A Reputable Rake – The Definitive Answer (I think)

Elena’s and Ammanda’s rakes in yesterday’s Blog may be staring at…er…necks, but at what is my Reputable Rake staring? Whatever it is, he gives me an aerobic workout each time I look at him.

For the last week I have been searching for the name of the cover model for A Reputable Rake, the man with the devilish look of amusement on his face, standing so smugly. Do you know who told me the name? Richard Cerqueira’s (cover model for The Wagering Widow) publicist, who emailed the cover artist, Alan Ayers, who told him the name. Wasn’t that nice of both of them?

The Reputable Rake is Ben Whitaker, but I’ve found absolutely nothing about him on the internet. I predict we will be seeing more of him–more book covers, that is. I wish I could thank both Ben and Alan Ayers, because I think this cover is going to sell lots of books!

Do you know how Mills & Boon, the UK branch of Harlequin Enterprises, create their bookcovers? They go through their decades worth of old covers and re-use ones for today’s stories. They have done this wonderfully well for my Regencies, which originate with Mills & Boon.
Take a look at this cover:

These two look exactly like my hero and heroine! Miss M even wears a dress like this one. Jewelry like her, as well.

One more bookcover….

Okay, just kidding. I made that one up.


P.S. A Reputable Rake is in bookstores this month. Get your very own Rake and bring him home today!

About diane

Diane Gaston is the RITA award-winning author of Historical Romance for Harlequin Historical and Mills and Boon, with books that feature the darker side of the Regency. Formerly a mental health social worker, she is happiest now when deep in the psyches of soldiers, rakes and women who don’t always act like ladies.
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Megan Frampton
16 years ago


I just ordered ARR; it’s on its way, along with Amanda’s A Tangled Web and the latest Mark Bittman cookbook.

And I didn’t think it was possible, but I think you are as obsessed with Gerard Butler as I am with Clive Owen.

Diane Perkins
16 years ago

Now Clive Owen ain’t so shabby either, Megan. I remember seeing him in a movie trailer a while ago and immediately tracking down who he was. I just watched King Arthur last night – a feast for the eyes with Clive, Ioan Gruffudd, Hugh Dancy,and an actor I loved in Rome (he played Titus Pullus), Ray Stevenson.
Cheers! Diane (gotta get A Tangled Web!)

Cara King
16 years ago

I do love your Rake, Diane! Very dishy.

That’s fascinating info about the Mills & Boon covers — I’d never have guessed!


16 years ago

I just yesterday stumbled on Risky Regencies via the UK Historical Romance Blog and immediately went out and bought a copy of A Reputable Rake. I can’t wait to read it! Diane, I’m a big fan.

Elena Greene
16 years ago

Hi, Eva! Nice of you to visit us.