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The Perfect Rake (Merridew Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Anne Gracie
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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Book Description

To escape her brutal grandfather, Prudence stages a plan involving a phony engagement—and the man she approaches is so taken with Pru that he willingly joins her game.

Books In This Series (4 Books)
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    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 953 KB
    • Print Length: 372 pages
    • Publisher: Berkley (5 July 2005)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B000OT8GSA
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #48,030 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    4.6 out of 5 stars
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    72 of 72 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars My New favourite author!!!! 30 Aug. 2006
    Format:Mass Market Paperback
    Fleeing from the cruelty of their grandfather, Prudence Merridew and her younger sisters travel to London in the hope that one of them can contract a marriage and save the rest from their grandfather's tyranny. However, their Great Uncle Oswald won't hear of the younger 'beautiful' sisters having a come-out until 'plain' Prudence is at least betrothed.

    Hence Prudence claims to be betrothed to the Duke of Dinstable, a renowned hermit. Unfortunately for her, the Duke has come to town and Great Uncle Oswald is determined to confront him. In her panic to prevent this Prudence travels to the Duke's house and seeks his help. However it's not the Duke she meets but his cousin Gideon Carradice a charmer and a rake who she mistakes for the Duke .......

    Prepare yourself for the funniest scene i have ever read in a historical novel! I laughed out loud several times. I can't recommend this novel highly enough. The humour and romance continues throughout the book with equally amusing secondary characters that you want to meet again. Prudence is beautiful, but totally unaware of it, which leads to a number of amusing misunderstandings and you can't help falling in love with Gideon Carradice who is both funny, caring and charming.

    This is the first novel by Anne Gracie that i have read but i now intend to read all the rest. This is my new favourite romance book and if all the rest of her books are like this one then Anne Gracie will, i'm sure, become my new favourite author!!!

    I so enjoyed this book that it made me want to write my first review so that others could enjoy the book too.
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    80 of 80 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars A great book! 7 Jan. 2006
    By A Customer
    Format:Mass Market Paperback
    From the back cover
    "Fleeing the harsh guardianship of her grandfather, 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, 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..."
    I really enjoyed reading this book. The romance between the two main characters is nicely developed but the book shines with the wonderful side characters especially Great Uncle Ozzie and Aunt Augusta. It does get a little sad at times. This is definately better than your average period romance novel!!
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    61 of 61 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Bravo! 25 Nov. 2006
    By Helen Hancox TOP 1000 REVIEWER
    Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
    Who the heck is Anne Gracie? I had no idea but various people recommended this book so I thought I'd give it a go. The cheesy title and the cover artwork weren't too encouraging (actually, apart from the new Arrow edition Georgette Heyer books, I tend to find most Regencies' artwork is toe-curlingly awful) and so I started the book without expecting too much.

    But it was good - very good. Anne Gracie knows how to write, how to keep your attention even though not that much is happening in the plot. Prudence Merridew and her sisters (Faith, Hope, Charity and Grace) live with their horrible grandfather who regularly beats and whips them. They decide they have to escape him before he does them serious injury and whilst he is laid up with a broken ankle. So Prudence with her sisters, a maid and a footman, journey to London to throw themselves upon the mercy of their great-uncle, having faked a letter from his brother first of all.

    And their Great-Uncle is delighted to see them and says he will launch them into society - only he has to launch Prudence first as she's plain (the other sisters are stunningly attractive). The problem is that Prudence and their sisters only have six weeks or so until their grandfather is up and about and realises they've gone (the servants were covering up for them). The plan was for one of them to marry within that time so that the others were under the protection of the new bridegroom. But the Great-Uncle's plans will ruin it - who will want to marry Prudence?
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    15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Gallantry & chivalry - Loved it!! 29 Aug. 2006
    Format:Mass Market Paperback
    I'm a hopeless romantic and Ill encourage others to read this if you are too!!

    I literally couldn't put the book down. The way Anne Gracie writes totally absorbs you in the moment and she perfectly describes Gideon's & Prudence's feelings and lust towards each other. Prudence has always believed her sisters are far more beautiful than she is and most people see her as fairly plain too, but to Gideon she is the most beautiful woman he'd ever laid eyes on which completely throws him as he's known as a notorious Rake - known for bedding women and never settling down, that is until he meets Prudence! What I loved about this book is the old fashioned Gallantry & chivalry (lets face it ladies we do miss it from time to time)

    Hope you enjoy it as much as I did! I'm now going on to Anne Gracie's website to look for more .... I'm hooked :0)
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars Pain, laughter and tears....a fight for survival of body and heart.
    I really enjoyed reading this book so I gave it a perfect 5!

    I understood and felt connected to Prudence right from the start....my heart went out to her. Read more
    Published 7 months ago by Beccy
    4.0 out of 5 stars Where The Rakeful Hero Is "All That A Good Woman" Needs In A Man.
    I wasn't sure what to think about this book when I first began reading. You see, I kinda ordered it on a whim as I was browsing through one of my favorite reviewer's books and one... Read more
    Published 8 months ago by Judge Tabor
    5.0 out of 5 stars A perfect story
    I was unable to put this book down, wonderful read . I fully recommend this to you. I hope to find more in this series.
    Published 11 months ago by DIANA.I.SLATER
    4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad
    It was enjoyable, though I felt that Prue was a little on the wet blanket side. I'd have liked to have seen her with a bit more self confidence by the end, poor love.
    Published 16 months ago by Charlotte
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great story
    Really enjoyed this, lots of humour and a really good recency romp. Gideon and prudence were both lovely characters. Well worth reading.
    Published 18 months ago by maggie
    5.0 out of 5 stars The Perfect Read!
    I read a lot of these period romance novels, but this was my first by this author.

    With lovable characters, a noble heroine, a handsome rake with a heart of gold and a... Read more
    Published 21 months ago by Lou Lou
    4.0 out of 5 stars easyread
    quite a good book, have read all in this series and have since ordered all of the rest of her books
    Published 23 months ago by Kindle Customer
    3.0 out of 5 stars The Perfect Rake Merridew Sisters
    I have now read all of the Merridew Sisters books and I found this one to be the most Booring.
    I purchased the others to see if they got better, and they did. Read more
    Published 23 months ago by P. J. Pullinger
    5.0 out of 5 stars a delight to read
    A page turning book that you will read in a few hours. Lots of funny dialogue between the 2 main parties involved, that of Prudence and Gideon, mean that you are wonderfully... Read more
    Published on 9 Mar. 2013 by Kindle Customer
    5.0 out of 5 stars Best historical in a while
    Loved everything about the book. The plot was paced perfectly, there was no unnecessary drama between the main characters, said characters were (extremely) like able, Prue - a... Read more
    Published on 24 Feb. 2013 by Rebekka
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