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Review | About a Rogue by Caroline Linden

An inconvenient marriage, a strong connection, a blurred line between passion and ambition. 

About a Rogue is an emotional and addictive historical romance. A smart and ambitious hero finds his match in a heroine determined to protect her family.

Our thanks to Avon Books and NetGalley for the advanced reader’s copy.


Book Details

Title: About a Rogue
Publisher: Avon (June 30, 2020)
Publication Date: June 30, 2020
Language: English
ASIN: B07YKX2KH5


Book Description

The first book in the new series Desperately Seeking Duke from USA Today bestselling and RITA award-winning author Caroline Linden.

It’s no love match…

Bianca Tate is horrified when her sister Cathy is obliged to accept an offer of marriage from Maximilian St. James, notorious rake. Defiantly she helps Cathy elope with her true love, and takes her sister’s place at the altar.

It’s not even the match that was made…

Perched on the lowest branch of his family tree, Max has relied on charm and cunning to survive. But an unexpected stroke of luck gives him an outside chance at a dukedom—and which Tate sister he weds hardly seems to matter.

But could it be the perfect match?

Married or not, Bianca is determined to protect her family’s prosperous ceramics business, even when Max shows an affinity for it—not to mention a dangerous ability to intrigue and tempt Bianca herself. And when Max realizes how beautiful and intelligent and desirable Bianca is, he’ll have to prove he’s no rogue, but the passionately devoted husband she craves…

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Review 

Lord Maximilian St. John discovered he was in line to inherit a dukedom. His chances of really inheriting were slim, but he intended to use the allowance he was granted and the connection to establish himself in life.

That is how he ended up offering marriage to Catherine Tate, heiress of the famous and prosperous Tate Pottery.

Everything was working perfectly fine until he was forced to exchange the docile Catherine for her indomitable sister Bianca.

What was supposed to be a calm marriage of convenience turned into a crash of wills. A delicious enemies-to-lovers!

I felt an immediate connection with the characters, and I was emotionally invested in their HEA.

Maximilian is an adorable and vulnerable hero. He is ambitious and practical, but he is also loyal. Bianca is intelligent and full of spirit. Her love for her family and her dedication to the pottery were very inspiring.

Their bantering was fun, and they had great chemistry together.

As a bonus, there is a novella that retells the story from the perspective of the servants. Kit Laurence and Jennie (St. John’s valet and Bianca’s lady’s maid) get their very own HEA.

About a Rogue is very entertaining and tenderly written.

Highly recommended!

Disclosure: I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


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About the Author

Caroline Linden was born a reader, not a writer. She earned a math degree from Harvard College and wrote computer software before turning to fiction. Since then the Red Sox have won the World Series four times, which is probably not related but still worth mentioning. Her books have won the NJRW Golden Leaf Award, the Daphne du Maurier Award, and RWA’s RITA Award, and been translated into seventeen languages.

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