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Enture into the HR world that I have come to love so much so many years later 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 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 perfec 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 information for his sexually ambiguous handler Rebecca becomes pregnant and her attempt to confront Rupert with her predicament only gets her caught up in a chase across France to visit a Englishman who is suspected of smuggling armsRupert doesn t believe Rebecca is pregnant suabbles and spats ensue families get involved undying love is declared but nothing can compensate for the fundamental weakness in characterisation and lack of control over the structure of the narrative 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 you re lying to me because I m a spy and I can t trust anyone and you re so charming and handsome why can t I stay mad at you 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 I can t give this book than one star for three main reasons1 23 of the way into the book I d yet to find any reason why these two shouldn t ust walk away and forget the other existed They argued and tried to spite each other through most of the book And yet 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 bel. 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.
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 fal 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 Kindle I am glad to announce that it has stood the test of time and I found myself enjoying this read years 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 your 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 you 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 you 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 young age haha I do wish that Rupert had showed remorse for his actions and had been forced to grovel towards the end but overall 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 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.
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 that is a bit much to expect from a historical romance novel or at least the ones I have read In my opinion a great historical romance fiction novel is made great by a few factors One the characters must be charming I believe the characters in this book were pretty likable up until the end where I felt almost as if the hero came to certain realizations rather uick The next factor in making a story exceptional to me is the plot must make sense and flow rather smoothly This book did that so I won t complain Then like a cake I like to see layers in books that can be peeled away to reveal everything What I mean by that is that other than the plot and characters I love substance mingled in I do like a little bit of actual historical facts blended in to a story If there is not that factor than I rely on the story adding something to the scenes THIS is where A Rogue of My Own lacked for me it didn t have historical facts nor did the spy scenes seem very interesting I know this review is probably a little like a rant because I have spent a month of reading Romantic Historical Fictions and while I enjoy them I am to a point where I want from them I wanted this book to wow me with dangers that would bring the characters out in new lights or perhaps instead of focusing on the palace intrigues that never went anywhere before Historias de Inmigracion jumping into a secret spy mission it would have been nice to focus on one scenario and develop it I did like that the hero and heroine had witty attitudes and flawed personalities without over reaching for the most part in the character development but as I said earlier the end felt a bit rushed and I don t like feeling like I didn t complete a story when I reach the end of a book I did give this book 4 stars but I would actually say for me it was about 35 and maybe it is because I have read to many books in this genre this month and need to take a break from it before my views get skewed 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 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 against young 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 butust wanted to give my honest review Lots of in this book Was a bit off setting The characters were likable But the love aspect hardly believable More like both parties ust found each other sexy Therefore they wanted sex Overall somewhat flat 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. In #1 New York Times bestselling author Johanna Lindsey’s captivating novel an innocent young 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.
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Johanna Helen Howard was born on March 10 1952 in Germany where her father Edwin Dennis Howard a soldier in the US Army was stationed The family moved about a great deal when she was young Her father always dreamed of retiring to Hawaii and after he passed away in 1964 Johanna and her mother settled there to honor himIn 1970 when she was still in school she married Ralph Lindsey becom