Reforming a Rake By Suzanne Enoch
I’ve read most of Enoch’s books and out all of them this is one of my favorite, along with London’s Perfect Scoundrel. In fact i’ve read this book so many times that the spine of the book is breaking. If you’ve never tried this author before either begin with this one (it’s the first in a series of three) or try the other one previously mentioned.
Plot: Lucien Balfour, Earl of Kilcairn Abby hates his family. A stipulation in his father’s will forces him to launch his cousin, Rose, into society and make sure she successfully marries. His cousin, although very annoying and quite pathetic, is bearable it’s her mother. His aunt is, to put it nicely, a nightmare in a feather dress and her influence has extended to Rose. He can’t let her out into society the way she is, no one will want her. He need a governess. Enter Alexandra Gallant. Lex is desperate, a scandal from a previous employer means no one will have hire her so even though the situation is very. . strange she accepts her new governess position, even if her employee is blunt, rude, arrogant, very handsome and seems to already have another position for her in mind. The attraction between them two of them is instant and Lucien is determined to have her. However pretty soon Lucien discovers that there is more to Lex than her beauty, she’s quick witted, smart and unafraid of him. He’s finally found someone who can match him equally in ways he hasn’t found before, he can’t get her out of his mind. When they do give into each other it still isn’t that simple as Alexandra’s own self-doubt prevent her from accepting Lucien fully but he won’t be taking no for an answer.
The best thing about this book is the love the two leading characters feel for each other isn’t based purely on physical looks which i think is seen too often in some other books. Lucien lusts after Alexandra because of her looks but he falls in love with her because of her mind and her sharp wit and it was a refreshing change. The banter between the two is highly entertaining and it makes you turn the pages faster and faster. Apart from Lucien and Lex, the secondary characters are great. Lucien’s cousin Rose and his horrible Aunt Fiona are really great to read even if you hate the aunt they add to the plot rather than interfere. If you’ve never ventured into the historical romance area this is a great place to start although i will advise that if you don’t like hero’s who are a bit mean and cold then this might be one to avoid.