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And the Miss Ran Away With the Rake: Rhymes With Love by [Boyle, Elizabeth]
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*Starred Review* The first step in getting married is finding the right man, which is why Daphne Dale pseudonymously answers an advertisement in the Morning Chronicle by a “sensible gentleman” in search of a suitable wife. Soon the two are engaged in a lively correspondence. The prospect of finally meeting Mr. Dishworth is enough to goad Daphne into attending her friend Tabitha Timmon’s engagement ball, even if it means she must dance with the groom’s uncle, Lord Henry Seldon. For three centuries, the Dales and Seldons have been feuding, and if any of Daphne’s relatives discover that she is fraternizing with the enemy, Daphne knows they will permanently consider her persona non grata. Of course, this in nothing compared to what will ensue once Daphne discovers the true identity of Mr. Dishworth. The effervescent plot and wickedly witty writing in the second installment in RITA Award-winning Boyle’s Rhymes with Love series is in its unique way evocative of the cinematic classic, The Shop around the Corner (and its 1998 counterpart, You’ve Got Mail), and Boyle has the same irresistibly light touch as director Ernst Lubitsch when it comes to mixing love and laughter. --John Charles

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''The effervescent plot and wickedly witty writing . . . is in its unique way evocative of the cinematic classic, The Shop around the Corner . . . and Boyle has the same irresistibly light touch as director Ernst Lubitsch when it comes to mixing love and laughter.'' --Booklist

''Wit, passion and adventure, Elizabeth Boyle has it all.'' --Julia Quinn, best-selling American historical romance author

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  • File Size: 2231 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (March 26, 2013)
  • Publication Date: March 26, 2013
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008CGYTXI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #92,673 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I was intrigued by the blurb in AND THE MISS RAN AWAY WITH THE RAKE. I kept imagining the delicious situations our hero and heroine would find themselves in when all was revealed. Or when one knew and the other didn't. I have to say I was delighted most parts of the book met my expectations and more...until it didn't.

I love the way these Daphne and Henry were drawn to each other despite the feud between them. The first part of the book was an intriguing story of their dance and retreat, as they each feel an attraction they weren't supposed to, yet they couldn't resist the other all the same. Add that to the quandary of having their "ideal" man/woman in the wings, and they were downright confused.

I thought Daphne was annoying in the first book, but she endeared herself to me in this book. On the other hand, Henry is dashing and a decent guy. It's fascinating the way people see him differently. To most people, he was dull and sensible, not a "true" Seldon because a Seldon is a rake and caused scandals wherever he goes. Just look at Preston (hero of book 1, Along Came a Duke). However, to Daphne, he was rakish, perhaps attributing it to the way he made her feel, the way he made her become not sensible, throwing caution to the winds, and that despite the feud and that her affections were supposedly engaged with "her" Mr. Dishforth.

The story was a fun romp up to a certain extent. When Henry discovered who Miss Spooner was, the story developed in a way that left me reeling. Flabbergasted. The momentum developed thus far screeched to a halt as the pacing slowed and I found myself shouting at Henry a few times for him to man up and just tell her.
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I've read such drivel lately and wasn't expecting much from this book, so I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed it. It isn't a book that is looking to be taken seriously and I loved the relationship between the H and h. Aside from the predictable hopping into bed together prior to any declarations (typical of all modern Regencies written today and completely unnecessary in my opinion) I can't complain about much in this book.
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Review From www.martinitimes.com - Martini Times Romance

And the Miss Ran Away with the Rake by Elizabeth Boyle was a chore to read through, though I was determined not to give up on it as I would have liked to, but I don't like to give out "Did Not Finish" ratings unless I absolutely have to. So...this book earned a 1 Olive. It truly was "meh." I really wanted to like it since I spent money on it, and the fact that Avon (my favorite publisher ever) published this book, but no. It was awful.

The writing wasn't awful per-say but what made me not like it so much was the fact that there was no passion, nothing drove the story. It was absolutely boring! I was snoozing the whole time.

Daphne Dale and Henry Seldon come from feuding families. Neither family wants anything to do with the other. It's all very much Romeo and Juliet. However, when Henry's friend puts an ad in the paper advertising for a wife for Henry as a prank, hundreds of letters come pouring in from spinsters across England. Henry is set on ignoring them all, however one happens to open and catch his attention. It's from a Miss Spooner who writes stating that if this is some sick joke, then he's a deplorable man, but if it's true, then possible they may get alone. Thus Henry (writing as Mr. Dishforth) and Miss Spooner start a sensible correspondence. Little do the other know that they are in fact Henry Seldon and Daphne Dale writing to each other.

The writing right off the bat was awkward -stilted, halting...not engaging. Kind of confusing, but I pushed through. The meeting between Daphne and Henry was lukewarm at best. Again, there was NO passion. Everything was very sensible in a non cute way. It was boring. The writing was boring. The characters were uninspiring.
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I really struggled with this book. I did not look forward to picking it up to continue with the story. Elizabeth Boyle is one of my favorite authors but, unfortunately, this one left me cold. I found the book slow moving and full of drab conversations among the characters (as if Ms. Boyle was trying to make a word count quota). There were few, if any, descriptions of the character's surroundings, and I felt no investment in the characters. In fact, I didn't care if the hero and heroine solved their Mr. Dishforth and Ms. Spooner dilemma. I also questioned why Ms. Boyle would name two of the female characters Henrietta and the other Harriet. Maybe it's me, but the names were so similar I couldn't keep them straight. I'm afraid it just didn't hold my interest, and halfway through the book I found myself skipping paragraphs just to finish it. I'm so sorry, Ms. Boyle. Hopefully, it was just me.
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Lord Henry Seldon is going to strangle his nephew that is a confirmed fact. A prank turns into a nightmare when an ad is run seeking a bride for Henry, something he definitely does not want. So many letters arrive yet only one lone piece of correspondence captures his attention and draws him into believing that destiny and fate are calling to him.

While not using her real name the sensible and very delightful Daphne Dale is the one woman Henry responds back to also under the guise of anonymous name. Neither knows the other is playing the "you do not know me" game but it does not stop the clandestine meetings and dancing around societal propriety. They are in the same room, sparing with one another over some bit of news, all without truly knowing if one another are their correspondent. The letters that pass between these two are full of romance, and tender thoughts without a revelation of identification but many guesses are conducted and a few kisses shared.

To add one more spice of issues keeping these two apart is a centuries old feud between their families that no one can remember the origin of, but neither family can get over. The Henry and Daphne spend together makes them realize that they are being drawn in closer to the edge of love and still they will not identify their intentions.

No reader ever walks away from an Elizabeth Boyle book they are a romantic spectacular event.
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