My Fake Rake

My Fake Rake

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"Lady Grace Wyatt is content as a wallflower, focusing on scientific pursuits rather than the complications of society matches. But when a handsome, celebrated naturalist returns from abroad, Grace wishes, for once, to be noticed. Her solution: to 'build' the perfect man, who will court her publicly and help her catch his eye. Grace's colleague, anthropologist Sebastian Holloway, is just the blank slate she requires. To further his own research on English society, Sebastian agrees to let Grace transform him from a bespectacled, bookish academic into a dashing--albeit fake--rake. Between secret lessons on how to be a rogue and exaggerated public flirtations, Grace's feelings for Sebastian grow from friendship into undeniable, inconvenient, real attraction. If only she hadn't asked him to help her marry someone else. Sebastian is in love with brilliant, beautiful Grace, but their bargain is complete, and she desires another. Yet when he's faced with losing her forever, Sebastian will do whatever it takes to tell her the truth, even if it means risking his own future--and his heart."--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, NY : Avon Books, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2019]
Edition: Print edition First edition
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9780062932402
Branch Call Number: FIC Leigh E
Characteristics: 369 pages ; 17 cm


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JessicaGma Jan 14, 2020

I really enjoyed reading this one with the friends who might like each other, but have decided to keep it friendly, which implodes of course when Grace asks Sebastian to be a fake rake to attract someone else's attention - reverse American Pie? But it's fun, sets the stage for the following books about the friends, and offer up some great advice about anxiety and shyness. I didn't see the colonial aspects as loudly as the other reviewer - I thought having characters of colour here and there made it a better story.

RomanceAddict Dec 06, 2019

Review excerpt: "I guess what I’m getting at is that my main critique of this book is that there is a thematic disconnect. On one hand, there are a lot of overt statements in 'My Fake Rake' about women’s rights, the perils of toxic masculinity, and why scientific racism is Bad. On the other hand, there are some things going on below the surface where the book fails to grapple with the full implications of some of the concepts that are introduced i.e. the English as colonizers and the role science played in that. It creates some vexing moments as a reader during what is otherwise a pretty feel-good book. I said earlier in my review that it felt as if the book was putting a lot of plates in the air and some of them fell to the ground. These are the plates that fell to the ground. (I guess we can call them the implication plates? Coherent theme plates?)

Maybe a historical romance love story between two socially awkward friends and it’s full of cute movie references and trope inversions and they both have fully fleshed out but overall dissimilar scholarly ambitions and there’s another guy involved and he’s also a scientist but to get his attention they have to do Society and it’s about double standards facing women and men in both the professional and private spheres and it’s about England as an imperial and scientific power…makes for too many things to try to cram into one book and have it all work and be coherent."


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