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My Fake Rake (Union of the Rakes, #1)

In the first book in Eva Leigh's new Union of the Rakes series, a bluestocking hires a faux suitor to help her land an ideal husband only to be blindsided by real desire…Lady Grace Wyatt is con... more

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My Fake Rake (Union of the Rakes, #1) Details

TitleMy Fake Rake (Union of the Rakes, #1)
ReleaseNov 26th, 2019
GenreRomance, Historical Romance, Historical, Historical Fiction, Adult

My Fake Rake (Union of the Rakes, #1) Reviews

  • Addie H
    Dec 10, 2019
    1.5-1.75 stars 1.5-1.75 stars
  • Usha
    Nov 30, 2019
    Despite not very good reviews, I read on. Hate to return a book un-read. Likeable characters but it's a plot that has been written many times before and perhaps much better by others. I am tired of reading about heroes and heroines that are purported with scholarly pursuits or a business acumen but demonstrate none of it in their acts or in driving of the plot. Ms. Leigh is a good writer, she did fairly well with character development but failed in the delivery with much too simplistic of a plot... more
  • Elodie
    Aug 26, 2019
    Will two persons who have feelings deeper than friendship for another take the risk to damage their relationship and open their heart or will they keep their emotions shut down and risk to let happiness pass them by?This is my first book written by Mrs Eva Leigh and it won’t be the last, this book was unputdownable, why I even chastised myself for choosing to read it on a working day!Mrs Leigh has crafted a vivid tale of finding its with blood and flesh lively characters.I simply adored this r... more
  • WhiskeyintheJar/Kyraryker
    Dec 28, 2019
    I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. “There’s no should when it comes to what we feel. There aren’t scientific laws when it comes to the human heart.” With a little inspiration from The Breakfast Club, the Union of Rakes series introduces readers to five boys in detention, identified with similar-ish personalities from Breakfast Club movie characters. My Fake Rake stars “the brain”, ... more
  • Jaclyn
    Nov 24, 2019
    Two nerdy folks falling in love? A great idea for a historical romance! However, for me, this one fell flat. Sebastian and Grace were super adorable in their nerdiness and awkwardness, but when the heroine spends the bulk of the novel trying to win over some other dude it was really hard to believe in their romance. The happily ever after was assured, but the journey there was a tad boring because one character was intent on catching the eye of someone else and the other was intent on burying th... more
  • b.andherbooks
    Sep 10, 2019
    Sebastian Holloway has secretly adored Lady Grace Wyatt ever since sharing a pencil with her in the library they both frequent. But Sebastian is merely a poor scholar with no prospects, and Lady Grace is on a mission to make a famed naturalist she wants to wed notice her, a plan that includes molding Sebastian into a rake of the first order. But as these two bookish souls spend more and more time together, they realize that that happiness and true love may be right under their bespactacled noses... more
  • Veronique
    Apr 4, 2020
    “Jane looped her arm through Grace's. "Come. Let us seek out two things that never fall short of our expectations." "Books and cakes?" "Precisely.” Entertaining Regency romance where it is the hero who transforms himself from shy, bookish, anthropologist into charming rake - all in order to assist his friend, the scientifically minded heroine, catch the eye of a celebrated naturalist! Add to this the help of a Duke with attitude... Yes, this is hilarious! The last quarter could have been abb... more
  • Julie (Jewlsbookblog)
    Nov 3, 2019
    4.5 starsSebastian was an anthropologist, basically penniless, even though his dad owned a profitable iron works factory. He was a total nerd, living on mutton and threadbare, yet functional clothes, spending his limited funds on books-I loved him! His stammer and anxiousness in new situations had me feeling for him, but it also presented him as a regular, likable fellow. Seb had a unique collection of steadfast friends from his school days, which served him well when he really needed help pulli... more
  • Shiloh
    Aug 27, 2019
    I was lucky enough to read this gem early... and, oh, my goodness... adorable! And soooo sexy...
  • Stacee
    Nov 17, 2019
    3.5 starsI’m always on the lookout for a new author or series and I absolutely loved this premise. I really liked Grace and Sebastian. They’re both smart and good people. I enjoyed their friendship and how they bonded over science and the library. The friends of Grace and Sebastian are fun and even though Jane is already married, I’m excited to see that the next book is Rotherby’s story. Plot wise, it was good. There’s a lot of inner monologue and pining away for the other. I wanted mo... more
  • K.
    Feb 9, 2020
    Trigger warnings: social anxiety4.5 stars. This was a fucking delight from start to finish. I mean, it's historical fiction with two nerdy scientist best friend leads who a) turn him into a rake and b) subsequently fake date in order for her to attract the attention of the scientist she's decided is her dream guy. Except that (view spoiler)[he's super awkward about the whole thing because he's been in love with her for years. And once they rake-ify him, she's all "Oh no, he's hot". (hide spoiler... more
  • Mel
    Dec 26, 2019
    One of the most absurd regency romances I have ever read. Had it been in the mid to late Victorian era, maybe I would've believed it's premise, a little. I re-read some Loretta Chase books this month and that makes it harder and harder to read these clunkers so badly written by this "new mode" of lazy regency writers like Leigh. The book is ridiculous, but I will say the duke who is a friend of the hero is scrumptious.
  • Bethany
    Jan 8, 2020
    Actual Rating: 4.5 starsPartway through this book (which I was already loving) I found out it was inspired by 80's teen movies and totally blew my mind! My Fake Rake is very reminiscent of Pretty in Pink (with the ending that always should have been) meets Regency romance, complete with nerdy characters, a cinnamon-roll hero who undergoes a rakish makeover, and a great friends-to-lovers slow burn romance. This made me laugh out loud on several occasions and was just a whole lot of fun. I am alwa... more
  • Aly
    Dec 8, 2019
    Lady Grace Wyatt studies reptilese and amphibians. Even if it doesn't make her popular in the eye of the ton, she's confident in herself and is okay with being a wallflower. Sebastian Holloway is an anthropologist. He comes from a wealthy family but he have no fortune, since he decided to pursued his own studies and doing what he loves. He's penniless and not the most suave when it comes to social interaction. At least he have great friends that he met at Eton years ago.Sebastian also have Grace... more
  • Becky
    Nov 25, 2019
    3.5 stars rounded to 4This is my first Eva Leigh novel. Can I just say I love her covers? I don't like the font on this one, but I feel like the couple fits the characters so well.This book is the first book in her new series Union of the Rakes. Apparently this is loosely based on the movie The Breakfast Club, which I have never seen and if I have I can't remember. A group of friends is formed in the prologue, and I'm assuming they will each have their own story in the series.Grace is our heroin... more
  • Sissy's Romance Book Review
    Nov 29, 2019
    My Fake Rake by Eva Leigh is book One in the The Union of the Rakes Series. This is the story of Sebastian Holloway and Grace Wyatt. Grace is a Blue Stocking / Wallflower who has set her mind to a man named Mason. But of course Mason doesn't know she is alive. So her plan is to get her friend Sebastian to pretend to pursue her which will make Mason want her. But Sebastian is like her a bookish person so she knows she is going have to re-due him to make it more believable. Sebastian has feelings ... more
  • Katie
    Feb 18, 2020
    I very much understood why each character was scared to talk about their feelings, but IT WAS VERY ANNOYING. And definitely dragged on too long. This is one of those stories that could've been a novella, I think.Also, content warning for social anxiety and I appreciate the author warning for it, but . . . it was in the acknowledgements at the end? I don't find that helpful. (It was well done.)
  • Yun
    Feb 13, 2020
    DNF - Writing is wooden, dialog is stilted, and I'm not really connecting with the characters. So far, it lacks any sizzle or wit. Honestly, I'm finding it to be pretty dull.
  • Victoria (Latte Nights Reviews)
    Nov 28, 2019
    This review was originally posted on Latte Nights Reviews.I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.My Fake Rake was one of my most anticipated books, and overall I was really disappointed with it. The premise sounds amazing. It's your typical historical romance, with fake dating and giving the wallflower a makeover to make everyone jealous, except in My Fake Rake the roles are reversed and the nerdy... more
  • destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
    Dec 21, 2019
    There were a lot of little things I LOVED about this, but also a lot of big things I... didn't :( Full review coming soon!
  • Miki ✖siempre romances✖
    Aug 23, 2019
    Me dio más para un contemporáneo que histórico PERO QUE HÉROE, le subo una estrella porque me sentí muy cruel dandole dos, SEBASTIAN ES UN DIVINO, leanlo por ÉL!**********It's the same old story, friends to lovers. Sebastian is secretly in love with Grace but Grace doesn't see him as a man, she actually has a crush on another man (Mason) and they pretend to court each other because she wants Mason to notice her (among other reasons...) and she ends up falling in love with Sebastian instead... more
  • Luz Trevino
    Feb 15, 2020
    I was really looking forwards to reading this since the day it came out....and it did not disappoint. I really enjoyed it from start to finish. The MCs were very unique in the sense that both were very intellectual and loved science. I was more of a fan of Sebastian than Grace. He put himself out there to overcome his social anxieties to help her catch the attention of another man. Seb was a very sweet guy. His friend Rotherby also was a great character. Their friendship was one of the best brom... more
  • Melissa
    Nov 26, 2019
    My Fake Rake is out today! 11/26!!My favorite research dork babies written by Eva Leigh are out in the world in a reverse My Fair Lady, with a few nods to Pretty Woman thrown in for good measure (ahhh, the boat scene!). I love them so much. Also, Leigh so cleverly seeded in little bits for the other four heroes in this series - The Union of the Rakes - and I would like the rest of the books now please.
  • Jessica Grogan
    Sep 5, 2019
    I read and reviewed this title for Fresh Fiction, courtesy of Edelweiss and the publisher. For my full review please visit:http://freshfiction.com/review.php?id... I read and reviewed this title for Fresh Fiction, courtesy of Edelweiss and the publisher. For my full review please visit:http://freshfiction.com/review.php?id...
  • Tales Of A Bookbug
    Dec 14, 2019
    Eva Leigh has quickly become one of my favorite authors in the historical romance genre and that is mainly because she writes stories that are so different from the typical HR books, with equally unconventional protagonists! I've read The London Underground series and The Wicked Quills of London books too and loved them both! So, I was eagerly waiting to see where the author would take this new series! And I was not disappointed!This book features two nerds(Yes! You heard that right! Not just a ... more
  • Emily
    Dec 21, 2019
    3.5 starsThis was just the agony purge I needed after the last novel I read. It has its share of silliness, but Grace and Sebastian are both sweet characters, and it’s pretty easy to root for them. It would have been less interesting without the Duke of Rotherby joining the scheme. The history of his friendship with Sebastian and the other “union of rakes” fellows was one of my favorite things about the book and my main reason for being interested in the next one. Sometimes the characteriz... more
  • Maria Rose
    Jan 2, 2020
    I enjoyed this friends to lovers romance with the classic 'help me attract this other guy and whoops, when did you get so handsome!' theme. It's great to see two characters who are intellectuals - Grace and her study of reptiles and Sebastian with his focus on anthropology, and who appreciate that aspect in each other. And the third, the man Grace thinks she wants and discovers she actually doesn't is an all around decent guy too (which I appreciated as often they turn out to be wankers). Natura... more
  • Lindsay
    Mar 30, 2020
    Extremely predictable but well-executed regency romance that sees scientifically-minded spinster Lady Grace trying to attract a marriage proposal from a famed naturalist who she likes and respects, but only sees her as a colleague. She does this by convincing her best friend Sebastian Holloway to transform himself into a rake and make the naturalist jealous. The obvious catch being that Sebastian is secretly in love with Grace who only sees him as a colleague.You could write out every major plot... more
  • Leigh Kramer
    May 15, 2020
    My new favorite kind of book can be summed up as "these two dummies.” It is clear to their friends that anthropologist Sebastian and herpetologist Grace have feelings for one another but it takes them much, much longer to figure it out. There was so much pining, especially on Sebastian’s part as he feels doomed to remain only friends with Grace. There’s a makeover transforming Sebastian into a rake, a scheme for Grace to catch a naturalist’s eyes, and then the dawning realization that Se... more
  • Shawna
    Jan 8, 2020
    3.5 stars - Historical RomanceThis is good and a unique HR in many ways, but I wanted the hero and heroine to just be honest about their feelings. Their dual insecurities and fear of revealing the truth grew tiresome. But I still enjoyed listening to the audiobook, and I'll read the next book in the series.