Reformed Rakes Make The Best Husbands Part 1

A Listmania! list by Misuzmama (New York, USA)
The list author says: "***OK so technically every historical romance has a rake hero, but these are EXTRA rakish hero's who need to mend their ways (well only a bit!!)

***My lists do NOT ever include hero's that rape, or are abusive or unfaithful to their heroine.

***And I only include books that I've actually read and enjoyed."
A Perfect Groom (Avon Historical Romance)
1.  A Perfect Groom (Avon Historical Romance) by Samantha James
The list author says:
  "Regency novel. Rogue accepts a wager to be the first to bed the 'unattainable' diamond of the season. Little does he know that its his once nemesis that caused him embarrassment years ago. The fiery beauty has grown up and so has her temper. Just who is being seduced here is a good question. Great character driven story. (R)"
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What a Lady Wants (Last Man Standing, Book 2)
2.  What a Lady Wants (Last Man Standing, Book 2) by Victoria Alexander
The list author says:
  "Regency novel. Heroine decides that hero is the man for her. Now if only he would cooperate! A truly resistant hero. But she's very clever and will reform his ways. Let the cat and mouse game begin! (R)"
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The Stranger I Married
3.  The Stranger I Married by Sylvia Day
The list author says:
  "Regency novel. Marriage of convenience changes when hero departs and comes back a changed man and realizes what he truly desires - a REAL marriage! He sets out to seduce heroine -thoroughly! VERY HOT! Contains some great emotional character development too. (erotic romance -heavy on detailed love scenes) (NC-17)"""
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The Devil in Winter (The Wallflowers, Book 3)
4.  The Devil in Winter (The Wallflowers, Book 3) by Lisa Kleypas
The list author says:
  "Victorian novel. The convenient marriage bargain. Ultimate rake gets the money & shy stuttering wallflower gets protection from abusive relatives. Shockingly, love develops. One of my all time fav books.(R)"
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How to Seduce a Duke
5.  How to Seduce a Duke by Kathryn Caskie
The list author says:
  "Regency novel. He's not letting the guinea-grabber near his brother. She's on to his plan! They try to out-maneuver each other at every turn and wind up falling together. Hate-turns-to-Love. (R)"
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Lord of Scoundrels
6.  Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase
The list author says:
  "Regency novel. Unrepentant rake gets married to feisty heroine to save her reputation, but he's really the one who's saved. Super Passionate! The sequel -The Last Hellion- is not to be missed! (R)"
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Claiming the Highlander (The MacAllisters)
7.  Claiming the Highlander (The MacAllisters) by Kinley MacGregor
The list author says:
  "Highlander novel. Gorgeous hero can't resist his plain out-spoken & uninterested childhood friend. Has to work to make her believe that she's the one. All in the 'Brotherhood of the Sword' series are awesome. (R)"
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One Night With a Prince (Royal Brotherhood, Book 3)
8.  One Night With a Prince (Royal Brotherhood, Book 3) by Sabrina Jeffries
The list author says:
  "Regency novel. Gambling. Former mistresses abound. This is a serious rake. A deal with the devil. Can one widow get the letters she's desperately seeking without losing her heart? (NC-17)"
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Lord Stanhope's Proposal
9.  Lord Stanhope's Proposal by Jessica Benson
The list author says:
  "Regency novel. A bet leads hero to the country to save the reputation of a country spinster miss. What he finds is his match in every way. Georgette Heyer-like. Funny book! (PG)"
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Falling in Love Again (Avon Romantic Treasure)
10.  Falling in Love Again (Avon Romantic Treasure) by Cathy Maxwell
The list author says:
  "Regency novel. He's a rake where mistress and debauchery abound. His wife, SURPRISE!, comes to confront his neglect  and she wants  *gasp!* divorce! Can he win her back? Maxwell hist. are excellent(R)"
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Lord of Temptation (Warner Forever)
11.  Lord of Temptation (Warner Forever) by Paula Quinn
The list author says:
  "Highlander novel. He's a bonnie laird. She's a slave he bought and set free. He's marries her for protection.  But can he ever win her heart? Very touching read. Read the prequel -Lord of Desire.(R)"
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Rules of Engagement (Governess Brides, Book 2)
12.  Rules of Engagement (Governess Brides, Book 2) by Christina Dodd
The list author says:
  "Regency novel. He gets a orphan and an 'ugly' governess in order to gain a respectable facade. The gov's identity and mission to make him truly respectable makes for some surprises. (R)"
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Splendid (Avon Historical Romance)
13.  Splendid (Avon Historical Romance) by Julia Quinn
The list author says:
  "Regency novel. The notorious Duke is about to be brought down by small feisty red-headed American that captures his heart and gives him ulcers.  Action-packed. (R)"
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Devil's Cub
14.  Devil's Cub by Georgette Heyer
The list author says:
  "Regency novel. A Georgette Heyer classic. Heroine thwarts Rakes plan to whisk away naive sister. Ends up as his captive instead. A MUST READ! (PG)"
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Thunder and Roses (Signet Historical Romance)
15.  Thunder and Roses (Signet Historical Romance) by Mary Jo Putney
The list author says:
  "Regency novel. Heroine begs hero to improve conditions at a mine on his property. He forces her to live with him in scandal in return. Hopelessly romantic book. MJP best IMHO. (R)"
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The Rake
16.  The Rake by Mary Jo Putney
The list author says:
  "Regency novel. Dissolute rake is given a property and finds the competent steward is, shockingly, a woman not a man. She is hiding  a huge secret and running away from her past. He is an alcoholic (very well dealt with by MJP). Such a great book! (R)"
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Devil's Bride (Cynster Novels)
17.  Devil's Bride (Cynster Novels) by Stephanie Laurens
The list author says:
  "Regency novel. What the hero wants -he gets. He compromises her unintentionally and demands marriage. She's skittish. He pursues and pursues.... he's one determined guy! (slightly over the top love scenes and the cave man bit is kind of lame) (R)"
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The Sandalwood Princess and Knaves' Wager (Signet Regency Romance)
18.  The Sandalwood Princess and Knaves' Wager (Signet Regency Romance) by Loretta Chase
The list author says:
  "Regency set. Knave's Wager is the best PG reformed rake book EVER! Hero is forced into a wager. He must seduce stiff/proper widow. She doesn't make it easy on him. GREAT ENDING. Can't say enough great things about this book. (PG)"
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If You Deceive (The MacCarrick Brothers, Book 3)
19.  If You Deceive (The MacCarrick Brothers, Book 3) by Kresley Cole
The list author says:
  "Highlander/Regency novel. Severely scarred hero plans revenge against daughter of man ordered him maimed. Very touching. Super sexy alpha male hero. All Cole's books are awesome. (R)"
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Lady Be Bad: The Merry Widows Series
20.  Lady Be Bad: The Merry Widows Series by Candice Hern
The list author says:
  "Regency novel. The libertine and the bishop's widow. He wagers a friend that he can seduce her. One of the best reformed rake books ever. Delicious hero! (R)"
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Passion for the Game (Georgian, Book 2)
21.  Passion for the Game (Georgian, Book 2) by Sylvia Day
The list author says:
  "Georgian period. Sequel to 'Ask For It'. A ruthless pirate, Christopher St. John and a widow whose two husbands have met untimely deaths, Lady Maria Winter, are charged with learning each others intimate secrets. One will succeed. One will hang. Graphic love scenes. Intriguing and original story. Not as emotional as previous books. (NC-17)"
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Never Lie to a Lady
22.  Never Lie to a Lady by Liz Carlyle
The list author says:
  "Regency novel. Beginning of a series. Heroine shares a passionate moonlight kiss with hero (hardened rake). She's then pressed into an smuggling arms investigation with hero as the target. Unconventional heroine (she's a part owner in a shipping business) and delectable rake make this a very good read. (R)"
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Venetia
23.  Venetia by Georgette Heyer
The list author says:
  "Regency novel. Rake returns home to find lovely heroine next door. He must keep his urges under wraps. He tries to push her away, for he is not worthy of her. Great to see the hero struggle with his emotions while heroine pushes his button. Classic Heyer. (PG)"
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The Devil Earl
24.  The Devil Earl by Deborah Simmons
The list author says:
  "Regency novel. Spinster heroine is a writer of popular Gothic novels and is obsessed with creepy estate on top of the hill. Hero is the scandalous owner, rumored to debauch women and kill men. She sees the good in him. Loved hero and quirky heroine! (R)"
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Petals in the Storm
25.  Petals in the Storm by Mary Jo Putney
The list author says:
  "Regency novel. Spy book. Heroine and Duke broke off engagement over mistrust. Find one another once again and have issues dealing with love. Please read the reviews for this one, difficult to summarize this intricate tale in a few sentences. (R)"
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The Devil You Know (Rutledge Family, Book 3)
26.  The Devil You Know (Rutledge Family, Book 3) by Liz Carlyle
The list author says:
  "Regency novel. Hero and heroine (who know each other well) have a midnight trist. Hero wants to do the right thing but heroine never gets his proposal note so is unaware of his feelings. She finds out that she is with child. He has an extremely dark past (dealing with his brothers dead wife). Both go around the bush before the air is cleared. (R) Best  Carlyle book I've read."
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My Lord De Burgh (Historical)
27.  My Lord De Burgh (Historical) by Deborah Simmons
The list author says:
  "Medieval novel. Fourth in the De Burgh series. Semi-drunk and handsome rogue hero is assigned the task of escorting plain heroine (a seer) to her family home in war torn Wales. The skirt chaser finds love in a most unusual woman who heals the wounds of his dark heart. (R) Love this series (although this is my least fav book."
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Confessions at Midnight (Mayhem in Mayfair, Book 2)
28.  Confessions at Midnight (Mayhem in Mayfair, Book 2) by Jacquie D'Alessandro
The list author says:
  "Regency novel. Hero has been in lust with heroine ever since he saw her on the day of her betrothal. Now she is widowed and back into society. He's determined to get her into his bed. But he doesn't realize that he's already lost his heart. (R)"
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The Education of Mrs. Brimley
29.  The Education of Mrs. Brimley by Donna MacMeans
The list author says:
  "Debut novel. Heroine pretends to be a widow in order to secure a job at a girls finishing school. One of the subjects she must teach is -SURPRISE!- what goes on during the wedding night. Heroine goes to hero to get her "education" -and he's got plenty of experience! on the subject. (R)"
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My Scandalous Bride
30.  My Scandalous Bride by Christina Dodd
The list author says:
  "Regency anthology. Lafoys's 'The Proposition' is fantastic. Similar to above book, hero has been in love with married heroine forever. Now a widow, she wants to remarry. But he is the worst candidate with his rakish ways and might be too late! He has to *convince* her. AWESOME story! (R)"
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Heart of Fire (Heart Trilogy, Book 2)
31.  Heart of Fire (Heart Trilogy, Book 2) by Kat Martin
The list author says:
  "Victorian novel. Heroine infiltrates hero's household in disguise to find the murderer of her beloved sister. He's a notorious rake whom she believes fathered her sister's illegitimate child. Not my fav reformed rake book, but good. (R)"
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Once A Rake (Zebra Historical Romance)
32.  Once A Rake (Zebra Historical Romance) by Rona Sharon
The list author says:
  "Regency novel. Heroine's been in love with hero since she was 12. Former rake hero is now a recluse, living in his basement and wearing a mask to hide his injuries from the war. She goes to him for help with her charity. He rebuffs her knowing that she would never forgive him if she knew his secrets. A bit long, but worth it. (R)"
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The Notorious Rake
33.  The Notorious Rake by Mary Balogh
The list author says:
  "Regency novel. Its expensive & hard to find but worth it (I paid $24 & don't regret it). H/H are caught in a thunderstorm at Vauxhall. She's terrified and he 'comforts' her. Later -both realize their mistake -completely incompatible. She's a bluestockig & he a notorious rake, but that doesn't stop him from pursuing her RUTHLESSLY! So great! (mild R)"
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An Inconvenient Wife
34.  An Inconvenient Wife by Patricia Oliver
The list author says:
  "Regency novel. Premier rake hero (Marquess) lures woman for a rendezvous, but gets caught and leg shackled to a spinster blue-stocking instead. They HATE each other intensely. He promptly dumps her at an obscure estate, yet fate brings then together. The hate part carries a bit far but the writing is marvelous. (PG)"
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A Lady of Letters
35.  A Lady of Letters by Andrea Pickens
The list author says:
  "Regency novel. Oh this is a GREAT book!!!Disillusioned rake (aren't they all!) starts to correspond with radical writer. Blue-stocking spinster attempts to covertly open eyes of ton to plight of child abuse in coal mines. Neither know of others true identity. Both get embroiled in investigation of child kidnapping. Seriously a 10 star book! -by no means a simple reformed rake. (PG)"
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To Bed a Beauty (Courtship Wars, Book 2)
36.  To Bed a Beauty (Courtship Wars, Book 2) by Nicole Jordan
The list author says:
  "Regency novel. Second in the Courtship War series. Heroine has crush on neighbor and asks cynical duke hero on how to attract a gentleman's ador. Tutor arouses more than just her mind. Fabulous because heroine has absolutely no interest in hero for most of book -and that dents his ego! Ha! He's got something to prove! (R)"
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Let Sleeping Rogues Lie (The School for Heiresses)
37.  Let Sleeping Rogues Lie (The School for Heiresses) by Sabrina Jeffries
The list author says:
  "Regency novel. Fourth (counting an anthology short) in the School of Heiresses series. Hero agrees to help teach 'rake lessons' to students at school where heroine is a math and science teacher. Little does he know that she secretly needs his help. Not my fav Jeffries but not bad. (R)"
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Code of Honor (Signet Regency Romance)
38.  Code of Honor (Signet Regency Romance) by Andrea Pickens
The list author says:
  "Regency novel. Hero, in drunken stupor, accepts bet to seduce a certain Miss. What he finds is not a loose woman, but a witty and extremely intelligent Lady that has him completely enthralled (lol! he has no idea why!). But someone is out to get her family and he'll do everything in his power to keep her safe. Another Pickens keeper. (PG-13)"
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The Devil to Pay
39.  The Devil to Pay by Liz Carlyle
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  "Regency novel. Heroine has alter ego 'Black Angel' who robs dissolute rich to give money to poor. Rakish hero is her next target. LOL! She makes an a*s out of him! And makes him hot and furious! He wants revenge! Funny but he can't seem to stop thinking about the Angel nor his beautiful neighbor. Love this one! (R)"
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My False Heart (Sonnet Books)
40.  My False Heart (Sonnet Books) by Liz Carlyle
The list author says:
  "Regency novel. Another Carlyle book. Seeking shelter from a rainstorm, hero finds cottage. Mistaking him for someone else, family embraces him. Hero gets absorbed into the loving family and gets especially taken with heroine. She recipricates his feelings until she finds out who he really is. Great hero grovel. (R)"
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