Another steamy suffragette romp coming right up! The tension and scandal would make Queen Victoria herself blush.
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Second in series
Why I love it
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Perhaps it was the brawny, shirtless men on so many of the covers, or maybe it was witnessing a lifetime of snobbery against the genre, but until last September, I had no idea how much I loved historical romance.
Then my Book of the Month copy of Evie Dunmore’s debut, Bringing Down the Duke, arrived. Dunmore’s talent for writing crackling dialogue and palpable sexual tension had me hooked from the first page. She made a historical romance disciple of me, and even as I devoured dozens of fantastic novels in the genre, I never stopped eagerly awaiting her next.
A Rogue of One’s Own did not disappoint. Lady Lucie and her fierce network of secret suffragists have just managed to gain part ownership of a publishing house, with the hopes of disseminating information to the women of England in advance of an important vote in Parliament. The only problem is, the other half of the publisher (technically slightly more than half) belongs to none other than Lucie’s longtime nemesis and infamous rake, Lord Ballentine.
Lord Ballentine is willing to sign his shares over to Lucie, for a price he believes she’d never pay: one night together. It’s a fun idea, but the execution is where Dunmore’s talent sparkles. Wherever this book could devolve into clichés, it instead finds fresh, feminist, funny, and complex terrain to tread. I read this book like the pages were burning up in my hands, unable to get enough even as I willed myself to slow down.
Lady Lucie is fuming. She and her band of Oxford suffragists have finally scraped together enough capital to control one of London’s major publishing houses, with one purpose: to use it in a coup against Parliament. But who could have predicted that the one person standing between her and success is her old nemesis, Lord Ballentine? Or that he would be willing to hand over the reins for an outrageous price—a night in her bed.
Lucie tempts Tristan like no other woman, burning him up with her fierceness and determination every time they clash. But as their battle of wills and words fans the flames of long-smoldering devotion, the silver-tongued seducer runs the risk of becoming caught in his own snare.
As Lucie tries to out-maneuver Tristan in the boardroom and the bedchamber, she soon discovers there’s truth in what the poets say: all is fair in love and war…
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Who doesn’t love a sexy Victorian Era romance that also doesn’t completely ignore the appalling women’s right of the time, and is in fact, completely centered upon fighting them! Can’t wait for more!
Lucie and Tristan’s chemistry is palpable from beginning to end, despite riffs along the way. I love how vibrant Lucie’s passion for the cause flies off the page. A “second in a series” done right!
A very good second book in the series. I loved Tristan’s character and I appreciated the arc of Lucie’s character — as someone who often works too much, I appreciated the story about them! Fun read!
I loved Lucie and Tristan’s chemistry with one another! This was such a well done romance. Lucie’s passion for the Cause is palpable and her reasoning for her beliefs. Evie Dunmore writing is magical!
I love this series! It’s a sweet spin-off from Bringing Down the Duke. I love the Victoria theme and powerful female characters. It’s the perfect blend of romance and woman fighting for their rights!
Los Angeles, CA
This was great- better than the first book! The characters were relatable and well-matched. I also like how elements of disorders— adhd, bipolar, etc.— were revealed in ways modern readers recognized.
Winter Park, FL
An AMAZING follow up to “Bringing Down The Duke” that was a sequel well done. The plot, the characters, the movement, and everything else was simply spectacular. Can’t wait to get Hattie’s story!
Just as good as the Bringing Down the Duke! Loved this book, could not put it down! Lucie is a relatable character which will have you hoping her happiness with Tristan works out. Highly recommend!❤️
Lucie and Tristan are electric and I loved Lucie’s passion and leadership for the suffragist movement. I also loved that once Tristan entered Lucie’s world, he also felt the need to support the Cause
I’ve decided anything Evie Dunmore writes I will read. This was so good. I stayed up reading late a few nights because I couldn’t stop. So exciting. I was drawn into both characters. Loved everything
Burlington , NC
I can not wait for Evie’s third book in this series because the first two have been so wonderful. The characters, the drama, the romance and the setting. Everything combines for such a wonderful tale.
A great follow up to Bringing Down the Duke! I loved (and can relate) to Lucie’s struggle of career/cause vs love/marriage. As with Duke...Evie made me feel all the feels and my heart ached for L & T.
This book captured me from the first page. Its funny and a little steamy, but more importantly this series us giving me some insight into an era i know very little about. Can’t wait for the next book
Albany , OR
Dunmore does it again. This novel wraps you in tightly for a ride into Victorian-Era; Women’s Suffrage movements, elicit romances, and good old era-fashion talk. A lovely escape only Evie can craft.
My favorite kind of romance novel is the kind that has me forgetting it’s a ~romance novel~ and for that, I love this series! Even so, Lucie + Tristan are fire. I cannot wait for the next installment.
I absolutely love the romances by Evie Dunmore. The characters are dimensional, there’s a great feminist through line, and it is very sexy, of course! Just what I needed after some heavy nonfiction.
Mount Rainier, MD
Pride and Prejudice with all of the sex. The author toes the line beautifully in highlighting the many injustices faced by women in Victorian England along with feminist badassery. Can’t wait for #3!
Strattanville , PA
I love how these books give some history of the times: woman taking the initiative to gain rights while still finding love. It sounds contradicting but Dunmore balances history and romance perfectly.
Lucie will have you rooting for her and shaking your head, sometimes at the same time. Love books where women have agency and circumvent the status quo. Plus it is a bit steamy which makes it perfect!
Evie Dunmore clearly has a promising career ahead of her. Her characters are whip smart, she comes up with great plots, the historical angle is refreshing and there is plenty of steamy sex. Read this!