Title: One Rogue at a Time
Author: Jade Lee
Series: Rakes and Rogues #2
Genre: Regency Romance
USA Today bestselling author Jade Lee continues her saucy, vibrant Rakes and Rogues Regency romance series with a high-society outsider who may have met his match…
A brown-eyed bastard with nothing to lose
As the illegitimate son of a duke, Bramwell Wesley Hallowsby grew up tough, on the fringes of society, learning to hide his hurt and cynicism with charm and Town polish. He’s carved out a place for himself as a mercenary, serving as bodyguard and general strong arm for the peerage. Bram has nothing to lose… and he’s exactly what Maybelle “Bluebell” Ballenger needs.
Meets his match in a blue-eyed beauty with everything to hide
Maybelle needs a mentor to teach her to speak and act like a lady, so she can claim the place in society she was denied. As they team up to take on the ton, Bram knows she’s hiding something even from him. Despite the deception he sees behind those sparkling blue eyes, Bram wants to believe that Maybelle’s love is no lie. But it seems fate has served him up his just desserts in the likes of this determined damsel.
Source: ARC from Sourcebooks Casablanca via NetGalley
I have to admit I had my reservations about this book at first, when Maybelle was doing her level best to manipulate Bram and take him for nearly every penny he had. I wasn’t sure about Bram either. They both have reasons for being the way they are, but Maybelle was a bit too manipulative while Bram has a nasty, selfish streak that could be a bit mean.
I stuck with it, though, and I’m so glad I did. Because once I got used to Maybelle’s schemes and I got to know Bram a little better, I started enjoying this tale, with mishap after accident, followed by investigations and schemes and several wild stories along the way. It’s a wild romp of a tale that roams from Hull to Oxford to London, with a drunk pig, a couple of hapless adventurers, a few old friends and plenty of other fun moments along the way.
Actually, speaking of Hull, I was a touch confused between the quiet village full of scheming locals in this book and the actual town/city of Hull, which at this time in its history was a bustling merchant port, home to a major whaling fleet, and the birthplace of William Wilberforce. So if you’re interested in the novelty of a book set in actual Hull, you will be disappointed.
Away from the setting, I found Maybelle a likeable heroine over all, determined and very strong-willed. She’s certainly no pushover, even if I did feel she was a little slow to catch on to why Bram said they couldn’t see each other any more. As for Bram, every time I started to like him he would think something about Maybelle that made me change my mind again, but he does settle down after the halfway mark and overall I liked him. Mostly. He’s a bit of a sad sack about his life and his inability to change anything, when the rest of the time he does care a bit for rules, and I hated the way his sister treated him, but overall he made a good hero, making sure Maybelle got what she needed, and helping her to unravel her story.
Mostly, though, this was just fun. Both the hero and heroine have roguish tendencies and the underlying plot itself is pretty thin and predictable, but it doesn’t matter. If you want a light Regency read that gives you a taste of the period with a heap of romance and lots of fun in between, then this certainly fits the bill.
One Rogue at a Time is Out Now!
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