Saturday, November 30, 2013

Have You Any Rogues? by Elizabeth Boyle

Have You Any Rogues? (Rhymes With Love, #2.5)
Release date: November 12, 2013
Publisher: Avon Impulse
Genre: Historical (Regency) Romance
Series: Rhymes with Love #2.5

The Seldons and Dales have been mortal enemies for centuries, but that hasn't stopped the roguish Crispin, Viscount Dale and the impetuous Lady Henrietta Seldon from waging their own battle … of the heart. Every stray glance, every chance encounter threatens to reveal the secret passion that keeps drawing them together.

But finally after years of flirting with disaster, Crispin and Henrietta find themselves locked in a wine cellar, and now there is no denying the love and loyalties that have lured them and torn them apart time and time again. Will this one last chance, this tempting night of desire be the one that ignites a fire that will never be extinguished, no matter the price?

My Rating: 4 Roses

A sweet, lovely story about love finally conquering all, Have You Any Rogues? was a wonderful historical romance novella. It was sweet, romantic, and a thoroughly enjoyable read.

Henrietta was a good heroine, for the most part. She was a strong character who was determined to live life on her own terms. Thing is, that came with some drawbacks. I didn't understand why her first response to having doubts about Crispin was getting married to someone else. I mean, what? The first time I understood because she thought he was dead. But marriages 2 and 3, those didn't make sense to me. If she loved him as much as she claimed, she should have given him the benefit of the doubt. It was a little frustrating, which led me to knock off a point on the rating. Otherwise, though, she was a great character. I might have gotten annoyed with her, but I still liked her.

Crispin was wonderful. He was so sweet and charming and absolutely devoted to Henrietta. He never wavered in his love to her, even when there was a lot of cause for doubt. He was perfect and I adored him.

The romance was lovely. It was mostly sweet, but there was a sprinkle of spice. I thought it was so sweet that, throughout all the trials and tribulations their relationship went through, they were always steadfast in their love for each other, even though they may have had doubts in the other direction and their feuding families were doing everything they could to keep them apart.. I thought they were a sweet couple.

The plot was fast paced. I was hooked the entire way through. I really enjoyed the story and I thought the ending was lovely, though I wish we had gotten an epilogue just to see the reaction of Henrietta and Crispin's family when they found out that the lovebirds got married. But, I still liked how it ended.

Have You Any Rogues?  was a lovely historical romance novella. It was a sweet story of love enduring despite the very many obstacles in its path. Lovers of romance, this is a book you'll want to check out.

*I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

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