Title: When You Wish Upon a Rogue (Debutante Diaries #3)
Author: Anna Bennett
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Publication Date: May 26, 2020
Genre: Historical, Romance
Format: eBook, Print
Length: 320 Pages
Rating: 2 Stars
She knows what she wants.
Miss Sophie Kendall is happiest arranging the secret meetings of the Debutante Underground, a group of women who come together to discuss the weekly advice column The Debutante’s Revenge. What makes Sophie most unhappy is her impending march down the aisle to a man she does not love. But her family’s finances are in increasingly dire straits.
He makes an offer she can’t refuse.
Henry Reese, Earl of Warshire, hasn’t slept in weeks. Desperate to escape his manor house and its haunting memories, he heads for one of his abandoned London properties. There he meets a beautiful, intriguing woman―trespassing. Reese is far less interested in Sophie’s search for a secret meeting spot than he is in her surprising ability to soothe his demons. So he strikes a bargain with her: his shop in exchange for spending one night a week with him.
Is this love for real―or just a dream?
Sophie never expected this to happen. But she cannot deny the fire Reese sparks in her―and soon their shared desire burns bright. Sophie is irrevocably promised to another. But maybe these two ill-fated lovers can find a way to risk it all―all the way to happily ever after…
♦ Personal Thought ♦
This didn’t turn out to be the story I expected. First off, I admit to be new to Anna Bennett’s writings and some might say diving in the middle of an ongoing series is not a clever thing to do. I had no difficulty following the story though. So if anything, this third entry to her “Debutante Diaries” can easily be read as a standalone. Even a schmuck like me had no trouble despite being a newbie. But I guess I just didn’t click with the writing.
While trying to pick up interesting premise the delivery didn’t live up to expectations. The story felt two-dimensional and predictable with tedious characters; everything seemed too orchestrated. Personally, for a historical romance set in (I assumed) Victorian era England, the story didn’t sound convincing to my plebeian self. Small things like the word/expression used, the unmarried leading lady could go anywhere unchaperoned (impoverished status notwithstanding) niggled on me.
Sophie would’ve been wonderful MC if only her character were being delved more. Same as Reese. The way his distress first introduced, I thought it would be much more complicated than what’s revealed. Not that I’m trying to belittle the tragedy surrounding him, but perhaps with a bit of a tweak the delivery of grief concerning his family and friends could leave more impact to the story.
As an addition to my historical romance repertoire WHEN YOU WISH UPON A ROGUE just fell under okay but unmemorable category. Not really one I wish to revisit any time soon.
Copy of this book is kindly given by the author/publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.