cover image A Beginner’s Guide to Rakes

A Beginner’s Guide to Rakes

Suzanne Enoch. St. Martin’s Paperbacks, $7.99 mass market (352p) ISBN 978-0-312-53451-6

Enoch (A Matter of Scandal) will have readers tittering behind their fans at this hilarious Regency. Diane Benchley and her husband fled London just ahead of their angry creditors. Years later, Diane returns as a wealthy widow—if appearances can be believed. Diane is passionate, strong-minded, and determined to never be poor again, so she stuns the ton by opening an exclusive gentlemen’s gaming club. Most shocked of all is her old flame, Oliver Warren, the marquis of Haybury, especially when Diane blackmails him with a damaging secret to get his help with learning how to run a business. Oliver’s attempts to atone for abandoning Diane and win her trust again are simultaneously seductive and heartwarming, and readers will cheer his tender efforts as well as Diane’s bold entrepreneurship. (Oct.)