A Rogue of On’es Own by Evie Dunmore
Romantic Comedy, Second Chance Romance, Historical Romance
Steam Level: It’s Getting Warmer
Lady Lucie is fuming. She and her band of Oxford suffragists have finally scraped together enough capital to control one of London’s major publishing houses, with one purpose: to use it in a coup against Parliament. But who could have predicted that the one person standing between her and success is her old nemesis, Lord Ballentine? Or that he would be willing to hand over the reins for an outrageous price—a night in her bed.
Lucie tempts Tristan like no other woman, burning him up with her fierceness and determination every time they clash. But as their battle of wills and words fans the flames of long-smouldering devotion, the silver-tongued seducer runs the risk of becoming caught in his own snare.
As Lucie tries to out-manoeuvre Tristan in the boardroom and the bedchamber, she soon discovers there’s truth in what the poets say: all is fair in love and war…Goodreads
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I really enjoyed Bringing Down the Duke last year, and A Rogue of One’s Own was just as fantastic. What I like about these books is that though they have a historical setting there is a very modern feminist message.
Lucie is a formidable woman, cast out because of her radical suffrage ideals. She has no trouble making it on her own, and resigned herself to life as a spinster, acknowledging that taking a husband could be construed as a bit hypocritical. I liked that this book sort of took on the whole “having it all” idea just in a historical setting.
While Lucie is certainly a trailblazer in some respect Tristan is even more so. Yes, he is a bit of a playboy, and I did think he’s intentions may not have been entirely honorable, he respects Lucie. And she certainly believes in her and her ideals. I also liked that this book did a good job of showing that while many women, especially historically, were basically sold off into marriage, their arrangements weren’t always what the men wanted either.
What kept me from giving this book a 5 was the handling of the gay character. That whole storyline just didn’t sit well with me, and honestly, I think the book would have been better without it.
If you enjoy historical romance, and smart feisty women this book is for you!
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