Title: To Catch a Rake
Author: Sally Orr
Series: The Rake’s Handbook
Genre: Romance, Historical Romance, Regency Romance, Historical Fiction
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Published: 2nd February 2016
Goodreads Rating: 3.28
My Rating: 2/5
“ARC given for an honest review”
George Drexel is chased by ladies who desire to have their initials inscribed in future editions of his scandalous handbook, The Rake’s Field Guide. Meta Russell, however, is furious when initials similar to her sister’s is included, resulting in the cancellation of her sister’s engagement.
To help Meta and get revenge, her friends pen their own field guide about London’s rakes and include the initials “G.D.” The scandal damages George’s reputation and hinders his abilities as an engineer to obtain public contracts. So George sets out to convince Meta to destroy all copies of the ladies field guide. Quickly learning how hotheaded and passionate Meta can be, George must prove just how persuasive a true rake can be.
What manner of ladies would he find on his doorstep today?
The blurb of this book was what had me interested in reading this book. But I was quite disappointed with it. This book was all about a rake George Drexel who’s really anything but and he’s written a field guide to rank and rate women. Unfortunately, for Meta’s sister who’s initials were similar to a women in the book which leads to her fiancé to end their engagement. Widowed Meta decides to take on George but then finds that there’s more to George than meets the eye. George is a talented engineer and because of the book that he wrote a couple of years ago no one in the engineering world is taking him seriously for his job. I found the best parts were the mechanical parts of the tunnels being drilled at the Thames, was the most interesting part. The rest of it I just wasn’t excited about it.