Thursday, December 10, 2015

ARC Review: One Rogue at a Time by Jade Lee

Title: One Rogue at a Time

Author: Jade Lee

Synopsis:

USA Today bestselling author Jade Lee continues her saucy, vibrant Rakes and Rogues Regency romance series with a high-society outsider who may have met his match…

A brown-eyed bastard with nothing to lose

As the illegitimate son of a duke, Bramwell Wesley Hallowsby grew up tough, on the fringes of society, learning to hide his hurt and cynicism with charm and Town polish. He’s carved out a place for himself as a mercenary, serving as bodyguard and general strong arm for the peerage. Bram has nothing to lose… and he’s exactly what Maybelle “Bluebell” Ballenger needs.

Meets his match in a blue-eyed beauty with everything to hide

Maybelle needs a mentor to teach her to speak and act like a lady, so she can claim the place in society she was denied. As they team up to take on the ton, Bram knows she’s hiding something even from him. Despite the deception he sees behind those sparkling blue eyes, Bram wants to believe that Maybelle’s love is no lie. But it seems fate has served him up his just desserts in the likes of this determined damsel.

***MY REVIEW***

I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

5 out of 5 stars

One Rogue at a Time is the first book by Jade Lee that I've read and I'm so kicking myself for taking so long to read one of her books because this book was fantastic. Bram and Maybelle's story was sweet and funny and kept me enthralled from start to finish that I ended up neglecting another book I was supposed to be reading for this book.

Maybelle and Bram were two complicated characters. Some of the decisions that Maybelle makes left me a little exasperated but with the shadow of whether or not she was a bastard hanging over her it was all understandable and even if it wasn't, her character is just so damn likable that you can't really hold anything against her. And as for Bram, I really felt for him. The way he was treated just because he was a bastard was kind of sad. Granted, things could've been worse but still the crap he had to put up with made me understand his actions preventing me from hating him for his behavior. This also contributed to me being able to root for Bram and Maybelle as a couple. Their romance never felt forced and it progressed at a pace that allowed me, as a reader, to truly believe that the two of them were in love. And it was all topped off by the big "I love you" moment at the end that had me screaming with joy because it was all so PERFECT.

Overall, I absolutely loved this book. It was such an excellent historical romance and I think this author is going to be one of my top got-to authors in this genre for the foreseeable future.

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