In the first book in Eva Leigh’s new Union of the Rakes series, a bluestocking enlists a faux suitor to help her land an ideal husband only to be blindsided by real desire…
Lady Grace Wyatt is content as a wallflower, focusing on scientific pursuits rather than the complications of society matches. But when a handsome, celebrated naturalist returns from abroad, Grace wishes, for once, to be noticed. Her solution: to “build” the perfect man, who will court her publicly and help her catch his eye. Grace’s colleague, anthropologist Sebastian Holloway, is just the blank slate she requires.
To further his own research on English society, Sebastian agrees to let Grace transform him from a bespectacled, bookish academic into a dashing—albeit fake—rake. Between secret lessons on how to be a rogue and exaggerated public flirtations, Grace’s feelings for Sebastian grow from friendship into undeniable, inconvenient, real attraction. If only she hadn’t asked him to help her marry someone else…
Sebastian is in love with brilliant, beautiful Grace, but their bargain is complete, and she desires another. Yet when he’s faced with losing her forever, Sebastian will do whatever it takes to tell her the truth, even if it means risking his own future—and his heart.
About the Book
My Fake Rake
Author: Eva Leigh
Series: Union of the Rakes
Genre: Adult, Historical Romance
Publisher: Avon Books (November 26, 2019)
I ADORE this book. Grace and Sebastian are just too freaking cute. I love that they’re both nerdy bluestocking wallflowers (or whatever the man version of a bluestocking wallflower is…) and they’re trying to give Sebastian a rake makeover (or rake-over, if you will…) using a super out of date book. In a society where it’s noticeable when women wear last season’s dresses, they look at this old-ass book on etiquette and go “Oh, how much could have changed in, like, forty years after all?” And then Rotherby! When he comes in and sees what they’re up to, the amount of sass in him! This book had me laughing until tears were blinding me too much to keep reading.
I’m something of a sucker for a fake relationship trope, especially when one party is already secretly in love with the other. I love those moments that are completely real, but both parties are convinced the other person is just really good at pretending. They make me laugh and also stab my heart with a thousand tiny pins. There were definitely several parts where I found myself crying, and any book that can make me cry both from laughing and from my heart feeling like I swallowed an anvil is one that’s pretty excellent in my book.
This is the first book in the Union of Rakes series and can be read as a stand alone. I can’t wait to read more in this series, especially about the Duke of Rotherby because he is a HOOT. I’m hoping in future books we get more about how the Union of Rakes all came to be such close friends that they remain friends into adulthood, despite being very different people when they met in school.
Tour Wide Giveaway
To celebrate the release of MY FAKE RAKE by Eva Leigh, we’re giving away three paperback copies of the book!
GIVEAWAY TERMS & CONDITIONS: Open to US shipping addresses only. Three winners will each receive a paperback copy of My Fake Rake by Eva Leigh. This giveaway is administered by Pure Textuality PR on behalf of Avon Romance. Giveaway ends 12/15/2019 @ 11:59pm EST. Avon Romance will send the winning copy out to the winner directly. CLICK HERE TO ENTER!
About Eva Leigh
EVA LEIGH is the pen name of a RITA® Award-nominated romance author who writes novels chock-full of smart women and sexy men. She enjoys baking, Tweeting about boots, and listening to music from the ‘80s. Eva and her husband live in Central California.