50 Ways to Ruin a Rake…FUN and SMART Historical!

Review: 4.00 Stars

In 50 Ways to Ruin a Rake by Jade Lee

Mellie has a plan…

Mellie Smithson is trapped in the country with no suitors and no prospects on the horizon except, perhaps, the exasperating—although admittedly handsome—guest of her father. She’s looking for any excuse to go to London to meet more eligible men.

Trevor has a problem…

Trevor Anaedsley’s grandfather has cut off his funds until such time as he gets engaged. Trevor escapes to the country—ostensibly to visit his old tutor, Mr. Smithson, but actually to duck his creditors—where he meets Smithson’s lovely daughter, Mellie. The obvious solution is suddenly before him—but the lady has ideas of her own, and Trevor’s going to have to measure up…But trying to keep things impersonal, and unemotional does not work so well!


This is a great historical romance. An emotional story about life, love, and the difficulty of class, and family expectations.

This is a story about the changing state of noble stature to merchant success that embraces both.

A smart blue stocking, and a duke’s heir fake an engagement to get her out of an unwanted courtship, and him out of the threat of financial ruin.

They find that they cannot live apart, love conquers all!


I admit the whole…I am going to catch a man concept bothers me. However, I understand the reality of this era and so I accept this motivation!

The money goal is perhaps even worse but more usual. If you read a lot of historical romances this will all be par for the course.

Both of these are fairly standard in the genre.

That is at its base my only true complaint…the story line is a bit too standard.


I loved the forbidden love and class shattering aspects of this story!

It is a very good historical romance novel!

Keep Reading!

J.A. Kenney

Genre: Historical Romance 

Publication date: May 5th, 2015

Length: 384 Pages

Blush Quotient: Red – This story contains more love scenes and sexy situations and they are described in detail using frank, explicit language.

Disclaimer: This book was provided by the publisher in exchange for a fair review.