Daisy Farthingale protected her sister by taking blame for a scandalous incident that occurred during her sister’s debut season and now embarks upon her own entrance into society with a slight tarnish to her reputation. No one trusts her judgment when it comes to men, but Daisy is determined to redeem herself in the eyes of her beloved family by marrying the most honorable man she can find… unfortunately, she finds herself falling in love with London’s most notorious rakehell, Lord Gabriel Dayne, a disreputable wastrel who may be spying for the French! What’s a girl to do? Fortunately, Daisy has gotten her hands on Lady Forsythia Haversham’s Rules for Reforming a Rake.
Gabriel Dayne, younger son of the Earl of Trent, has spent the war years cultivating his image as a knave and drunken rakehell to hide his true occupation as a spy against Napoleon’s forces. His missions on the Continent have taken a harrowing physical toll as well as an emotional one. Sent home to recover from gunshot wounds acquired in a skirmish (though most of London Society believes he was shot by a jealous husband), he’s determined to enjoy the wastrel reputation he’s taken great pains to develop, for he soon expects to be recalled to battle. But the dangers he encountered in Napoleon’s war pale in comparison to the danger he faces from Daisy Farthingale, the beautiful slip of a girl who creates havoc with his heart from the moment he sets eyes upon her.
Review: This book started out hilarious–I was on a flight and literally started laughing out loud, because of course the comedic timing is spot on. It should be harmless, a nice rake walks down the street–but its not just any street, its the street where the Farthingale sisters live–which basically mean it’s a death trap or so it’s been called, a marriage trap.
Obsessed. I loved Daisy’s book even more than Laurel’s, probably because I really appreciated the love story between Gabriel and Daisy and how they tried to avoid one another while at the same time not realizing that the ENTIRE time they were together they were basically courting.
Gabriel is a bit of an anti hero, the type of male you cheer for because he’s so dang humble and willing to accept the dirt from society without taking any of the splendor or awards actually due him. I LOVED him and I loved how Daisy saw through all of that, she figured him out, saw too much, which of course made him want to push her away but as they start to get closer to one another they realize that Daisy’s past may be coming back to haunt them–which is a very bad thing since Gabriel isn’t really some degenerate rake–but a war hero hell bent on saving every innocent bystander he can.
Gabriel couldn’t have been written better and Daisy was brave–which I love in a female heroine. I loved this story, every juicy part.