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  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Avon; Reprint edition (31 July 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380809168
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380809165
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.4 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 623,403 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

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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!

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I found this title a good, enjoyable read and not dull at all.

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.
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So given the fact that I had just read Julia Quinn's The Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy and enjoyed it, I thought I'd give another historical romance that's been sitting on my shelves for years (literally, YEARS) a chance. I was obviously in the mood, so I needed to ride this wave until it's over - who knows the next time I'll be in this kind of mood again.

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.
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By A Customer on 29 Aug. 2000
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This reads like reheated leftovers. Been there before, come on, give us readers a break. The book is clearly a sequel and neither hero nor heroine is sufficiently compelling to carry a fresh book. The heroine is poor, but she compares her passion for the hero to her love of chocolate - something she wouldn't have tasted much, if at all, given how little money she has. There are numerous infelicitous Americanisms - if you are writing about Brits, for heaven's sake, call it autumn, not fall, and there were a heap of lexical anachronisms which jarred on this reader. I wouldn't care if the central love story pressed my buttons, but no, I found it just trite and lacking in conflict.
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67 of 69 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The hero, Lucien, is adorable 16 Mar. 2000
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The opening paragraph of 'RAR' sets the whole tone for the book. It also set the tone for the hero Lucien's character. He was witty without even trying and I could give this book five stars on the strength of his character alone. What an adorable hero! Looks, intellegence, and wealth. Heavens, what more could a girl want. Hey, he's also pretty darn nice too, even though he wouldn't agree. Did I mention loyal? Enoch really created one heck of a romantic hero here. Alexandra almost seems pale in comparison to Lucien (almost). But she too is an interesting character in a nicely written tale.
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
58 of 62 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A witty and romantic read 14 Mar. 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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I enjoyed this book so much that I read it twice in a row - the story and dialog are so good I wanted to be sure that I didn't miss anything! Alexandra Gallant and Lucien Balfour, The Earl of Kilcairn Abbey, are two "notorious" members of British society who come together when Lucien hires Alexandra to be governess to his intolerable niece. The immediate attraction between these two leads to lots of witty repartee, and some very heated moments. Although Alexandra and Lucien quickly fall in love, they must both shed their self-protective shells before they can commit to each other. Surprisingly, it is Lucien who breaks down first! I enjoyed seeing him do everything that he can think of (and he does some crazy things) to convince Alexandra to marry him. There are also some great supporting characters in this story, including two who do everything they can to foil Alexandra and Lucien's union. You'll love these characters and this book!
34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read 27 Mar. 2000
By Bonnie Gilbert - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
When the most notorious rake in London is in need of a governess who does he turn to? The governess with the worst reputation in London.
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
71 of 81 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, but leave credibilty at the door 19 May 2000
By Dr W. Richards - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a fun read, and I really did like both Lucien and Alexandra; Rose and Robert were interesting as secondary characters, as well. Enoch gives us some intriguing insights into both Lucien and Alexandra's thought processes as this romance plays out. There are some very amusing scenes, and much of the dialogue between Lucien and Alexandra is highly witty. Lots of good sexual tension early on, too!
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*!'
25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW! What a TERRIFIC BOOK! 9 Mar. 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I LOVED this book! Alexandra and Lucien were perfectly matched. The story is tender and funny and kept me up past 2 am. If you don't get another book this month, GET THIS ONE. This is Book One in a series and I can't wait to see the others! (I hope there are ten, at least.)
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