A Rogue of One’s Own ARC Review

A Rogue of One’s Own by Evie Dunmore

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Series: A League of Extraordinary Women #2

Genre: Historical Romance

Heat Rating: 🔥🔥🔥

Release Date: September 1, 2020

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher

Lady Lucie has decided that her suffragists need to stage a coup against Parliament! One way to accomplish that is to buy a publishing house and Lucie does just that. What Lucie doesn’t anticipate is that Lord Tristan Ballentine owns half of the publishing house. Lord Ballentine would gladly give over reign to Lucie on one condition – a night in his bed.

From the beginning I enjoyed the banter between Lucie and Tristan. There was such great chemistry every time they were on the same page. I love how strong and confident Lucie was and that she didn’t back away from a challenge – especially not one put forth by Tristan.

Both Tristan and Lucie have such deep hurts inflicted upon them. They both seem in charge and in control, but they’ve been hurt badly in their past from people that were supposed to love them unconditionally. When Lucie and Tristan show their vulnerabilities to one another – I loved them even more!

While I did enjoy the romance aspect of A Rogue of One’s Own I do feel like it was a very slow start to their relationship. I understand that Lucie is a suffragist and working on her movement is very important to her, but I still felt like there was a lot of inner monologue from both her and Tristan. While I enjoyed the romantic aspect of the book – enemies-to-lovers is definitely my favorite trope – there were some aspects of the book that did’t work for me and felt off.

A few notes from my perspective on the book –

There were a few scenes that implied and hinted at characters being bisexual or gay that I’m not sure really added to the story. Either way it shed these characters in an unfavorable light. Perhaps they will be discussed in the next book?

Colonial India and the Hindu religion were discussed in a way that certain readers (South Asian/Indian) may take offense. As an own voices, South Asian reader this topic felt off and I’m not quite sure it was really needed in the book? A Colonial India that is romanticized doesn’t align with the history that I was taught growing up.

That being said, I did still enjoy the relationship between Lucie and Tristan very much and the last quarter of the book had a few twists and turns that I didn’t see coming.

I’m looking forward to Hattie’s book next!

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