Author: Evie Dunmore
Narrator: Elizabeth Jasicki
Audiobook Length: 12 hours 30 minutes
A lady must have money and an army of her own if she is to win a revolution—but first, she must pit her wits against the wiles of an irresistible rogue bent on wrecking her plans…and her heart.
Lady Lucie is fuming. She and her band of Oxford suffragists have finally scraped together enough capital to control one of London’s major publishing houses, with one purpose: to use it in a coup against Parliament. But who could have predicted that the one person standing between her and success is her old nemesis and London’s undisputed lord of sin, Lord Ballentine? Or that he would be willing to hand over the reins for an outrageous price—a night in her bed.
Lucie tempts Tristan like no other woman, burning him up with her fierceness and determination every time they clash. But as their battle of wills and words fans the flames of long-smouldering devotion, the silver-tongued seducer runs the risk of becoming caught in his own snare.
As Lucie tries to out-manoeuvre Tristan in the boardroom and the bedchamber, she soon discovers there’s truth in what the poets say: all is fair in love and war…
[Bringing Down the Duke (#1) Review]
After enjoying Bringing Down the Duke, I was excited to begin the second novel, A Rogue of One’s Own! This novel did not disappoint as it kept with the same historical feel where the “Cause” (suffrage movement) is balanced with a sweet romance story set in Victorian England. The main character in this story, Lucie is part of the main four introduced in the first novel. I loved that the other characters were still a part of this story, so I not only experienced Lucie finding romance, but I also had the chance to catch up with Annabelle and Sebastian. While each novel in the series can be read as a standalone, it is better, in my opinion, to read them all in order to learn more about the characters.
After purchasing shares with her friends for a publishing house, Lady Lucie discovers these are shared with Lord Ballantine, her childhood friend. As Tristan holds the majority, Lucie will need to convince him to support their cause. Lucie is a very strong-willed and compassionate character with clear support of women’s rights. Tristan is a very unique character given that he is more creative than most other male characters in the genre. While Sebastian, from the first novel, needed some persuasion to the becoming more progressive, Tristan is already supportive. While they have an attraction, Tristan has a rake-ish reputation, so it is not a simple transition to a possible couple. The two characters begin as enemies at the start of the story into something more. While it is an enemies-to-lovers story, which is the same as the first novel, it takes the same initial troupe and gives it a new spin to fit this couple.
Tristan and Lucie’s story is a slow burn with the two connecting more and more over time. They are very enjoyable as neither wants the other to change and they respect the other for who they are. While Lucie has no interest in marriage, she cannot avoid men and society as she (and her group) need their support to further their cause. Tristan may not always do the right thing, but he had a good heart at his core. It was nice to see both of their backstories be explored as they each revealed more about each other. Overall, this series continues to be delightful. The main couple has great banter and chemistry while also not only being together purely on physical attraction. The relationships that they build have some substance and complexity. I cannot wait to read Hattie’s story in the third installment and eventually Catriona’s story when the fourth is published in 2022. I need to still check out the extra novellas for each story as there already is one for the first novel and I believe there are ones for the second and third.
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