My second review in my unofficial “review catch-up” week. (I promise I will not always inundate you with this many reviews in one week. Hopefully.) This time, it’s for Eva Leigh’s My Fake Rake. It’s my second book by Leigh and absolutely not my last. But, I must admit, I had higher expectations for this one.
Publisher: Avon | Release Date: November 2019 | Pages: 369
Age Range: Adult | Genre: Romance | Format: Mass Market | Source: Bought
Lady Grace Wyatt is content as a wallflower, focusing on scientific pursuits rather than the complications of society matches. But when a handsome, celebrated naturalist returns from abroad, Grace wishes, for once, to be noticed. Her solution: to “build” the perfect man, who will court her publicly and help her catch his eye. Grace’s colleague, anthropologist Sebastian Holloway, is just the blank slate she requires.
In exchange for funding his passage on an expedition leaving London in a few months, Sebastian allows Grace to transform him from a bespectacled, bookish academic into a dashing—albeit fake—rake. Between secret lessons on how to be a rogue and exaggerated public flirtations, Grace’s feelings for Sebastian grow from friendship into undeniable, inconvenient, real attraction. If only she hadn’t hired him to help her marry someone else…
Sebastian is in love with brilliant, beautiful Grace, but their bargain is complete, and she desires another. Yet when he’s faced with losing her forever, Sebastian will do whatever it takes to tell her the truth, even if it means risking his own future—and his heart.
- Premise. I absolutely loved this premise. It was so fun to see friends-to-lovers but with the (starting off) innocence of trying to help your friend snag who she thinks she wants even though you’re madly in love with her. It was so well done and so fun.
- Our love pair and some side characters. Absolutely loved Grace and her fire, while Sebastian was so sweet and hot. I am also so excited for the next two books and who they feature as love interests (two of my favorites of Sebastian’s friends).
- Science-driven heroine. Between this novel and many of Anne Renwick’s books, I am finding myself loving a science-driven heroine in a society that doesn’t appreciate science (from women). It’s so enjoyable!
- Less spice than I hoped for. So, this could absolutely be a me thing and misremembering, but I thought this was hyped as one of Leigh’s spicier books. So I was left disappointed when it absolutely didn’t live up to that hype (that I also, again, might of misassigned to this book instead of one of her others).
- Timing of “3rd act break-up”. So, I already hate the trope of the third act fight between our lovers in romance books. If I don’t read a romance straight through, I usually stop at that point and then finish it another day, it’s that annoying to me. But the timing of this one immediately took me out of the chapter that I loved the most!! I was so bummed!!
This review might make it seem like I didn’t enjoy My Fake Rake at all, which is not the case! I stayed up way too late reading it and read 80% of it in one sitting, like I usually do with romances. Again, I love our main pair and I’m stoked for the rest of the series. But, the lack of spice (to my preferences) and the timing of the “break up” really lessened my enjoyment, to be honest.
But not to the point that I won’t read Eva Leigh again. I still enjoy her books immensely and plan to continue (slowly) working through her catalog.