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ASHTON BEDEVERE: RENOWNED LIBERTINE WHO CAN RUIN A REPUTATION QUICKER THAN OTHER GENTLEMEN CAN DRINK THEIR BRANDY

After years in Italy, honing his skills in the delicious art of seduction, Ashe returns to London’s high-class establishments – preceded, of course, by his reputation for lavish opulence and unashamed wickedness. Then his scandalous ways are abruptly ended by his father’s death.

To claim what is rightfully his, notorious lothario Ashe must do the inconceivable – take a wife! But who could possibly even think about marrying such a man? Certainly not the lovely Genevra Ralston. After all, she’d be finished in polite society. Wouldn’t she? Yet Ashe’s notorious charm and practised touch could prove irresistible…

Rakes Beyond Redemption Too wicked for polite society…

Pleasant but lacking excitement

Rating By R,09/10/2012

While this is a pleasant story set in the English countryside it does lack some colour and excitement - the answer to the "mystery" element in it being obvious from the start. Genevra is a humourous, srong and forthright heroine shaped by her American background but Ashe just doesn't have the depth which you would expect in a rake of the period and to a large degree is a typical landowner of the period. This is the second book in a trilogy and it didn't quite live up to the promise of the first - How To Disgrace a Lady - although it was a satisfactory read. It will be interesting to see how the final book pans out. Six point five out of ten.

ok

Rating By Mia-maria,22/10/2012

It's a good story with a somewhat misleading title and an abrupt ending

How to spend an enjoyable Sunday

Rating By Hilary,25/09/2012

The book was beautifully written, a page turner. The story built nicely, showing us how Ashe had become the way he was, and showing us his path back to happiness. I did guess who had done what almost from the start, but I don't think it was meant to be much of a surprise - there was one major surprise that I did not see coming, and it shocked me. I liked that very much. If I had one criticism, it would be that, once again, the man called a rake wasn't really. He was misunderstood, unhappy, damaged, but he was as honourable as every other gentleman in his own way, and he was not a true rake. That seemed to matter more in this case, because the first book of the trilogy, "How to disgrace a lady" had a REAL bad boy, and the story hinged on him being bad and less than honourable at the start. Ms Scott has given us heroes like that before, with Paine Ramsden, for example, and they are wonderful, but they do serve to make their more honourable brothers just a tad disappointing. That is what lost the book the last of the five roses. A rake who IS a rake, coming towards redemption through the love of a good woman, that's what I want, not a decent man pretending. Having said that, if Ms Scott keeps writing books of this calibre, I will keep reading them. She's one of those authors, if I see their name on the cover, I buy. Simple as that.

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