Book Review: Falling For A Rake by Eve Pendle.

I really enjoyed Six Weeks with a Lord by Eve Pendle, so was grateful for the opportunity to read another of her books. Falling for a Rake was really interesting not least for the fact that I'd never heard of fern hunting before, so found the whole concept quite intriguing.


He's the most notorious rake in England. She's a Perfect Lady. Neither are what they seem.Lady Emily can't afford a scandal. Her sister's debut is just weeks away and she has her pteridology group to safeguard. It's bad enough to be stuck in a hole overnight with Lord Markshall, and worse to have kissed him. Marriage is unthinkable. But newspaper hearsay on their "frolics and fernication" after a fern hunting accident puts everything she's worked for in jeopardy.Lord Markshall's whole political career is based on manipulation and disguise. Lady Emily's polite insults are just the thing to prove to himself, and everyone else, that he's still an unworthy rake. He wants her desperately, but even a fake engagement is too good for him. With Emily's sister's debut and a major political vote coming up, their reputations–good and bad–have never been more critical. The newspaper gossip is edging toward the truth, threatening to incinerate everything they hold dear. Can they understand, accept, and love each other, before it's too late?

My Review.

Lady Emily was a very fascinating character. It was like she was always torn between doing what was expected of a lady and what her heart wanted. This wasn't helped by her history and the secrets she kept close to her chest. I admired what she did for her family, but also didn't want her to be so down on herself and feel not worthy of love. She had made mistakes in the past, including one big one that shocked me at first, but she didn't come across as a terrible person. I understood that it wasn't meant and that she had a lot of love and kindness in her. 

Lord Markshall was incredibly compelling because he was completely different to any character that I've read about before. He was so honest, sometimes so much so that I wasn't sure if I was supposed to like him; he painted himself in such a bad light. As the story progressed and I came to understand him more, like Lady Emily did, I found myself caring about him and wanting what was best for him, as well as wanting him to show himself some kindness and not always be so negative towards himself. He had a lot of great qualities that I was glad to see Lady Emily drawn to and bring out more in him. 

Between the unwanted scandals, the politics and the fern hunting Falling for a Rake makes for an engrossing read.

Happy Reading!


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