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THE DUTIFUL RAKE 1
Marc, the Earl of Rutherford, is content having numerous affairs with married women and widows. But to hold on to the title of earl, he must find himself a bride or risk losing his title to his cousin. Marc soon sets out for Yorkshire to take over his late uncle’s estate. He discovers that the estate is in disarray and that the housekeeper has fallen ill. Meg Fellowes, the ward of Marc’s uncle, was forced into the role of housekeeper due to her scandalous past. After spending the night caring for the sick Meg, Marc sets about correcting his uncle’s wrongs toward her. Marc and Meg clash over her future as she is determined to make a living on her own. However, Marc soon makes her an offer of marriage and Meg finds herself agreeing to his terms.
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- JAB 04/28/2018
The hero is a playboy in all accounts and manner, even citing that the only thing he wants in a wife is discretion because after she gives birth or gets pregnant then she may take a lover. He even compares being married like being a monk, pleeeaaassseee! As if the man knew the definition of abstinence! So, he goes to mansion of a recently deceased relative (a real scrooge & bully) to find the man's ward gravely sick. He does all he can in order to help her recover from influenza and seek justice for the unpaid tenants of the dead relative, so he has his good points. Once, the heroine has recovered, her walls are up against the hero due to being mistreated horribly by her relatives over her family's scandal. She refuses the hero's offers (appropriate offers, mind you) and tries to leave go her new job. Unfortunately, the employer doesn't believe her illness due to her dead mother's past philandering with every Tom, Dick, and Harry. Now, the heroine has no job, no place, and stained reputation left by her family. I did love that despite the heroine's past, he goes after her and treats her with dignity and respect that she's owed to. The hero then comes up with a proposal for the two of them to marry and while, there is some quarreling, the heroine agrees to the match. The two of them are in a shotgun wedding and while heading back, the villain#1 comes across them and sets his sights on the heroine. The V#1 nearly rapes the heroine till the hero comes to the rescue. We also learn the hero has a past with V#1 because he stopped V#1 from nearly raping a maid. That past act won the hero major brownie points from me. We are left at the cliffhanger where V#1 is telling the hero's latest mistress of the hero's new bride.
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