Review: A Rogue of One’s Own by Evie Dunmore

SYNOPSIS (via Goodreads):

“Lady Lucie is fuming. She and her band of Oxford suffragists have finally scraped together enough capital to control one of London’s major publishing houses, with one purpose: to use it in a coup against Parliament. But who could have predicted that the one person standing between her and success is her old nemesis, Lord Ballentine? Or that he would be willing to hand over the reins for an outrageous price—a night in her bed.

Lucie tempts Tristan like no other woman, burning him up with her fierceness and determination every time they clash. But as their battle of wills and words fans the flames of long-smouldering devotion, the silver-tongued seducer runs the risk of becoming caught in his own snare.

As Lucie tries to out-manoeuvre Tristan in the boardroom and the bedchamber, she soon discovers there’s truth in what the poets say: all is fair in love and war…”

REVIEW:

I read Bringing Down the Duke by Evie Dunmore at the beginning of 2020 so I was very excited that she was continuing the series about her lovely group of suffragettes finding love. A Rogue of One’s Own popped up in my library last week, and I had to grab it.

Just like Bringing Down the Duke, we have a smart and capable heroine in Lucie. We go on a journey with her as she comes to the realization that she can still champion her cause while sharing herself with someone. Her and Tristan’s relationship is an equal partnership, which I loved. As they got to know one another better, even though they had grown up together, Tristan discovers why Lucie’s cause is so important to her and how important it is to the country. Lucie discovers that Tristan is more than meets the eye, and has many layers hiding underneath the pomp. I loved their chemistry and how their shared past tied into their present relationship. I loved Lucie’s characterization. Her passion and dedication to the cause always feels authentic and is consistent throughout the novel.

Unlike Bringing Down the Duke, A Rogue of One’s Own dragged for me at times. I felt that the setup took forever, and some of the new side-characters were horrible cliches. Side plots often became too convoluted and made me lose interest at times. Once Lucie and Tristan began their affair, the book took off for me. Their moments together are the book’s strongest.

While I still enjoyed A Rogue of One’s Own, I found it lacking. Honestly, it is lacking because of how strong Bringing Down the Duke was for me. I still recommend this book though because Lucie is a fantastic heroine, and overall I enjoyed it. I’m excited to see what is next in store for the League of Extraordinary Women.

RATING: 4/5

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