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Review: Redeeming the Rogue

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Please welcome my friend, Maggi who is writing a guest review of:
Redeeming the Rogue
Author: Donna MacMeans 
Release Date: August 2, 2011
Publisher: Berkley Sensation
ISBN: #978-0425242674
Genre: Historical Romance
Format(s): Paperback (336 pgs), e-book
Book Source: Publisher
About the book:
As an agent for the Crown, Michael Rafferty is on the trail of a violent Irish separatist in Washington, D.C. But to complete his disguise as a diplomat, he needs Lady Arianne Chambers to portray his wife. As she teaches the rough Rafferty about high society, he teaches her to unleash the passions she has denied for so long…
What Mags is talking about:
I do not typically read historical romance; I am a paranormal romance girl through and through! That being said, this book took me by surprise!  If you are like me and are unsure of the genre, DO NOT write this book off just because it is a HR. 
I would pack this book in my beach bag any day. I liked the way the relationship between Lady Arianne and Rafferty developed slowly. Where slow could have been boring, it wasn’t. Instead it was carefully crafted sexual tension that left me fanning myself quite a few times. I connected well with the characters and enjoyed their witty bantering; I even hit the emotional trifecta: laughing, crying and nail biting. I could easily visualize both London and Washington D.C. in 1881 from the clothes to the cityscape. My favorite part of the writing was how the historically accurate story of President Garfield’s assassination intertwined with the fictional murder of Lord Weston. It gave the story an angle that was unique to other books in this genre.
There were a couple of parts during the voyage across the ocean that was dragging a bit.  I will say that I was very happy when our couple made it to the American coastline. In addition, the storyline of Lady Arianne’s escort, Mrs. Summers, was not very interesting, and her character got on my nerves. 
Overall, I enjoyed Redeeming the Rogue. I would recommend it to historical romance fans and also to fans of easy Sunday afternoon reads. I most certainly would read this author again.
Mags Rating:
Loved it – enthusiastically recommend (A)
  • I got to meet Donna at Lori Foster back in June where she shared an unpublished excerpt from this book with me. She and I had a great discussion about Recency vs. Victorian era HR and she was very enthusiastic about Victorian. I’m looking forward to reading the rest of it now that you’ve given it your blessing. :0) She also gave me a peacock feather for my hair; I’ll have to wear it while I read and channel my inner high society lady!

  • Oh I love me some historical reading! There is something about the clothes, the speech, the actions that just sweep me away to another place *sigh*!

    This sounds like an excellent read–spy drama from the early americas!

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