Wednesday, November 19, 2014

A Rogue's Deadly Redemption Release Blitz: Review + Giveaway!

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Welcome to my post for the A Rogue's Deadly Redemption book tour! I have a review coming up, as well as a giveaway for a $20 gift card. But, first, allow me to introduce the book:

Release date: November 17, 2014
Genre: Historical (Regency) Romantic Suspense

Scandal forced Lady Lily Melrose into an untenable decision: marry the man she wanted but who wanted someone else or leave her home for America. She gambled and stayed. Now, almost four years later, Lily is ready to gamble again—on a future that means leaving her neglectful, absent husband behind. But when a deadly adversary threatens them both, Lily realizes how little she understood about her husband—and her marriage. She's faced with another impossible choice: leave the man she loved to face certain death or stay and fight to help him deliver on a promise he no longer remembers.

Robert Melrose was raised as the forgotten third-born son with no future—without even the label of black sheep to keep him respectable. Not content with obscurity, he cultivated his own path to power, aligning himself with London's underworld, where betrayal is deadly. But when an accident wipes away his past, Robert can't remember who he is or what he's done. What he does know is that his wife, Lily, evokes a strong need inside—a need to prove he's better than his past. But when his past becomes a present danger, Robert must choose: gain the trust and love of the woman intent on leaving or let her walk away from him and the danger that might cost both their lives.

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My Rating: 3 Roses

A good historical romance that I enjoyed, A Rogue's Deadly Redemption was a lovely read. It was a sweet book about a terrible marriage getting a second chance and I liked it.

Let's start with what was great about the book:

I really liked Lily's character. She was a quiet, kind-hearted type of person but, when it mattered, she was strong enough to do what was best for her. Though everyone, including her well meaning family, was trying to influence her, she was determined to do what she wanted. I thought was was a great character.

Robert's growth was interesting. He started off as a total ass. He was steeped neck deep into a dangerous scheme and pushed everyone that could love him away. Sure, he had his reasons, but they only made sense in his mind. But, then he lost his memory and his slate was wiped clean. From there, we got to know his character without all that bitterness weighing him down and that man was much more likable and I ended up enjoying his character.

The romance was good. Lily and Robert had a lot of work to do and a lot of issues to deal with but, beneath all that, their feelings for each other were constant.

There wasn't a major problem with the book. Rather, there were a few minor problems that became annoying. First off, it took a while for things to start up. It wasn't until almost a quarter through that Robert actually lost his memory, which made the book a slow start. And, Lily's family was extremely frustrating. They were constantly meddling, trying to tell her what to do and even trying to influence Roberts. They might have been well meaning, but it was aggravating, though it made me like Lily more that she set them straight and told them it was her life and she would do with it what she pleased. That is connected to the next issue, which is that the characters did a lot of screaming at each other but it felt like they didn't actually communicate. And, finally, I wish that I had gotten more information about Robert in connection to the scheme. Why did he join it? Was it really out of spite or did he just want something of his own? It was never fully addressed and I thought it was an important detail because the scheme of his is what set the whole story in motion.

Despite all these issues, though, I still did like the book. At its core, it was a story about a second chance and that's what it delivers. So, I still enjoyed the story and I though the ending was perfect.

A Rogue's Deadly Redemption was an enjoyable historical romance. It might not have been perfect, but it was a nice read. Romance lovers, you might want to check this book out.

*I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
Up for grabs is a $20 gift card.
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About the Author:
Jeannie Ruesch wrote her first story at the age of the six, prompting her to give up an illustrious, hours-long ambition of becoming a Dallas Cowboy Cheerleader and declare that writing was her destiny. The journey toward destiny held a few detours along the way, including a career in marketing and design.

Her first novel, a fairy-tale like historical romance, was published in 2009, but the darker side of life has always captivated her. So after a dinner conversation with friends about the best way to hide a dead body, she knew she had to find a way to incorporate suspense into her writing. (The legal outlet for her fascination.) Today, she continues writing what she loves to read - stories of history, romance and suspense. She lives in Northern California with her amazing husband (who cooks, cleans and edits!), their son and a lab named Cooper.

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