Title: The Risk of Rogues (The Sinful Suitors, #5.5)
Author: Sabrina Jeffries
Publisher: Gallery, Threshold, Pocket Books
Publication Date: July 2, 2018
Genre: Romance, Historical
Length: 95 Pages
Rating: 3 Stars
Featuring New York Times bestselling author Sabrina Jeffries’ “hallmark humor, poignancy, and sensuality” (Romantic Times), this entry in the Sinful Suitors series inspires you to risk all for love.
Lady Anne is shocked when Captain Lord Hartley Corry—her former fiancé who left for India after her father forbade their marriage—returns to England and acts as if everything is all water under the bridge. He never fought for her hand or eloped with her as he promised and he thinks she’d still be willing to marry him? Not a chance.
Hartley is equally shocked to literally run into his past love upon arriving at his brother’s house. Though he yearns to take advantage of this second chance to woo his beloved, he can hardly admit that he is secretly a spy—at least not until he can be sure he trusts her. But convincing Lady Anne to let him prove his sincerity by courting her respectably all over again might be his undoing. Because all he wants is to show her how much of a rogue he can be when the right woman is in his arms…
♦ Personal Thought ♦
The second Corry brother finally got his story in a closing novella to “Sinful Suitor” series. Honestly, I didn’t think Captain Lord Hartley Corry as much of a character when he appeared a few times in the previous books. Useful to a certain spymaster baron, perhaps, but not really… “shone” as a character. Consider me mistaken as it turned out there was depth about this man than the carefree, laid-back second son.
For a short novella, this installment summed-up Hart and his lady’s past quite well in an even paced dual POVs tale. The basic idea might appear formulaic: misunderstood star-crossed lovers. However I quite enjoyed the telling from the first meeting (after eleven years apart) to the conclusion of the story; even if a few times either Ann or Hart or both maddened me.
Lady Anne certainly put Lord Hartley in damn if I do damn if I don’t situation here. Not that I thought Hart was free from any fault, but she didn’t particularly listen well, did she. I get that you can’t just trust what a chap told you to defend himself, but she’d been ready to believe The. Worse. of Hart. And didn’t like when table was turn on her, huh!!
While Anne’s hot and cold indecision exasperated me, in a way it’s sort of understandable too. If nothing, at least it drove Hart to go out of his way to prove to her that his intention is true. She even provoked Lord Fulham (the spymaster cum (new) foreign secretary) to react in a seldom way. To summarize, “The Risk of Rogues” is fun, wicked, and passionate. And it nicely concluded the St. George’s club members’ journey in “Sinful Suitors” series.
Advanced copy of this book is kindly given by the author/publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.