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IT BEGAN AS A FAVOR…Seduce Lady Juliana Ivers and then cast her aside: Those are his sister’s instructions. Alexius Braverton, Marquess of Sinclair—known as Sin to the ton—is happy enough to oblige, especially when he catches a glimpse of his target. Juliana is completely unlike the empty-headed chits who barely hold his attention for a week. A true gentleman would leave her to find a worthy suitor. But then, a Lord of Vice would never claim to be a gentleman.WOULD IT END IN FOREVER?Juliana is expected to marry well to improve her family’s finances, even if she secretly longs to make a living through her musical compositions. A dalliance can only complicate matters, though not even practical Juliana can help succumbing to the aptly named Sin. But one unforgettable night will draw her into a scandalous affair—and a seduction begun as sport will soon become deliciously, dangerously real…
It isn't everyday that you meet the heroine of a book and she's up a tree. Literally. Lady Juliana Ivers is definitely a woman of action, that's something I immediately caught onto in the first two pages. She's no push over, if she doesn't want to do something and can find a way out of a situation, she'll do whatever it takes. She's also an emotional woman and this creates an inner conflict when she's faced with important decisions. As tough as Juliana is, she's still a victim of Sin's manipulations and it was hard for me to like him because of that. As sensual and charismatic as he is, the Marquess of Sinclair is a bastard in general and as All Night with a Rogue progressed I was beginning to doubt author Alexandra Hawkins' ability to turn him into a hero instead of the villain he seemed intent on becoming.
It was a close call but Sin isn't a totally irredeemable character, and that's part of what kept me reading All Night with a Rogue until the very end. I had NEVER read a book where the hero was so close to being a true villain. Not even Lisa Kleypas' Lord St. Vincent (Devil in Winter) was as bad a Sin. Alexandra Hawkins really knows her unrepentant males! I didn't start to root for Sin until literally like 50 pages from the end when he started being a hero instead of a jerk.
Juliana is quite the damsel in distress. Through no fault of her own she has found herself the pawn in a selfish woman's quest for revenge for an imagined slight, with Sin as her weapon. And though he never pretends to be anything but what he is, Sin shows Juliana moments of tenderness that in the end, has her falling in love with him to her complete ruin. It takes an almost tragic event to force Sin to his senses. Juliana, is the victim in the entire book but never once does she whine about it and play the "Poor Me" game, she's a survivor and that made me like her all the more. A rose in a storm.
All Night with a Rogue was an intense read, with a lot of "almosts." An almost tragic heroine, an almost irredeemable hero, an almost insufferable mother and an almost unfix-able situation. Somehow though, Alexandra Hawkins made it all work out and became one of the "Must Have" authors on my list.
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