Book Review: My Fake Rake (Union of Rakes #1) by Eva Leigh

Book Review: My Fake Rake (Union of Rakes #1) by Eva Leigh
My Fake Rake (Union of Rakes #1) by Eva Leigh

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 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.

In exchange for funding his passage on an expedition leaving London in a few months, Sebastian allows Grace to 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 hired 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. 

3 out of 5 stars

I liked this story and thought it was a good introduction to a new series. The characters were likable and I enjoyed their struggles and the predicament they were in but I kept longing for them to open up and talk to one another. Sometimes it felt slow and drawn out because there wasn't a lot of sharing happening and I felt no sense of urgency to read. There were a lot of fun scenes mixed in that made it enjoyable, however, so I kept right on reading. I liked watching Sebastian come out of his shell. I liked Grace a lot, but her head could be all over the place so sometimes she frustrated me.

So, I liked it but didn't love it. The overall storyline was really good and I was excited for Grace and Sebastian to get to their HEA. I loved the end and the excitement I felt when they finally got together. This one falls into the good category for me. :-)

Complimentary copy received for honest review.

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