Title: The Ruin of a Rogue
Charm, wit, and nerves of steel have helped Marcus Lithgow gamble his way across the Continent. But when his heart is at stake, all bets are off for this most perfect rogue...
It's been years since Marcus set foot in England—why toy with the ton when he can fleece wealthy fools in Paris and Rome? Yet everything changes when he inherits a ramshackle estate. Marcus's first and only chance at a respectable life needs funding . . . the kind Anne Brotherton can provide. Such a wallflower should be ripe for the picking. So why does Marcus feel like he's the one hanging by a thread?
Anne Brotherton is sick and tired of being an heiress. She cannot bring herself to marry a fortune hunter. Why can't men like her for her sharp mind and kind hearts rather than her impressive dowry?
She nearly falls for Marcus's smooth seduction. But when Anne realized she's being strung along, a lust for payback empowers her like never before. Two can play the game of deception. The game of love, however, has its own rules.
Author: Miranda Neville
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: The Duke of Dark Desires
Published by Avon Source: Publisher
Published: 27 August, 2013
Genres: Historical Romace
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The second in the series, Ruin of a Rogue focuses on Marcus, now Viscount Lithgow: gambler, cheat and possible thief, in need of a proper marriage with a woman of quality to enhance the coffers. He sets his eye on Anne Brotherton, heiress of Camber and well-placed young lady in society.
Marcus is very much the charmer, and quite smooth and debonair for a man of his time, even considered a bit of a rogue, mostly for the time spent losing in the gaming hells. Although from the beginning of the story, we see him trying to shake off this unsavory reputation and make himself a better man. His conflict with his instincts to do what is easy for him against what is right and proper are interesting to watch, and his growth was well depicted.
Anne is made of much sterner stuff, her natural behavior is quieter and more reserved, but there is a spine of steel underneath the velvet finery. When she discovers that Marcus wants her money, not necessarily her, she sets out to beat him at his own game. Of course there are misunderstandings and other characters thoughts and words do play havoc with the relationship that is budding between the two, but it was sweetly satisfying to see them finally communicate honestly and allow their destiny to take over.
With several twists, some clever plans that go awry and the happy ending for these two, this was a good story that will please fans of historical romance, and fuel the desire for the next book in the series.