Also by this author: Bringing Down the Duke
Also in this series: Bringing Down the Duke
Series: A League of Extraordinary Women #2
Published by Berkley on September 1, 2020
Genres: Historical Romance
Tropes: Enemies-to-Lovers, Suffragette Movement
Source: Netgalley, Berkley
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Narrator: Elizabeth Jasicki
Length: 16 hrs and 2 mins
Lady Lucie is fuming. She and her band of Oxford suffragists have finally scraped together enough capital to control one of London’s major publishing houses, with one purpose: to use it in a coup against Parliament. But who could have predicted that the one person standing between her and success is her old nemesis, Lord Ballentine? Or that he would be willing to hand over the reins for an outrageous price—a night in her bed.
Lucie tempts Tristan like no other woman, burning him up with her fierceness and determination every time they clash. But as their battle of wills and words fans the flames of long-smouldering devotion, the silver-tongued seducer runs the risk of becoming caught in his own snare.
As Lucie tries to out-manoeuvre Tristan in the boardroom and the bedchamber, she soon discovers there’s truth in what the poets say: all is fair in love and war…
Evie Dunmore’s debut last year was one of my favorite books of 2019, I couldn’t wait to start A ROGUE OF ONE’S OWN when it landed on my Kindle. Alas, it didn’t hit the mark this time and here is why:
Lucie is a sufragette and fighting for women’s rights. That she doesn’t have much in the way of respect or liking for a rake like Tristan, who in her opinion uses women for his pleasure, is a given. What I didn’t expect was the antagonism and, yes, hatred for him that was rooted in…nothing? Because we never got a real explanation. For as long as she hated him I waited for a flashback, something he must have done in his past but no, no such thing happened. So I was sitting her getting really upset with the heroine because she was judgmental and behaved really awfully when she was around Tristan. In general Lucie always thought the worst of Tristan and never gave him credit when it was due.
Tristan wasn’t a saint though. While many of the stories about his escapades were fiction there were enough left to still make him look like a man-ho. I love a good redeemed bad boy story but when the hero has dubious thoughts in his mind, like coercing the heroine into a night with him and then withholding his part of the bargain it doesn’t make him much better than his own father who used Tristan’s mother as a bargain chip and who our hero despised because of it. And it doesn’t put him above all the men using women, the women Lucie fights for every day. Then there was Tristan’s reverence and adoration for the heroine. The same goes here – there is no explanation why he was so into her. She slapped him when they were kids and was never nice to him. So where did that come from?
Now I will say that I came to like these two in the end but it was a rocky road. The whole thing was a bit of a mess. I will say that the author does an amazing job to capture the political atmosphere and her writing really is beautiful. I liked how the book ended, the decisions that were made, the reasons for them. I loved how Tristan supported Lucie and the cause she was fighting for.
“One more sword for your troops, princess.”
A ROGUE OF ONE’S OWN had a lot of potential to be a winner but there were too many things that didn’t make sense to me. As always I ask you to read other reviews and give this story a chance if you feel that it may still work for you. I know Evie Dunmore is capable of greatness so I’ll be waiting for Hattie’s book.
Your stubborn courage humbles me. Your rage inspires me. You are like a storm moving through, rearranging whomever you touch in your wake—imagine the trouble we could cause if we joined forces.