second story is "Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know" by Mary Jo Putney and it's set in America rather than England. Andrew Kane is the younger son of an English baronet who's spent ten years in America gambling and generally being restless. However he is now on his way to the hangman's noose after being arrested for murder.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jean Anderson on July 14, 2013
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Mary Balogh's story "The Wrong Door" was just a good as most of her novels. It captured the spriit of the Rake but showed that once they found their true love everything changed.
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