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Series: The Bachelor Lords of London #3
Published by Avon Impulse on December 6, 2016
Genres: Historical Romance
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The third dazzling romance in USA Today bestselling author Charis Michaels' Bachelor Lords of London series.
Beauregard “Beau” Cortland has no use for the whims of society and even less for aristocratic titles. As a younger son, he travels the world in search of adventure with no plans to settle down. Even when the title of Viscount Rainsleigh is suddenly forced upon him, he will not bend to duty or decorum. Not until an alluring young woman appears on the deck of his houseboat, determined to teach him propriety in all things and tempting him with every forbidden touch
Lady Emmaline Crumbley has had a wretched year. Her elderly husband dropped dead without naming her in his will and she’s been relegated to the life of a dowager duchess at the age of 23. She has no wish to instruct a renegade viscount in respectability, but desperate to escape her greedy stepson, Beau’s family makes her an offer she cannot refuse: teach the new lord to behave like a gentleman, and they’ll help her earn the new, self-sufficient life of her dreams. Emmaline agrees, only to discover that instructing the viscount is one thing, but resisting him is quite another. How can she teach manners to the rakish nobleman if he is determined to show her the thrill of scandal instead?
After being swept away in a minor tsunami of feels in the second book of Charis Michaels’s Bachelor Lords of London series, The Virgin and the Viscount, I’ll admit I was very curious about what book three, One for the Rogue, would offer its readers. The book centers around Beau Cortland, brother to book two’s Bryse, and someone who’d strode his way through the second book with a wink and a smile and a level of charm that should require him to wear warning signs on his person.
The Beau of this book still possesses that rakish charm, but also has a heap of resentment and general grumpiness to go with it, as he finds himself saddled with a title he never wanted: he’s the new Viscount Rainsleigh, thanks to his brother’s abdication of the title and its responsibilities. And he’s not at all happy about it. Nothing would draw him into polite society or make him want to learn the manners and mannerisms expected of a lord of his standing. Until, that is, Emmaline hunts him down and demands he let her tutor him on etiquette.
Emmaline, for her part, is desperate to find a way to support herself and her brother, who requires constant care and watching, and the only way she can see to get out from under the tyranny of her stepson is to make a deal with the viscount’s family in order to further her business interests in America. She’s not about to let his bad temper or his roguish appeal get in the way of fulfilling her goals and seeing to the needs of her family.
Although both characters’ personalities (including both their flaws and virtues) and their motivations were made clear over the course of this novel, I found that I had some trouble connecting with them. Unlike the previous novel, which I found refreshing in its characters and plot devices, these characters seemed fairly run-of-the-mill as far as Regency romances go. Which is not to say that they weren’t properly developed or intriguing while I was reading the book—because they were, even though I would have liked a little more agency in Emmaline’s character. It’s more that, perhaps because I’ve read so many Regency romances in this year alone, not to mention all my other previous reads, I was rather hoping for the bit of trope rebellion I found in the previous book in this series.
Nevertheless, this was an engaging read, with characters it was easy to feel affection and respect for. The supporting characters will be familiar to anyone who has read the previous novels, but this book will stand on its own for anyone to whom this is the first introduction to the Bachelor Lords of London. It’s a solid choice if you’re a fan of the genre, and it comes with a guaranteed HEA, and although the circumstances of that HEA might be a bit unusual for most Regency readers, it’s certain to satisfy.
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