The Good Girl's Guide to Rakes (Last Chance Scoundrels #1) (Mass Market)

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This is book number 1 in the Last Chance Scoundrels series.

Staff Reviews

This is the conventional historical romance plot of the libertine who needs to clean up his act so he can marry a respectable woman. He asks a female acquaintance for help and then... feelings! Eva Leigh follows some of my favorite romance frameworks in her books, but where she shines is the character depth, explorations of class, and sheer sexiness. Read this for a good time and as a kick off to a fun new series.

(Yes, I have read the newly released second book in this series, How the Wallflower Was Won. I may even like it better than the first ;). So what I'm really say is, if you like Bodice Rippers, read both!).

— From Andrea


In USA TODAY bestselling author Eva Leigh's new novel a notorious rake and an innocent debutante strike a scandalous bargain...

When Kieran Ransome’s latest antics result in a massive scandal, his father issues an ultimatum: find a respectable wife or inherit nothing. But as one of London’s most inveterate scoundrels, Kieran doesn’t know any ladies who fit the bill. Or does he?

Celeste Kilburn is a society darling, beloved by influential members of the ton. But keeping a spotless reputation leaves little room for adventure and she longs to escape her gilded cage, especially with her impending engagement to a stuffy earl. When Kieran—her older brother’s best friend and an irresistibly attractive rogue—begs for her help, Celeste makes a deal: she’ll introduce him to the right social circles if he’ll show her the scandalous side of London.

In between proper teas and garden parties, Kieran escorts Celeste—disguised as “Salome”—to rowdy gaming hells, wild fêtes, and sensual art salons. As they spend more time together, their initial attraction builds to a desperate desire that neither can ignore. But when someone discovers their midnight exploits, Celeste’s freedom and reputation are endangered, and Kieran must save the woman he loves… respectable or not.  

About the Author

Eva Leigh is a USA Today bestselling romance author who has always loved historical romance. She writes novels chock-full of determined women and men who are here for it. She enjoys baking, spending too much time on the Internet, and listening to music from the '80s. Eva and her husband live in Central California.

Eva also writes in multiple romance genres as Zoë Archer and Alexis Stanton.

Visit her on the web at

Praise For…

"Eva Leigh is an author who never fails to provide scorching love scenes and deliciously filthy dialogue, and this is no exception... Leigh captures something critical to the essence of romance — good sex on the page is fun to read, but great literary sex comes with something to say about power, pleasure, and rebellion." — Entertainment Weekly

"A woman bargains for her freedom from society’s gilded cage in Leigh’s smart and sizzling introduction to her Last Chance Scoundrels regency series... That Kieran and Celeste’s love affair is born of mutual respect and admiration only enhances the sensual love scenes. This risqué romp will have readers hooked." — Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"If you’re looking for a Regency romance with a full-blown bad boy—Bridgerton fans know that “rake” is the English-historical-romance version of ladies’ man—please meet Kieran Ransome..." — Self

"Many romances explore young women fighting against the patriarchal standards that dictate their lives. This story not only does that with aplomb, but also considers the intersection of gender and class... Delightful dirty talk and dazzling prose contribute to making this book a standout. A captivating series kickoff from an author soaring to a new level of excellence." — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"With this promising start to her new Last Chance Scoundrels series, Leigh once again displays her literary prowess for creating marvelously memorable characters and crafting sensuality-forward love stories perfectly enhanced by her deliciously acerbic sense of humor." — Booklist

“Leigh’s heroines are complex, vivid characters who seem to have stepped out of an enviable time and place, and not just because of all the satisfying, sexy romance they get to have.” — Sarah MacLean, Washington Post, on From Duke Till Dawn

“Eva Leigh is one of my favorite authors. Her books are pure romantic delight.” — Tessa Dare, New York Times bestselling author

“Leigh consistently crafts whip-smart heroines and irresistible heroes delivered in packages bursting with wicked wit, feminist leanings, and sex positivity... For any who question whether historical romance is outdated or can be feminist, look no further than Eva Leigh’s work—while maintaining assiduous historical accuracy, she delivers intoxicating yarns that bulldoze tropes and flip gender expectations on their head.” — Entertainment Weekly

“A jolt of electricity, a blast of fresh air—everything delightful and exciting you could want it to be.”  — New York Times Book Review on My Fake Rake

"My Fake Rake is a feast of female empowerment, positive friendships, feel-good moments, and social satire. And as the first book in a series, it builds a delicious world you'll want to come back to—hopefully because the delightful supporting characters will get their own stories next." — NPR

"This book is totally charming." — Cat Sebastian, author of A Delicate Deception

“there’s just something about the way [Leigh] structures her plots that slips under my skin and gets my mental wheels turning every time...” — Seattle Review of Books

"In the realm of historical romance, Eva Leigh... knows how to write very spicy stories with lots of hot chemistry that never burns out, but also a depth and richness to characters that leads to incredibly fulfilling relationships unfurling across the plot." — Paste Magazine

Product Details
ISBN: 9780063086272
ISBN-10: 0063086271
Publisher: Avon
Publication Date: February 22nd, 2022
Pages: 384
Language: English
Series: Last Chance Scoundrels