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...
- Original Title:The Perfect Rake (The Merridew Sisters #1)
- Author:Anne Gracie
- Rating:7.84 / 10
- Publisher:Published July 5th 2005 by Berkley Sensation
DEREHAM COURT, NORFOLK, ENGLAND 1816
“It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.”
“PRUE! PRUE! COME QUICKLY. HE IS BEATING GRACE IN THE ATTIC!” Seventeen-year-old Hope burst furiously into the room. Her twin, Faith, followed, her eyes huge with distress.
Prudence Merridew leaped up from the household accounts, her dropped pen scattering blobs of ink unheeded across the page. She dashed from the room, her sisters at her heels.
“What set him off this time?” Prudence flung over her shoulder.
“I don’t know. Charity said he found her in the attic making a gift for your birthday,” Hope panted.
“Charity tried to stop him,” Faith interjected. “But he hit her.”
Her twin added, “I wanted to...