The Right Kind of Rogue by Valerie Bowman

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The Right Kind of Rogue is a historical romance novel written by Valerie Bowman. I was absolutely thrilled about the opportunity to read this book because I’ve been a fan of Bowman’s books for a couple of years now, and I’ve been waiting for Meg and Hart’s book.

Meg has always been in love with her friend Sarah’s brother Hart for years. This was immediately evident in Bowman’s earlier book The Legendary Lord (Sarah’s book). There was a brief but memorable scene in which it became clear that the mousy Meg has been pining away for Sarah’s dashing viscount brother. Of course, such a match would never work because Meg’s family is virtually impoverished and because her father and Sarah and Hart’s father have been feuding for years.  

But when Hart declares that he plans to find a wife this Season, Meg realizes that this might be the final chance for her to show Hart that she is so much more than his little sister’s little friend. Of course, she’s going to need a lot of help to achieve her goal, but fortunately (or perhaps not) for her, Lucy, the Duchess of Claringdon, has expressed an interest in helping Meg attract Hart’s attention.

I absolutely loved this book, but I must say that it was not nearly as light as I expected it to be. Naturally, there has to be some sort of conflict, but I was surprised by the direction the plot took. There was definitely some very believable emotional turmoil, and it was a stark contrast to Lucy’s merry plotting and scheming. That said, this book offered everything I hoped for and more.

I would recommend The Right Kind of Rogue. Normally, this is the point of the review where I say that the books in the Playful Brides series can be read out of order, but I really think that readers will appreciate this book more if they have read The Legendary Lord and perhaps also The Unexpected Duchess (Lucy’s book). There’s a nice balance between humor and angst; I’ve read most of the books in the Playful Brides series, and this is definitely one of my favorites.

I received a copy of this book from Netgalley/the publishers in exchange for an honest review.

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