In 1818 London, notorious rake Gabriel Sinclair now realizes the first law of dealing with the other sex. Rakes must never mess with virgins. Due to a bet, he was trapped inside a monastery filled with girls and nuns. Now the "Fallen Angel" finds his neck in a noose as one of the largest crowds in recent years attends his public hanging. In a mix up, do-gooder Louisa Peabody and her cohorts rescue Gabriel instead of saving a woman from the fates of Newgate as they planned.
Gabriel thinks he died and ended up in a hell occupied by six women, five brats, and a giant eunuch. Once he learns the truth, he decides he must have his angel even if she is the first female immune to his charms. Instead, Louisa demands he assists her and her merry band of women with their endeavor to rescue other females who have fallen victim to unfair male laws. Money persuades Gabriel to assist the group. However, he finds himself motivated by love for the one woman who, at least outwardly, rejects his advances. How can a no-gooder prove to a do-gooder that they belong together while pushing forward women's rights?
NEVER TRUST A RAKE is a very intriguing Regency romance that focuses on the lack of women's rights during the early nineteenth century. The lead protagonists are an interesting pair, who will remind readers of Guys and Dolls transferred back to 1818. The support cast amplifies the feel of the period even as they propel the plot forward. Award winning author Eileen Putman provides an invigorating novel that deserves fan acclaim for its exciting plot with a deep message cleverly incorporated into the story.