The Ruin of a Rogue by Miranda Neville ~ Excerpt, Review and Giveaway

The Ruin of a Rogue by Miranda Neville ~ Excerpt, Review and Giveaway

Today I am participating with Tasty Book Tours and hosting Miranda Neville and her book The Ruin of a Rogue, book 2 in her Wild Quartet series.  Additionally, there is an excerpt / teaser, a review and a tour-wide giveaway where one lucky winner can win two paperback copies of titles from Miranda’s backlist.  Please be sure to check out the other stops on this tour by checking this link.  Read on for the review, an excerpt AND a giveaway opportunity for one lucky winner to get paperback copies of 2 of Miranda Neville’s backlist books – winner’s choice ~

Book Review: 

The second in the series, Ruin of a Rogue focuses on Marcus, now Viscount Lithgow: gambler, cheat and possible thief, in need of a proper marriage with a woman of quality to enhance the coffers. He sets his eye on Anne Brotherton, heiress of Camber and well-placed young lady in society.

Marcus is very much the charmer, and quite smooth and debonair for a man of his time, even considered a bit of a rogue, mostly for the time spent losing in the gaming hells. Although from the beginning of the story, we see him trying to shake off this unsavory reputation and make himself a better man. His conflict with his instincts to do what is easy for him against what is right and proper are interesting to watch, and his growth was well depicted.

Anne is made of much sterner stuff, her natural behavior is quieter and more reserved, but there is a spine of steel underneath the velvet finery. When she discovers that Marcus wants her money, not necessarily her, she sets out to beat him at his own game. Of course there are misunderstandings and other characters thoughts and words do play havoc with the relationship that is budding between the two, but it was sweetly satisfying to see them finally communicate honestly and allow their destiny to take over.

With several twists, some clever plans that go awry and the happy ending for these two, this was a good story that will please fans of historical romance, and fuel the desire for the next book in the series.

The Ruin of a Rogue by Miranda Neville ~ Excerpt, Review and Giveaway

Title: The Ruin of a Rogue
Author: Miranda Neville
Published by: Avon
Format:eBook
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Pages: 384
Rated: four-stars
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Charm, wit, and nerves of steel have helped Marcus Lithgow gamble his way across the Continent. But when his heart is at stake, all bets are off for this most perfect of rogues...

Anne Brotherton is tired of being an heiress. Why can’t men like her for her sharp mind and kind heart rather than her impressive dowry?  When she meets Marcus Lithgow she thinks she's found the right man, until she learns he's nothing but an unscrupulous fortune hunter.

It's been years since Marcus set foot in England—why toy with the ton when he can fleece wealthy fools in Paris and Rome? Everything changes when he inherits a ramshackle estate. Marcus's first and only chance at a respectable life needs funding...the kind Anne Brotherton can provide. Such a wallflower should be ripe for the picking. So why does Marcus feel like he's the one hanging by a thread?

She nearly falls for Marcus's smooth seduction. But when Anne realizes she's being strung along, a lust for revenge empowers her like never before. Two can play at the game of deception. The game of love, however, has its own rules...

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.

Excerpt:

“Did he ever kiss you?”

“No.” The answer was more a breath than a word. Her eyes grew large and lovely and her lips parted, just enough to emit a breath.

Gently he cupped her cheek. He lowered his head and brought his mouth to hers. He found her as pliant yet firm as he’d suspected, and every bit as sweet. In her inexperienced way she kissed him back. It wasn’t much of a kiss, little more than a mingling of breath, and he wanted more.

His fingers found the wild pulse at her temple, threaded into the hair she wore firmly coiled about her head. Closing his eyes, he let her scent and taste and the texture of her lips wash over him. She felt clean and pure. He wanted to pull her into his arms, to discover the body hidden by ill-fitting layers of wool, and most of all to kiss her properly, until she was gasping and crying out for more.

Her untouched enthusiasm touched him, and shamed him too. A man like Marcus Lithgow had no business with this artless girl.

Too bad. He needed her and he couldn’t afford scruples.

Giveaway:

One lucky winner tour-wide will get 2 paperbacks of their choice from the backlist titles from Miranda Neville.  Use this rafflecopter form to enter!

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About Miranda Neville

Miranda Neville grew up in England before moving to New York City to work in Sotheby's rare books department. After many years as a journalist and editor she decided writing fiction was more fun. She lives in Vermont.

 

 

 

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