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Rules for a Rogue (Romancing the Rules Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Fueled by Pacific Northwest coffee and inspired by multiple viewings of every British costume drama she can get her hands on, USA Today bestselling author Christy Carlyle writes sensual historical romance set in the Victorian era. She loves heroes who struggle against all odds and heroines who are ahead of their time. A former teacher with a degree in history, she finds there's nothing better than being able to combine her love of the past with a die-hard belief in happy endings.--This text refers to the mass_market edition.
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- Print Length : 368 pages
- File Size : 1049 KB
- Publisher : Avon Impulse (1 November 2016)
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
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- Language: : English
- ASIN : B01DIV0QCY
- Best Sellers Rank: 347,245 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The heroine and the love of Kit's adolescence/early adulthood, Phee, is scarred by Kit's leaving to escape his unhappy home, the death of her own father and her frantic efforts to keep a roof over her head as well as that of her socially reclusive sister and elderly aunt. She develops an ingenious way to support her family and is doing okay until Kit returns 4 years later, upon the death of his father. She is understandably a bit standoffish and worried about her carefully crafted life designed to cope his absence and protect her heart.
Without continuing to summarize, suffice it to say, these two characters are wary of each other and each have their respective obligations that muddy the water between the two of them. I felt that their relationship was realistic given their history and found their wariness, sad but understandable and believable. That said, I did feel that Phee behaved more erratically and less rationally near the end than I though was necessary. I became a bit annoyed with her.
I also felt that the one 'villain' in this piece was more window dressing than anything else. He never posed any real threat to Kit's and Phee's happiness and only appeared as needed to allow Phee to waffle and vacillate in her feelings for Kit.
Bottom line: this is a good, engaging read that developed some of the best elements of a well crafted period romance: heartbreak, tentative, wary re-connection, some minor complications/misunderstandings, plenty of sexual tension and finally a HEA. There are a couple sex scenes between Kit and Phee, one more anatomically descriptive than the other, so if that is not your cup of tea, you've been warned.
But he wasn't pursuing her seriously, nope not Kit.
Phee meanwhile manages to keep a mostly level head as long as Kit maintains a fair distance away from her and doesn't touch her, kiss her or say her name. Not that she missed him any longer, or thought of him, or wondered what his large, broad hands would feel like. Or how deliciously his broad shoulders fill out his coat. Definitely not Phee.
Along for the ride are Julia (Phee’s younger sister who is all about the numbers), Lord Dunstan (Phee’s suitor that she maybe kind of but doesn’t really want to consider for practical purposes), Clary (Kit’s youngest sister who is all about the gossip), Sophia (Kit’s other younger sister who is all about propriety), Lady Millicent (Phee’s best friend and fellow spinster), Grey (Kit’s best friend and lordling reprobate), Adamson (Kit’s father’s managing editor at his publishing house) and a host of others. It’s a rather large cast that gadflys about now that I think about it. Of them I think I enjoyed Julia and Clary the best – in their own ways the two of them pushed their siblings along to their eventual HEA.
It goes without saying that such a large cast, and this being the first book for “Romancing the Rules” a number of these folks will find themselves starring in their own love stories eventually. The next couple is BROADLY hinted at about 75% of the way in and the evidence grows by leaps and bounds from there. A second romantic couple is also largely hinted at, though it likely won’t be until the third book since Clary is only 16 in this one. I do wonder if Millicent and Dunstan will ever wind up in their own love story – while I didn’t particularly like him (insufferable prig) that hasn’t stopped an author from transposing them to their own story and making them sympathetic (at least in that one book, doesn’t much excuse their behavior otherwise).
I did find a few things annoying – while amusing much of the time Kit’s continual denial of his deep feelings for Phee became frustrating after literally everyone but Phee calls him out on it. It took him a tad too long to come to the realization. Phee…I understood her position somewhat better. While I applaud her for not jumping to the wrong conclusions in regards to Tess (she actually listens to Kit when he explains), I can understand her very real feelings of hurt and pain. Kit didn’t really bother to explain to her why he had to leave for London and a girl can only hold onto tenuous promises for so long before they become an albatross around her neck. That said her habit of all but swooning into his arms whenever he’d appear was tiresome after the third or fourth time.
If you’re in the mood for a light-hearted Victorian (this is set in 1894) romance I very much endorse this title. It will leave you smiling and chuckling more often than anything else and I will admit Kit is quite charming when he’s not being obtuse.
However, I didn't like how they KEPT going back and forth and back and forth and back and forth. It was a little ridiculous, especially on Phee's part. When Kit came back to his father's office and saw that Phee had left (AFTER HE HAD ASKED HER NICELY TO STAY SO THAT HE COULD ASK HER A VERY IMPORTANT QUESTION), I almost cried--in sadness and in frustration with Phee. I understand that Kit had broken her heart and her trust when he left her, but he WAS trying to make up for it. And don't get me wrong, I'm all for women making men grovel and work for their forgiveness, but Phee wouldn't even give Kit a chance.
Which brings me to my next point: I would have loved to see more of their backstory, especially their breakup where Kit breaks her heart! I wanted to see how innocent and sweet their relationship was in the beginning, and the heartbreak that followed for both Kit and Phee when it came crashing down. The author could've written little snippets in as flashbacks by our MCs who are trying (in vain) not to remember how amazing it used to be. I think it would have endeared us to them even more and added an extra layer to the story.
Overall, I enjoyed some parts of this novel but wished I could change others. It did keep me interested though, so I would have to say that I do recommend giving this one a chance. Plus it's always a nice change in pace when I read a historical that's not about the haute ton and where the highest ranking character is a BARON--not a Duke, Marquess, or Viscount!!