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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Review: The Rogue's Proposal by Jennifer Haymore

Format: .mobi (provided by publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review)
Release Date: November 19, 2013

Lukas Hawkins, the second son of the troubled House of Trent, is on a mission: find his missing mother and her alleged kidnapper, a brute named Roger Morton. If bringing the villain to justice means breaking a few laws, then so be it. But when he encounters a mysterious stranger with the face of an angel and a body made for sin, Luke suddenly finds his task-and his heart-in peril.

Emma Curtis knows of Lord Lukas’s rakish reputation-and hopes to use it to her advantage. While most men of honor would never travel alone with an unmarried woman, Luke is quite willing to take Emma on the road . . . and into his bed. As their journey carries them to unexpected places, Luke and Emma indulge their every passion and share their most private fantasies. But just when their deepest desires are finally within reach, a secret is revealed that threatens to end their love forever

In The Rogue's Proposal, author Jennifer Haymore provides readers with a tortured hero, a bold heroine and a devilishly good adventure and it definitely should not be missed!

Lord Lukas Hawkins is as different from his brother as night is to day. To every one, Luke seems reckless, careless and heartless. Even his own family doesn't understand him and are often times upset and disappointed in him. Complicating matters is the disappearance of Luke's mother, the Duchess of Trent and the startling revelation about Luke's childhood. He certainly doesn't need the added stress of a beguiling woman who both meets his challenges and issues her own challenges. Unfortunately for him, the lovely widow is now his only lead in the search for his mother.

The Rogue's Proposal definitely takes a different route than the first book in the House of Trent series. With Luke as the hero the story is grittier as Luke's demons come to the surface and force him to face them rather than drink himself into oblivion as he's done for most of his life. A hero that has a dark past is always more interesting than a hero with a squeaky clean past. I felt bad for Luke throughout most of the book because, while he had a good heart, he had such a low opinion of himself and it was so obvious I couldn't help but feel resentment towards his family for not seeing the real problem and just assuming he was a cold and callous person. Luke works very hard to ensure that no one sees just how vulnerable he can be but when Emma storms into his life, it seems that he can't help but show her how vulnerable he is.

I actually think this book should be called The Lady's Proposal because Emma is one bold woman to not only counter a stranger's offer with her own but actually follow through with what she promises, but that's just me admiring a heroine. Once Emma finds the opportunity to track down the man who ruined her family she doesn't waste time being shy with Luke, rather, she gets right to the point with him, she has information he needs and in return, he can help her find the man she's looking for. I loved that she wasn't afraid to confront her troubles, which was different from Luke and a nice role reversal (confident heroine and an unsure hero).

With Luke's fondness for tying up his partners and Emma's secret desire to experience everything he has to offer, The Rogue's Proposal takes a dip into the darker side of pleasure. While they don't go too far into bondage and thankfully don't delve into any hardcore D/s bed play, the love scenes between them are still raw, sexy and tinged with eroticism.

Keeping the story exciting and fresh is the mystery behind the Duchess of Trent's disappearance. The trail leading to Luke's mother is connected to Emma's troubles as well but what starts out as a hunt for one particular man ends up adding more questions than answers. When the pair finally do track down the man they're looking for, his true identity turns Emma's life upside down and endangers both hers and Luke's lives.

The Rogue's Proposal drives the search for the missing duchess forward but still stops and takes the time to develop Luke and Emma's characters and give them a chance to find love with each other. I liked this book, but I didn't fall head over heels with it like I did with the first book. Still, The Rogue's Proposal is a must read for historical romance fans and especially if you liked the first book in the House of Trent series.

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  1. Lovely review!! I am so glad you enjoyed this one, I just got it from Netgalley, so I hope to read it soon. I did love the first one, so I think I definitely need to read this one soon. Even from the first one, I knew that Lukas would be one of my favorites.

  2. Not looking, not looking, not looking. Okay, taking a quick peek. I'm dying to read this one. Glad you enjoyed it even if not quiet as much as book one.

  3. Lol, I can't wait to read your review of this book Anna!

  4. Oh I hope you'll let me know what you thought about it once you read it.


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