A Beginner's Guide to Rakes

8 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 11 hours. Tantor Audio. 2012. ISBN 9781452636078. $39.99; 1 MP3-CD. library ed.; 9 CDs. retail ed.; digital download. ROMANCE
The first entry in Enoch's new "Scandalous Brides" series finds young widow Diane Benchley returning to London and opening an exclusive gentleman's gaming club in the family home. Diane holds a grudge against Oliver, the rakish Marquis of Haybury, for abandoning her in Vienna shortly after her husband's death, so she decides to use blackmail as a means to get his assistance. Oliver is determined to have Diane, so he is willing to comply. This enjoyable story is an unusual twist on the Regency romance, offering a somewhat unlikable heroine. Multi-award-winning narrator Anne Flosnik delivers a terrific performance.
VERDICT This will appeal to fans of Christina Dodd, Julia Quinn, and Sabrina Jeffries.
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