Review: About A Rogue

About a Rogue (Desperately Seeking Duke, #1)

Synopsis:

The first book in the new series Desperately Seeking Duke from USA Today bestselling and RITA award-winning author Caroline Linden.

It’s no love match…

Bianca Tate is horrified when her sister Cathy is obliged to accept an offer of marriage from Maximilian St. James, notorious rake. Defiantly she helps Cathy elope with her true love, and takes her sister’s place at the altar.

It’s not even the match that was made…

Perched on the lowest branch of his family tree, Max has relied on charm and cunning to survive. But an unexpected stroke of luck gives him an outside chance at a dukedom—and which Tate sister he weds hardly seems to matter.

But could it be the perfect match?

Married or not, Bianca is determined to protect her family’s prosperous ceramics business, even when Max shows an affinity for it—not to mention a dangerous ability to intrigue and tempt Bianca herself. And when Max realizes how beautiful and intelligent and desirable Bianca is, he’ll have to prove he’s no rogue, but the passionately devoted husband she craves…

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

About A Rogue by Caroline Linden is an entertaining historical romance novel. It grabs my full attention with a stubborn yet smart heroine who won’t let guard down around a particular rogue. One who is in line to a Dukedom and financial cash if he behaves the way the Duchess wants him to behave. He must take up a wife, participate in the government, and leave all his rogue ways behind him. St. James knows he has no chance at this opportunity yet he does do his best to behave better. The money handouts do help. Considering the life he lived as a child, this was an opportunity to better himself. So, he does.

He arranges with a potter to marry one of his daughters and have a stake in the business. Only the daughter that is promised to him doesn’t love him and runs away. The contract he signed with the potter could put the family in worse shape so the other daughter, the one who hates him, agrees to marrying the rogue. Oh, and what a rogue he is! I loved their banters. Fun, charming, and deliciously steamy-this duo made this a worthy read indeed. I found myself not wanting to put the book down. The heat, danger, and risks, were high. Secrets leak, enemies draw near, and hearts were on the line.

I loved the enemies-to-lovers trope. Perfectly done, well-crafted characters, and an interesting plunge back into history. Also, I enjoyed following as a strong female character kept falling hopelessly in love with a rogue she was so determined to hate and keep at length. The rogue turned out to be not so much a rogue after all…

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