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A Beginner's Guide to Rakes

A Beginner's Guide to Rakes

Scandalous Brides Series (Volume 1)

Suzanne Enoch

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All of London is abuzz with the return of the utterly alluring, recently widowed Diane Benchley. Will she remarry? What will she do with her late husband's fortune? Sociey is shocked by her announcement—at the Grand Ball, of all places!—that she plans to open an exclusive gentleman's gaming club in the family mansion. But no one is more stunned than the Marquis of Haybury, Oliver Warren.

Years ago, Oliver and Diane shared a private indiscretion. Now Diane threatens to reveal Oliver's most ungentlemanly secrets…unless he agrees to help her. A notorious gambler—and rake—Oliver is overqualified to educate Diane in the ways and means of running her establishment. But striking a deal with Diane might just be the biggest risk Oliver has ever taken. This time, the only thing he has to lose is his heart…


Chapter One

Very few things in the world could make Oliver Warren, the Marquis of Haybury, flinch. He could count these things on one hand, in fact. The yowling of small children. The squeak of rusted metal. And the mention...


Praise for A Beginner's Guide to Rakes

“Enoch creates a romance that is risque, risky, sensual, inventive, fun and smart with light touches of the era, charming characters and a pace that will keep readers up all night.” —RT Book Reviews on A Beginner's Guide to Rakes

“It's time to fall in love with Suzanne Enoch, who can always be counted on to deliver a story so vivid and romantic that you'll never want it to end. With her fascinating characters, lyrical prose, and whip-smart dialogue, Enoch has created a novel to be cherished. A BEGINNER'S GUIDE TO RAKES is perfection on the page!” —Lisa Kleypas

“Reading a book by Suzanne Enoch is like stepping into a time machine. She so adeptly transports readers….” —New York Journal of Books

“A joyride of a novel…a sensual romantic caper sure to win applause.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“A highly gifted author.” —Romantic Times

“With her carefully drawn characters and plot chock-full of political intrigue, greed, and scandal, Enoch has put a nifty Regency spin on the Beauty and the Beast story.” —Booklist

“Suzanne Enoch has a gift for piquing a reader's interest.” —Sun Journal

“Ms. Enoch provides an entertaining read…an often amusing and just as often dangerous battle of the sexes that will delight fans.” —Harriet Klausner

“Dazzling, delicious, and delightful.” —Karen Hawkins

“Always an eagerly anticipated pleasure.” —Christina Dodd

“Indulge and be delighted!” —Stephanie Laurens

“Dazzling, delicious, and delightful.” —Karen Hawkins

“One of my very favorite authors.” —Julia Quinn

“Perfection on the page!” —Lisa Kleypas

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About the author

Suzanne Enoch

A native and current resident of Southern California, Suzanne Enoch loves movies almost as much as she loves books, with a special place in her heart for anything Star Wars. She has written thirty Regency novels and historical romances, which are regularly found on the New York Times bestseller list. When she is not busily working on her next book, Suzanne likes to contemplate interesting phenomena, like how the three guppies in her aquarium became 161 guppies in five months.

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