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A Rogue of One's Own by Evie Dunmore

A Rogue of One's Own

by Evie Dunmore

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Another steamy suffragette romp coming right up! The tension and scandal would make Queen Victoria herself blush.

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    400+ pages

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    Second in series


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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A Rogue of One's Own

Chapter 1

Buckinghamshire, Summer 1865

Young ladies did not lie prone on the rug behind the library’s chesterfield and play chess against themselves. They did not stuff their cheeks with boiled sweets before breakfast. Lucie knew this. But it was the summer holidays and the dullest of them yet: Tommy had come home from Eton a proper prig who wouldn’t play with girls anymore; newly arrived cousin Cecily was the type of child who cried easily; and, at barely thirteen years of age, Lucie found she was too young to just decorously die of boredom. Her mother, on the other hand, would probably consider this quite a noble death. Then again, to the Countess of Wycliffe, most things were preferable over hoydenish behavior.

The smell of leather and dust was in her nose and the library was pleasantly silent. Morning sun pooled on the chessboard and made the white queen shine bright like a beacon. She was in peril—a rogue knight had set a trap, and Her Majesty could now choose to sacrifice herself to protect the king, or to let him fall. Lucie’s fingers hovered over the polished ivory crown, indecisive.

Rapid footsteps echoed in the hallway.

Her mother’s delicate heels—but Mother never ran?

The door flew open.

“How could you? How could you?”

Lucie froze. Her mother’s voice was trembling with outrage.

The door slammed shut again and the floor shook from the force of it.

“In front of everyone, the whole ballroom—”

“Come now, must you carry on so?”

Her stomach felt hollow. It was her father, his tone coldly bored and cutting.

“Everyone knows, while I’m abed at home, oblivious!”

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Why I love it

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.

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Member ratings (8,810)

  • Ashley H.

    Cedar Park, TX

    Another brilliant novel by Dunmore. Loved Lucie as a stubborn but witty lead. Tristan was just as intriguing and loved. Found myself frustrated and itching for both to end up together! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  • Jordan D.

    West Peoria, IL

    I didn’t even know it was a sequel until I was reading the reviews so don’t worry if you haven’t read the first one, you can read this alone. But that being said, obvi I need to read the 1st now!!❤️❤️

  • Kate M.

    Austin, TX

    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ loved as much as the first! I normally find a 2nd in a series, especially in romance, to be lackluster but quickly grew attached to the characters after learning more about them.

  • Madison M.

    Nashville, TN

    Started a little slow for me but then I became obsessed!! “It takes a brave man to want a woman who wants rather than needs him”. I LOVE these books! Can’t wait for the next one. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  • Christine S.

    Pittsburgh , PA

    I loved this as much as “Bringing Down the Duke”! Evie Dunmore has quickly become one of my favorite romance authors. I’m so excited there will be a 3rd book...just wish I didn’t have to wait so long!

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