Author: Jade Lee

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One Rogue at a Time by Jade Lee

July 11, 2017 Historical Romance, Reviews 0 ★★★

I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

One Rogue at a Time by Jade LeeOne Rogue at a Time by Jade Lee
Series: Rakes and Rogues #2
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on December 1, 2015
Genres: Historical Romance
Pages: 384
Format: eARC
Source: the Publisher
Goodreads
three-stars
A brown-eyed bastard with nothing to lose

As the illegitimate son of a duke, Bramwell Wesley Hallowsby grew up tough, on the fringes of society, learning to hide his hurt and cynicism with charm and Town polish. He’s carved out a place for himself as a mercenary, serving as bodyguard and general strong arm for the peerage. Bram has nothing to lose… and he’s exactly what Maybelle “Bluebell” Ballenger needs.

Meets his match in a blue-eyed beauty with everything to hide

Maybelle needs a mentor to teach her to speak and act like a lady, so she can claim the place in society she was denied. As they team up to take on the ton, Bram knows she’s hiding something even from him. Despite the deception he sees behind those sparkling blue eyes, Bram wants to believe that Maybelle’s love is no lie. But it seems fate has served him up his just desserts in the likes of this determined damsel.

Maybelle Ballenger learns on her mother’s deathbed that she is in fact the granddaughter of an Earl and Maybelle is determined to go to London to demand recognition.  She’s a hard worker and has made a life for herself selling possets within her tiny village.  Yet she yearns for more and knows she’s destined for greater things than her small village life.  And she may have just found her ticket out of the village in the form of Bramwell Hallowsby.

Bramwell Hallowsby is a bastard with a white knight complex and can’t resist a damsel in distress.  But he’s also a little jaded from people taking advantage of him.

Maybelle tricks Bram into helping her learn to be a proper English lady and together they travel across the country before settling in London where Bram’s sister accepts Maybelle’s challenge to teach her the ways of the ton.  By this time, Maybelle and Bram are quickly on their way to falling in love, but are also faced with the reality that Bram is far below Maybelle’s station.

ONE ROGUE AT A TIME is a fun read with captivating adventures and a deep understanding of the time period as reflected in the writing.  But the romance didn’t really work for me.  Bramwell is a little problematic given his attitudes towards Maybelle and Maybelle is almost equally concerning in the way she brushes off certain important topics and secrets.  The romance seemed a little forced, but did get a sweet HEA ending.

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50 Ways to Ruin a Rake by Jade Lee

May 8, 2015 Historical Romance, Reviews 0 ★★★★

I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

50 Ways to Ruin a Rake by Jade Lee50 Ways to Ruin a Rake by Jade Lee
Series: Rakes and Rogues #1
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on May 5, 2015
Genres: Historical Romance
Pages: 384
Format: eARC
Source: the Publisher
Goodreads
four-stars
Mellie has a plan…

Mellie Smithson is trapped in the country with no suitors and no prospects on the horizon except, perhaps, the exasperating—although admittedly handsome—guest of her father. She's looking for any excuse to go to London to meet more eligible men.

Trevor has a problem…

Trevor Anaedsley's grandfather has cut off his funds until such time as he gets engaged. Trevor escapes to the country—ostensibly to visit his old tutor, Mr. Smithson, but actually to duck his creditors—where he meets Smithson's lovely daughter, Mellie. The obvious solution is suddenly before him—but the lady has ideas of her own, and Trevor's going to have to measure up…

Cut off from the funds of his powerful grandfather, Trevor Anaedsley travels from one friend’s house to another, subtly partaking of their hospitality until he can find a fiancee  who will appease his grandfather and re-open his woefully inadequate cash flow.  While at the house of his former tutor, Trevor  realizes he can arrange a mutually beneficial situation between himself and his tutor’s daughter, Mellie Smithson: she needs to escape the unwanted attentions of her odious cousin and he needs a fake fiancee so his grandfather will start providing him money again.  Mellie agrees on the condition that Trevor take her to London, give her a Season, and help her to find a real husband.

This was a sweet and humorous afternoon read.  Mellie is very intelligent and has a passion for the sciences.  She easily sees through the pitiful attempts by the men around her to get at the secret formula for her cosmetic lotion which is poised to make a great deal of money for Mellie.  She is also quite determined and when she puts her mind to a task, it WILL get done (even if the reality of that task makes her miserable).  Trevor is charming and matches Mellie in his passion for science.  Watching him slowly realize just how much he actually loves Mellie is beautiful and poignant as he very nearly loses her.  Together, their love is about recognizing that sometimes the very thing you need has been right in front of you all along.

There were parts of this novel that had me actually laughing out loud, especially during the four-way brawl towards the end with the turkey.  There is plenty of witty banter throughout and the ending – while a tad bit rushed – does not disappoint.  I highly recommend checking out 50 WAYS TO RUIN A RAKE.

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