- Series: Super Regency, Signet
- Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Signet (September 5, 1989)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0451161432
- ISBN-13: 978-0451161437
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 1 x 5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,350,744 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Rake and the Reformer (Super Regency, Signet) Mass Market Paperback – September 5, 1989
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Note: Stand alone read. 2nd & 3rd in The Davenports series
. . . . .(rewrite of 2nd book in the series -- The Rake and the Reformer).
GOOD READ. Well written, great vocabulary, compelling storyline with a few twists, complex characters, smart, lively dialogue, an uneven, yet sweet romance, good secondary cast, menacing villain(s), and the author writes realistically about the destructive heartache of alcoholism. HOWEVER, the heroine's physical description is a bit contrived, very tall AND eye color difference, her relationship with her father doesn't ring true, and her behavior after she runs away from home is bizarre. These issues detract slightly from the storyline.
THE STORY revolves around gambler and shameless womanizer, Reginald "Reggie" Davenport. Orphaned as a child, treated callously by his uncle, as an adult he drinks his way through life. Until, that is, he is unexpectedly given his inheritance, his childhood home, Strickland. When he arrives there, he is astonished to find the property manager is a smart, forward thinking, woman called "Lady" Alys Weston. The more time Reggie spend with Alys, the more he realizes what an amazing woman she is, and a budding friendship develops into a tentative romance. But the destructive effects of alcoholism take a heavy toll and trying to quit is more difficult than he imagined. But he must find the strength to change his life if he wants a future.
OVERALL, an intense storyline with a low-key romance. THE DAVENPORTS series includes The Diabolical Baron, The Rake and the Reformer (1989), The Rake (rewrite 1998), and Sunshine for Christmas (ss).
You may also enjoy the complex characters and storytelling of N. Bruhns, A. Stuart, and E. Palfrey.
here is a list why i hated it
1 she was constantly described as super tall long MEG etc mismatched eyes, bossy, masculine and though i tried to see her as a super model height her own self loathing and repetition for her gigantic size from the author made her sound more like a circus freak ,real mood killer!
2 though the guy was not bad he was a recovering alcoholic with all that entails but he just existed through the book more just being there than showing any true interest ,i almost hoped he would hook up with the sexy witty smart 19 year old ward to wake him up a bit ,she too was far more interesting then the fuddy duddy heroine
3 they finally get it on at the end of the book and even then there is no feeling or description you go through a book of blah blah blah none of it interesting talk about pottery talk about dog and cat reactions just a giant yawn waiting for the real romance and it never comes
4 totally inaccurate as regards historical facts females did not inherit dukedoms and no one ordered dresses with a split up the leg geese !!!!!
5 we are lead to believe she ran off because her father let her down which is total rubbish she never gave him a chance or explained why she never wanted to marry ,it was easier apparently for her to run to a sleazy inn and sleep with a drunkard then speak to her father ,leaving behind he security for a possible life of poverty and where was her pride and honor sleeping with a total stranger?absolutely ridiculous plot plus this fact is suddenly revealed to us at the end of the book while we think she is holier than now!
6 the farther she absolutely refused to return to for ten years speaks to her three seconds and she pack and leaves her whole life behind in minutes
I LAUGHED MORE THAN I SHOULD HAVE BEEN ENJOYING A ROMANCE, IT WAS SO RIDICULOUS I HAD TO FINISH IT TO SEE HOW MORE RIDICULOUS IT COULD GET!!!!!