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THE DUTIFUL RAKE
by Elizabeth Rolls

Genre: Historical Romance
Setting: Regency England

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Tall, handsome and a bit cynical, rakish Marcus Langley, Earl of Rutherford, is a confirmed bachelor. But at 35, he decides to look for a wife.

When Marcus visits property left
to him by a great-uncle, he discovers
not only is the estate in deplorable
condition, but a dependent of his
tightfisted uncle, Miss Meg Fellowes,
is ill with influenza. He nurses her
back to health.

In order to protect her reputation, Marcus proposes a marriage of convenience, which she agrees to. Though Marcus is proud that Meg is accepted
by the ton, their marriage does not
run smoothly, and his old nemesis proves a great danger to Meg.

With poignancy and sensuality,
Rolls pens a story of a woman who
hides her love for fear of being rejected and a man who is afraid that love and happiness will be taken away from him if he cares too much. SENSUAL (Jul., 297 pp., $5.50)

Reviewed By: Joan Hammond

Publisher: Harlequin

Published: July 2004

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