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The Good Girl's Guide to Rakes

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I look forward to reading Eva Leigh's romances because they have appealing characters, great dialogue and steam. This book did not disappoint!  The story follows Kieran Ransome, who due to his behavior, is about to be socially and financially cut off by his family if he can't find a respectable wife. He needs to rehabilitate his image and asks Celeste Kilburn, his best friend's sister, to help. In trade, Celeste wants Kieran to help her explore the scandalous side of London. 
As the opening chapters provided the back story for the two main families in the book, it was a bit of a slow start for me. However, once Kieran and Celeste's story - and chemistry - took off, it was a fun and satisfying story as the couple shed their preconceived notions of the other and began to fall in love.
I enjoyed this book and I am looking forward to the next book in this series!


Thank you NetGalley and the Publisher for an ARC copy in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.
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I absolutely loved this book. The whole thing is a joy. Celeste is so much more than a beauty, but the world (and her father) refuse to see it or to let her be anything more than the epitome of her father’s social expectations.
Kieran has lived a reckless life, but in trying to make a difficult situation better…well, it all comes toppling down. Now he’s has to reform his ways or his two best friends (ok his brother and his best friend) will suffer the consequences. Asking his best friend’s faultless sister to help him reform his image is a perfect plan! What could go wrong? I was so invested throughout this whole book,  I can’t wait for the next one!
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Third son Kieran, a wastrel and scoundrel, has been threatened with disinheritance by his parents unless he finds a respectable wife within a year. The only respectable woman he even slightly knows is Celeste, his best friend's sister. They make a deal that she will introduce him to respectable women as potential brides if he will show her the scandalous places London has to offer. She takes on the disguised persona of Salome as they visit debauched clubs and more. The scenes as Salome are graphic but as herself much more gentle. She starts a charity, he cries at Beethoven. Something for everyone I guess!
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Thank you so much for the opportunity to read this book. Unfortunately this was not the historical romance for me. I did not finish this book. Neither of the main characters made me like them, and I could have cared less what happened with them. The writing was easy to read and let myself enjoy, but without a connection to the characters it was just a flop for me. I wish this book all of the luck, and that it finds a better suited audience than me.
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The Good Girl's Guide to Rakes by Eva Leigh is the first book in the Last Chance Scoundrels series. It follows Kieran Ransome, a third son who is about to be cut off by his family if he can't find a respectable wife. Kieran needs a guide back into polite society and asks Celeste Kilburn, his best friend's sister, if she can help him rehabilitate his image. Celeste agrees with the condition that he shows her the scandalous side of London.

Eva Leigh never fails to deliver romances packed with rompy fun, delicious steam, and compelling characters—and this. book is no different! Kieran quickly realizes that Celeste is nothing like he's assumed her to be, and his devotion to helping secure her independence makes him a truly swoon-worthy romance hero. Add in some eyeliner and a gift for poetry, and Kieran easily stole both my heart and Celeste's. Meanwhile, Celeste worked so well as a heroine for me. I loved how bold she was, how unashamed she was in regards to wanting to explore her sexual side, and her devotion to those she cared about.

This was a strong series start from Leigh, and it has me eager to dive into the next book!
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In this sexy and entertaining historical romance, Kieran and Celeste make a bargain that will open new doors for them both, but they don’t expect to fall in love in the process. 

Eva Leigh is quickly becoming one of my favorite historical romance authors, and although I’m not sure anything will beat Waiting for a Scot Like You, I really, really enjoyed this one. Kieran’s mouth was SO dirty, and I was kind of obsessed with it? And him? The way he talked to Celeste during certain scenes had me grinning from ear to ear. The overall plot for this one was so good, and I was excited to watch Kieran and Celeste get their happy ending! Eva Leigh is a phenomenal writer, and I would highly recommend this book!

Content warning for sexual content.

A huge thank you to NetGalley and Avon for the ARC of The Good Girl's Guide to Rakes by Eva Leigh!
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the dirty talk was A+ in this book - which you dont always get from a historical romance, so i super appreciated that! Celeste and Kieran were a phenomenal pair and i was rooting for them from the start!! Cannot wait for more from this author.
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This was pretty cute. It had a good plot too, not just the romance aspect, which I always appreciate.
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This was my first time reading Eva Leigh and it was an absolute blast from start to finish. I’m a sucker for a good “rake helps a proper lady do very improper activities” romance and this one hit all of my buttons. The chemistry was hot hot hot and who could ever resist a poet who has quite a way with words. I cannot wait to dive into Eva Leigh's next book!
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Eva Leigh's books made me a historical romance reader so I couldn't wait for her newest release! Eva's romances are so approachable, feminist, and fun to read, and The Good Girl's Guide to Rakes is no exception. The premise of this book is that scoundrel must marry a respectable woman or he will be cut off from his family money. Our hero, Kieran, finds a guide in Celeste, a supposedly upstanding woman, and they quickly realize they are in for more than they bargained for. I just loved seeing these two try to pretend that they weren't falling for each other and eventually admit their feelings. A perfect read for fans of Tessa Dare!
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Eva Leigh’s The Good Girl’s Guide to Rakes is fun historical romance with a not-so-proper heroine and a rakish hero with a poet’s soul. I enjoyed the chemistry between the couple, and seeing the heroine Celeste take control of her life and body was a joy. Unfortunately, I didn’t love the set-up of the series, as laid out in the opening chapters, so this book was a slow start for me. Still, I think historical romance fans will love this book, especially if they want to root for a wallflower having fun.
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I received this book as an ARC from NetGalley.  These are my opinions.
I really enjoyed this book.  Kieran's parents give him an ultimatum, get married within a year, or they will disown him.  He asks his best friend Dom's sister Celeste to help him navigate the ton.  She is a paragon of virtue having been poor as a child.  She agrees to help, if he will show her the scandalous side of London.  She disguises herself as "Salome", to not be recognized.  The interaction between the two is wonderful.  I would highly recommend anyone who likes romance novels with twists and turns on the way to a HEA read this book.
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I'll admit that this book had a lot of things going for me right from the get-go. First off: Eva Leigh is always going to be a must-read histrom author for me, no question, but the fact that this was also based around the trope of the two leads making a deal wherein the rake has to become more civilized and the respectable lady gets her taste of impropriety in the process? Utter catnip. Beyond that, Leigh is just so skilled at writing all of the tension that ultimately culminates in equally-hot... well, culmination. I was pleasantly surprised by the conflict resolution, and honestly, my kingdom for more romance novels where the last chapter is basically just the couple head-over-heels in love and going to town on one another. Those will never not be a highlight for me. I'm already looking forward to Finn's book (and half-wondering if Dom's book is going to be second-chance romance with Willa too!).

I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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Good girl and her brother's rake best friend agree to introduce each other to their respective worlds as a mutually beneficial deal while ignoring the fact that they've secretly been into each other for a while AND learning things about themselves along the way?? Hello sign me up immediately every time, please and thank you.

Kieran is hot. Celeste is hot. Kieran is a poet so he's sensitive and ✨good with words✨ if you catch my drift. I also just...love a histrom hero with an angsty backstory. And Celeste! She is just here to live a little before marrying a guy she really doesn't want to, and who could blame her for that?? She commits to their nighttime adventures tho, and I love her journey.

This is just spicy and scandalous and fun, with some great moments of emotional connection and some interesting sibling dynamics. ALSO Ms. Bev herself makes a cameo as a gambling hell owner, which?? Iconic??? More famous-writers-having-cameos-in-books, please.

I'm fully here for the vibes and excited for the next book in the series.

Pros: I lived for the spicy scenes but the emotional connection really backed them up
Cons: I wish we'd gotten to see Celeste and Dom together a bit more
CW: sexual content, cursing, toxic family relationships
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This is more of a me problem than a book problem. When it started off I was really confused I thought I had miss some information but I didn't. I also just didn't like Kieran or Celeste and just wasn't interested in anything happening.
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I wrote about this book, The Good Girl's Guide to Rakes, in a column for SELF magazine in Feb 2022. The topic was "romance novels to read while waiting for Bridgerton."
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This was so good! I loved that this was mostly from a male perspective and that Ransom was so emotionally available and vulnerable. Such a breath of fresh air from traditional historical romances!
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This was a steamy read, with a rake trying to reform himself, and a "good girl" trying to go bad. An enjoyable read.
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Once Kieran Ransome and his brother convince a friend, Dominic Kilburn, to jilt their sister at the altar, all three men are threatened to be cut off from their families, and more importantly the family money, unless they marry a woman of unimpeachable character. Celeste Kilburn is used to behaving herself as her father and brother depend on her impending engagement to a future Marquess to raise their family’s social standing beyond humble trade beginnings. Then Kieran asks Celeste to introduce him to appropriate high-society women eligible for marriage, and Celeste agrees but only if Kieran will be her guide to the underbelly of London before her engagement is announced. Their clandestine activities and Celeste’s newfound freedom build an intimacy they didn’t expect, but once Celeste’s nocturnal entertainments are discovered by her future betrothed, her spotless reputation is threatened. Kieran must come up with a plan that will save them both.  

Verdict The first installment in the “Last Chance Scoundrels” series is off to a wickedly fun start, with plenty of disguises, sneaky exploits, and explosive sex. Fans of Joanna Shupe, Sophie Jordan and Megan Frampton won’t want to miss this.
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Eva Leigh’s new series Last Chance Scoundrels started with The Good Girl’s Guide to Rake. And what a way to start a serious. From the first paragraph I was hooked. In fact you might be forgiven if you thought the story would be about Willa and Dom, but no. It is about Kieran and Celeste Kilburn. Two souls who are both pushed aside and their dreams and talents minimized by their respective parents. They come together after Kieran and his brother Finn encourage Dom to leave their sister at the altar. It was a knuckleheaded and thoughtless maneuver which leads the parental units to force them to find brides or be financially cut off. Kieran makes a deal with Celeste, she helps him find a bride and she gets to fulfill her scandalous bucket list before settling down to a respectable marriage which should be beneficial to her family. 

Aided by Celeste’s maid, Kieran and Celeste embarked on their journey, at first it was to such places at a gaming hall. As the story progressed, Kieran began taking Celeste (and her alter ego) to outings that were near and dear to her heart such as setting up a charity in her old neighborhood. He listened to her and wanted to become a better person. What tugged at my heart was Celeste taking on the weight of her family and being resigned to marry an arrogant unredeemable scoundrel and his harridan of a mother. Celeste was also doing this at the sacrifice of her heart, which is lost to Kieran.

Kieran might be a knucklehead and a rogue, but he was very protective of those who he loved, such as his brother Finn, Celeste and even a misguided desire to protect his sister at the beginning of the book. Ms. Leigh’s words weave humor, heart and heat into her story. And steam, there is definitely steam and attraction that burns out the pages. Overall, the story is well-rounded, about two wounded but strong characters who found their souls and heart become intertwined. I highly recommend this book and cannot wait for the rest of the series. What a wonderful way to start a new series.

I received an ARC of the Good Girl’s Guide to Raked by Eva Leigh and read the book voluntarily.
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