I saw this title available for review, and just had to grab it. I’m in love of the ‘bad boys’ of Regency days, where bad was usually far more mild than now, and the rogues always seem to have some redeeming features. That is the case with our hero George: with gambling debts and a live for the now mentality, he is everything that society frowns upon. The one thing in his favor: he hasn’t a mean bone in his body; he is little more than an avowed hedonist without pockets or family name to shelter him from societal scorn.
Isabelle is a well-known woman in society: although now it is her disgrace in the form of an illegitimate son, Jack, that has the tongues wagging. While she has been offered shelter from the tonne’s scorn in the countryside, the townspeople are not nearly so forgiving.
A chance encounter and Jack’s turning up missing put Isabelle and George into proximity: while she can’t trust the rake who drinks too much and knows too many, nor the dings to her already battered reputation. George’s underlying sensitivity and caring, and his honest appraisal of his bad behavior and the reasons for it is refreshing to see, if occasionally pushing the boundaries of believability.
Both Isabelle and George are developed with care, and both come to trust in one another as they deal with their issues and develop a relationship that is based on honesty. Both have major issues to overcome and resolve in their own pasts: Isabelle’s family disowning her, George resolving his behavior and earning a living, not to mention raising a child.
Passionate and clever, the dialogue is particularly effective in providing insight into the characters, while the tension of the search for Jack and the fear both have when contemplating a relationship make this story a page turner to see if there is such a thing as reformation and reclaiming position in society.
A fun and clever romance with a bit of spice and the twist of a mystery to solve made this a fun read with little downtime and few complaints for this reader.
Title: A Most Devilish Rogue
Author: Ashlyn Macnamara
Genre: Historical Romance
Published by: Ballantine Books
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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Years ago, when Isabelle Mears was still a young miss too infatuated to know better, she surrendered her innocence to a dishonorable man. Though ruined and cast out from society, she has worked hard to shelter her illegitimate son, Jack. Having sworn off men in her quiet but dignified life, Isabelle is unprepared for the deep longing that rips through her when a handsome stranger rescues her rambunctious six-year-old from the pounding ocean surf.
George Upperton is a man in trouble with debts, women, and a meddling family. He is, by all accounts, the last gentleman on earth Isabelle should be drawn to. But loneliness is a hard mistress, and caution gives way to desire . . . even though Isabelle is convinced that happiness can’t be found in the arms of such a devilish rogue. Only when Jack is kidnapped does Isabelle discover the true depth of George’s devotion—and how far a good man will go to fight for the woman whose love is all that matters.
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.