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  • Paperback: 297 pages
  • Publisher: Mills & Boon; New edition edition (7 Jun. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0263831256
  • ISBN-13: 978-0263831252
  • Product Dimensions: 16.6 x 10.4 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,693,026 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By obsessed reader on 26 April 2009
Format: Paperback
2 regency romances in one book, both good, the second story very enjoyable.

One night with a rake bylouise allen
Beautiful widow Amanda Clare woke up in a strange bed, lying next to a tall, dark, very handsome stranger! Knocked out in an accident, it had been assumed they were married, but Amanda had no idea who the man was and, intriguingly, neither did he....

The Dutiful Rake by Elizabeth Rolls
Marcus, Earl of Rutherford, is used to flirting with scandal, but when he places Miss Marguerie Fellows's reputation in jeopardy, he must do the honourable thing. Marcus makes it clear theirs will be a marriage based on duty, not love. But Marcus finds himself with far from innocent desires!
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By keeper on 4 Jun. 2006
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Saved from scandal

Marcus, Earl of Rutherford, is used to flirting with scandal, but when he places Miss Marguerite Fellowes's spotless reputation in jeopardy, he's challenged to do the honourable thing.

Marcus makes it clear theirs will be a marriage based on duty, not love. But then he watches as proud Meg blossoms in London society. Tantalised by her evident passion for life, suddenly the dutiful husband finds himself with far from innocent desires

a really good read
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By Claire MCB on 18 Feb. 2015
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Was a gift they loved it.
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By april on 23 Mar. 2015
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
The rake's redemption... 8 Nov. 2004
By Anza Carrillo - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Although Marcus, the Earl of Rutherford, is a confirmed bachelor and a most notorious rake, he knows that he must resign himself to marriage in order to produce an heir. His current air, his cousin, has no desire to become a duke, and would rather spend his time in scholarly pursuits than the duties of a duke. So Marcus, intent on marrying someone just as cynical and hardened as himself, decides to propose a marriage of convenience to a widow with a dubious reputation, his mistress. But before he can do so, he is called out of town to settle his dead great-uncle's estates - and returns to London with a wife!

Miss Marguerite Fellowes had spent her life suffering from the scandal of her parents' deaths, always the unwanted relation. When Marcus comes, she is near death from influenza, and because Marcus nurses her back to health, her reputation is in shambles and no one will want to employ her again. So when Marcus proposes a marriage of convenience to her, she accepts, but soon discovers there is a vast difference between Marcus, the private person, and the Earl of Rutherford, his public personality.

I read this book directly after reading "The Unexpected Bride" by the same author, and quickly realized that the plot was virtually the same, with a few minor alterations here and there. That was a bit disappointing, since the plot of the former book was still fresh in my mind. Still, I did enjoy this book, but not as much as I probably would have had I waited to read it.

As mentioned by another reviewer, all of the disagreements between the hero and heroine could have probably been solved by a long talk, but after learning more about Meg and Marcus's childhoods and personalities, the occurrence of such a talk looked pretty remote unless extenuating circumstances forced them to come clean to one another. I didn't understand Sir Winterborne's fascination with desiring to harm Meg, nor did I understand why Winterborne was so hateful towards Marcus. An explanation was eventually given, but it wasn't a credible one in my view. Also, Marcus' tendency to distance himself from his emotions was never adequately explained for my liking. Oh well, this book was still pretty good, and I'd probably read it again.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
superb historical romance 30 Jun. 2004
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
His sister and his aunt rage at Marcus Langley insisting that the thirty-five year old rake marry and have a son so that the line can continue. The angry Duke knows he needs a spouse, but detests the pushy interference of his relatives. He scares them by showing interest in a loose widow.
Marcus travels to his newest estate that he inherited from a penny-pinching great uncle. He is shocked to see the horrendous condition of Fenby and even worse how ill resident Marguerite Fellowes is. He brings in the doctor and nurses the sick woman back to health. He also spends money to help the impoverished tenants. Marcus knows that he has compromised Marguerite, but concludes that he had no choice. When she recovers, they argue about her future. Ultimately, he offers her a marriage of convenience in which after the heir is born they go their own separate ways. However, they fall in love and Marcus wants to renegotiate the deal, but has to convince his spouse even while his enemy sniffs after his beloved wife like a prize.
Although at first brush, THE DUTIFUL RAKE seems typical of the Regency sub-genre with an innocent woman and a rake falling in love. However, the superb historical romance insures that the initial look at the lead couple is peeled away so that the true inner essence of kindhearted caring souls emerge with the twist that Marguerite has the scandalous background. The story line focuses on the lead duo with the support cast (friends, family, and foes) enhancing what the reader knows about this delightful pair. Readers will demand to know the tale of Marcus' pal Jack.
Harriet Klausner
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
MOST EXCELLENT - REGENCY ROMANCE - 7 STARS 16 July 2005
By M. Hartmann - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
REGENCY - remember REGENCY!

Having said that - What is not to understand about our characters attitude and especially Winterbourns petty acts of revenge. He just thought he could get away with it. Typical male bullying tactics.

And really, who said sex can't be exciting after marriage. Such a delightful change [again] from the contemporary loose females.

Meg was a delightful innocent and Marcus, the Earl of Rutherford was a Rake who indulged his baser desired with widows as mistresses.

He had no desire to marry [most Rakes don't] but in Regency times the inheritable lineage must be protected.

The Regency women had no control over their lives and an advantageous marriage was their normal security. I was waiting for Marc to become suspecious of his friend, Jack Hamilton but he exhibited more brains and trust than I thought he would.

Lack of communication between the sexes was very definite in the Regency period and hasn't changed an awful lot in this day and age.

Marc showed human decency in offering marriage to Meg and eventually reaped the benefits of love.

Great cast of characters - a most enjoyable story - worthy of being a keeper

Please, Please, Please, E.R. write Jack's story - he is a wonderful character and we would like to meet the Earl and Meg again.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED -- Great story - definitely a keeper for my shelf.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Annoying 26 Mar. 2010
By JLW - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
As stated by a previous reviewer, this novel started off good but slowly got wallowed down by miscommunication. I felt that there was enough outside conflict to take away the problems with the main characters' inability to talk about their feelings. After awhile, it became so emotionally draining to read about how miserable they were when all they would have to do is talk to each other! I have read other authors who have also used this ploy but it was drawn out for so long that it got tiresome. I have found this theme to be repeated in her novel His Lady Mistress as well.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Lovely overall read! 26 April 2011
By SunFlowers - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I've read two Elizabeth Rolls books (A Compromised Lady and His Lady's Mistress) both of which I found extremely boring and pretty much hated. I was unsure on this book but I'm glad I took the plunge because THIS book is good.

Marcus, Earl of Rutherford is a confirmed bachelor and rake. At 35, he's under pressure from family to settle down, marry and produce an heir because he's current heir is too studious and doesn't want the title. Marcus loathes being told what to do and contemplates a marriage to his current mistress, the widow Lady Hartleigh just to spite his family since he knows they hate her.

Upon learning that a distant cousin has died, Marcus goes to settle the estate and finds it in shambles due to his cousin's thrifty ways and a very sick housekeeper. Under the impression that Miss Meg is an elderly lady, Marcus feeling guilty over his cousin's treatment of the staff stays to nurse Miss Meg to health. But Miss Meg is no elderly woman. Marguerite "Meg" Fellowes has been living with her cousin Samuel since her parents' death and has been treated as little more than a slave. When she gets violently ill, Cousin Samuel refuses to send for the doctor because he's too cheap to pay the bill. Marcus, nurses her back to health then realizes that by staying in the house with her, due to his reputation as a rake he has unintentionally ruined her reputation. Marcus proposes a marriage of convenience when he learns that Meg has no where to go.

Now this formula seems typical and predictable but I was pleasantly surprised to find out it's wasn't at all.

Marcus' sister takes Meg under her wing and with her guidance Meg becomes the darling of the "ton" of society. All the while she and Marcus dance around their feelings and struggle with their stubbornness.

There is a drag here though. Meg is constantly disturbed by an attempted rape and suffers recurring nightmares and when she's introduced to her attempted rapist in society and he discovers the cracks in her relationship with Marcus he does all he can to taunt her. Meg's problems could have been easily solved by a simple talk with Marcus but Ms. Rolls dragged this like an anchor throughout the story until the very end.

Marcus's best friend does his best to serve as an excellent big brother/protector for Meg but he's not substitute for the much needed Marcus.

Overall: I'd recommend this book and for an Elizabeth Rolls book (as I said above) this is a BIG feat for me. I'm not a fan of Ms. Rolls but I really enjoyed this book overall.
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