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Book Review of The Rake (Davenport, Bk 2)

The Rake (Davenport, Bk 2)
The Rake (Davenport, Bk 2)
Author: Mary Jo Putney
Genre: Romance
Book Type: Paperback
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Reginald Davenport has a well-earned reputation as a Rake. Known as the "Despair of the Davenports", Reggie has no prospects. He spends his days sleeping off a hangover, and his nights drinking and carousing. When his cousin calls him to his estate, Reggie believes his allowance will be cut off. Instead, his cousin offers him an unentailed property called Strickland which happened to be Reggie's boyhood home. Reggie agrees to move to the country and take over the very prosperous property.

Reggie is very surprised when he meets Strickland's estate manager, Lady Alys Weston. She has taken the small property and made it a very successful estate. Now Alys needs to prove herself to Reggie, or find a new home for herself and her three wards.

I read this book over a dozen years ago and loved it since it is unique in that the hero is an alcoholic. Reggie doesn't believe his drinking is a problem, but others around him see it for what it is. Reggie and Alys are very well matched. They were both hurt in the past and they are both lonely. They become friends before realizing that they bring out the best in each other. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. My rating: 5 Stars.

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