Friday, January 25, 2013

Sins of a Ruthless Rogue by Anna Randol + Featured Freebie

Sins of a Ruthless Rogue (Sinners Trio, #2)
Revenge never tasted so sweet…

When Clayton Campbell shows up on her doorstep, Olivia Swift is stunned. For long ago, Clayton was the boy who stole her heart. He’s also the man her betrayal had sent to the gallows. A man she believed dead, now standing before her, looking leaner, harder, more powerful than ever, his haunted eyes filled with a lust she had never seen—for vengeance…

Or burned so hot…
He’s a Crown spy who once faced death and escaped unscathed. Yet Clayton Campbell cannot deny that the sight of Olivia rouses in him something more than a thirst for revenge. Or that the bold beauty would lure him once more into a dangerous game. Only this time, Clayton plans to be the victor—with the tempting Olivia in his bed as his prize. But once passion ignites between them, the hard-hearted agent will face his greatest battle yet—for his heart…

My Rating: 4/5

This book is such a lovely romance! Sins of a Ruthless Rogue is a different type of romance that will appeal to all romance fans.

I love that this book is different from most romance books out there. The only romance book that I can think of that is somewhat like it is Bride for a Night by Rosemary Rogers. This book is set, for the vast majority, in Russia as Olivia and Clayton fight an anarchist group. It was different and it definitely paid off, because this book is excellent.

Olivia was very likable. She has felt guilty for years, thinking that she inadvertently caused the death of the boy she loved. When he reappeared, I liked how she was apologetic, but not a doormat. Though she apologized and new that she was in the wrong, she still stood up for herself. And when she got caught in the middle of spying and political intrigue, she was clever and strong in handling it. I really liked her character and I think other readers will, as well.

Clayton has one hell of a chip in his shoulder. Understandably. Though a part of him still loves Olivia-so he can't truly hate her-he resents her for ruining his life. And he is dead set on ruining hers as revenge. But, though this may make him seem cold-hearted, he quickly proves that he is a total sweetie. And, as a spy, he is a total beast-strong, clever, resourceful. He was totally brilliant. I adored him :)

Olivia and Clayton had a very complicated relationship, as you've probably guessed. But, underneath it all, there were always some serious sparks. It was sweet seeing them gradually trust and forgive. There wasn't too much heat in their relationship, but it does make a brief appearance. Not too much though. My one issue with the book was that these two were very block-headed for a while. They were so caught up in their past that they were irritatingly blind to what was right in front of them. It wasn't terrible, but I didn't want to shake some sense into them a few times. However, it didn't inhibit my enjoyment of the book. And I really liked them together.

The plot of this book was fast-paced and thrilling. The danger and mystery kept me on the edge on my seat. And the ending was perfect for the book.

Sins of a Ruthless Rogue was an excellent historical romance! To any historical romance lover who is looking for something a little different, this is your book.

*Thanks to Edelweiss and Avon for a copy!
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Mine, All Mine

Lillian St. James is a privileged and beautiful duke’s daughter whose world is turned upside down when her widowed mother marries a seedy merchant.
After her mother suddenly dies as well, Lilly has no one to turn to when scandal erupts over her stepfather’s treason. As her world falls apart Lilly is forced to go into hiding with the help of her loyal staff. She finds work as a cook’s assistant in the kitchen of a wealthy but mysterious aristocrat.

Dominic Coel, Earl of Redwick, is a spy on the cusp of retirement. He is ordered to complete one last mission. He must track down a young girl who disappeared with stolen royal jewels. Dominic is desperate to complete his task and begin a normal life without murder and lies. While he must focus on his duties he can’t help but be distracted by the mysterious beauty who has just joined his kitchen staff. The girl is innocent to say the least, but her elusive nature and cultured speech drives him to wonder who the real Miss Millie James is.

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