I love smart fiction, and when the reality is that stories all contain tropes that are familiar in their basic construct, it is the authorâ€™s manipulation of those tropes and their ability to tell a story without losing the reader in repetition that keeps reads fresh and engaging.Â Jade Leeâ€™s newest release, Â is a smart and fun read, perfect for a summer afternoon.
50 Ways to Ruin a Rake
Mellie is an intelligent and determined young woman, but living in the country with her father has limited her prospects for marriage. She wants to enjoy the attention her father lavishes on Trevor, mentoring his scientific experiments, but he barely gives her a second glance, even as she has created her own formula for a beauty product that she hopes will be successful and provide an income, and some freedom.Â But, her father sees her only as his daughter, and is convinced that a marriage to Ronnie, a distant relation, is a logical option.
Trevor is struggling in society, with his allowance held in abeyance until he settles down and chooses a wife. Heâ€™s just not met anyone who fits the bill for him quite yet. In the years that Trevor has known her family, heâ€™s noticed Mellieâ€™s brilliance, and the fact that she has grown into quite a beauty. Perhaps an engagement to Mellie will provide them both with new options: his for cash flow and hers for the opportunity to meet a proper suitor.
Clever with several red herrings, I was expecting some nefarious dealings around Mellieâ€™s chemical formula and her ability to reason through Trevorâ€™s experiments and provide suggestions could have provided some opportunity for sniping between them, but neither happened as they slowly came to realize the suitability of their own pairing.
Solidly Victorian in approach, setting and attitude, these two are wonderfully written with solid personalities and voices that suit them and the plot perfectly. Insets of humor from both speech and misunderstandings, as well as a few slapstick moments keep the story light and enjoyable, while the steamy moments help to build the connection between the two for readers. A lovely start to a new series, and one that has me seeking out more of Ms. Leeâ€™s titles.
Title: 50 Ways to Ruin a Rake
Author: Jade Lee
Genre: Historical Romance
Published by: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Published on: 5 May 2015
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Audio Length: 11 Hours
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Mellie has a plan
Mellie Smithson is trapped in the country with no suitors and no prospects on the horizon except, perhaps, the exasperatingâ€”although admittedly handsomeâ€”guest of her father. She's looking for any excuse to go to London to meet more eligible men.
Trevor has a problem
Trevor Anaedsley's grandfather has cut off his funds until such time as he gets engaged. Trevor escapes to the countryâ€”ostensibly to visit his old tutor Mr. Smithson but actually to duck his creditorsâ€”where he meets Smithson's lovely daughter Mellie. The obvious solution is suddenly before himâ€”but the lady has ideas of her own, and Trevor's going to have to measure up...
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A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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