cover image My Fake Rake

My Fake Rake

Eva Leigh. Avon, $7.99 mass market (384p) ISBN 978-0-06-293240-2

A pair of bookworms goes from friends to lovers in the charming first regency romance in the Union of Rakes series from Leigh (Dare to Love a Duke). Shy, awkward Sebastian “Seb” Holloway has been secretly pining for his good friend Lady Grace Wyatt for years, but Grace only has eyes for Mason Fredericks, a wealthy naturalist who is indifferent to her bookish charm. When Seb suggests that she’d have better luck catching Mason’s eye if he saw another man wooing her, Grace convinces Seb to play the role, and they enact a plan to transform Seb into a dashing rake. Seb’s best friend, the Duke of Rotherby, pitches in to instruct Seb on how to behave in society. As Seb secures a new wardrobe, takes dance lessons, and practices his seduction technique on ladies in the park, Grace realizes she’s been as blind to Seb as Mason has been toward her. The plot is as well developed as the lovers’ growing feelings. Readers will delight in this heartfelt, swoon-worthy tale. Agent: Kevon Lyon, Marsal Lyon Literary. (Nov)