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A Most Devilish Rogue [Kindle Edition]

Ashlyn Macnamara
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Book Description

Fans who adore Julia Quinn, Eloisa James, and Sabrina Jeffries will savor Ashlyn Macnamara’s sensual new novel, which proves that two hearts are better than one.
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.

Praise for A Most Devilish Rogue
“This touchingly romantic and effortlessly plotted historical is a gem to be savored.”Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“A sensual romance, filled with the witty dialogue one expects from a Regency novel, and a plethora of enjoyable characters.”New York Journal of Books
“Satisfying . . . Macnamara uses smooth writing to create well-rendered characters and a complex storyline.”Kirkus Reviews
“Readers will find Macnamara’s second novel a pleasant read, complete with a pair of wounded protagonists, a darling six-year-old, a mystery, a kidnapping and steamy love scenes.”RT Book Reviews
“Macnamara is an up-and-comer in the romance world. . . . A Most Devilish Rogue is a good read.”Romance Junkies Reviews
“Ashlyn Macnamara brings all the elegance and romance of the Regency to life.”New York Times bestselling author Tessa Dare

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Editorial Reviews


Ashlyn Macnamara brings all the elegance and romance of the Regency to life with this tale of high-stakes scandal and heartfelt passion. A Most Scandalous Proposal is a most delicious treat! Tessa Dare, New York Times bestselling author Gossip, scandal, and breezy banter enliven this unusual dual love story that features some beautifully rendered secondary characters, illuminates realistic dilemmas, and highlights the overwhelming importance of one's social standing Library Journal A charming tale... Readers will find themselves happily enchanted by this debut Romantic Times Book Reviews Engaging and entertaining Night Owl Reviews Witty, sensual, captivating. A must-read Tracey Devlyn, award-winning author of A Lady's Revenge Pithy and engaging! A pure delight from start to finish! Valerie Bowman, author of Secrets of a Wedding Night A great debut novel, a wonderful romantic read! Brazen Reads

About the Author

Ashlyn Macnamara is the author of A Most Scandalous Proposal and A Most Devilish Rogue. She lives in the wilds of suburbia outside of Montreal with her husband and two teenage daughters. When not writing, she looks for other excuses to neglect the housework, among them knitting, reading, and wasting time on the Internet in the guise of doing research.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1572 KB
  • Print Length: 354 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B00EX4374A
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (August 27, 2013)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #120,006 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Title Doesn't Do It Justice September 11, 2013
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The title ' A Most Devilish Rogue' initially drew me to this book. I expected a Regency romp where the hero is dashing and debonair and the heroine is feisty and beautiful and this is exactly what the book delivers but in a unique and interesting way.

After reading the whole story I'm convinced the title doesn't do it justice. The depth of the emotion conveyed by the writer and her clever layering of the conflicts facing our devilish hero George and our heroine Isabelle make it a far more satisfying read than the Regency romp I expected.

I particularly liked her exploration of what Regency society expected of men. George has an artistic skill which he has spent most of his life suppressing because his father considered it unmanly. He was driven into the life of a rakish rogue by his father's and society's expectations.

Isabelle's fall from grace is sensitively portrayed. It is an essential element of Regency novels that ladies are expected to remain demure and pure until they achieve the point of their existence a good marriage. Isabelle is not the usual Regency heroine because she succumbed to a heartless rake at a tender age and was banished both by her high-born family and the Ton.

Usually the hero saves the heroine before her reputation is lost, not so here. This is a story of pride, forgiveness, strength of character and learning to grasp the opportunity of happiness when it is offered.

What this story lacked in Regency glamour it made up for in emotional battles between George and Isabelle.

The love scenes are sensual and realistic and enhance the emotional depth of the story. When George and Isabelle finally achieve their HEA you really feel they deserve it.
I enjoyed this book which is the second in the series.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I wanted to like it... September 21, 2013
By MaryB
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When my daughter was three years old, she slipped out of our house during the early morning bustle and wandered into to our neighbor's downstairs playroom, where she fell asleep on a couch. I think it took me about 15 minutes before I realized she was nowhere in our house, and missing. After frantic phone calls to the neighbors (including the people on whose couch she was asleep - and who weren't aware she was in their downstairs), checking the creek behind my house, the neighbors' pools, and combing the neighborhood, my husband and I called the police. During the 45 further minutes it took to find her - the worst and most frightening hour of my life - I can truthfully say that sex never entered my mind once. In fact, had my husband even suggested a romantic interlude during the time my child was missing, I am pretty sure I would have decked him! I can't imagine any mother would do otherwise.

Thus, while I wanted to like this book, and it was in fact well-written, I just couldn't suspend disbelief enough to buy into a mother of a stolen child child being so shallow and self-centered that sex on a kitchen table would even enter into the realm of possibility. Maybe it's just me, but I simply couldn't get past Isabelle's poor pitiful/it's all about me. Plus, George was kind of a bore.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars sensual romance, witty dialogue, enjoyable characters August 27, 2013
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Though a sequel to A Most Scandalous Proposal, this novel is so fully characterized it can be considered a standalone. It's a sensual romance, filled with the witty dialogue one expects from a Regency novel, and a plethora of enjoyable characters.

The portrayals of both George and Isabelle paint a picture of two people with secrets their families consider unsavory, pointing out in detail the mores of a culture which urged its men to be wastrels and womanizers, while confining its women to ignorance and the strictest chastity. Most Devilish Rogue is also a story of a man's evolution from someone who "plays too deep, drinks too much, and enjoys too many ladies outside the bonds of marriage," into the man he wishes to become. With Isabelle's faith in him, George throws off the shackles of how his family expects him to be, to reveal the man he really is, a man who "wants her in his life, his future, with whatever entanglements that entails."

In the end, George turns out not to be the Most Devilish Rogue of the title. That epithet is left to Isabelle's seducer. George becomes the most honorable and kindest gentleman of all.

This is an excerpt from the review written by me for the New York Journal of Books.
This novel was supplied by the publisher and no remuneration was involved in the writing of this review.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Good start but then just about sex March 15, 2014
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The idea of this was good. The heroine is a Earl's daughter who was compromised and seduced and abandoned by said seducer and her family and left to raise her illegitimate son without means.

While spending time with her son, Jack falls into the ocean and the "hero" George comes to her rescue. I didn't like that George wasn't titled. He was rather boring and I feel being "someone" in the London ton would have given him the characters he so lacked.

The story is set around this somewhat rich man coming to the aid of a fallen slut (because in English Regency it's ALL the woman's fault when she's compromised) he likes the look of Isabelle because she's all small boned and beautiful and blond. He flat out asks her to be his mistress. THAT should have been 3 strikes right there but Isabelle is SO damn hard up and horny that despite her son being kidnapped by who knows and missing she can't do ANYTHING but have sex with George every 10 pages.

It was ridiculously weird. You forget the mystery about her son being kidnapped for all the gratuitous sex scenes. It was kind of sad. A 6 year old boy is missing but for a good chunk his name isn't even mentioned because the hero and heroine are all into themselves and sex. There's a very side story about the hero's ex mistress being pregnant as well. The book opens with that but she's cast aside because he now as Isabelle to screw whenever he wants. Her kidnapped son be damned. For awhile you actually think Isabelle doesn't really care about her son because she's finally able to just ignore him and "live"

This book misses the mark so far ad really if this is the standard than the writing and crafting a story isn't the author's forte by any means.

Overall: it's $0.99 but pass it on by and if it's more don't even contemplate it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 4 months ago by tammy wisdom
4.0 out of 5 stars LaGina
This was a switch. A man that goes from riches to rags. Very good concept.
Published 5 months ago by LaGina
2.0 out of 5 stars No alpha male here
Readable, but not for me. Seem'd to me that the author somehow changed course in the book. The hero is not an alpha male, close but no cigar. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Linda
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice Twist
Premise of the story is that Isabelle was once part of the ton until she became pregnant during her first season and was put out by her father. Read more
Published 11 months ago by applesmom
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
Two souls trying to find themselves and in doing so found each other. My first book by Ashlyn Macnamara but will not be my last.
Published 11 months ago by Colene
1.0 out of 5 stars dont waste your time or money
Poorly written , her sons missing but doesnt seemed to concern. Dont bother with this one even if its free.
Published 11 months ago by M.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Most Devilish Rogue
I loved this book... it was wonderful I could hardly put it down once I got started... Beautiful lady, handsome men, the trouble the rescue... it kept me wanting more...
Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Should have passed on this one
This book wasn't very good. I tried, but couldn't really like either main character. I thought I liked Isabelle until she lost her mind and completely blew off trying to find her... Read more
Published 13 months ago by L. Christensen
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful historical romance!
In Regency times, women were scorned and shunned by society for bearing a child out of wedlock. The heroine, Isabelle, had made the mistake of giving her innocence to a man who... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read
I liked this story with the struggling Isabelle and her son Jack. She's an outcast because she lost her innocence when she was too young to know better. Read more
Published 13 months ago by treaves
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More About the Author

They say that once you reach your forties, you undergo some sort of mid-life crisis. That must have been what happened to Ashlyn Macnamara when she finally made up her mind to set down some of the stories that had been accumulating dust in the dark recesses of her brain for years. As space becomes available, other plots and characters have developed the pesky habit of moving in to take their place.

Ashlyn lives in the wilds of suburbia outside Montreal with her husband and two teenaged daughters. When not writing, she looks for other excuses to neglect the housework, among them knitting, reading and wasting time on the internet in the guise of doing research.

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