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Rake's Progress (A House for the Season Book 4) Kindle Edition
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The servants at the Clarges Street house think they'd be ideally suited and their track record at matchmaking is pretty good.
I enjoyed this fast paced romantic romp with its disastrous social situations caused by Esther's lack of knowledge of the ton and acceptable social behaviour. It was interesting to catch up with the activities of the servants headed by the multi-talented John Rainbird.
This is an entertaining light-hearted Regency romance and the fourth in the series featuring the tenants and servants of the house at 67 Clarges street.
I'll get back to reading them in order, but wanted to write this review before I completely lose the plot and characters from what remains of my memory. Apparently the tall thin townhouse that sits at Number 67, Clarges Street in London's Mayfair neighborhood, has a type of permanent "family" which consists of a motley crew of servants who have become a family by choice - to this end they watch out for one another and basically pull together to get through life and all its happenings - finding it much easier to join together than go it alone.
Because the owner of the home, the Duke of Pelham's agent is a bully, cheat and liar, ripping off the duke and cheating the staff, the servants look forward to each season with the hopeful anticipation of getting tenants who will host house parties, routs, social events placing them in the path of guests who are generous with vails. You see, the servants are putting their money together into one common pot, so to speak, saving for the day when they will be able to purchase their very own inn. This enterprising group consists of: Head of the family - the butler, Rainbird; the housekeeper - Mrs. Middleton; the cook - Angus MacGregor; the somewhat effeminate footman - Joseph; the chambermaid - Jenny; the housemaid - Alice; the scullery maid - Lizzy; and, last but not least - Dave, the pot boy, who has been rescued from his miserable life as a climbing boy.
Seasonal tenants may come and go into 67 Clarges Street, but Rainbird and his group know who the real tenants are and they have become absolutely master manipulators and controllers in order to do whatever it takes to keep their little family intact. In fact, you've never found a more adaptable group and believe me - they are often challenged by their hey-go-mad tenants.
Into this home, the most recent tenant is shortly to descend - the younger son of the Earl of Cramworth, Lord Guy Carlton, home on leave from the war while he recuperates from wounds and a bit of PTSD. He's in a mood to partay hard along with his compadre, Mr. Tommy Roger. The first bash he holds is one I actually found despicable and prude that I can be, thereafter found it difficult to not hold Lord Guy in dislike. He got off to a bad start with this reader as well as some of the folks in the neighborhood.
It seems he and his friend Roger in their ventures out and about London have invited every light skirt they come across to a debauched evening, shocking even Rainbird and his staff who probably thought they'd seen it all. It was so bad, the female servants had to be kept below until the party was over. Lord Guy wakes up in bed naked along with three naked women, wondering if he'd "had" any of them.
So, as I said - bad start for me. Very shortly, however, Guy notices a beautiful Amazonian redhead, Esther, descending from the steps of a home in the neighborhood. Further investigation reveals her identity and a bit about her life. But... she knows about the party and wants nothing to do with him. For in fact, our lovely heroine was raised by a father who was a total rakehell and she is now very religious and conservative, caring for her younger brother and sister, Peter and Amy.
From here on out, the story improves as Lord Carlton does his utmost to prove himself to the lovely Esther, engaging Rainbird and his staff to aid him in his quest to capture Esther's heart. Lots of fun, some decent adventures, a valet who may or may not be a spy. Read to see how Lord Carlton makes progress in his efforts to woo Esther.
I was also more than disappointed in the fact that there was a woman who at gun point was forced to marry a man in order to save her reputation and that there was attempted rape. This is a let down in a good series.
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