Thursday, September 12, 2013

A Most Devilish Rogue by Ashlyn MacNamara


A Most Devilish RogueHistorical Romance
What Goodreads says:
"Fans who adore Julia Quinn, Eloisa James, and Sabrina Jeffries will savor Ashlyn Macnamara’s sensual new novel, which proves that two hearts are better than one.
Years ago, when Isabelle Mears was still a young miss too infatuated to know better, she surrendered her innocence to a dishonorable man. Though ruined and cast out from society, she has worked hard to shelter her illegitimate son, Jack. Having sworn off men in her quiet but dignified life, Isabelle is unprepared for the deep longing that rips through her when a handsome stranger rescues her rambunctious six-year-old from the pounding ocean surf.

George Upperton is a man in trouble with debts, women, and a meddling family. He is, by all accounts, the last gentleman on earth Isabelle should be drawn to. But loneliness is a hard mistress, and caution gives way to desire . . . even though Isabelle is convinced that happiness can’t be found in the arms of such a devilish rogue. Only when Jack is kidnapped does Isabelle discover the true depth of George’s devotion—and how far a good man will go to fight for the woman whose love is all that matters."
Main Characters:  George Upperton has lived his life playing the part his Father required.  He was not that likeable.  During the story he begins to develop those traits that are most natural to him and he becomes a much different man.  Isabelle starts and ends very strong.  There are some side characters that help move the action along but the story depends on George and Isabelle.
Plot:  This was a little short on real plot to me.  George saves Jack, Isabelle’s son, Jack is kidnapped, George is drawn to both Jack and Isabelle,  They rescue Jack and separate.  They finally have an HEA.  I did not find much mystery in who did the kidnapping and that meant that everything moved without a lot of tension.
Tension:  The kidnapping, the fact that Isabelle is a ruined woman, George and Isabelle’s attraction to each other all provide both internal and external tension.
Writing:  In spite of the other weaknesses in A Most Devilish Rogue this is very well written with great dialog and interesting interaction between the characters. 
For me this was a three star book.  I enjoyed it but it is not a keeper.  I liked MacNamara’’s first book A Most Scandalous Proposal much better and I enjoyed seeing several of the characters from that book in A Most Devilish Rogue.
Ballentine published A Most Devilish Rogue by Ashlyn MacNamara in 2013.
I received an ARC of A Most Devilish Rogue from Netgalley.

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