Wednesday, June 10, 2020

BOOK REVIEW- About a Rogue (Desperately Seeking Duke) by Caroline Linden *


The eBook edition of About a Rogue includes a bonus short story in Caroline Linden’s Desperately Seeking Duke series!
The first book in the new series Desperately Seeking Duke from USA Today bestselling and RITA award-winning author Caroline Linden.

It’s no love match…
Bianca Tate is horrified when her sister Cathy is obliged to accept an offer of marriage from Maximilian St. James, notorious rake. Defiantly she helps Cathy elope with her true love, and takes her sister’s place at the altar.
It’s not even the match that was made…
Perched on the lowest branch of his family tree, Max has relied on charm and cunning to survive. But an unexpected stroke of luck gives him an outside chance at a dukedom—and which Tate sister he weds hardly seems to matter.
  But could it be the perfect match?
 Married or not, Bianca is determined to protect her family’s prosperous ceramics business, even when Max shows an affinity for it—not to mention a dangerous ability to intrigue and tempt Bianca herself. And when Max realizes how beautiful and intelligent and desirable Bianca is, he’ll have to prove he’s no rogue, but the passionately devoted husband she craves… AMAZON LINK
                                                                                       3.5 STARS

 The sparks will and do fly in this one.  Mainly coming from a very resentful Bianca.  For the most part Max keeps his calm in situations that would normally rile a whole lot of other people.  I did admire his patience even knowing he has so much on the line.  Although Max has secrets and one particular dangerous one that doesn't come out until later.  He has also learned many things in the School of Hard Knocks.  He never knew until later how much those things would help him in his current setting.  
Bianca was fiery, skilled and determined to continue her family's business success.  She had a whole lot to offer with her creative color mixtures.  She also has some great ideas but her father doesn't really see their value and often overrides her ideas.  That is something that Max sees and encourages.  It just made it harder for her to hate him as much as when they started out.  I did get a kick out of how for the longest time even after their marriage she thought of him as "That Man." 
There is really good world building when it came to the pottery business and the different ideas to improve it.  The descriptions were good.  
There were other good supporting people like Bianca's older sister Catherine, Aunt Frances Bentley, Lawrence (valet and more to Max) and Jennie (young ladies made to Bianca.
Although this story had some good moments, some tenderness, wooing and humor it was also kind of slow at times.
It does have some surprises and revelations towards the end that make things more interesting.

 "I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.”

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