Title: One Rogue at a Time (Rakes and Rogues #2)
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.
Author: Jade Lee
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: 50 Ways to Ruin a Rake
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca Source: Publisher
Published: December 1, 2015
Genres: Regency Romance
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I have to admit that I was only about 25% into One Rogue at a Time before I put it down. This title was a DNF for me because I didn’t click with the characters or the plot.
The most off-putting part about this Regency, aside from the characters (which I’ll get into below), was the way in which the author wrote out the accents. I’m well-read in the Regency romance genre, and a simple, “She spoke with a Cockney accent” or something similar would’ve done the trick. Instead, Lee added so many apostrophes and phonetically-spelled so many words that I simply lost interest in trying to follow the conversation. After a few sentences of it, my thoughts turned to, “Okay, I get it – Maybelle is a commoner.” It was being drilled into my head, and I had the distinct feeling that the author thought I, the reader, simply wouldn’t get it if she didn’t reinforce (in every sentence) that the heroine had a strong, not-ton-worthy accent. It grated on me.
I wanted to like Bram. He was the reason I wanted to read this book – his character description from the blurb reminded me of Temple from Sarah MacLean’s No Good Duke Goes Unpunished. Sexy, bad-boy almost-duke? Yes, please! As there aren’t many fringe-of-society, rough-and-tumble almost-dukes out there, of course I was excited for this one. Unfortunately, Bram only fulfilled the almost-duke part of the description. He was selfish, arrogant, and just not a likable guy. I continuously rolled my eyes at him, and I found nothing redeeming enough to make me think that his eventual redemption would be worth waiting for.
I thought Maybelle was too brash, and I simply couldn’t like anything she did or said. She worked too hard at being independent; her character wasn’t written well enough to make me believe her circumstances made her so. I couldn’t get into her at all.
Neither character left me wanting to turn the next page.
The plot itself was good in premise, but again – it just fell flat for me. Remember, though, that I only made it a quarter of the way through the book. I felt as though what I did manage to read slogged on, and nothing worthwhile was really happening to make me enjoy either character. I tried to read this book for days, but each time I picked it up, I just couldn’t bring myself to care enough to continue on because I felt as though I could see through every trope Lee brought to the story. I saw each character flaw as a way to push the plot onwards – and it felt much too forced and was unenjoyable for me.