I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Right Kind of Rogue (Playful Brides, #8) by Valerie Bowman
Published by St. Martin's Press on October 31st 2017
Genres: Historical, Romance
Can two star-crossed lovers come together―until death do they part?
Viscount Hart Highgate has decided to put his rakish ways behind him and finally get married. He may adore a good brandy or a high-speed carriage race, but he takes his duties as heir to the earldom seriously. Now all he has to do is find the right kind of woman to be his bride―ideally, one who’s also well-connected and well-funded. . .
Meg Timmons has loved Hart, the brother of her best friend, ever since she was an awkward, blushing schoolgirl. If only she had a large dowry―or anything to her name at all. Instead, she’s from a family that’s been locked in a bitter feud with Hart’s for years. And now she’s approaching her third London season, Meg’s chances with him are slim to none. Unless a surprise encounter on a deep, dark night could be enough to spark a rebellious romance. . .for all time?
Ok, full disclosure. I’m pretty sure I had no idea this was book EIGHT in the series when I requested it on Netgalley. Sometimes I’ll go for it anyway, but that far into the series would probably make me think twice.
I’m so glad I didn’t!
Hart and Meg. Ohhh Hart and Meg. What can I say about these two? Other than, I’m so glad there are other books in this series because this is one series where I am going to want every book. I already cannot wait to re-read THIS one.
The synopsis is pretty straight forward. Meg has always had some kind of puppy love crush on Hart. She is entering her third season and just found out that Hart may also be looking for a bride. She enrolls her friend Lucy to help her figure out some way of winning him over before it’s too late.
I was surprised when I glanced through Goodreads to find so many two star reviews. I understand some of the issues the other reviewers have, but for me, this was a lovely, well written book. It captured me from beginning to end! My normal go to reads are not romance, and this one caught my eye from page one and held it throughout.
The characters may have needed a little work, but I think their problems with each other are talked about in the book. I’m sure if I had read the previous books, I would understand even more about the other characters that surround the main two. But, honestly, it wasn’t needed. I just WANT to know more, but did not have to know the ins and outs of the other characters to thoroughly love this.
The plot does go a bit sideways around the character arc. I was curious what was going to happen and how these two, IF these two were going to get together. Obviously we all read romance to get swept off our feet, figuratively, along with the female! So, I think this is where some had some issues. I don’t want to go fully into it, but I will say, take this portion with a grain of salt. Both characters have to learn and they have to come out of their shells IF they want the relationship to blossom.
And that’s why I love character arcs. The characters have to show that they have changed, even if it’s only a little. And Valerie Bowman actually has these two really having to work! I love the fact that everything was given to them.
By the end, I was also swooning for Meg and Hart, and for Valerie’s writing. I am sure many will enjoy this, even with some of the character hiccups. They’re not plot hiccups, but interesting times for the characters, that’s for sure!
In short: Very interesting read that makes me want to go spend all my money on Valerie’s other works. Fabulous.
|Overall:||5 / 5|
Valerie’s debut novel was published in 2012. Since then, her books have received starred reviews from Publisher’s Weekly, Booklist, and Kirkus. She’s been an RT Reviewers’ Choice nominee for Best First Historical Romance and Best Historical Romance Love and Laughter. Two of her books have been nominated for the Kirkus Prize for fiction.
Valerie grew up in Illinois with six sisters (she’s number seven) and a huge supply of historical romance novels. After a cold and snowy stint earning a degree in English Language and Literature with a minor in history at Smith College, she moved to Florida the first chance she got. Valerie now lives in Jacksonville with her family including her rascally dogs. When she’s not writing, she keeps busy reading, traveling, or vacillating between watching crazy reality TV and PBS.
Visit Valerie on the web at www.ValerieBowmanBooks.com.