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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Review: The Right Kind of Rogue by Valerie Bowman

Valerie Bowman is totally winning with this series! Hart and Meg were just so perfect for each other!

Format: .mobi (A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. )
Publisher: SMP Romance
Release Date: October 31, 2017

Viscount Hart Highgate has decided to put his rakish ways behind him and finally get married. He may adore a good brandy or a high-speed carriage race, but he takes his duties as heir to the earldom seriously. Now all he has to do is find the right kind of woman to be his bride—ideally, one who’s also well-connected and well-funded. . .

Meg Timmons has loved Hart, the brother of her best friend, ever since she was an awkward, blushing schoolgirl. If only she had a large dowry—or anything to her name at all. Instead, she’s from a family that’s been locked in a bitter feud with Hart’s for years. And now she’s approaching her third London season, Meg’s chances with him are slim to none. Unless a surprise encounter on a deep, dark night could be enough to spark a rebellious romance. . .for all time?

What’s it About? Meg Timmons has loved the Viscount Hart Highgate since she was a young girl and has spent the last few years loving him in secret because she has no title, no dowry and oh yeah, her family hates his. Meg’s friendship with Hart’s sister is both a blessing and a curse since he’s always around and barely notices her. Then Hart announces that it’s time he got married and started working on producing the heir to the title and Meg realizes she’s about to lose him for good, so with some help from the Duchess of Claringdon, Meg sets out to get Hart to see her as more than just his little sister’s friend.

Overall reaction to the story? It was fun seeing most of the gang back together again for The Right Kind of Rogue and Lucy, the Duchess of Claringdon is up to her old tricks again in order to help Hart and Meg find love with each other. The Right Kind of Rogue had the right amount of charm and wit to entertain and enchant. I was apprehensive about this one since I loved the previous book in the Playful Brides series (It’s my favorite so far) but dang, Valerie Bowman didn’t disappoint with this one! Hart and Meg had a Romeo and Juliet type love going on but instead of a tragedy The Right Kind of Rogue mixed forbidden love with humor, friendship, and passion to create a fun and unforgettable romance.

Describe the hero in five words: Stubborn. Kind. Loyal. Funny. Smart.
Did you like him? Yes.
Why? As his father’s heir, Hart couldn’t be more different from his father if he tried. He was a warm and caring character who was easy to like but at the same time Hart felt a responsibility to marry a woman his father approved of. I liked the internal conflict Hart suffered because it showed that he wasn’t cold or calculating but that he also wanted to please his father in some way. His kindness towards Meg felt natural instead of forced because she was his sister’s closest friend and that really had me falling for him myself. Hart was good to his friends and tolerant of those who were different from him. Seriously, he was a total charmer.

Describe the heroine in five words: Stubborn. Caring. Snarky. Loyal. Intelligent.
Did you like her? Yes.
Why? Poor Meg, I totally sympathized with her case of unrequited love for Hart. She had everything BUT what society valued most: high social ranking and money. At first I was afraid she was going to be one of those tragic type heroines who end up a doormat for the hero and begging for him to love her but while Meg was desperately in love with Hart she did have her pride and a limit to how much she was willing to take from him. I really liked that about her. She loved fiercely but not to the point where she was willing to be treated badly in the hopes he would wake up and love her. She could tell Hart off just as well as she could love him.

Let’s talk about the romance: Meg fell in love with Hart at around sixteen with Hart being completely clueless the whole time and I liked how Valerie Bowman built on what could have been brushed off as a girlish crush. Meg knew why she loved Hart and it wasn’t because he was the knight in a silly fairytale scenario from her daydreams. I liked that it started with a crush but with some help from a scheming, well meaning friend Hart and Meg got to spend more time with each other than they would have if left on their own. The romance didn’t feel rushed even though there was a small timeline Meg had to work with. I enjoyed the light teasing between Hart and Meg, these two were obviously so perfect for each other and yet Hart was such a guy about it, a stubborn guy who tried to rationalize why he couldn’t marry Meg. Silly Hart, it was fun to see him finally fall.

How about that supporting cast? Hart’s sister and Meg’s best friend Sarah was caught in the worst position possible and she handled it well all things considered. The whole gang from the past books comes out to help Meg and in some cases to talk some sense into Hart and at the front of this group is Lucy, the Duchess of Claringdon, master planner, and shameless schemer. She’s a formidable force but she can come on a bit too strong so I would say she’s an acquired taste. I’ve read this series from the beginning and I can honestly say that sometimes I like her and sometimes I don’t. It just depends. In this case her pushy attitude served Hart and Meg well since they were so slow at getting from Point A to Point B

Click It or Skip It? Click It. Each book in the Playful Brides series has been fun but this one definitely ups the charm factor.

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