Review: 50 Ways to Ruin a Rake by Jade Lee

Posted May 7, 2015 by Marsha in This one's a Keeper / 0 Comments

50 Ways to ruin a rakeTitle:  50 Ways To Ruin A Rake
Series:  Rakes and Rogues #1
Author:  Jade Lee
Genre:  Regency Romance, Historical Romance
Published:  May 5, 2015
Publisher:  SOURCEBOOKS Casablanca
My Rating:  4 stars
Source:  NetGalley

Mellie has a plan…
Mellie Smithson is trapped in the country with no suitors and no prospects on the horizon except, perhaps, the exasperating—although admittedly handsome—guest of her father. She’s looking for any excuse to go to London to meet more eligible men.

Trevor has a problem…
Trevor Anaedsley’s grandfather has cut off his funds until such time as he gets engaged. Trevor escapes to the country—ostensibly to visit his old tutor, Mr. Smithson, but actually to duck his creditors—where he meets Smithson’s lovely daughter, Mellie. The obvious solution is suddenly before him—but the lady has ideas of her own, and Trevor’s going to have to measure up.

Read on for my thoughts on 50 Ways to Ruin a Rake.  No true spoilers, promise.

Mellie is beautiful, smart, determined and desperately wants to get to London.  There are no suitors in the country and she wants the excitement of being in London to search for her future mate.

Trevor has no intention of becoming any woman’s mate.  He is quite happy with his single life.  If only his grandfather hadn’t cut off his funds with the idea of forcing Trevor into finding a wife.  If only his creditors weren’t hot on his heels to the extent of his need to head to the country and the home of his old tutor.

Trevor and Mellie both have problems, and Trevor believes he has the solution for them both.  An engagement.  Oh, no – not a real engagement, but if he presented Mellie to his grandfather as his future wife then his funds would be freed up, and Mellie would have the freedom of searching through the eligible and available men of London’s society to find her true mate.

Trouble is pesky emotions got in the way of his grand scheme.  Now, Mellie is looking more like a true mate than a pretend one.  Can Trevor become the man she wants for her one and only?

I loved these characters.  Quirky, funny, sexy and determined.  The banter between Trevor and Mellie was priceless.  At times Trevor was quite clueless, I mean Mellie was right there in front of him, he only had to really look.  But then we wouldn’t have had such an enjoyable journey to their happily ever after if he had more perception.

Highly recommend 50 Ways To Ruin A Rake for those readers who love their Historical Romance with a bit of comedy, tongue-in-cheek and fun bantering between the Hero and Heroine.  Pick this one up, I’m betting you’ll enjoy it too.

*I received an e-ARC of 50 Ways To Ruin A Rake from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. That does not change what I think of this novel.*

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