Saturday, May 25, 2013

A Most Devilish Rogue by Ashlyn Macnamara + Featured Freebie

A Most Devilish RogueYears ago, when Isabelle Mears was still a young miss too infatuated to know better, she surrendered her innocence to a dishonorable man. Though ruined and cast out from society, she has worked hard to shelter her illegitimate son, Jack. Having sworn off men in her quiet but dignified life, Isabelle is unprepared for the deep longing that rips through her when a handsome stranger rescues her rambunctious six-year-old from the pounding ocean surf.

George Upperton is a man in trouble with debts, women, and a meddling family. He is, by all accounts, the last gentleman on earth Isabelle should be drawn to. But loneliness is a hard mistress, and caution gives way to desire . . . even though Isabelle is convinced that happiness can’t be found in the arms of such a devilish rogue. Only when Jack is kidnapped does Isabelle discover the true depth of George’s devotion—and how far a good man will go to fight for the woman whose love is all that matters.

My Rating: 5 Roses
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Let me start by saying that is an awesome cover. Every time I look at it, I stare for a few seconds. What red-blooded female wouldn't want to pick up a book with that cover? But, the question is, did the book live up to the cover? The answer is: yes, it definitely did.


This book has a fairly small cast of major characters. I liked them all; I though they were great characters. But, I sometimes felt like I couldn't connect with the two main characters completely. It was only a few times, so it wasn't a huge problem, but it was enough of an annoyance to bear mentioning. However, that didn't stop me from enjoying the book.

Isabelle was a very strong woman. After facing ruination in society for a mistake, she picked up the shambles of her life, moved away from society, and dedicated her life to her son (who was totally adorable). And, when her son was in danger, she fought like hell to get him back, yet knew when she needed help. I appreciated that, even when it came to George, she wasn't letting anyone play her. She was a very likable heroine.

George doesn't come off as a great character at first. He's steeped in debt and mercurial when it comes to women. But, later on, we see a different side of him. Sure, he definitely can be a rogue, but he can also be very sweet, determined, and protective. I loved how sweet he was with Jack. It wasn't long before I adored him. He did have his flaws, and let's be honest, he deserved to have Isabelle get mad at him when she did. But, despite that, he was a wonderful character. He changed when he fell in love with Isabelle and became a perfect hero.

The romance in this book was very steamy. The love scenes...whew...get ready to fan your face because they were hot. Very well written. But, Isabelle and George were also very sweet together, especially with George's determination to change for Isabelle. I thought they were a great couple.

I loved little Jack! He was so cute and adorable. He doesn't have a lot of stage time in the book, being kidnapped for a good portion of it, but he was still a major presence. I loved how Isabelle was so devoted to him and how George was so sweet with him. He was just an awesome character.

The plot was fast-paced, never a dull moment. I was hooked from page one, all the way through. And the ending was so lovely.

Historical romance lovers, you have to read A Most Devilish Rogue. It was a brilliant book!

*Thanks to Netgalley and Ballantine Books for a copy!
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Rebellious and strong-willed Kalliassa flees a political betrothal arranged by her brother, the emperor of Rome. She runs to the one man capable of preventing the match -- her brother's sworn enemy. Unwittingly, she throws her fortunes into the hands of a man pledged to destroy Roman rule.Taurus, proud Governor of Panua, would do anything to provoke the emperor, even ruin an imperial sister. But Kallie is like no woman he's ever met, and she tests his strength of will and his solemn vow to end the reign of her family forever.
Can true love overcome lust, lies, and deceit?

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