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    When a male wallflower meets his match

    Will two persons who have feelings deeper than friendship for another take the risk to damage their relationship and open their heart or will they keep their emotions shut down and risk to let happiness pass them by? This is my first book written by Mrs Eva Leigh and it won’t be the last, this book was unputdownable, why I even chastised myself for choosing to read it on a working day! Mrs Leigh has crafted a vivid tale of finding its with blood and flesh lively characters. I simply adored this rather reversal of my Fair Lady with Sebastian Holloway as Eliza Doolittle. I immediately fell in love with Mrs Leigh hero, I loved Sebastian, I rooted for him, my heart arched and broke for him, I cheered too for him! As all along his relationship moved from caring to deep love for Grace, he also found his voice and his confidence. He is not the usual alpha man so oftenly portrayed in romance novels, he is the one waiting in the shadows, the one who will notice the heroine and give his handkerchief is needed. For her, he accepted to become someone else, to face his own fears and stand by her side to make her felt desired. Even ready to fade away back in the edges of her life if necessary to provide her what she asked for. Don’t ask me why but I portrayed him as Eddie Redmayne as Newton Scamander, his gangly physic, his long frame avoiding other’s glares, his mane of hair ... « he could not consider failure. He’d been a disappointment to his family—he refused to disappoint someone he truly cared about. » For a clever woman, Lady Grace was one very slow on the uptake, she catalogued all the things she liked then loved about him as she wanted to remember them but it took her so very very long to comprehend her own feelings I wondered where her big brain has gone. She is a recognized entity in her field but really guileless reading love. But I loved her, she is just ignorant and by analyzing all her own reactions and feelings, she accepted she made a mistake, a big one. The main problem was she did acknowledge him as her friend but didn’t really saw him for the man who makes her heart beats faster, her belly flutters. She needed closeness and nearly losing him to understand how perfect he was, this man who faced his fears only for her. The period of Sebastian metamorphosis from a bookworm to a rake was quite full of witty banters and quips between the trio of friends, Grace, Seb and Rotherby, at time it was really hilarious. It was really a marvel of twists and bounces from one situation to an other. « “What I wear is serviceable enough. I’ve had this waistcoat for years.” “And it deserves some rest to repay its decade of valiant service,” Rotherby noted. “A rake is never dressed in clothing that’s old enough to marry.” » The Love triangle trope is far from my favorite as it always leaves one party hurt. And in this story, there is no vilain in this story, just a young woman who didn’t understand fully the range of her action when she jumped on the battlefields to win one man’s interest when her heart was already pulsing faster when close by an other. Why I even felt more sorry for FredericKs, as he is the underdog of the book, but stairs do gracious even in his defeat. « “I wanted Mason, but it’s Sebastian I need.” » Until the very last chapter, I was on edge, worried by Grace and Seb inability to see past their own mask, then there was this love declaration scene, one of the most beautiful I have read since long. My heart had stopped to beat for some seconds, as I was keyed up by what I was reading. This was the perfect rendition of Sebastian’s personality, a knight with or without a shining armor, who would follow to the end of the earth the woman he loved. A special mention for Rotherby, for a duke, he is quite an amazing character too, aware of his flaws and playing with them, his friendship with Sebastian was so refreshing, a peer with a commoner and this same lofty peer, a rake of a Duke, playing matchmaker for his friend. Why I was so happy to learn he will be the next rake in this series, what a fabulous hero he will make. A big fat 10 stars I was granted through Edelweiss an advance copy by the publisher Avon. I had previously to it preordered my own copy. Here is my true and unbiased opinion.
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    Entertaining Reversal of Pygmalion

    I received an ARC of this book to read through Edelweiss+ in exchange for a fair review. My Fake Rake by Eva Leigh is the first book in her delightful new The Union of Rakes series. Lady Grace Wyatt is a scholar with an interest in amphibians and reptiles, She is quite happy with her studies and spending time with her friends until her father becomes ill and in order to relieve his worries she agrees to look for a husband. The gentleman she has in mind is celebrated naturalist Mason Fredericks whom she’s long had a crush on but he doesn’t see her as a prospective bride only a fellow scholar. Her good friend Sebastian Holloway an anthropologist suggests what she needs is a Rake to take an interest in her so that Mason will see her in a new light. Since she doesn’t know any Rakes she asks Sebastian to pretend to be a Rake and they enlist the help of his good friend the Duke of Rotherby in a Pygmalion type of transformation from poor scholar to handsome rake. When Sebastian is transformed not only does Mason begin to see Grace in a new light but Grace begins to see Sebastian for who he is and Sebastian fears that giving Grace her hearts desire will break his. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and highly recommend it. Medium Steam. Publishing Date November 26, 2019 #Edelweissplus #MyFakeRake #EvaLeigh #HistoricalRomance #Bookstagram #AvonRomance #AvonBooks #HarperCollinsCanada #FriendsToLovers
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