Romantic Thursday: The Perfect Rake by Anne Gracie

Romantic Thursday
It’s Romantic Thursday with Bookmunchie! So why is Thursday romantic? Because I like Thursday and I like romance! Basically, I just love romance, in YA books, in adult, contemporary, historical, whichever the genre and sometimes I’m too lazy to write full reviews but I do love sharing fun quotes or just gushing about characters. So that’s what Romantic Thursday is for! To share my love. May it be through actual full reviews, quick reviews, or just fun quotes.

The Perfect Rake - Anne GraciePublisher: Berkley Sensation (July 5th 2005)
Paperback: 360
Series: The Merridew Sisters #1
Add on: Goodreads
Rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

She ran from a brute…

Fleeing violent tyranny, Prudence Merridew escapes with her beautiful younger sisters to London. One of them must marry—and fast. To act as her sisters’ chaperone, Prudence invents a secret engagement to a reclusive duke…But when the duke arrives unexpectedly in London, she needs his help to avert disaster.

…into the arms of a rake

Aristocratic Gideon, handsome, rakish and with a strong frivolous streak, casually hijacks Prudence’s game, awarding himself a stolen kiss or three along the way. Used to managing sisters and elderly men, Prudence is completely out of her depth with a charming, devious and utterly irresistible rake. And her plot goes terribly—if deliciously—awry…


“Duty and honor is a dashed dry foundation for a marriage. Oh, I know many make it, but you deserve more, my Prudence. you need and deserve to be most thoroughly and completely loved. And by a man who makes your head whirl.”

I can’t believe I didn’t finish this book the first time I attempted to read this because it’s hilarious. This book is so adorable and endearing . Seriously, Gideon wins at everything, best rake ever. And Prudence (or as Gideon calls her, Miss Imp, short for Imprudence, heehee) is also quite the sweetheart and pretty ingenious. I loved that Gideon wasn’t the dark, brooding, HR hero but instead a ridiculously charming and cheerful rake.

The plot…oh who needs to talk about a plot when there’s Gideon to talk about.

So what makes Gideon such an awesome hero? Well firstly, I love that he’s so in love with Prudence that he cannot comprehend that people think she looks plain especially compared to her gorgeous sisters:

“What do you mean whatever is wrong is with my sisters? There is nothing wrong with my sisters!”

‘No, that’s what Edward says, too. So you’ve no need to worry.” He heaved a satisfied sigh, “So, that’s why you were crossed with me! Because I insulted your sisters. I wondered about it all evening. I’m sorry. I’m sure they’re very nice girls and you’ll manage to find someone for them.”

Prudence couldn’t think of a thing to say. He’d thought her beautiful sisters were the fly in the ointment? He called Prudence a beauty. He couldn’t possible be sincere. But he sounded sincere. Was his eyesight defective? She peered into his eyes wondering.


Oh Gideon, you wonderful, wonderful, idiot of a man.

Secondly, this:

“Besides you should not scorn my rakishness. Having a rake about the place will come in extremely useful.”

She frowned in puzzlement. “Useful?” It was a odd word to use. “What do you mean? What possible use would I have for a rake?”

“I could tidy up all your fallen leaves each autumn.”

It took her a moment to perceive the jest. Laughter and tears trembled on her lips at the same time. Oh, what to do with him? How could anyone love such a wicked, funny, foolish man?

at - finn - eye wide in happiness 1*siiiigh. I think I’ve been waiting for that my entire life. hahaha.

Overall, it’s such a funny, enjoyable and entertaining ride. Gideon and Prudence are a wonderful couple, with lots of fun banter and sweet moments between them. Highly recommend for those who love humour to go with their historical romances.

In case you are wondering about the plot, it’s a shenanigan-y of an adventure as Gideon tries to win Prudence, while the Merridew sisters try to escape a bitter old man. Near the ending, there was some overly dramatic moments, but easy enough to look over when there’s some much mayhem and fun going on.

Author: Cyn

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0 Replies to “Romantic Thursday: The Perfect Rake by Anne Gracie”

  1. I’m the way. I sometimes start a book and I’m like “ugh, this is terrible.” But then I go back and try to read it again and absolutely love it! This book sounds great! 🙂

    1. It’s definitely a nice surprise to go back and find out it wasn’t a waste of time 😉 But than I have to kick myself in the butt for waiting this long for the awesomnness haha.
      It’s quite hilarious if you’re looking for a fun HR!

  2. Ah! What a great reminder about a book that I once read! Also, that joke about the rake and the leaves, wonderful! So perfect! I’ll go and see if I still have this book 😉

    1. Glad I could help 😉
      Gawd, I laughed so hard! After reading sooo many HR, I was surprised it took so long for someone to make this reference. I wonder if this joke occurs to all HR but they think it’s so obvious that they don’t use it? hahaa.

      1. I don’t know if rakes know about actual rakes though… like would they care about gardening tools? Now I’m really curious as to how the term “rake” for these men came about!

        1. True haha. They probably don’t do a lot of yard work. Hmm, me too! I will have to see what google says.

          ohh! Oxford English Dictionary informs us that rake is short for rakehell haha.

  3. hahahaha, I have few books with that hero that makes story totally unimportant. Great review.:)

    Glass @ Way Too Hot Books

    1. I think those are some of the funniest and most enjoyable (:
      Do you have any to recommend? I would love to check some out!

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