review The Rake and the ReformerI The Eye of the Whale have some rather mixed feelings about this book It is not exactly what I expected I generally enjoyed it but stillLet s start with the good things I really like the characters Alys is a strong and smarteroine without being annoying And I really like Reggie Proven (Dawnclaw Alphas Part h While part of a series and with characters you re clearly expected to know I didn t feel that left out withoutaving read the firstI liked the idea of this story well enough but Educational Psychology have aard time rating it very igh now I ve finished it It was fun getting to know Alys and I enjoyed er confidence and strength I didn t enjoy so much The Witch of the Woods her insecurity about being unattractive mostly because she let it defineer so much despite Ultimate FemDom Romance Bundle having respect and acknowledgement forer skill and competence in pretty much every other way Oh and it s only made worse when we realize that she only thinks she s unattractive but really lots of men turn out to be panting after Submitting to Lord Rockwell her even before they learn who she really is Also view spoilerthe truth abouter past when we find it turns out to be so much pride temper and stupidity that as only persisted a dozen years because the author said so Seriously it s almost worse that er father is so lovingly forgiving in the end because it puts the lie to all of Alys s justifications for staying away so long making The Belles of Williamsburg her a jerk as well as a spoiled bratide spoiler I ve given this an A for narration and an A for content at AudioGals Dear Dreamscape Media THANK YOU So often ave I seen a favourite andor long awaited book come out in audio only to ave my End Days heart sink when I see the name of the narrator or for me to start listening withigh Winning Decisions hopes only toave them dashed within minutes because the narration is poor I cannot tell you Lawrence in Arabia howappy I am that this didn t Betrayal of the Virgin Bride happen when I started listening to your new recording of Mary Jo Putney s The Rake one of the most popular most belovedistorical romances ever written Mark Meadows was a splendid choice of narrator and I will be eternally grateful to you for putting this much loved story into such capable andsMuch love and please get Mr Meadows to record some istorical romancesCazYou can read the rest of this review at AudioGals Alys Weston is running from Beyond Integration her past and Reggie Davenport is fleeingis future Fate brings them together on Reggie s Dorset estate StricklandIt s uncommon to say the least for a woman to be an estate steward yet Alys God Incarnate has been able to pull off that job for four years communicating with the absentee owner in writing When Reggie s cousin the new owner gives the estate over to Reggie Alys seeser idyll coming to an end Yet when Reggie arrives at Strickland Two Years Before the Mast he proves to be surprisingly open minded and impressed by Alys s successe keeps er on as stewardReggie is a rake of the first order but than that e s a drunkard who at age thirty seven Leaving Atlanta has begun to suffer blackouts Evene Grace Enough has become convinced thatis life Is On A Dangerous on a dangerous a voice in is ead keeps telling Jailhouse Rock him This way of life is killing you He believes that Strickland may beis salvationAlys and Reggie gradually become friends and though they are attracted to one another nothing than a few kisses are exchanged When fire destroys the steward s ouse Alys and er three young wards move into the estate Their Winter Courtesan house and Reggie begins to know the joys of a family for the first time inis life But Reggie s real problem is Chaos his drinking and a great deal of this story revolves aroundis efforts to first get it under control and later to stop altogether It s Keko el mago heartbreaking to watchim try and fail and try again Mary Jo Putney does an excellent job portraying the inner demons that plague Reggie At the same time she doesn t succumb to the temptation that some writers might feel to make Reggie s recovery all about Cuckoldry Negotiated his love for Alys Reggie is getting sober forimself not for someone else And while Putney does lapse into a bit of AA one day at a time speak occasionally she is
to keep the story from sounding too modernThere s an engaging cast of secondary characters a couple of other romances And I particularly enjoyed Diario de Greg how Putneyandled the epilogue after Reggie and Alys marry the other characters are shown reacting to the news wrapping the whole story up uite nicelyI picked out this book because of its Called to Order (The Order of Vampyres, high GR ratings itsaving won the RITA in 1990 and its ranking in AAR s Top 100 romances of all time All these accolades are well and truly deservedI don t know what else to say other than this is a really good book and I கடல் புறா 3 [Kadal Pura] (கடல் புறா, highly recommend it Iave no idea Keep It On The Down Low how to rate this bookI loved theeroine and er bossy strong clever mindI loved the rake ell Anthology of Japanese Literature hero He was a far better man than expectedI loved the secondary characters and storiesThe villain was a bit wacked in theeadbut that was acceptable And I love a good murder plotI didn t like the secret identitymissing 僕のヒーローアカデミア 6 [Boku No Hero Academia 6] (My Hero Academia, heiress duchess plot The reason behind it was weakI didn t like the battle with alcoholismdrove me bonkers This mayave been a 325 35 star read Fabulous If you like this book I The Marked One Complete Edition highly recommend this audio version by Mark Meadows If youaven t yet read this book ditto It s one of the classic Crowfall (Ravens Mark, historical romances of all timeAlys Weston is running fromer past and Reggie Davenport is fleeing Torment his future Fate brings them together on Reggie s Dorset estate StricklandIt s uncommon to say the least for a woman to be an estate steward yet Alysas been able to pull off that job for four years communicating with the absentee owner in writing The RakeKnown as “the despair of the Davenports” Reginald Davenport lived a reckless rakish life while waiting for Bones Never Lie hisated uncle to die and leave Reggie an earldom Then the rightful Bones Never Lie (Temperance Brennan heir claims the title and property and offers Reggie one last chance Strickland the estate wheree was born and the site of is greatest joys and .able to keep the story from sounding too modernThere s an engaging cast of secondary characters
Hen Reggie s cousin the new owner gives the estate over to Reggie Alys sees er idyll coming to an end Yet when the so called despair of the Davenports arrives at Strickland The Wasted Generation he proves to be surprisingly open minded and impressed by Alys s successe keeps A Treasury Of American Bottles her on as the stewardReggie is a rake of the first order but than thate s a drunkard who at the age of thirty seven A War of Witches has begun to suffer blackouts Evene American Hipster has become convinced thatis life is on a dangerous trajectory a voice in The Solomon Complex hisead keeps telling Filthy Rich him This way of life is killing you He believes that Strickland may beis salvationAlys and Reggie gradually become friends and though they are attracted to one another nothing than a few kisses are exchanged When a fire destroys the steward s Heal the World house Alys ander three young wards move into the main Sanctuary house and Reggie begins to know the joys of a family for the first time inis lifePlease visit Romantic Historical Reviews to read the rest of this review Another example of My Holiday in North Korea how romantic fiction is not fluff This book was deep as the ocean I lovedow this book brought together two people who The American Tradition of Descent-Dissent had beenurt or damaged by life and Light Years Selected Early Works 1969-1972 (A Dynamite book) helped them to find peace and love The Rake i Opening Line When two gentlemen are related by blood they do not usually address each other with formality Based on all the glowing reviews and accolades THE RAKEas received I was really looking forward to sinking my teeth into this regency romance And I guess because I d Legal Analysis (2012) heard so many good things I was a little surprised at well franklyow dull this was Even with Putney s great writing attention to detail and a reprobate bad boy as our If You Follow Me hero this was a bit of a grind to get throughMy main issue was the tedious and repetitive descriptions of the day to day activities taking place at the estate Sure I appreciate the research that mustave gone into the time period and it was interesting to a degree but it was also too much I kept waiting for something anything to appen but it was just endless talk and dinners and details of farm life The steam factor was also very low and even at the end I still felt like Reggie and Alys were friends than lovers and don t even get me started on the letting you go because you re too good for me tropeThis really should ave been titled The Alcoholic because Reggie is a very successful one as a rake Everyman howevere fails We are told continuously about The End (The 30-Day Collective Book 1) his rakish behaviour bute doesn t often exhibit any He s basically just a drunk who makes uestionable decisions while drunk All A Cidade Das Trevas (Dean Koontzs Frankenstein, his other choices are ethical and kindaeroic He just allows people to think the worst of im adding to is disgraced reputation which for whatever reason Tarot for Magical Times he seems to covetI will say though that it was refreshing toave an alcoholic as the leading man and I found the sections where e s craving a drink and bargaining with imself just one I can stop any time Very Well Done It Does well done It does a little preachy but Bill W would be proudAyls Weston is running from Dangerous Heat her past masuerading as a man in order to maintainer position as the successful estate manager of Strickland manor All that s about to change Birds, Beasts, and Bandits however when Reginald Davenport comesome taking is place as the rightful master of is family estate After
see tedious exploration of grounds Reggie decides to keep Alys on as steward and over time the pair realize they The Accidental Startup have much in common Reggie is also on the run trying to escape several decades worth of drink and debauchery in London which as of lateas been causing The Man in the High Castle him to experience blackouts He just needs a rest and Strickland will be perfect When a fire destroys the stewardouse Alys and Essays from the Visit of Mor Ignatius Zakka I Iwas to Heidelberg her wards move into the bigouse and a romance that could save them both takes A Taste of Darkness (Mackenzie Vampires holdFirst published in 1989 THE RAKE AND THE REFORMER stands up well by todays romance standards and I would consider it a must read for the genre especially since I seem to be in the minority with my feelings Cheers360jb35 The RakeuhMore like The Alcoholic but that probably wouldn t make a good title for a bodice ripper and supermarkets wouldn t stock it This must be the first istoricalExtensive See Tedious Exploration Of
romance written along the lines of 12 steps of AA clubs You can see it in itswritten along the lines of 12 steps of AA clubs You can see it in its but I am not admonishing Putney for using it It provided a good frame for an exciting novel which would get stars from me if the eroine s secret and at the same time Naturalistless her reason foriding from the world for a decade weren t so utterly silly in the end Talking about blowing things out of proportionsRead this one if you like your romances a little darker full of self destruction tendencies and some violence and rest assured that this is not one of those sorry stories of a man being changed by the love of woman Those stories are toxic I AM looking at you Fifty Shades of FuckeryIn The Alcoholic er I mean The Rake the ero finds it in imself to change and embarks on that long journey before Babys Mealtime he meets theeroine She might make it a tad rewarding to be sober but it The Miracle Equation he is not changing forer or because of The Dawn of Modern Thought her which is aealthy thing to read in a romance novel The alcoholism and all the mess associated with it are not glorified but they are of course romanticised But The Infamous Ellen James (Infamous, hey whenasn t alcoholism been romanticised I read that THE RAKE is regarded as one of the most popular most beloved Samael Aun Weor, The Absolute Man historical romances ever written and I can now understand why because I loved this book and it will definitely find a place among my all time favouritesAt the age of thirty seven Reggie is the archetypa. Orrows Reggie returns to Strickland resolving to build aealthier Dragonfrigate Wizard Halcyon Blithe (Halcyon Blithe, honorable life ife can The ReformerYoung Alys Weston fled Satria dari Negeri Tayli 1-28 herome in despair vowing never to trust another man Over the years she’s built a good life with a foster family and a position as steward of Strickland She uses Goethean Science her skills toelp Out of the Shadows, Into the Streets! her people ander initia. L rake Digital Crossroads his lifeaving been spent in a continual round of womanising gambling and ard drinking But as details of past events in is life are revealed I appreciated The Einstein Theory of Relativity how much theseave shaped How to Negotiate Your First Job his current lifestyle I like the fact thate does not blame is present circumstances on anyone but imself Perfect Justice (Ben Kencaid, he chose the pathe took and admits to making unwise decisions I could not The Literary Relationship of Lord Byron and Thomas Moore help thinkingow different Reggie s life might Suggestions for Marketing Small Timber have beenad New Exploration he inherited Strickland all those years ago and not been deniedis birth right by The Shaping of Western Civilization his unfeeling uncleUnlike so many otherard drinking rakes who regularly grace the pages of Historical Romances Reggie is an alcoholic although e as yet to recognise the fact It is only when The Ecology, Exploitation and Conservation of River Turtles he starts to suffer memory losses which are becoming freuent and longer in duration doese accept that Medicine and Religion his current way of life is slowly killingim Blaming The Hockey Saint (Forever Friends, his excessive drinking Reggie believes thate can control the Valentino habit but somehowis resolution always dissolved once e swallowed is first drinkMs Putney Shunned handles Reggie s alcoholism with compassion and sensitivity but does not gloss over thearsh reality of is struggles to stop drinking There is one particular scene where a orrified Alys finds Reggie drinking in the library and Oba, the Last Samurai he runs out into the night as though the demons ofell are at Yonen Buzz, Volume 1 (Yonen Buzz, hiseels It is one of the most eart rending scenes I ave ever read and the moment when Alys finds The Wood Demon him is so moving He stretched outis First Shapes hand She took iter fingers far warmer than Dispatches from Dystopia hiser clasp light and sure Linking Max and the Tom Cats (More Bob Books for Young Readers, Set II, Book 8) his fingers withers Ancient World he brought their joinedands to Fighter his chest against the beat ofis Събрани разкази, Том 5 heart The tide ofope was running stronger nowI like The Real James Herriot how Ms Putney does not fall into the trap ofaving Reggie redeemed by the love of a good woman He wants to overcome Waterloo (Sharpe, his alcoholism forimself alone He Cinderella hadn t gotten sober for Allie s sake or to live up tois parents คนรวมวิญญาณ 1 โรงเรียนติววิญญาณ hopes or for anyone else Head done it for imselfHaving a soft spot for unconventional eroines Mary After All how could I not love aeroine who is a magnificent Reggie s description with mismatched eyes and Lionboy (Lionboy Trilogy, has managed toide the fact that A E Weston who Halt v nebezpečí (Hraničářův učeň, has been theighly successful steward at Strickland for four years is not a man but a woman The reforms she Miss Emily has undertaken at Stricklandave made the estate prosperous and earned Phoenix (Black City, her the respect of all those arounder She What The Queen Wills (Sexy Reversed Fairy Tales has also created a loving familyome for BabyCakes Covers the Classics her three wardsAlys may be strong and independent but deep down she is beset by insecurities Something iner past made Saul Bellow her fleeer former life and The Ground Beneath Her Feet has lefter believing she is unattractive and no man would ever want erI enjoyed the steady development of the relationship between Reggie and Alys and it is Ms Putney s ability to convey the emotional connection between them that makes this unlikely pairing work so beautifully There is an initial attraction but importantly a genuine friendship is forged based on their mutual liking respect is an initial attraction but importantly a genuine friendship is forged based on their mutual liking respect trust The love scenes are not overly explicit but rather tender sensual and romantic I am beginning to believe that you are not at all the wicked care for nobody that your reputation claims Just like Alys I discovered that beneath the sarcastic rakish exterior Reggie is intelligent charming fair minded onest and witty He also shows a remarkable knowledge of farming and is willing to muck in with a remarkable knowledge of farming and is willing to muck in with sheep dipping earning Frogs French Kisses (Magic in Manhattan, him the respect and acceptance of the estate workers It made me see that this is the real Reggie and I was rooting forim to overcome Artful his addictionReggie admires Alys abilityonesty and generosity of eart and er wit is as sharp as is own He treats er as an eual and is always willing to listen to عصير الرماد her ideas Notaving been a member of a loving family for so many years it was Of Blood and Bone (Chronicles of the One, heart warming to seeim enjoying the family dynamics between Alys and The Legacy (The Restoration Series, her wards and even starts wondering what it would be like toave children of Perpetual Power (The Tressa Tremaine Series Book 1) his ownI loveow Alys is a true friend to Reggie and is always there to support Celine him whenevere needs it If she could not even try to Charmed (The Donovan Legacy, help she was unworthy to be anyone s friendWhen Alys revealser secrets to Reggie I thought Ballet Shoes his actions revealedow noble and unselfish Strictly Temporary - Volume One (Strictly Temporary, he is I also like the scene where Alys convinces a reluctant Reggie that they are meant to be togetherThere is an interesting cast of secondary characters including Richard Earl of Wargrave genuinely wants toelp is cousin Reggie and I was was so appy to see the friendship that developed between them Meredith Merry Spencer Alys eldest ward who is delightful and wise beyond Cheri Red her years Junius Harper the priggish self righteous vicar The Honourable Julian Markham Reggie s young friend who falls for Meredith Mac Cooper Reggie s valet groom butler and footmanAmid the darker elements of the story there is alsoumour such as the confrontation between Reggie and Junius Harper which almost ends in a brawl the Discovering Your Heart With The Flag Page hilarious scene where Reggie cleverly manipulates Lord Markham into allowingis son to marry Merry and agree to Julian s plan for the management of Kingdom of Ashes (Nightfall, his estate the various antics of Attila Alys cat and the long suffering Nemesis Reggie s dogI loved the charming Epilogue where the various characters react to the news of Reggie and Alys marriage and I will let Reggieave the final word And my beloved you Websters Ii Dictionary, Third Edition, Office Edition have performed the miracle of your reforming career in changing me from a care for nobody rakehell into a faithful adoringusband MY VERDICT What can I say other than this is a must rea. Ls to convince the elderly earl who owned the state that she’s maleThen the new owner appears in all Aladdin his dangerous masculinity and threatens everything Alysolds dear Good resolutions crumble when two passionate complicated people are drawn together despite their best judgment Can love lead to redemption and trust Or is it too late.
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