Fleeing violent tyranny, Prudence Merridew escapes with her beautiful younger sisters to London. One of them must marry—and fast. To act as her sisters’ chaperone, Prudence invents a secret engagement to a reclusive duke…But when the duke arrives unexpectedly in London, she needs his help to avert disaster.
Aristocratic Gideon, Lord Carradice, a handsome rakish and with a strong frivolous streak, casually hijacks Prudence’s game, awarding himself a stolen kiss or three along the way. Used to managing sisters and elderly men, Prudence is completely out of her depth with a charming, devious and utterly irresistible rake. And her plot goes terribly—if deliciously—awry.
My Review :
The Perfect Rake is the first installment of Merridew Sisters series by Anne Gracie. It’s great book with humorous element. The book have strong characterization, both the H/h and also the secondary. There is strong issue here about abusive behavior and actually it’s in the border line of the dark side, but the author didn’t explore it quite heavily, therefore the story still very enjoyable.
The heroine, Prudence, is an older sister of 5 (all of them woman), orphaned when she was 11 years old and since then the siblings become ward of they grandfather, who were very cruel man. The hero, Gideon, is a rake among tons and have easy going personality in the outside but inside he is a very caring and protective person. When a rake fall, he falls hard. And Gideon fall deeply in love with Pru. He called Prudence by the nickname, Imp, a shortened of ImPrudence, because he thinks the name Prudence didn’t match the personality of the owner. Pru very attracted with Gideon but she was promised to another man when she was only 16. And also there is big secret who held Pru to her-so-called-fiancee.
Hilarious factor of this book is existing by the bantering between Pru and Gideon. And the most interesting thing is the plain jane heroine. Yes, Pru is not a drop dead gorgeous lady, but describe as an ordinary woman – not pretty seems very harsh. Even though everyone agree, but in Gideon eyes Pru isn’t plain at all. She is beautiful – that is what Gideon always say.
Unfortunately, I’m not attached and engage with the story and the character like I hope to. Like I said before, there is abusive issue here. When I feel that’s it should have a very emotional one – the beating scene was cruel and quite sadist IMO – the author attempt to lighten the issue. Somehow as a reader I became emotionally detached by the scene, and as a result I’m not involve with the story, that’s why I only give this book 3++ stars.
“I am not a rake anymore. There is only one woman in the world for me: my Prudence.”