Rakes & Rogues
The terms “rake” and “rogue” are often used interchangably, although they are not the same. In romance novels, the rake is used as a term for a ladies’ man, a bon vivant and possibly a libertine while the rogue is used as a term for a scoundrel, a man considered dangerous (perhaps he is a smuggler or is thought to have murdered his first wife), a man who may be acting outside the law. Often a man labeled as a rake or rogue is only a pretender, but for purposes of this list, you’ll still find him here.
(List begun 09/97, updated 04/14)