(E–pub READ) A Rogue of My Own
L I loved this one I can definitely see myself rereading this again at some point and I am glad to say this was my first venture into the HR world that I have come to love so much so many ears later A crudely stitched patchwork of mismatched pieces The arrival of Rebecca Marshall at Buckingham Palace as a new maid of honor and the details of personal and political intrigues at the court of ueen Victoria were refreshingly different but as the narrative rushed nowhere and finally disintegrated I was left wondering about the authenticity of the historical detailFirst impressions of Rebecca are of a beautiful intelligent and self assured lady sparking anticipation of her part in the story The first of many wrong notes is struck by her adolescent infatuation with the handsome rogue Rupert and the startling speed with which she gives up her virginity and achieves instant orgasm Rupert St John is supposed to be some kind of government intelligence agent but the background to this is not developed and we re left with an almost psychotic lothario who apparently hangs around society venues collecting info Did not Like this one at all and I am A HUGE fan of Her Work To me this one Had too many negatives for me to Even attempt to read it all the way through I made it half way through if thatand that was Pushing itThe Main Male Character Was Extremely Unlikable IMO One of his first encounters With the Main Female he grabs her breasts Big turn off and he was Way to Cocky and full of himself for me to even attempt to like himThe Female in the book seemed Like she was mentally too Amok young School Girl ish and to me didn t seem appreciative of the situation she was in There seemed Like there was More talk on the ueen her ladies in waiting servants and such then anything Very Little on each page seemed to pertain to the actual love story I found myself Skipping over half of the paragraphs on each page out of Sheer BoredomNigel a Side Character Was a Huge turn off for the book as it basically described him as a pedophile againstoung boysNo thanksSo for me this was NOT a book I finished nor will I attempt to read againI am sure many will love this book but just wanted to give my honest review I can t give this book than one star for three main reasons1 23 of the way into the book I d And a Bottle of Rum yet to find any reason why these two shouldn t just walk away and forget the other existed They argued and tried to spite each other through most of the book Andet at the end the reader is suppose to believe that suddenly all is forgotten and they live HEA2 I couldn t stand the female lead She was so annoying and whiny3 If I find myself laughing my butt off during an intimate scene and rolling my eyes at supposed tender moments it is not a good thing Too cheesy Sorry I know some people like that but it s not my thing Lastly I was really annoyed by the writer s inability to show me why the male character was so drastically changed by his love for Becca I am not a cynic I do believe that a person can change for the better Yet it s hard for me to buy that a person specially a guy can have a complete personality transplant overnight simply because heshe falls in love A Rogue of My Own is the story of Rebecca and RupertMaruis Rupert St John is a spy philanderer and one of the best agents of the crown Leading a double life by sleuthing for various individuals he charms every lady in his path for any information he needs Things are going well until he comes across Rebecca Marshall the newly appointed maid of honor for ueen VictoriaLady Rebecca is delighted to get the prestigious position before her debut and accepts it with all eagerness However she is soon bombarded with a shrewd room mate forced to spy and meets the charming Lord Rupert cousin to Raphael whom she was once infatuated withMistaken identities and false intentions lead to a night of passion and soon Rupert is forced to wed Rebecca Soon there are unexpected conseuences along with him believing her motive for marriage is to find replacement for his cousinAs they spend time together unwillingly Rupert soon realizes the truth Can this tomcat finally give up his ways and fall in loveI did not like the hero I know the title says he s a rogue and to give him credit he did not cheat despite threatening repeatedly to do so but honestly he was very unlikable Constantly suspicious and falsely charming all he did was seduce the heroine verbally berate her and be involved in his own world not caring for her feelingsdisposition at all The heroine on the other hand had moments of courage but usually she was easily seduced and a putty in the hero s soiled hands Their story was much bearable once they got married even then we get to see the Realization at exactly 90% mark and by then it was too late for me to even like the heroThe ending was unsatisfying with no groveling uick resolution and easy seductionMehSWE view spoiler safe after marriage Not said if he kissedslept with other women after meeting h and before marriage though hide spoiler While I liked this story and the characters I was a little disappointed with Lindsey in this book There was some use of language so obviously out of that time frame that I actually had to pause and think about what I was reading I wouldn t necessarily expect perfection in language but the use of current slang for something set in this time frame is outrageous Besides that the story was off to a good start I still thought I was going to like it I actually liked both Becca and Rupert They had there difficulties to overcome but Lindsey spent so much time harping on the negative part of their relationship that I get why some people couldn t figure out where they fell in
Love Well I WillWell I will that for them There were a couple of sentences stating that over the past weeks they had been nice to each other not in those exact words apparently somewhere in there they both got past there issues but did not realize the other had and were angry with themselves for it While I completely other had and were angry with themselves for it While I completely glossing over a couple of weeks in a story if that is the only time the characters are nice to one another it would be helpful in a romance story to give us a few occasions that lead to this love match Plus it would help for everyone not to hate the hero His adamant beliefs up until the VERY end of the book did not help anyone believe they loved each other At some point along the way it actually became childish and undermined the intelligence he was suppose to have This is the first Johanna Lindsey book I have read I wasn t disappointed in A Rogue of My Own although the spy scenes in my opinion were a little lacking in thrill and adventure but I suppose th. Crown who leads a double life Certain that guileless Rebecca is spying on him Rupert seduces her then forced to wed he believes she has set a trap of the worst sort in order to marry into his powerful family But as he comes to know Rebecca’s true heart his vow of revenge and infi delity becomes a desire to share many passionate nights only with his beautiful wif.
Johanna Lindsey ¿ 7 charactersIt was a ridiculous and frustrating circle of him accusing her of something and her giving him a perfectly logical explanation for it and then him saying A HA Obviously Crochet you must be guilty sinceou had such a great excuse all ready He twisted every situation until he could find some scenario that would put Rebecca at fault even when the most logical answer was that she was innocent Even after Rupert s boss verifies that Rebecca WAS working for him and everything else she d told Rupert is 100% true he just shifts his theory to give Rebecca a new Playhouse yet eually evil motivation Now instead of her being a spy she must be out to trap Rupert himself Because naturally she winds up pregnant from their one time together Rupert immediately accuses her of lying and insists for practically the whole book that she s faking her pregnancy Even going so far as to say that she s sticking her finger down her throat to fake the morning sickness and stuffing herself with food to gain weight Later on after they ve reluctantly gotten married but only until Rupert can prove she s lying about the baby Rupert decides it wasn t actually HIM she wanted to marry just anyone in his family Honestly his excuses for hating her get weaker and weaker as time goes on And in between all his accusations Rebecca is still melting into a breathless puddle if he even so much as looks her way It was pathetic And she was also behaving like a crazy person for most of the book Lindsey saddled her with all the clich d pregnancy symptoms She puked her guts up all morning every morning then promptly got famished and stuffed her face at lunch She was moody and swung from towering fury to bursting into tears at the drop of a hat And eventually she decided she was in love with Rupert even though he hadn t done anything even remotely close to deserving it The ending was unsatisfying because Rupert didn t do nearly enough groveling and waited waaaay too long to give his token apology At a party Sarah confirms that everything Rebecca had been telling Rupert was true and he just totally accepts that Um what After spending the whole book jumping through all these hoops to convince himself Rebecca was this criminal mastermind who was working for Sarah all along he believes Sarah s word without uestion That makes no sense Why wouldn t he just assume that Rebecca and Sarah had conferred and made sure that Sarah gave the same story Rebecca had It was ridiculous that Rupert who had been so far beyond skeptical and cynical the whole story would just suddenly lose that part of his personality simply because we were reaching the end of the book and it was time for him to get on board with the romance But after he has this great epiphany that Rebecca was innocent all along he does absolutely nothing with that information for several days Instead of going straight to her apologizing and begging her forgiveness he just starts trying to sex her up But for such a well known rake he s incredibly clumsy in his attempts to woo her For example one of his bright ideas is to approach his rapidly fattening wife grab her thickened waist and jokingly accuse her of doubling up on the desserts in order to perpetuate this fake pregnancy charade That s insane On what planet would this EVER be a good idea The whole book he s been accusing her of being a lying snake andet now that he s in love with her he s going togo on accusing her of being a lying snake Yeah nice job Romeo Not to mention that pointing out "she s getting fat has never won over any woman in "s getting fat has never won over any woman in history of the world EVER And it never will hide spoiler He could say one thing about Rebecca she was consistent in sounding plausible If he didn t know better it would be so damned easy to believe her that s how good she was at deception Dealing with her had been a challenge he d actually enjoyed until she d won Which was why he was also furious with himself She d exploited the one thing he couldn t control his desire for her 45 starsThis was my very first HR read EVER before I even knew what the HR genre was It has been forever since I ve read this and I FINALLY saved UP ENOUGH TO BUY IT ON enough to buy it on I am glad to announce that it has stood the test of time and I found myself enjoying this read ears later Because this was a comparative reread for me I m going to arrange my review a little differently than I normally would Be forewarned it will be spoilery so read on at our own riskThe beginning of this novel was a bit slow for me and filled with tell than show However I think it was partly due to the author trying to catch readers up from previous books so I actually appreciated it after I got through the wordiness of it Another uirk of the writing that bugged me was the author s use of exclamation points I m not a fan of exclamation points in writing unless a character is shouting something important like Fire or The British are coming so Lindsey s constant use of exclamations in thoughts and external dialogue annoyed me but I admit I eventually got used to itSome tropes that were a part of this story virginal heroinerake hero secret baby which I don t normally enjoy but didn t last long here forced marriage of convenience enemies to lovers along with a very pronounced hate to love ou theme Each one owned a good portion of the novel and I thoroughly enjoyed every single trope as I came across it Now on to my favorite part Rupert and Rebecca As with many historical romances the characters were the main driving force of this novel and what great characters they were both main and secondary Rupert played the perfect part of a renowned rake gorgeous playful but weary of marriage traps while also leading a double life as a spy for the Crown Rebecca was a great leading heroine beautiful innocent smart at times naive but headstrong and fearless They were a great pairing and although they spent the majority of the novel trying to outsmart and constantly second guessing each other the passion and heat between them was palpable and infectious and made for some great chemistry The secondary characters were also uniue and engaging making for some humorous moments and helping to move the story alongOverall this novel did NOT disappoint me in the slightest Even though it was not a perfect read for me it had many of the elements I love in the HR genre now great characters a smattering of danger hate to love ou theme a moving plot and great character chemistry and interactions The steam level was pretty mild although there was some explicit sex scenes so hopefully my mind wasn t too corrupted at a oung age haha I do wish that Rupert had showed remorse for his actions and had been forced to grovel towards the end but overal. Ria But when Rebecca unknowingly steps into the rivalry between the ueen’s spymaster and a noblewoman who uses the maids as courtly spies she is soon entangled in a web of deceit with the charming maruis Rupert St John The devastatingly handsome ne’er do well is the cousin of Raphael Locke with whom Rebecca was once infatuated He’s also a secret agent of the. ,
Really this book should be called A Rogue Of My Own JL loves her some exclamations DC prefers to not see themI keep doing this I pick up a JL book thinking it sounds interesting And it always does And then I read it And it stops being interesting after the first chapter Even worse is when I m re reading a JL book because I didn t recognize it at first Clearly she has staying power in my mind This book was full of ou re lying to me because I m a spy and I can t trust anyone and Household Gods you re so charming and handsome why can t I stay mad atou to reach a unsatisfactory ending JL is definitely on my don t bother list I usually end up almost chucking her books against the wall but persevere to finish Barely Lots of in this book Was a bit off setting The characters were likable But the love aspect hardly believable More like both parties just found each other sexy Therefore they wanted sex Overall somewhat flat There are basically two kinds of books Ones where when I go to change the audiobook CD and see that there are still many discs to go I rejoice and ones in which that same knowledge makes me cringe Unfortunately this book was in the latter category view spoilerA Rouge of My Own rubbed me up the wrong way as soon as the hero was introduced I liked Rebecca uite a bit until Rupert came on the scene She was smart and strong enough to stand up for herself in the beginning But then she meets lover boy and turns into a complete idiot She s LITERALLY so awestruck by his incredible good looks that she can t think straight Seriously At their first face to face meeting she literally stood there staring at him with her mouth hanging open until he sexually assaulted her in order to snap her out of it Neither one of them comes off looking good in that scenario She looks like a fool for so obviously drooling over him and he s a bastard for grabbing her boobs like that Honestly there were about a billion other ways he could have snapped her out of her idiotic stupor that didn t involve doing something so despicable Unfortunately things don t improve from there Although Rupert has been unforgivably rude and assaulted Rebecca and makes no bones about admitting that he likes to spread himself around when it comes to the ladies she s still so gobsmacked by his looks that she s panting after him It s pathetic I really couldn t root for Rebecca when she was being such a pathetic idiot There was nothing redeemable about Rupert other than that he was apparently ungodly handsome And frankly I was sick to death of hearing about his angelic good looks by the second chapter It s mentioned over and over and over and seems to be the only thing that attracts Rebecca to him That s not a romance as far as I m concerned It would have made for a much better story if Rebecca was the one person who WASN T bowled over by his looks The one who looked past that and liked him for who he was on the inside Unfortunately Rupert doesn t seem to have an inside JL really could have done a lot to make Rupert a nuanced character His whole life he s had people fawning over his looks and since the age of 14 he s been pushed to use those looks to gather intelligence for ueen and country Everywhere he goes women and sometimes men goggle at him because he s just sooo stunning There was a perfect opportunity here for JL to show us a Rupert who secretly hated his good looks because it meant no one ever treated him like a regular person That no one ever bothered to Get To Know The Real Him Because to know the real him because they were after was his body But no Rupert isn t that deep He s perfectly fine with his lot in life Just a little bored with how easily he can have any woman he wants Sadly things just keep getting worse as the story goes on The plot was really weak and didn t really hang together It starts with Rebecca becoming a maid of honor to the duchess and moving into the palace Soon after arriving she
Finds Out That Theout that the in charge of the maids of honor Sarah forces all the girls to snoop for her She has them illegally search people s rooms deliver notes outside the palace eavesdrop on private conversations and pressures them to use their feminine wiles to distract men when it serves her purpose Even though Rebecca is a supposedly strong smart woman she still stupidly lets Sarah talk her into getting involved with these sordid activities by implying that she s operating on the ueen s behalf As if the ueen would send some completely inexperienced girl fresh out of the school room to do any kind of important espionage mission Naturally she gets caught on her first mission by none other than Rupert Rupert is likewise being employed as a spy only he s the real deal sort of and he s been tasked with figuring out why Sarah is gathering information This of course sets our hero and heroine up for Big Misunderstandings Absolutely none of this was interesting Seriously All this palace intrigue was much ado about nothing It was an incredibly toothless storyline No one is plotting to assassinate the ueen or overthrow the government etc Nothing was a stake here It was all just a weak plot to create problems for our happy couple which is lame Rupert s spy boss Nigel decides to recruit Rebecca over to his side and asks her to report on Sarah s activities Rebecca hesitates to get involved having just told Sarah to take her despicable demands and shove them but eventually agrees solely because it ll give her an excuse to be near the god like Rupert who will act as a go between It s pathetic how everything Rebecca does is motivated by her uncontrollable desire to be near this guy who treats her like dirt Nigel plot conveniently neglects to inform Rupert of this whole go between situation so the one and only time Rebecca seeks Rupert out to pass on information he assumes she s in his room for sex and starts kissing her before she can get a word in edgewise Although she doesn t really put much effort into her protests because his merest touch makes her brain fall out Rupert is of course shocked to discover that Rebecca is a virgin and uickly concludes that SHE seduced HIM as part of her evil spying for Sarah That she s so devoted to the cause that she was willing to give up her virginity in pursuit of it Right She s been at the palace for all of two days and only just met Sarah but she s so completely devoted to her already that she s ready to risk public ruination just to please her Yeah that makes sense Like I said Rupert acts like a huge ass for the majority of the book and it really didn t make sense for him to do so He hangs onto this idea that Rebecca is secretly this wicked master level con artist even after all the things he s accusing her of have been disproven. In #1 New York Times bestselling author Johanna Lindsey’s captivating novel an innocent oung lady’s fi rst brush with royal court intrigue lands her at the altar alongside one of London’s most notorious rogues It was the chance of a lifetime For Lady Rebecca Marshall a whirlwind of excitement begins when she becomes a maid of honor at the court of ueen Victo. ,