The Art of Ruining a Rake is not quite your typical Regency romance. Lucy has been in love with her brother's friend Roman since she was a little girl. When she gets her chance to spend the night with him, she takes it, then hies off to Bath to run a school for young ladies. Meanwhile Roman is bewildered by her rather carefree attitude. Roman is a rake and has a strong dose of Peter Pan syndrome. He lets his brother handle his responsibilities and flits among the ladies of the Ton. He can't understand why Lucy turns down his proposal of marriage - twice. This is a story of misunderstandings and growing up. There were times in the book when I didn't like either Roman or Lucy, but you can't help rooting for them both. It was interesting to see these two young adults (well, Roman is a little older, but acts younger than Lucy) evolve into people that I really liked by book end. Well done, Ms. Locke!
I received this book as an ARC from NetGalley for an honest review.