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A MOST DEVILISH ROGUE
Genre: Regency Period, Historical Romance, England
Readers will find Macnamara’s second novel a pleasant read, complete with a pair of wounded protagonists, a darling six-year- old, a mystery, a kidnapping and steamy love scenes. Though there are some wonderful elements — the building of trust in a relationship and insight into society’s treatment of women — it may be difficult for some to make a real connection with the characters even as they turn the pages to Isabelle and George’s happily ever after.
With a mountain of debts, his pregnant mistress nipping at his heels and his family constantly interfering, George Upperton takes the opportunity to attend a country house party and escape London. Then he rescues a high-spirited six- year-old boy from drowning and meets Isabelle Mears. Isabelle learned a harsh lesson when she was abandoned by a scoundrel, ostracized by her family and left to eke out a living to support herself and Jack. All she has is her quiet life and a resolution to never marry. Her encounter with George brings back a longing for the love and passion missing in her life. She’s determined to keep away from the rogue, but when Jack is kidnapped, she turns to George and discovers the depth of his character and the depth of their love. (BALLANTINE, Sep., 380 pp., $7.99)
Reviewed By: Kathe Robin
Published: September 2013