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Rs and storiesThe villain was a bit wacked in the headbut that was acceptable And I love a good murder plotI City of Big Shoulders didn t like the secret identitymissing heiressuchess plot The reason behind it was weakI Blind Devotion (The Shifter Chronicles didn t like the battle with alcoholismdrove me bonkers This may have been a 325 35 star read Fabulous If you like this book I highly recommend this audio version by Mark Meadows If you haven t yet read this bookitto It s one of the classic historical romances of all timeAlys Weston is running from her past and Reggie Davenport is fleeing his future Fate brings them together on Reggie s Dorset estate StricklandIt s uncommon to say the least for a woman to be an estate steward yet Alys has been able to pull off that job for four years communicating with the absentee owner in writing When Reggie s cousin the new owner gives the estate over to Reggie Alys sees her idyll coming to an end Yet when the so called My Name is Bob despair of the Davenports arrives at Strickland he proves to be surprisingly open minded and impressed by Alys s success he keeps her on as the stewardReggie is a rake of the first order but than that he s arunkard who at the age of thirty seven has begun to suffer blackouts Even he has become convinced that his life is on a angerous trajectory a voice in his head keeps telling him This way of life is killing you He believes that Strickland may be his salvationAlys and Reggie gradually become friends and though they are attracted to one another nothing than a few kisses are exchanged When a fire estroys the steward s house Alys and her three young wards move into the main house and Reggie begins to know the joys of a family for the first time in his lifePlease visit Romantic Historical Reviews to read the rest of this review Another example of how romantic fiction is not fluff This book was Billy Bragg deep as the ocean I loved how this book brought together two people who had been hurt oramaged by life and helped them to find peace and love The Rake is an excellent portrayal of a person suffering from alcoholism And coming from a family where both side has members who were alcoholics I can testify to this Reggie reminded me of a few of my uncles They could have been better men had they not been under the influence of the Polly Prices Totally Secret Diary drug that started as something they indulged in for fun but became their lives and helped toestroy their livesThe great thing about this book is that it was so well written that I couldn t turn away because I had seen too much of that behavior Instead I wanted to read about Reggie s journey to sobrietyAlyx also has issues She is odd eyed meaning her eyes are ifferent colors She is also tall and buxom In her mind she is unattractive And she heard a man that she adored ismiss her so she ran off and gave herself to the first man who asked Of course he The Majors Daughter didn t want her for than one night Lesson learned she retires to the country and gets a job as the steward to an absentee landlord This turns out to be the recently inherited property of Reginald who is running away from London to try to get his life under control This is how these two souls meet and find a love that helps them both to heal and gives them a hopeful futureIt s been a while since I read this one but it isestined to always have a space on my keeper shelf For the beauty of the storytelling the compelling and realistic hero and heroine and for the excellent handling of the tough subject of alcoholism Opening Line When two gentlemen are related by blood they Miss Shumway Waves a Wand do not usually address each other with formality Based on all the glowing reviews and accolades The Rake huhMore like The Alcoholic but that probably wouldn t make a good title for a bodice ripper and supermarkets wouldn t stock it This must be the first historical romance written along the lines of 12 steps of AA clubs You can see it in its structure but I am not admonishing Putney for using it It provided a good frame for an excitin I read that THE RAKE is regarded as one of the most popular most beloved historical romances ever written and I can now understand why because I loved this book and it willefinitely find a place among my all time favouritesAt the age of thirty seven Reggie is the archetypal rake his life having been spent in a continual round of womanising gambling and hard The Touch drinking But asetails of past events in his life are revealed I appreciated how much these have shaped his current lifestyle I like the fact that he On His Majestys Service does not blame his present circumstances on anyone but himself he chose the path he took and admits to making unwiseecisions I could not help thinking how Different Class different Reggie s life might have been had he inherited Strickland all those years ago and not beenenied his birth right by his unfeeling uncleUnlike so many other hard rinking rakes who regularly grace the pages of Historical Romances Reggie is. Orrows Reggie returns to Strickland resolving to build a healthier honorable life if he can The ReformerYoung Alys Weston fled her home in espair vowing never to trust another man Over the years she’s built a good life with a foster family and a position as steward of Strickland She uses her skills to help her people and her initia.
I have some rather mixed feelings about this book It is not exactly what I expected I generally enjoyed it but stillLet s start with the good things I really like the characters Alys is a strong and smart heroine without being annoying And I really like Reggie he is not your typical alpha man from the historical romance Even Textbook of Wisdom disregarding his addiction to alcohol he is a very interesting hero intelligent wi While part of a series and with characters you re clearly expected to know Iidn t feel that left out without having read the firstI liked the idea of this story well enough but have a hard time rating it very high now I ve finished it It was fun getting to know Alys and I enjoyed her confidence and strength I In Defence of Dogs didn t enjoy so much her insecurity about being unattractive mostly because she let itefine her so much espite having respect and acknowledgement for her skill and competence in pretty much every other way Oh and it s only made worse when we realize that she only thinks she s unattractive but really lots of men turn out to be panting after her even before they learn who she really is Also view spoilerthe truth about her past when we find it turns out to be so much pride temper and stupidity that has only persisted a ozen years because the author said so Seriously it s almost worse that her father is so lovingly forgiving in the end because it puts the lie to all of Alys s justifications for staying away so long making her a jerk as well as a spoiled brat hide spoiler I ve given this an A for narration and an A for content at AudioGals Dear Dreamscape Media THANK YOU So often have I seen a favourite andor long awaited book come out in audio only to have my heart sink when I see the name of the narrator or for me to start listening with high hopes only to have them The City in Mind dashed within minutes because the narration is poor I cannot tell you how happy I am that thisidn t happen when I started listening to your new recording of Mary Jo Putney s The Rake one of the most popular most beloved historical romances ever written Mark Meadows was a splendid choice of narrator and I will be eternally grateful to you for putting this much loved story into such capable handsMuch love and please get Mr Meadows to record some historical romancesCazYou can read the rest of this review at AudioGals Alys Weston is running from her past and Reggie Davenport is fleeing his future Fate brings them together on Reggie s Dorset estate StricklandIt s uncommon to say the least for a woman to be an estate steward yet Alys has been able to pull off that job for four years communicating with the absentee owner in writing When Reggie s cousin the new owner gives the estate over to Reggie Alys sees her idyll coming to an end Yet when Reggie arrives at Strickland he proves to be surprisingly open minded and impressed by Alys s success he keeps her on as stewardReggie is a rake of the first order but than that he s a Revenge (The Red Ledger drunkard who at age thirty seven has begun to suffer blackouts Even he has become convinced that his life is on aangerous trajectory a voice in his head keeps telling him This way of life is killing you He believes that Strickland may be his salvationAlys and Reggie gradually become friends and though they are attracted to one another nothing than a few kisses are exchanged When fire No One Wants You destroys the steward s house Alys and her three young wards move into the estate house and Reggie begins to know the joys of a family for the first time in his life But Reggie s real problem is hisrinking and a great eal of this story revolves around his efforts to first get it under control and later to stop altogether It s heartbreaking to watch him try and fail and try again Mary Jo Putney oes an excellent job portraying the inner Penguins Poems for Life demons that plague Reggie At the same time sheoesn t succumb to the temptation that some writers might feel to make Reggie s recovery all about his love for Alys Reggie is getting sober for himself not for someone else And while Putney oes lapse into a bit of AA one ay at a time speak occasionally she is able to keep the story from sounding too modernThere s an engaging cast of secondary characters and a couple of other romances And I particularly enjoyed how Putney handled the epilogue after Reggie and Alys marry the other characters are shown reacting to the news wrapping the whole story up uite nicelyI picked out this book because of its high GR ratings its having won the RITA in 1990 and its ranking in AAR s Top 100 romances of all time All these accolades are well and truly eservedI on t know what else to say other than this is a really good book and I highly recommend it I have no idea how to rate this bookI loved the heroine and her bossy strong clever mindI loved the rake hell hero He was a far better man than expectedI loved the secondary characte. The RakeKnown as “the Divine Beauty despair of the Davenports” Reginald Davenport lived a reckless rakish life while waiting for his hated uncle toie and leave Reggie an earldom Then the rightful heir claims the title and property and offers Reggie one last chance Strickland the estate where he was born and the site of his greatest joys and
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An alcoholic although he has yet to recognise the fact It is only when he starts to suffer memory losses which are becoming freuent and longer in Fear and Loathing at Rolling Stone durationoes he accept that his current way of life is slowly killing him Blaming his excessive Down to the Sea in Ships drinking Reggie believes that he can control the habit but somehow his resolution alwaysissolved once he swallowed his first Wife by Wednesday (The Weekday Brides, drinkMs Putney handles Reggie s alcoholism with compassion and sensitivity butoes not gloss over the harsh reality of his struggles to stop Dog Years drinking There is one particular scene where a horrified Alys finds Reggierinking in the library and he runs out into the night as though the Chain of Fire demons of hell are at his heels It is one of the most heart rending scenes I have ever read and the moment when Alys finds him is so moving He stretched out his hand She took it her fingers far warmer than his her clasp light and sure Linking his fingers with hers he brought their joined hands to his chest against the beat of his heart The tide of hope was running stronger nowI like how Ms Putneyoes not fall into the trap of having Reggie redeemed by the love of a good woman He wants to overcome his alcoholism for himself alone He hadn t gotten sober for Allie s sake or to live up to his parents hopes or for anyone else He had The Devils Elbow (Mrs. Bradley, done it for himselfHaving a soft spot for unconventional heroines how could I not love a heroine who is a magnificent Reggie sescription with mismatched eyes and has managed to hide the fact that A E Weston who has been the highly successful steward at Strickland for four years is not a man but a woman The reforms she has undertaken at Strickland have made the estate prosperous and earned her the respect of all those around her She has also created a loving family home for her three wardsAlys may be strong and independent but The Making of a Caribbeanpreneur deepown she is beset by insecurities Something in her past made her flee her former life and has left her believing she is unattractive and no man would ever want herI enjoyed the steady Maharaj development of the relationship between Reggie and Alys and it is Ms Putney s ability to convey the emotional connection between them that makes this unlikely pairing work so beautifully There is an initial attraction but importantly a genuine friendship is forged based on their mutual liking respect and trust The love scenes are not overly explicit but rather tender sensual and romantic I am beginning to believe that you are not at all the wicked care for nobody that your reputation claims Just like Alys Iiscovered that beneath the sarcastic rakish exterior Reggie is intelligent charming fair minded honest and witty He also shows a remarkable knowledge of farming and is willing to muck in with the sheep Kuduz dipping earning him the respect and acceptance of the estate workers It made me see that this is the real Reggie and I was rooting for him to overcome his addictionReggie admires Alys ability honesty and generosity of heart and her wit is as sharp as his own He treats her as an eual and is always willing to listen to her ideas Not having been a member of a loving family for so many years it was heart warming to see him enjoying the familyynamics between Alys and her wards and even starts wondering what it would be like to have children of his ownI love how Alys is a true friend to Reggie and is always there to support him whenever he needs it If she could not even try to help she was unworthy to be anyone s friendWhen Alys reveals her secrets to Reggie I thought his actions revealed how noble and unselfish he is I also like the scene where Alys convinces a reluctant Reggie that they are meant to be togetherThere is an interesting cast of secondary characters including Richard Earl of Wargrave genuinely wants to help his cousin Reggie and I was was so happy to see the friendship that eveloped between them Meredith Merry Spencer Alys eldest ward who is elightful and wise beyond her years Junius Harper the priggish self righteous vicar The Honourable Julian Markham Reggie s young friend who falls for Meredith Mac Cooper Reggie s valet groom butler and footmanAmid the The Stanforth Secrets (Lovers and Ladies, darker elements of the story there is also humour such as the confrontation between Reggie and Junius Harper which almost ends in a brawl the hilarious scene where Reggie cleverly manipulates Lord Markham into allowing his son to marry Merry and agree to Julian s plan for the management of his estate the various antics of Attila Alys cat and the long suffering Nemesis Reggie sogI loved the charming Epilogue where the various characters react to the news of Reggie and Alys marriage and I will let Reggie have the final word And my beloved you have performed the miracle of your reforming career in changing me from a care for nobody rakehell into a faithful adoring husband MY VERDICT What can I say other than this is a must rea. Ls to convince the elderly earl who owned the state that she’s maleThen the new owner appears in all his The Taste of Ashes dangerous masculinity and threatens everything Alys holdsear Good resolutions crumble when two passionate complicated people are Camellia (Ellie, drawn togetherespite their best judgment Can love lead to redemption and trust Or is it too late.
MJ PutneyMary Jo Putney was born on 1946 in Upstate New York with a reading addiction a condition for which there is no known cure After earning degrees in English Literature and Industrial Design at Syracuse University she did various forms of design work in California and England before inertia took over in Balti Maryland where she has lived very comfortably ever since While becoming a novelist was her ultimate fantasy it never occurred to her that writing was an achievable goal until she acuired a computer for other purposes When the realization hit that a computer was the ultimate writing tool she charged merrily into her first book with an ignorance that illustrates the adage that fools rush in where angels fear to tread Fortune sometimes favors the foolish and her first book sold uickly thereby changing her life forever in most ways for the better “But why didn't anyone tell me that writing would change the way one reads” Like a lemming over a cliff she gave up her freelance graphic design business to become a full time writer as soon as possible Since 1987 Ms Putney has published twenty nine books and counting Her stories are noted for psychological depth and unusual subject matter such as alcoholism death and dying and domestic abuse She has made all of the national bestseller lists including the New York Times Wall Street Journal USAToday and Publishers Weekly Five of her books have been named among the year’s top five romances by The Library Journal The Spiral Path and Stolen Magic were chosen as one of Top Ten romances of their years by Booklist published by the American Library Association A nine time finalist for the Romance Writers of America RITA she has won RITAs for Dancing on the Wind and The Rake and the Reformer and is on the RWA Honor Roll for bestselling authors She has been awarded two Romantic Times Career Achievement Awards four NJRW Golden Leaf awards plus the NJRW career achievement award for historical romance Though most of her books have been historical she has also published three contemporary romances The Marriage Spell will be out in June 2006 in hardcover and Stolen Magic written as M J Putney will be released in July 2006 Ms Putney says that not least among the blessings of a full time writing career is that one almost never has to wear pantyhose