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Series: Rakes and Rogues #1
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on May 5, 2015
Genres: Historical Romance
Source: the Publisher
Mellie has a plan…
Mellie Smithson is trapped in the country with no suitors and no prospects on the horizon except, perhaps, the exasperating—although admittedly handsome—guest of her father. She's looking for any excuse to go to London to meet more eligible men.
Trevor has a problem…
Trevor Anaedsley's grandfather has cut off his funds until such time as he gets engaged. Trevor escapes to the country—ostensibly to visit his old tutor, Mr. Smithson, but actually to duck his creditors—where he meets Smithson's lovely daughter, Mellie. The obvious solution is suddenly before him—but the lady has ideas of her own, and Trevor's going to have to measure up…
Cut off from the funds of his powerful grandfather, Trevor Anaedsley travels from one friend’s house to another, subtly partaking of their hospitality until he can find a fiancee who will appease his grandfather and re-open his woefully inadequate cash flow. While at the house of his former tutor, Trevor realizes he can arrange a mutually beneficial situation between himself and his tutor’s daughter, Mellie Smithson: she needs to escape the unwanted attentions of her odious cousin and he needs a fake fiancee so his grandfather will start providing him money again. Mellie agrees on the condition that Trevor take her to London, give her a Season, and help her to find a real husband.
This was a sweet and humorous afternoon read. Mellie is very intelligent and has a passion for the sciences. She easily sees through the pitiful attempts by the men around her to get at the secret formula for her cosmetic lotion which is poised to make a great deal of money for Mellie. She is also quite determined and when she puts her mind to a task, it WILL get done (even if the reality of that task makes her miserable). Trevor is charming and matches Mellie in his passion for science. Watching him slowly realize just how much he actually loves Mellie is beautiful and poignant as he very nearly loses her. Together, their love is about recognizing that sometimes the very thing you need has been right in front of you all along.
There were parts of this novel that had me actually laughing out loud, especially during the four-way brawl towards the end with the turkey. There is plenty of witty banter throughout and the ending – while a tad bit rushed – does not disappoint. I highly recommend checking out 50 WAYS TO RUIN A RAKE.