Reforming a Rake: With This Ring Mass Market Paperback – 31 Jul 2014
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"Lively, witty and wonderfully entertaining. Suzanne Enoch has penned a winner. Indulge and be delighted!" ---Stephanie Laurens, author of "A Rogue's Proposal
"The gifted Suzanne Enoch steps up to the big time: This sparkling duel of hearts is a reader's delight, brimming with sharp, excellent wit, burning passion, and tender emotion." ---"Romantic Times
From the Back Cover
LESSONS IN LOVE
A governess must never be alone with a man. Her reputation mustn't have even a hint of scandal. She must never reveal personal emotions. No matter how strong the provocation by her employer. A governess never questions her employer's commands. Even when he's tempting her to forsake respectability for desire? She must never, ever, fall in love with someone above her station. Especially a rake -- no matter how devastating his kisses may be...
Alexandra Gallant is a governess extraordinaire -- and if it weren't for that unfortunate incident at her last position, she wouldn't now be forced into the employ of Lucien Balfour, the most notorious rake in London. Though the sinfully attractive earl hired her to teach his young cousin, his seductive whispers and toe-curling kisses suggest he has something far less respectable in mind...And that will never happen. For although Lucien seems determined to teach her about pleasure, she has a few lessons to teach him about love!See all Product Description
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The characters were stimulating and likeable.I thought she gave the main male Lucien Balfour a very funny sarcastical personality which struck well with his female attraction for Alexandra Gallant.
The story tells the rake Lucien lumbered with his outragious widowed aunt and her tearful daughter neither he can stand and wishes to quickly marry his cousin Rose off so he can see the back of them. He hirers a disgraced governess Alexandre to make Rose marriageable that and to shamelessly get her in his bed. Mean while his aunt has other ideas which involve Lucien marrying Rose to gain his fortune.
Overall i found enoch has produced another enticing romance.
It was uncomfortable reading this book given the very old-fashioned, provocative cover. My husband wouldn't stop making fun of me, calling it pornography. At which point I usually smack him or throw something at him.
That being said, it was an OK read. Not great, not good. It's written a long time ago, it's very apparent from the cover and the style of writing how old this book really is. Must be one of Suzanne Enoch's first books. So the style is a bit off, the humor is not there, the romance is a little more aggressive than I prefer. The male protagonist, Lucien Balfour, hires this shamed governess, Alexandra, simply to bed her. She accepts the position because it pays really well, and because she can't seem to find any other house who would hire her - given her past and her reputation. All things you'll get to eventually in the book. I won't get into them myself, as they aren't that important.
Suffice it to say, Alexandra is hired to tame his cousin Rose, who cannot be seen in public at the moment given her lack of social etiquette. Rose's mother, who is also Lucien's aunt, has other plans in mind - which I admit, surprised me a little as she does not come off as that sinister until the very end.
Surprise, surprise, after a whole lot of drama, we find out that Alexandra is actually a Lady and is niece to some Duke who disowned her mother for marrying beneath their status.Read more ›
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But 'Reforming a Rake' is Lucien's tale, I think. Some of his dialogue is just wonderfully witty. He believes Alexandra without question when she tells him what happens at her last position and the scandal that followed. If there was one thing I would wish to change about the book, I would like to have had Enoch attempt to restore Alexandra's reputation. She had done nothing wrong and I would have liked to have seen Lady W. bested. The old biddy!
So, RAR has a delicious hero, a neat heroine and a wonderfully nasty villian (that will surprise you). The two main characters really click, the writing is well done and the plot not too well worn. What more could a romantic reader want. Nothing terribly heavy here. And that's fine with me. Can't wait for the next book - this one about the Vixen. debbie
Lucien Balfour, the earl of Kilcairn Abbey, isn't delighted to have his cousin and her mother in his home to look for a husband. When he finds her lacking in the department of manners and style her places an ad to hire a governess. In walks Alexandra Gallant, a perfect governess with a not so perfect past. Lucien takes one look at Alexandra and wants her. Not only for his cousin's governess but in his bed as well.
Lucien and Alexandra play cat and mouse for awhile, but eventually the attraction to eachother wins out. The two fall in love. When Lucien proposes marriage Alexandra flatly turns him down and procedes to leave London. But Lucien has other plans.
Suzanne Enoch has written a wonderfully witty romance that is sure to please. Lucien will make you swoon while Alexandra will make you smile. Highly recommended
But - and I know I'm going to get lots of 'not helpful' votes for this - Enoch hasn't done her period research properly, and that partly spoils the book for me. I prefer my Regencies not to have inaccuracies which jump out at me, wrenching me from the story. For instance, once Lucien gives Alexandra the job (at some time after 12 noon), he lends her his carriage to collect her belongings, and says he will see her at dinner that evening. She then goes to Derbyshire and back... in an afternoon! Even now, with a fast car and if relatively little traffic could be guaranteed, it would take three to four hours to get from central London to Derbyshire, one way only. The later journeys to Hertforshire and back sounded similarly fantastical.
Some of the 'feel' of the period was wrong to me; although I enjoyed the explanation of delaying tactics for young ladies stuck for dinner table conversation, otherwise the Society scenes just didn't seem to have the accuracy of a Balogh or an Oliver.
I found Fiona, Rose's mother, to be completely beyond all credulity, and her marital ambitions for Rose, revealed later in the book, made no sense whatsoever given her characterisation and behaviour earlier. The character was a caricature, and spoilt the book for me.
I also thought Alexandra was far too ready to give Lucien what he wanted - more than once - and without either regretting her behaviour or worrying about the consequences. For a well-born young woman of that period, this is unbelievable. He was the one who brought up the possible consequences, and it was an element of the story Enoch left hanging. In fact, the story was unfinished in more ways than one: she built up some big mystery about Lucien's cousin James, about whom he felt some sort of guilt, and about whom Alexandra tried to get him to talk on several occasions. Yet we were never told what that was all about. (If she's planning on explaining it in a sequel, she could have said so! There is no explanation anywhere about the 'With This Ring' series).
Finally, though with some suspension of disbelief I was able to enjoy Lucien's method of stopping Alexandra leaving, but there was always a voice in the back of my mind saying 'this is *ridiculous*!'