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Love Is a Rogue

Love Is a Rogue

By Lenora Bell


Once upon a time in Mayfair a group of wallflowers formed a secret society with goals that had absolutely nothing to do with matrimony. Their most troublesome obstacle? Rogues! 

They call her Beastly Beatrice.

Wallflower Lady Beatrice Bentley longs to remain in the wilds of Cornwall to complete her etymological dictionary. Too bad her brother’s Gothic mansion is under renovation. How can she work with an annoyingly arrogant and too-handsome rogue swinging a hammer nearby?

Rogue. Scoundrel. Call him anything you like as long as you pay him.

Navy man Stamford Wright is leaving England soon and renovating Thornhill House is just a job. It’s not about the duke’s bookish sister or her fiery copper hair. Or the etymology lessons the prim-yet-alluring lady insists on giving him. Or the forbidden things he’d love to teach her.

They say never mix business with pleasure. But when Beatrice and Ford aren’t arguing, they’re kissing. 

Sometimes temptation proves too strong to resist…even if the cost is a heart.


This book sort of reminded me of Dreaming of You by Lisa Kleypas. Beatrice, like Sara, is a bookish heroine and Ford, like Rafe, isn’t a member of the aristocracy. However, until Dreaming of You, Beatrice is a duke’s daughter. Her mother is currently trying to marry her off while Beatrice just wants to work on her dictionary. Getting in the way of that work is the handsome carpenter, Ford, who is proving a delicious distraction. Beatrice and Ford end up spending a lot of time together when Beatrice inherits a bookshop that needs work.

Both know that a relationship between them in not possible. Ford is on a brief leave from the navy and Beatrice is expected to marry within the aristocracy. Ford, especially, has seen the result of a mis-match with his parents and does not want to give into his attraction to Beatrice. Beatrice is my favorite character of the book. She is bookish and loves words. When she inherits the bookshop, her immense enjoyment and love of books is so shining and clear. As they work together, and they actually do, there is a delightful scene of Beatrice helping to redo the floor, their attraction grows.

Overall, I enjoyed Love is a Rogue. Beatrice and her group of friends are delightful and definitely a set up for future books. Ford is a well-rounded hero and I hope to see more working class heroes in historical romance. Beatrice is an excellent heroine and I especially enjoyed her vocabulary, goals, and utter love of books.

*Received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.


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