Another steamy suffragette romp coming right up! The tension and scandal would make Queen Victoria herself blush.
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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…
A Rogue of One's Own
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!”
Why I love it
Author, Beach Read
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.
Member ratings (8,373)
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!