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Product Details

  • Series: Rake Patrol (Book 1)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley (June 5, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425250830
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425250839
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 4.3 x 7.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,031,894 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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 "I can't wait for other books from this author."
(Karen Harper, New York Times bestselling author)

About the Author

Donna MacMeans is the author of Redeeming the Rogue, The Seduction of a Duke, The Education of Mrs. Brimley, and other popular romance novels.

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Loved the characters!
good read
The premise of the book is good, but the characters seem stiff and sometimes "clueless".
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I am a huge fan of historical romance and have read EVERYTHING out there.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on June 5, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Edwina, Faith, Sarah and Claire are unhappy with the Mayfair Messenger failure to include an article on how many birds die to make a fashionable woman's hat. The female reformists also upset over a personal ad from a "the refined gentleman" advertising for a companion to stay home for conversation rather than the social whirls of the Ton. They know the author Ashton Trewelyn is a rake who has seduced several naive women forced to escape to the continent. To stop his predatory ways, they form the Rake Patrol with him being their first target.

In fact Ashton is not that scandalous person anymore ever since he served in the King's Royal Rifles which has changed him. He has found a coded message that implies trouble for the Crown and his family. Soon he "abducts" Edwina taking her into a secret room inside the hidden gallery. Knowing she is an expert on finding patterns he asks for her help with deciphering the code. Can a rake and a modern woman find love?

The first Rake Patrol historical romance is an entertaining thriller starring a reformed rake and a "modern" woman. Filled with action, The Casanova Code is a fun read whether it is investigating the pattern of the mysterious message or enjoying pillow talk.

Harriet Klausner
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Elysa Hendricks on June 5, 2012
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THE CASANOVA CODE by Donna MacMeans is a delightful romance between a reformed rake and a blue stocking. I loved the whole concept of the The Rake Patrol formed by the heroine and her three friends to stop "gentlemen" from seducing and ruining young women.

When Edwina Hargrove comes face-to-face with her first rake she learns he's not what she expected and finds herself falling under his spell.. Her modern ways and unusual pastimes - riding a bicycle and deciphering coded messages set her apart from other women, make her less desirable in the matrimonial market. Though resigned to marry her father's clerk, after meeting Casanova she finds herself longing for what she knows she can never have.

Ashton Trewelyn comes home from war a changed man, both in body and in spirit. Though he no longer wishes to waste his life in a meaningless pursuit of physical pleasure, he has no idea of how to banish his Casanova reputation and gain the respect of the world and his father. That is until Edwina bursts into his life and turns it upside down. Together they find a coded message that might just have political implications. Her skill with ciphers and codes helps them discover the truth, but can deciphering THE CASANOVA CODE win them their heart's desire?
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Debra Wilson on July 13, 2012
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I picked this up hoping for something a little more riskè. There is exactly one sex scene and I believe two unchaste kisses in the entire book.

Overall, its not a bad book. MacMean's storytelling is good, and she made the characters pretty likeable, save for Walter. The story has some scandal for the times, and it has an unconventional woman as the main character. However, as someone else noted in their review, Edwina's character goes from strong and a little defiant to just wanting a man to marry her at the end. You get the distinct impression that as soon as they're married, she'll put the bicycle away, and be content to sit home reading or doing needlepoint all day, pausing only to entertain friends or oversee the house.

It is an easy read. I blew through it in about 3 hours total time, and while I'm not sure if I will pick up the follow-up novels when they come out, I still can't give this an awful rating. It just wasn't what I expected. If you want a nice historical romance that doesn't drag everyone through the mud, try this one.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Barbara on June 20, 2012
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As was mentioned, Edwina's personality and character really appealed to me. I loved the bicycle. Her friends were great and the romance was good.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By LAS Reviewer on July 16, 2012
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There's the saying a tiger can't change his stripes, but what if he does?

I hadn't taken the time to open a book by Donna MacMeans until I nabbed a copy of The Casanova Code. Let me say here and now, I was so wrong to wait this long. I snickered, cheered, and at times wanted to toss the book across the room. Why? Because I got so wrapped up in the characters! I did. I sat down to read this book planning to take in two, maybe three chapters, then get some other things done. Before I knew it, more than an hour had gone by, along with over half the tale. The writing flowed so well, I was stuck fast in my seat needing to know what would happen next. I felt like I was right there with them and couldn't get enough.

Why would I want to throw the book if I liked it so much? In every great book, this being no exception, there are times when the characters do things that seem... odd. As much as I wasn't sure I'd like Ashton, the hero, I did. I loved how he evolved through the story and grew into his own. That said, there were a few moments when he made choices I didn't agree with. That's a good thing! He kept the story lively. Then there was Edwina. There's a line Ashton's father says, 'whatever happened to good old-fashioned names, like Mary or Rose?' That line really fit. She wasn't an average girl. She kept reminding everyone she was a 'modern woman'. I give her credit - riding the bicycle, free-thinking in a time when women were expected to wed and produce children... she had it all. Yes, there were a couple of times, neither I'll go into detail on as to not ruin the story, where I wanted to shout 'why are you doing that' and yet, I understood. I got great insight into the times they lived in.
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