I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Reforming the Rogue by Donna Lea Simpson
Genres: Historical Romance, Romance
Published by Beyond the Page Pages: 82
With nowhere else to go, penniless Linnet Pelham is forced to take refuge with her sister in London, only to learn that her sister’s betrothal to Lord Cairngrove is the scandal of the ton. Never one to shy away from an unpleasant situation and convinced of the couple’s devotion, Linnet is determined to see them wed, if only she can persuade Cairngrove’s brother, Nic Barton.
Nic, a notorious rogue who is all too aware of his dashing good looks, is dead set on preventing his brother’s marriage. Even as he schemes to frighten Linnet’s sister into walking away from the engagement, he sets his sights on seducing the lovely Linnet with whispered promises of lessons in love.
But Linnet has a few lessons of her own to teach, and as the two match wits and spar over their siblings’ fate, the undeniable passion growing between them might force them both to learn the meaning of true love.
This novella was originally published under the title “Love Lessons.”
Here is the large reason I need the netgalley and edelweiss challenge that I signed up for! I have way to many that I should have already read a long time ago but they got shoved down the list as I am so not good at organizing things. So next year is going to be the year of cleaning up the reads I should have already had read. Thought I would get started a little early since it’s a short one. 🙂
What I thought of this novella
Dominic ‘Nic’ Barton comes home to find out that his brother Cedric wants to marry his mistress. Cedric doesn’t care that she is his mistress because he is in love and wants to marry her. Dominic can’t believe this because his brother will be the laughing stock of the ton and not to mention what this could do to their family name.
Nic sets out to meet his soon to be sister-in-law and to see if he can pay her off and get rid of her. When Nic arrives he wasn’t expecting a young beauty. Linnet, is Jessica’s companion, friend and her sister and she has been protecting Jessica, so when Nic arrives she thinks he is one of the several different places trying to pawn their services off on Jessica now that they know she is to wed the Lord Cairngrove. So when Nic comes around wanting to see Jessica she tell him that she is her.
When Linnet finds out that he is Lord Cairngrove brother she means to tell him right away that she is not Jessica but then he does says some things that gets Linnet hot under the collar in more ways than one. She tells him what she thinks of him and how she is not Jessica and it’s a good thing that he wasn’t allow to tell her such things and shows him the door.
Soon as Nic knows that she is not Jessica he decides to pursue her but it won’t be that easy because now she thinks he is a scoundrel. Though Linnet can’t help but feel drawn to him she refuses most of his advances. The more time he spends with her and Jessica though the more he starts seeing things a bit differently.
Reforming a Rogue was a quick romantic read that was more sweet than sensual. The characters are likable enough but I sort of felt like I really didn’t have a chance to get to know them well enough.