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First published in 1982, The Spinster and the Rake is one of Anne Stuart s earliest Regencies, and has, sadly, been out of print for a number of years I ve been keen to read it ever since I became aware of its existence I mean who doesn t love a good rake meets spinster story and had despaired of ever finding it, but luckily it surfaced last year in a newly revised digital edition I can t say what the revisions are as I haven t read the original, but I am guessing Ms Stuart has added First published in 1982, The Spinster and the Rake is one of Anne Stuart s earliest Regencies, and has, sadly, been out of print for a number of years I ve been keen to read it ever since I became aware of its existence I mean who doesn t love a good rake meets spinster story and had despaired of ever finding it, but luckily it surfaced last year in a newly revised digital edition I can t say what the revisions are as I haven t read the original, but I am guessing Ms Stuart has added a pinch or two of extra spice This is one of those books that is exactly what it says on the tin, and very nicely done it is, too Our rake, Ronan Patrick Blakely, Lord Marlowe who is the Marquess of Herrington so I m not sure where the Marlowe comes from is nearing forty, has been away from England since he was packed off by his family following a scandal twenty years earlier and, having unexpectedly inherited a title, has returned to England with the intention of remaining there His bearing, looks and manner of speech reminded me very much of Georgette Heyer s Lord Damerel who is my favourite hero of hers, and one of my all time favourite romance heroes and I defy anyone not to swoon at the author s description of himFrom the top of Marlowe s curly head, black locks liberally streaked with grey, past the cynical dark eyes surrounded by tiny lines of dissipation, and just possibly laughter, the sallow complexion of one who has spent a great many years in sunnier climes, the strong nose and cynical, alarmingly attractive mouth, he was truly, wickedly appealing Be still my beating heart The spinster of the title is Miss Gillian Redfern, youngest of four siblings and the only one to remain unmarried At nearly thirty, Gillianhad long since decided, with a great deal of persuasion from the aforementioned siblings, to immolate herself on the altar of duty, having a great deal of family reeling and a dislike of being useless.She divides her time between her brother s home in London and her sister, Patricia s in Winchester, acting in both cases as nurse, nanny, companion, gofer, peacemaker and voice of reason and it s on her journey from Winchester to London that she first encounters Lord Marlowe, when the dilapidated coach her brother has sent to collect her suffers a broken axle and is thrown into a ditch Fortunately for Gillian, another vehicle is close behind and its occupants stop to help, offering to convey her to her destination the fact that the two travellers within are male gives her some pause, but she s too long out of the schoolroom to be missish about it, and accepts their offer One of the gentlemen, Vivian Peacock, isthan a little the worse for wear, while his companion, Lord Marlowe is quite the most sinfully attractive man Gillian has ever met.No prizes for guessing where this is going, but Ms Stuart does a fabulous job of building the relationship between these two, showing how Gillian gradually comes out of her shell and decides it s time for her to live for herself for a change, while Marlowe tells himself that he s doing Gillian a favour by flirting with her and giving her a taste of life beyond anything she s known He thinks he sthan capable of handling the strong attraction he feels for Gillian and promises himself he won t break her heart he ll just bruise it a little, and then she ll be ready to move on to some other gentleman who will make her happy in the long term Oh, Marlowe Very much a man of the world and yet so clueless.Both characters are engaging and very likeable Marlowe has returned to England older and much wiser and I liked his practical, no nonsense outlook He doesn t talk down to Gillian or dismiss her intellect in fact he does the opposite, he solicits her opinions and takes her seriously, something it takes her a little while to adjust to at first, given the way her stuffed shirt of a brother has always insisted on running her life And even though Gillian has somehow fallen into the role of general factotum for her brother and indolent sister in law, she is far from a downtrodden poor relation She has money of her own, a lively sense of the ridiculous and her grown up niece and nephew, both of whom have important secondary roles to play in the story, obviously adore her for her lively wit and common sense.Of course, there have to be a few hiccups along the road to happily ever after, and I admit the final twist, in which we discover the reason for Marlowe s reluctance to marry Gillian, was a surprise I didn t see coming It does all resolve fairly easily, of course, as it happens quite near the end of the book, but by then I was so invested in Marlowe and his Gillyflower making a go of it that I wasthan happy to just go with the flow.The Spinster and the Rake is a quick, entertaining read that very skilfully treads a well worn path If, like me, you enjoy this particular trope, then I m sure you won t be disappointed if you pick it up I m probably the only one who thinks this way, but doesn t the Rake and hero cover model on the ebook look a little frightened at being in the clutches of the heroine, the Spinster LOL It s ironic since it isn t reflective of Ronan s feelings for Gillian, but I digress This was a lighthearted Regency romp very much in the vein of Georgette Heyer, with the noticeable exception of sex I read the revised ebook Even updated, I could definitely tell it s an early offering by the author and th I m probably the only one who thinks this way, but doesn t the Rake and hero cover model on the ebook look a little frightened at being in the clutches of the heroine, the Spinster LOL It s ironic since it isn t reflective of Ronan s feelings for Gillian, but I digress This was a lighthearted Regency romp very much in the vein of Georgette Heyer, with the noticeable exception of sex I read the revised ebook Even updated, I could definitely tell it s an early offering by the author and the evidence is in the pudding, er, wordy writing I liked both protagonists overall and enjoyed their banter and chemistry, but I didn t like how Gillian let Ronan off the hook so easily for his part in a wager involving her He didn t grovel and, worse, Gillian returned to him with no effort on his part Grr This plot point is typical of the author s writing, but when her heroes act this bad I can usually forgive them IF they prove to be super smitten Here, not as much He was smitten but not overly so view spoiler Ronan bet one thousand pounds he could compromise Gillian before the end of the season and succeeds When caught, he only says he regrets not whisking her off to the Continent beforehand And besides, he reasons, Gillian did avenge herself by making him fall in love with her The author tried to show he suffered by letting us know he was drinking himself to oblivion hide spoiler Also, I thought Ronan was really dumb for putting so much trust in the villain, who, by the way, didn t suffer any consequences for his evil doings.While I had some quibbles with the characterizations, I had no issues with the secondary romance between Gillian s spirited niece and a noble vicar, which actually rivaled the main romance in terms of angst and romance This isn t one of Anne Stuart s best, but I still enjoyed it It s official Anne Stuart is not for me I truly don t like her heroes They are just not for me I want the H to be true once he sets his eyes on the h and no one else While this book didn t show it it was still there Buying clothes for a woman, swearing off all proper ladies, everything then his bet and everything else conspired to make this a troubling read I liked the h but I just can t believe that he loved her or the HEA He said nowenching so I guess it could happen but it won It s official Anne Stuart is not for me I truly don t like her heroes They are just not for me I want the H to be true once he sets his eyes on the h and no one else While this book didn t show it it was still there Buying clothes for a woman, swearing off all proper ladies, everything then his bet and everything else conspired to make this a troubling read I liked the h but I just can t believe that he loved her or the HEA He said nowenching so I guess it could happen but it won t make me try another one of her books The Ice series was awful to me and I tried a couple of her old HPs and none of them worked I know she is beloved and I think she writes extremely well but I must pass I wish I could unread this book It upset me for some outlandish reason And honestly it wasn t that bad I have read far worse I may need to go read a Garwood again just so I feel better A sweet story with an older rake and an older lady than the normal schoolroom maiden It is a sweet story that can stretch through several generations this book was first released in the 80 s and with revamping, Anne Stuart is reissuing I was provided this book to read through Netgalley and am providing an honest review It was a good and quick read Nothing world breaking just an old fashioned Rake and spinster story, but it was really a good read I liked the characters a lot I liked their A sweet story with an older rake and an older lady than the normal schoolroom maiden It is a sweet story that can stretch through several generations this book was first released in the 80 s and with revamping, Anne Stuart is reissuing I was provided this book to read through Netgalley and am providing an honest review It was a good and quick read Nothing world breaking just an old fashioned Rake and spinster story, but it was really a good read I liked the characters a lot I liked their vocabulary and their flirtation I did not like the part where the terrible truth came out as it caused so much hurt Yet, the book was a really good read with lots of detail and personality I liked Ronan and Gillian I liked how they progressed and changed during the story It really was a good retelling It felt new and modern [ FREE ] ⚓ Il ballo dello scandalo ♳ Trentenne, nubile, posata, tutta dedita alla cura dei nipoti, Gillian ha da tempo smesso di sognare il grande a Ma ecco che l incontro con Ronan, marchese di Harrington, sconvolge in un attimo la sua tranquilla esistenza Libertino, dongiovanni impenitente, proprio il tipo d uomo che Gillian dovrebbe fuggire come il demonio, ma come il demonio Ronan affascinate ed irresistibile Gillian cade senza ripensamenti tra le sue braccia, ignara della sciocca scommessa che spinge Ronan a sfodeare con lei tutte le sue arti di grande seduttore, in un gioco che presto si riveler troppo pericoloso The Spinster and the Rake is the story of Gillian and Ronan.Our h is Gillian Redford, almost 30 year old spinster, who spends her days being shuffled between her siblings taking care of their offsprings, kind of like an unpaid servant She is strong, sarcastic, yet strictly off the shelf Her monotonous life takes a turn when Ronan Patrick Blakely, Marquis of Herrington, and a notorious rake returns back to ton, and after rescuing her from a broken carriage, takes an interest in her His motiv The Spinster and the Rake is the story of Gillian and Ronan.Our h is Gillian Redford, almost 30 year old spinster, who spends her days being shuffled between her siblings taking care of their offsprings, kind of like an unpaid servant She is strong, sarcastic, yet strictly off the shelf Her monotonous life takes a turn when Ronan Patrick Blakely, Marquis of Herrington, and a notorious rake returns back to ton, and after rescuing her from a broken carriage, takes an interest in her His motives, however, and much to her oblivion, are dubious Maybe it s the revenge he wants to take from her brother for sending him away, maybe it s the bet he made with his friend to seduce her The bottom line, he cannot stay away from her Their courtship is riddled with objections from her family, her pompous brother and wife, their bratty daughter who herself is obstinate and in love with a vicar and the truth itself.Will their emerging love transcend social inhibitions Overall, it kept me hooked, but I felt the last 3 4th was VERY rushed The hero was charming at times, the heroine was likable not sure I liked her crying though Im also not a huge fan of heroes not groveling in the end, and heroines having to chase them down when they drown their sorrows in alcohol So because of that, an average read.Safe3 5P.S The cover page with her in green and him in all his glory, in his gaming club, is so accurate and amazing It was OK A bit disappointing Not really my cup of tea Written ages ago 1980s but apparently updated to include another chapter in 2016 the sex scene I presume The book s clearly copying the style of Georgette Heyer Or, to be a little kinder, an homage to Heyer s style The writer uses lots of the same vocabulary and similar character types to Heyer And an attempt at a similar style plot But sadly, for me it has none of the charm of Heyer s writing It seems like what IMO it is It was OK A bit disappointing Not really my cup of tea Written ages ago 1980s but apparently updated to include another chapter in 2016 the sex scene I presume The book s clearly copying the style of Georgette Heyer Or, to be a little kinder, an homage to Heyer s style The writer uses lots of the same vocabulary and similar character types to Heyer And an attempt at a similar style plot But sadly, for me it has none of the charm of Heyer s writing It seems like what IMO it is a rather watery, poor imitation The sex scene seems a little odd and out of place to me in this book It seemed unnecessary I presume it s to add some appeal for modern readers with our racier tastes But actually, I still adore Georgette Heyer s books, because sexy or no, her brilliant writing carries them, and it s easy to fill in the sexy gaps in our imaginations.So, I personally won t be going back for a second look at Ms Stuart s books But there are doubtless those who enjoy them, and that s fine We re all looking for different things and this author s just not for me.BTW I read a comment someone made about the bored look on the H s face on the cover of this edition Now I look closely I see exactly what they meant That s hilarious Perhaps he s meant to look like the bored, cynical rake, but he just looks bored LOL I was actually expecting The Spinster and The Rake to be a sort of To Love a Dark Lord but in short format I have no idea why I thought that, I should have remembered that Stuart has many different voices and the fact is that TSaTR is a light and fun regency romance, not to be taken too seriously but certain to leave you with a smile on your face Gillian is a confirmed spinster She is nearing 30 and she spends much of her time taking care of her brother and sister s children alternating betwe I was actually expecting The Spinster and The Rake to be a sort of To Love a Dark Lord but in short format I have no idea why I thought that, I should have remembered that Stuart has many different voices and the fact is that TSaTR is a light and fun regency romance, not to be taken too seriously but certain to leave you with a smile on your face Gillian is a confirmed spinster She is nearing 30 and she spends much of her time taking care of her brother and sister s children alternating between one home and the other, as she is needed One day while she is travelling to her brother s house in London her carriage suffers an accident and she is saved by Lord Marlowe, a confirmed rake with whom her brother shares some past history.Marlowe is highly entertained by Gilly, who he at first believed to be some kind of servant When he finds out she is the sister of his old enemy, Lord Redfern, he has no problems accepting a wager from his friend Vivian that he can seduce her.The problem though is that Marlowe is not the hardened and unfeeling rake that his actions might make him seem He is actually rather nice and easygoing and it s not difficult to like He starts approaching Gilly and takes her to his gaming hell or at balls he convinces her to dance with himthan the proverbial two times allowed.As Gilly falls for Marlowe so Marlowe falls for Gilly, there are a few problems though on their way to happiness as Marlowe is not ready to ruin Gilly after all but can t offer marriage There s wonderful banter between the Gilly and Marlowe and there s also a bit of a villain and a visit from the past to help them in the right direction Of course, in the end Gilly still has to save Marlowe from himself, what would a rake do without a good woman to make him change is ways Grade 4.5 5 A lighthearted romp from Anne StuartRake H bets his dissolute slob of a friend that he will seduce the spinster h before season ends.In his mind, H is trying to help h who is a typical AS martyr who has sacrificed herself on the family altarH was a true rake he had tried to run away with h s brothers wife 20 years ago and was banished He owned a gaming hell in Vienna and opens one in Londonh, for all her spinsterish ways, is remarkably spirited and has an irrepressible niece who gets her ow A lighthearted romp from Anne StuartRake H bets his dissolute slob of a friend that he will seduce the spinster h before season ends.In his mind, H is trying to help h who is a typical AS martyr who has sacrificed herself on the family altarH was a true rake he had tried to run away with h s brothers wife 20 years ago and was banished He owned a gaming hell in Vienna and opens one in Londonh, for all her spinsterish ways, is remarkably spirited and has an irrepressible niece who gets her own HEA with a Lorn Byronish vicar.While I feel that H didn t apologise near enough for wagering on seducing h, I do feel that martyr Gillian needed to be seduced simply because she had wasted her life on her family and looking after all the children and tolerating lecherous brother in laws, which is irritating she had plenty money of her own and there was no need for her to play the family doormat roleIt is also becoming obvious, well before the seduction scene, that H is falling for the h All in all a fun read Paperback version and kindle version are different added a chapter that wasn t in the paperback Paperback is a clean version Kindle version added a whole chapter that is rated R.