I totally enjoyed reading Julie Johnstone's Bargaining With A Rake! Alex and Gillian's story is well written and fast paced. The characters are fantastic and when coupled with lots of planning and scheming and the humor when those plans backfire, it makes for a fun read. There's also plenty of drama and sizzle. Bargaining With A Rake is book 1 of A Whisper of Scandal series, but can be read as a stand alone. This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger. I look forward to reading more from Julie Johnstone in the future.