Bargaining with a Rake - Julie Johnstone

Bargaining with a Rake

By Julie Johnstone

  • Release Date: 2018-01-31
  • Genre: Historical
Score: 4.5
From 248 Ratings


Every scandal starts with a rake.
For eleven years, Gillian Rutherford has dreamed of escaping her family’s dark secret and living a normal life. Now, faced with an unwelcome marriage that will chain her to London and the secret slowly killing her, she’s desperate to save herself and the sister she adores. Salvation comes in the form of an American shipping tycoon, and all she must do is seduce him into marrying her. But Gillian’s scheme hits a snag when she makes a bargain with a notorious rake Alexander Trevelle, Lord Lionhurst. He’ll help her win the hand of his American friend, if she’ll assist him with exacting revenge against her unwanted fiancé. But the price of the pact may just be their hearts.

The A Whisper of Scandal Series includes:
Bargaining with a Rake
Conspiring with a Rogue
Dancing with a Devil
After Forever
The Dangerous Duke of Dinnisfree


  • Bargaining with a Duke

    By sbsbrinson
    Really loved this story! Lots of twists and turns! Love won out in the end!!
  • Emotional

    By stephanieG#26
    To die for
  • Rakes

    By math wizard
    The title is very appropriate for the story. A well written excellent story. There are a lot of past secrets and everyone is trying to protect someone. Now Alex, Lord Lionhurst is trying to help Gillian get the man who can save her and her sister Whitney. There are more than one plot twist here but all are slanted to one person who is trying to raise himself to a better social station but doesn’t care who he hurts. Such mystery, romance and action. I loved the book and plan on reading the next in the series.
  • Bargaining with a rake

    By magslujan
    I always love reading your books and this one is a great book, it makes me feel like I’m there, this story is so romantic and sometimes a little funny, you are a great author and recommend all the books you write, thank you!
  • Which Rake?

    By Peg1951
    Gillian believes that she can escape marriage to her horrible betrothed and keep the family secret if she can marry the American partner in Alex’s shipping company. Now all she needs to do is get him to pay more attention to her than to her sister. Will Alex help her with her quest, or is he discovering he might not want his partner to have her? This is a well-written entertaining story with mystery, blackmail, secrets, and a couple of somewhat uncommon courtships. The characters include a spunky heroine, a somewhat confused hero, a nasty villain, and a “helpful” aunt. The story is fun to read. There are a few twists and turns and a fitting comeuppance for the villain(s). I enjoyed Tristan Hunt’s narration. His smooth baritone was a pleasure to listen to.
  • A Winner!

    By Earthdragonwing
    I loved the interaction between Alex and Gillian. You just knew from the beginning that Drake and her were not going to work out. The first clue was it took forever for her to get introduced to him. This story has another side plot of blackmail twisted through it and adds to the excitement of the climax.

    By Kat Wiley
    FANTASTIC, Another great by Julie Johnstone! Julie has never let me down in her books and Bargaining With A Rake is no exception. This is her 1st book in A Whisper Of Scandal series. The storyline is amazing and very creative, you bond with the characters and the descriptions are so clear you can see them in your mind. Once you start reading this book, you won’t be able to put it down. There are dark secrets, blackmail, pure evil, a love of family, friendship, caring, death, revenge, betrothed, hate, judgement, loneliness, unexpected kindness, pride, scoundrels, villains, abuse, sisterly love, protection and so much more. I highly recommend this book, it is great from the 1st page to the last. This love story begins In London 1817 with Gillian Rutherford and Drake Sutherland an American or is it with Alexander Trevelle Lord Lionhurst? You will just have to read to find out. ***This book was gifted to me and I am voluntarily reviewing.
  • Heart pounding romance

    By Suz Clark
    I loved this book. I highly recommend it. Johnstone is a master romance writer. Can’t wait to read book 2 in the series