Charis Michaels is a new to me author and one of those authors who I think I'll be making room for on my Kindle.
About the Author
Prior to writing romance, she studied Journalism at Texas A & M and managed PR for a trade association. She has also worked as a tour guide at Disney World, harvested peaches on her family’s farm, and entertained children as the “Story Godmother” at birthday parties.
She has lived in Texas, Florida, and London, England. She now makes her home in the Washington, D.C.-metro area.
Format: .mobi (A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via Edelweiss for the purpose of an honest review. )
Publisher: Avon Impulse
Release Date: December 6, 2016
Beauregard “Beau” Cortland has no use for the whims of society and even less for aristocratic titles. As a younger son, he travels the world in search of adventure with no plans to settle down. Even when the title of Viscount Rainsleigh is suddenly forced upon him, he will not bend to duty or decorum. Not until an alluring young woman appears on the deck of his houseboat, determined to teach him propriety in all things and tempting him with every forbidden touch.
Lady Emmaline Crumbley has had a wretched year. Her elderly husband dropped dead without naming her in his will and she’s been relegated to the life of a dowager duchess at the age of 23. She has no wish to instruct a renegade viscount in respectability, but desperate to escape her greedy stepson, Beau’s family makes her an offer she cannot refuse: teach the new lord to behave like a gentleman, and they’ll help her earn the new, self-sufficient life of her dreams. Emmaline agrees, only to discover that instructing the viscount is one thing, but resisting him is quite another. How can she teach manners to the rakish nobleman if he is determined to show her the thrill of scandal instead?
As the younger son of a noble, Beauregard “Beau” Cortland was pretty much free to do what he wanted, then he’s suddenly named the Viscount Rainsleigh and has all the responsibilities that go with the title. Still, Beau refuses to take on the role until he meets Lady Emmaline Crumbley, his new tutor in all things respectable. Sort of. Emmaline is in a difficult position after her elderly husband drops dead without providing for her. At 23 she’s desperate to avoid her greedy stepson and Beau’s family has provided the perfect solution: If she instructs the new viscount on how to behave in proper society, they’ll help her become self sufficient. It’s the perfect plan until Emmaline and Beau start to fall for one another.
I could feel poor Beau’s pain, he was happy living his life according to his rules and then BOOM! He finds himself in charge of a lot of things and having to become familiar with a term he is adamantly against: Responsibility. Poor guy. He could be a charming devil too, especially with the ladies but he was also irresponsible and threw what I call a “Mantrum” when he found out he was now the viscount with everything that goes with it. I enjoyed his journey from reluctant noble in the beginning to someone worth falling for.
The romance in One for the Rogue took some time to develop and I felt the pacing of it fit what was happening in the plot. Obviously it was a big deal to get Beau ready to be part of society so sometimes the romance had to wait a bit. Then there were Emmaline’s conflicts that needed to be dealt with but both circumstances served to put Beau and Emmaline in constant contact and allowed their affection to grow at what I thought was a good speed. There was a definite physical chemistry but it didn’t dominate the emotional side of the relationship which was nice for a change.
Final Verdict: I don’t know where I’ve been that I missed the previous two books in the series but I really enjoyed One for the Rogue. It was charming, romantic, and fun.
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