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A Beginner's Guide to Rakes: Scandalous Brides, Book 1 | [Suzanne Enoch]

A Beginner's Guide to Rakes: Scandalous Brides, Book 1

All of London is abuzz with the return of the utterly alluring, recently widowed Diane Benchley. Will she remarry? What will she do with her late husband's fortune? Society is shocked by her announcement that she plans to open an exclusive gentleman's gaming club in the family mansion. But no one is more stunned than the Marquis of Haybury, Oliver Warren. Years ago, Oliver and Diane shared an indiscretion. Now Diane threatens to reveal Oliver's most ungentlemanly secrets…unless he agrees to help her.
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Publisher's Summary

All of London is abuzz with the return of the utterly alluring, recently widowed Diane Benchley. Will she remarry? What will she do with her late husband's fortune? Society is shocked by her announcement - at the Grand Ball, of all places! - that she plans to open an exclusive gentleman's gaming club in the family mansion. But no one is more stunned than the Marquis of Haybury, Oliver Warren.

Years ago, Oliver and Diane shared a private indiscretion. Now Diane threatens to reveal Oliver's most ungentlemanly secrets…unless he agrees to help her. A notorious gambler - and rake - Oliver is overqualified to educate Diane in the ways and means of running her establishment. But striking a deal with Diane might just be the biggest risk Oliver has ever taken. This time, the only thing he has to lose is his heart....

©2011 Suzanne Enoch (P)2012 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"Enoch will have [fans] tittering behind their fans at this hilarious Regency." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Kimberly ANN ARBOR, MI, United States 01-10-13
    Kimberly ANN ARBOR, MI, United States 01-10-13 Member Since 2008
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    "unsympathetic characters and UNEVENTFUL PLOT!!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    An interesting plot would have been great. Also, it would have helped to find some redeeming value in the characters. Two jerks grudgingly decide to get together. Who cares??


    Would you ever listen to anything by Suzanne Enoch again?

    I'm not sure. I really hate to feel that I've wasted a credit. My audible membership is quite an indulgence. When it turns out to be a waste, it really bothers me.


    What does Anne Flosnik bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Anne Flosnik is consistently excellent. She was not to blame for this book's failure.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from A Beginner's Guide to Rakes?

    It's not a scene problem, it's a character and plot problem, pervasive and unrelenting. The whole concept should have been scrapped. Where was the agent/publisher on this one????


    Any additional comments?

    I want a refund!!! I spent extra money on this credit!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Lancaster, TX, United States 07-22-12
    Amazon Customer Lancaster, TX, United States 07-22-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Loved the concept. Hated the finished product."
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    If the lead female had not been so bitter and transparent. I found nothing to help me understand why the hero found her so compelling. I can understand a woman being strong and no nonsense, and even their shared history would make her caution understandable. But in the end, she only came off as bitter and unpleasant. She wasn't someone I wanted to root for. She was mostly a bitch pretending to be strong.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I would've liked more chemistry between the main characters, more heat. I didn't make it to the sex so I have no idea how that turned out for them.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The narration seemed to only frustrate me more. I normally enjoy Anne Flosnik, but I just hated it. I'm not sure the story was meant to be read imbued with so much angst. Maybe if it sounded lighter I would've found her shooting him funny rather than stupid?


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I liked the concept. It was a great idea and original as far as historical romances go.


    Any additional comments?

    Ugh. I'll try and get through the rest, but honestly it's not looking good.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jay TX, USA 06-27-12
    Jay TX, USA 06-27-12 Member Since 2009

    I am quiet and love being comfortable. I love curling up in a corner either reading or listening to a nice romantic book.

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    "Great!"

    What have historical romance come to? Females shooting men and opening gaming hells??? I saw a really delicious twist to the everyday romance and mayhem. He won't behave, shoot him that will keep him in check and yes you do what you have to do to survive so if that means a gaming hell (all be it) a tasteful one, I say go ahead. Suzanne you have outdone yourself with this series, now just keep them coming. We have enough scandalous ladies in this club behind nice titles to make interesting stories-bring them all to life! I can't wait for the next book!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Trish JACKSONVILLE, FL, United States 12-01-13
    Trish JACKSONVILLE, FL, United States 12-01-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Loved this book..but"
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    It was a little too wordy for me. You could have taken about 75 pages of Diane's being a biotch to Haybury and it would have been better but it was still a great story because she was such a strong woman and I liked that about her. And I loved the mysterious Jenny too.

    This is my first listen to Ms. Flosnik and she did a wonderful job.

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    Mona Denison, TX, United States 03-14-12
    Mona Denison, TX, United States 03-14-12 Member Since 2011

    Crazy for audiobooks!!

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    "Oh so, so, boring"

    This book had no substance to it. It was one of the most difficult book for me to get through. But, then we do, since we pay for the listen. I wouldn't waste my money.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
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