“The game is on with Pembroke’s little sister…” Lord Andrew Framlington watched Miss Mary Marlow. The woman had been warned to keep away from him, but she had a little contrary in her soul. She had not been deterred. Perhaps she had a taste for bad hidden beneath her cold denials, or a liking for naughtiness in her soul – either of which appealed.
“Stop pretending you do not like me…” Drew had urged Mary, “Stop running…” Her body urged her to as much as he did. Something pulled her towards him. Something unknown and all consuming… and yet how could she disobey her father and her brother…
Intrigued to see what this talented writer could do with this familiar trope; ‘The Dangerous Love of a Rogue’ doesn’t disappoint. Despite the familiarity of ‘the girl falls for unsuitable man’ storyline, the author manages to dig deeper and inject realism and angst into this authentic, historical tale.
Drew is a likeable anti- hero, who has plenty of reasons to be play the obnoxious rake. The abuse he has suffered, from people who should have protected him when he was young and vulnerable has left him emotionally scarred. This doesn’t condone his treatment of innocent Mary but it does explain it.
Mary has the entire Marlowe clan in her corner but her attraction to Drew makes her willing to threaten her family relationships. Anyone who has been in love will understand her motivations. The parallels with her mother are cleverly drawn and the cameos of the family members, who feature in previous stories, add to the richness of the tale.
The historical detail is intrinsic and the characters vibrant and interesting.
‘The Dangerous Love of a Rogue is a romantic sojourn into Regency England, which will delight romantics and historical fiction lovers.
I received a copy of this book from Harper Impulse via NetGalley in return for an honest review.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars