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One Rogue at a Time (Rakes and Rogues, 2) Mass Market Paperback – December 1, 2015
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"Jade Lee is masterful at plotting and characterization. She shines in this, the first of hers that I've read, that brings such accomplished comedy. This romance is perfect for this time of the year when we want to feel the warmth of the season and read a heartwarming, lusty, perfect story. I guarantee you will like this one." - La Deetda Reads
" I absolutely loved this book. It was such an excellent historical romance and I think this author is going to be one of my top got-to authors in this genre for the foreseeable future." - The Rambling Book Junkies
"This lively, humorous romp – Lee's ingenious take on My Fair Lady – may be her best book yet! It's certainly hard to put down, and even more difficult not to laugh out loud as her delightful characters engage in a war of wills that dissolves into madness. Readers will enjoy every enchanting moment. 4½ Stars, Top Pick!" - RT Book Reviews
"This author has a fantastic gift with breathing life into her characters, I believe I shall be checking out some of the other books from the Rakes and Rogues series. If you enjoy your historicals with a delightfully dazzling edge this is one for you." - Night Owl Review
About the Author
- Publisher : Sourcebooks Casablanca (December 1, 2015)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 384 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1492605026
- ISBN-13 : 978-1492605027
- Item Weight : 6.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.19 x 0.96 x 6.88 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,008,349 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Hero Bram Hallowsby is the illegitimate son a Duke who has been educated but never part of his father’s world or family. He has always been on the fringes of the ton. He is a body guard of sorts, a decent and nobly minded man. He is escorting two rather self-centered aristocrats to Scotland who have people trailing them when he finds himself abandoned with no transportation in the small village of Hull. There he meets the very beautiful, canny and smart Maybelle.
Maybelle is alone in the world and considered to be illegitimate too. She though believes she has exalted relations in London and is on a quest to prove her parents were married and that she is worthy to marry the son of a local vicar. She and her mother have been on their own for years and Maybelle has made ends meet by selling herbal remedies and recognizing when a windfall comes her way in the form of travelers (she can charm them into buying anything) and basic bartering for goods. She is an innocent, protected by her village.
At first Bram is certain that Maybelle is nothing more than a tart but as he sees her kind and giving nature, his view changes. He falls hard for her and promises to help her on her quest. The problem is he knows the ton and he knows how mean spirited it can be. Worse he also is aware that he will not be acceptable to her family if they should recognize her. Maybelle is determined and she longs for family and acceptance, even in the face of Bram’s warnings.
Oh, the lovely moments these two experience, there is laughter and joy but also heartfelt memories which are shared. Bram is so good hearted, a real hero and the truly wonderful part of this novel is the heroine. She is very loyal and I admired her steadfast heart. Maybelle is a fine character, she is a true charmer, willing to learn and also brave enough to find her destiny. This is a passionate romance with the leads truly liking and loving each other. They are people who believe that others come first, willing to sacrifice themselves for others. They are both admirable. There are a couple of slower parts to this story and the ending moves a bit too fast, but overall a delightful read.
At first I didn't really like Bram - he was definitely a Rogue and surprisingly a bit of a scumbag. I didn't really like that he was planning on seducing and ravishing Bluebell with every intention of leaving her ruined. My estimation of him didn't improve when he did something to her in the cottage and kept it from her.
However, he did begin to grow on me and did eventually become the hero of the book. I was never really worried for Bluebell - that girl could take care of herself and she saw right through Bram.
I really liked these two together and I understood why Bram took so long to admit his love to Bluebell, so when he finally said the words - they meant so much more.
The secondary characters were entertaining - Dicky and Clarissa especially - and Lady Eleanor was her perfect albeit snobby self (I cannot wait to see this woman fall in love!)
I would recommend this book - it can be read as a standalone without any problems - there is really no connection to the first book (aside from Eleanor).
This is not an insta-love story. The connection between the two is a bit of a slow-burn (though there is a REALLY INTENSE spark of lust fairly early on). But once Bram is hooked, the love between him and Bluebell is beautiful. The last quarter of the book gave me ALL THE FEELS.
I really enjoyed the balance of humor and emotion in this story. While it is absolutely a standalone, fans of previous Jade Lee books will rejoice at the return of Lady Eleanor.