When You Wish Upon a Rogue
Author: Anna Bennett
What I’m Talking About:
When You Wish Upon a Rogue is a sweet without being sappy and addresses the topics of grief, loss, independence, and loyalty without getting preachy or too self-righteous. Sophie is a strong heroine who has been trained her whole life that family comes first, so when her heart is telling her one thing and her head is telling her another it appears she will have to choose between her happiness or her family’s welfare. True to form, Ms. Bennett gives us a third option that is hinted at throughout the novel but doesn’t become clear until it becomes VERY clear, which is probably my one issue with the book. Rather than allowing Sophie to “rescue” herself, Ms. Bennett gives her an out; yes it works well for everyone involved but I feel like it was rather forced at the end rather than simply discovered and discussed earlier in the novel, which would have allowed for a beautiful epilogue for all the characters involved.
Despite that, I did enjoy When You Wish Upon a Rogue. Ms. Bennett does a lovely job of exploring the relationships between both Reese and Sophie and Sophie and her best friends, while illustrating how vital it was and continues to be for women to have time for themselves. She never gets preachy about it, but she illustrates it beautifully. The need for women to love and support each other is a timeless message, and although Reese is the classic “night in shining armor,” in many ways it is Sophie who is the true heroine and I love that.
Reese is broody, moody and grumpy but lovable all at the same time. He is all male to Sophie’s 100% female, and they play off one another beautifully as they learn to love and trust one another with their various issues. All in all, this is a lovely, sweet, fluffy romance perfect for an afternoon escape. The perfect blance of sweet and spicy.
My Rating: A- Enjoyed A Lot
About the Book:
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…
Release Date: May 26, 2020
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Series: Debutante Diaries #3
Genre: Historical Romance
Format(s): paperback (336 pages), e-book, audiobook
Book Source: Publisher/NetGalley
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Reviews in the Series:
First Earl I See Tonight by Anna Bennett (Debutante Diaries #1)
The Duke is But a Dream by Anna Bennett (Debutante Diaries #2)