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He's just not the marrying kind ...Lord Guy Carlton, late of His Majesty's Regiment and weary from the war in France, has only wine, women and song in mind when he rents No.67 Clarges Street for the season. He certainly has no desire for a serious attachment – and as for marriage: never!But Lord Guy Carlton didn't factor in the lovely but very proper Miss Esther Jones. Although one of the richest women in England she is also one of the most innocent, which could make her an unwilling victim of the philandering lord. So, once again, it is up to the downstairs staff at Clarges Street to devise a campaign to reform the rake who is laying siege to her heart.

Nicely atmospheric, most notable for its gentle humour and adventurous spirit. (Publishers Weekly) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • By Leonora Russ on 29 May 2017

    Loved the whole collection, had everything you could need in a good story, added bonus no sex or swearing

  • By Judge Tabor on 20 November 2014

    Rake's Progress (A House for the Season) is the fourth book in this series of books. Apparently, I'm reading them out of order. The remaining books are: The Miser of Mayfair (A House for the Season),Plain Jane (A House for the Season Series, Vol. 2),The Wicked Godmother (A House for the Season),The Adventuress (A House for the Season),Rainbird's Revenge (A House for the Season).I'll get back to reading them in order, but wanted to write this review before I completely lose the plot and characters from what remains of my memory. Apparently the tall thin townhouse that sits at Number 67, Clarges Street in London's Mayfair neighborhood, has a type of permanent "family" which consists of a motley crew of servants who have become a family by choice - to this end they watch out for one another and basically pull together to get through life and all its happenings - finding it much easier to join together than go it alone.Because the owner of the home, the Duke of Pelham's agent is a bully, cheat and liar, ripping off the duke and cheating the staff, the servants look forward to each season with the hopeful anticipation of getting tenants who will host house parties, routs, social events placing them in the path of guests who are generous with vails. You see, the servants are putting their money together into one common pot, so to speak, saving for the day when they will be able to purchase their very own inn. This enterprising group consists of: Head of the family - the butler, Rainbird; the housekeeper - Mrs. Middleton; the cook - Angus MacGregor; the somewhat effeminate footman - Joseph; the chambermaid - Jenny; the housemaid - Alice; the scullery maid - Lizzy; and, last but not least - Dave, the pot boy, who has been rescued from his miserable life as a climbing boy.Seasonal tenants may come and go into 67 Clarges Street, but Rainbird and his group know who the real tenants are and they have become absolutely master manipulators and controllers in order to do whatever it takes to keep their little family intact. In fact, you've never found a more adaptable group and believe me - they are often challenged by their hey-go-mad tenants.Into this home, the most recent tenant is shortly to descend - the younger son of the Earl of Cramworth, Lord Guy Carlton, home on leave from the war while he recuperates from wounds and a bit of PTSD. He's in a mood to partay hard along with his compadre, Mr. Tommy Roger. The first bash he holds is one I actually found despicable and prude that I can be, thereafter found it difficult to not hold Lord Guy in dislike. He got off to a bad start with this reader as well as some of the folks in the neighborhood.It seems he and his friend Roger in their ventures out and about London have invited every light skirt they come across to a debauched evening, shocking even Rainbird and his staff who probably thought they'd seen it all. It was so bad, the female servants had to be kept below until the party was over. Lord Guy wakes up in bed naked along with three naked women, wondering if he'd "had" any of them.So, as I said - bad start for me. Very shortly, however, Guy notices a beautiful Amazonian redhead, Esther, descending from the steps of a home in the neighborhood. Further investigation reveals her identity and a bit about her life. But... she knows about the party and wants nothing to do with him. For in fact, our lovely heroine was raised by a father who was a total rakehell and she is now very religious and conservative, caring for her younger brother and sister, Peter and Amy.From here on out, the story improves as Lord Carlton does his utmost to prove himself to the lovely Esther, engaging Rainbird and his staff to aid him in his quest to capture Esther's heart. Lots of fun, some decent adventures, a valet who may or may not be a spy. Read to see how Lord Carlton makes progress in his efforts to woo Esther.

  • By Kristin Davison on 2 August 2016

    This is the first book I have read via audible, and I was disappointed in an annoying narrator who gave the characters weird voices that didn't really fit and sounded very similar, making it hard to understand who was talking.I was also more than disappointed in the fact that there was a woman who at gun point was forced to marry a man in order to save her reputation and that there was attempted rape. This is a let down in a good series.

  • By Guest on 14 June 2014

    M C Beaton is faultless. Cannot recommend enough if you are looking for an easy read that keeps your interest to the last page....and always on to the next in the series! Very clever! Have read all the Agatha Raisin, Hamish Macbeth, traveling matchmaker, A House For The Season, Six Sisters series etc, etc.. Can't get enough. Highly recommended.

  • By MartynW on 27 October 2013

    I find this series an interesting one to follow. with the servants of the house playing just as an important role to the hero and heroine. I did find the 'rake' slightly shallow in his character and hard to believe hence my three stars overall. However I have got the next book in the series.


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