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The Right Kind of Rogue

by Valerie Bowman

Series: Playful Brides (8)

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"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?"--Page [4] of cover.… (more)
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***ARC received from St Martins Press & NetGalley***

This was a fun read that I could not put down. Meg and Hart are a great couple romantic couple. Meg has loved Hart for as long as she could remember. This story follows the romance that starts between friends to then to love. I have enjoyed all of Valerie Bowman's books that I have read so far. ( )
  AndreaWay | Nov 15, 2020 |
4.5*

London, May 1818

I’m relatively new to the Playful Brides series, having started at book 7, NEVER TRUST A PIRATE and loved it. So when I was invited to read and review the latest installment, I jumped at the chance. I was not disappointed!

I would describe this story as ROMEO AND JULIET (ish) with a very different ending. Enemy parents and a scheming matchmaker make for a very interesting and captivating story. Even though we get glimpses of characters from previous books, it can be read as a stand-alone with no problems.

Withering wallflower Meg Timmons is compassionate, devoted and unmarried. Sadly enough, she’s also very lonely. She is definitely a very likable heroine.

Viscount Hart Highgate is reckless, drinks too much and has been avoiding the marriage mart like the plague. He’s also kind, witty and charitable. When he stood up for Meg.... he gained my admiration. I would’ve fell in love with him too!

The secondary characters play an integral part in this story. Poor Meg doesn’t stand a chance with Lucy and Sarah acting as matchmakers….. calamity (and a possible scandal) ensues.
This book is a well balanced dose of wit, drama and romance. Finding out how the story unfolds had me turning the pages up to the end.

I received a review copy for Celtic Dragon Book Reviews. All opinions are my own. ( )
  HistoricalJunkie | Sep 17, 2019 |
The Right Kind of Rogue (Playful Brides) by Valerie Bowman  
Love, lust and pixie dust is a pipe dream when the keeper of your heart is the enemy of your family.  The Right Kind of Rogue is a tale of two hearts seeking to become one, in the face of chaos and adversity.  For Meg, Hart is her fate.  For Hart, Meg is a dangerous temptation.  Caught in the middle of raging feud and a blistering inferno of their own making, can a love written in the stars survive the aftermath?  It's like walking through a fairy tale and finding a great piece of literature.  
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  Lashea677 | Feb 16, 2019 |
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

With her family riddled with debt and on her third season, Meg knows it's her last chance to find a husband. When she hears that her long time crush has decided to finally search for a wife, she knows it's time to make her move.
With Hart's sister and friends all getting leg shackled, he knows it's time to do the same. His wife must be beautiful, from a good family, and rich. This makes his sudden attraction to his little sister’s best-friend highly inconvenient.
With family drama, debts, and schemes, Hart and Meg will have quite the journey to get to their happily ever after.

With a gorgeous cover (and a cover dress that appears in the story) The Right Kind of Rogue is the eighth installment in the Playful Brides series. I started off here and had no problems, except for the occasional interest in obvious previous characters that filtered through and curious about their personal stories.

Sarah's older brother, Hart, the heir to the earldom, a viscount in his own right, was clever, handsome, witty, and extremely eligible. He was also entirely off limits to Meg.
She had loved him for years.


Our heroine Meg is the wallflower by circumstance who pines for her best-friend's older brother that never fails to capture my attention. She has no dowry because her father gambled it all away and a mother who unloads her disappoint in life onto her. Hart stuck up for her against her mother when they were younger and that cemented her love of him. I understood the hero worship from this moment but it ended up being the only instance provided for Meg and me as a reader to hold onto. Throughout the story Hart remains a man who drinks fairly heavily and doesn't do a whole heck of a lot to demonstrate any maturity; he honestly seemed a bit vacuous to me.

Most of the story is Meg, with help from a friend named Lucy, trying to set-up schemes to get Hart to notice her enough to marry her and later to sleep with her. Surprisingly, with this desire, they don’t spend a lot of time together in the first half which didn't help me understand what Meg saw in this adult version of Hart. Even towards the end when Hart has a chance to shine and go after Meg, he instead stays home and drinks. It made their romance/relationship seem very childish from Meg's stand point and very weak from Harts'.

This was written in a very easy reading style and if you've read the rest in the series, you'd probably enjoy reentering this world with previous characters making appearances. The friend Lucy helping Meg out was a bit annoying at times with her rude obtuse "My way is always right" but the emphasis on female relationships was enjoyable.

With a lack of mature emotional connection and solid reasoning for why Meg and Hart were in love and Hart not stepping up to the plate enough, I ultimately ended up be disappointed in the romance.
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  WhiskeyintheJar | Feb 14, 2019 |
The Right Kind of Rogue, is basically a book, about falling in love with your best friends brother, but add to that, feuding parents, no dowry, and a scandalous kiss, this book could be set in any time (without the dowry of course), but lucky for me, The Right Kind of Rogue, is a regency romance.

When it came to the characters, welp, it's not always easy to love them, straight out if the gate, and that's kind if how I felt about Hart, he was a sanctimonious man whore, and at times I wanted to reach in the book and smack him. Meg, is overall a nice character, though, I did want to tell her to stand up for herself a bit more. Lucy I loved! seriously, she is a fire cracker! But Hart' father...what a jacka@@! I'm sorry, but he produces such a violent response from me, ugh!

Now on to the basics; the book is well written, but at points it feels long-winded, there are parts that could be easily edited out, without affecting the storyline too much. But I will say, if you are a fan of Regency romances (like me), you will find this book and enjoyable and easy read.

I give The Right Kind of Rogue 4 stars ( )
  Cara_Ross | Dec 2, 2018 |
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"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?"--Page [4] of cover.

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