The Rake


By Mary Jo Putney

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A woman holds the key to one man's destiny in this classic Regency romance from the legendary New York Times bestselling author.

Disinherited and disgraced, Reginald Davenport's prospects cried for a dire end. But fate has given him one last chance at redemption—by taking his rightful place as the heir of Strickland, his lost ancestral estate. Davenport knows his way around women, yet nothing prepares him for his shocking encounter with Lady Alys Weston.

Masquerading as a man in order to obtain a position as estate manager of Strickland, Alys fled a world filled with mistrust and betrayal. She was finished with men—until Strickland's restored owner awakens a passion she thought she would never feel. A passion that will doom or save them both . . . if only they can overcome their pasts . . .

Praise for Mary Jo Putney

"Putney's endearing characters and warm-hearted stories never fail to inspire and delight." —Sabrina Jeffries

"A complex maze of a story twisted with passion, violence, and redemption. Miss Putney just gets better and better." —Nora Roberts

"A gifted writer with an intuitive understanding of what makes romance work." —Amanda Quick

"No one writes historical romance better." —Cathy Maxwell

"Dynamite!" —Laura Kinsale
The Rake