Perrin and Henri are on opposite sides of the Reign of Terror. Perrin is an aristo and a member of a secret organization working against the government. Henri works for the government, and his reasons for hating aristos are more than political.
They have every reason to hate each other, and at first, that’s exactly what happens. But Henri is convinced that Perrin is up to no good (true) and follows him at every opportunity. As the narrative progresses, their lives become more intertwined and the line between the dual games of cat-and-mouse and seduction blurs.
I love queer historical romance and it was such a treat to get to read one set during the French Revolution. The most interesting aspect of this was that the biggest obstacle to their relationship was not that they were both men, but rather the political opposition. I don’t mean to imply that homosexuality was accepted during that era—it wasn’t—but Robespierre was much more concerned with sedition. That said, the specter of the guillotine served as an ever-present reminder of the consequences for the characters.
“Enemies to lovers” is one of my favorite tropes so I loved to see the animosity turn into warmer feelings. There’s a strong attraction, which comes out during the love scenes, which were scorching hot.
I would recommend The Revolutionary and the Rogue. The stakes were higher in this book than any of my other recent reads and had me worrying for everyone’s safety for the entire book. This is an excellent debut and I’m looking forward to reading more from Ferre in the future!
I received a copy of this book from Entangled/NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.