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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Review: What a Reckless Rogue Needs by Vicky Dreiling

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Release Date: March 25, 2014


Colin Brockhurst, Earl of Ravenshire, has no desire to wed, this season or any other. So when his father demands he give up his wild ways and take a wife, Colin refuses. But his father raises the stakes and threatens to sell the ancestral home if Colin doesn't comply. Now Colin has no choice but to find a wife. Unfortunately, the only woman he wants is the one whose heart he broke years ago.


Regardless of the ton's whispers, Lady Angeline Brenham won't settle for anything less than true love. After rejecting more than her share of suitable suitors, spinsterhood looms before her-until the devilishly handsome Colin reappears in her life with a proposition. Angeline vows to keep her feet on the ground and her heart in check. That is, until one searing kiss melts her resolve and reignites a burning desire for more . . .

They're not friends, but they're not enemies, they're, dare I say it? Frenemies. That's the perfect way to describe the sometimes amicable but mostly confrontational relationship between Colin and Angeline.

What A Reckless Rogue Needs hit so many of my check points for an enjoyable read. There's the hero, who will do almost anything to remain a bachelor, the heroine who will do almost anything to avoid said bachelor even though their families are old friends and finally a palpable but unwanted chemistry hiding underneath all the antagonism and hurt feelings.

Colin for all his confidence as a ladies' man and die hard bachelor has done nothing but run away from his problems since he was a child. It takes drastic measures from his father to not only bring him home but to force him to grow up. Even with his immaturity and recklessness, I liked Colin. He was funny and fun but he also had a lot of growing up to do even though he's already 31 years old. He wasn't perfect and that was part of his appeal.

What I also enjoyed, oddly enough was the fact that Angeline isn't much younger than Colin (only a few months younger), that put them on a more equal footing. She also isn't a wilting flower or a woman who over acts the part of a virginal miss. She also has an eye for renovating buildings and decorating them. She's also very quick with snarky comebacks and rarely lets an insult or taunt from Colin go unanswered. She challenges Colin and as annoying as they find each other, they also find each other attractive. In a strictly annoying, never gonna happen way.

As much as I enjoyed Colin and Angeline's developing relationship, I became much more curious about their siblings. Angeline has a younger sister named Penelope who seems to be the exact opposite of Angeline. Penelope is quiet, shy and it seems, easily discouraged. I would love to see her get her own story soon.

Not to be outdone are Colin's twin half sisters, Bianca and Bernadette. Those two made me smile with their mischievous antics that are as much a part of their nature as their hair color. If those two get their own stories I do hope that their bold approaches and curious minds won't be left behind.

Final Verdict: What a Reckless Rogue Needs is a charming and witty story that will please long time historical romance fans and engage new ones. At the moment, What a Reckless Rogue Needs is my favorite of the series but I will reserve judgement until the series is complete.

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