Title: A Most Devilish Rogue
Genre: Historical Romance
Author: Ashlyn Macnamara
Publisher: Ballantine, August 27, 2013
Source: Free for review from the publisher
Sexy Rating: 5
Description from amazon.com:
Years ago, when Isabelle Mears was still a young miss too infatuated to know better, she surrendered her innocence to a dishonorable man. Though ruined and cast out from society, she has worked hard to shelter her illegitimate son, Jack. Having sworn off men in her quiet but dignified life, Isabelle is unprepared for the deep longing that rips through her when a handsome stranger rescues her rambunctious six-year-old from the pounding ocean surf.
George Upperton is a man in trouble with debts, women, and a meddling family. He is, by all accounts, the last gentleman on earth Isabelle should be drawn to. But loneliness is a hard mistress, and caution gives way to desire . . . even though Isabelle is convinced that happiness can’t be found in the arms of such a devilish rogue. Only when Jack is kidnapped does Isabelle discover the true depth of George’s devotion—and how far a good man will go to fight for the woman whose love is all that matters.
This book is well written, the characters well developed, the sexy scenes were hot,hot,hot and the story arc well plotted. However….I had a great deal of trouble liking these characters.
George had no sooner found out his mistress was pregnant than he takes up with Isabelle. He’s all about Isabelle’s son Jack with nary a thought about a son he might have with the mistress. His only thought in that direction is about how much trouble it is causing him. Isabelle is distraught about her missing son but somehow can put those thoughts aside to have several passionate encounters with George without a further thought to propriety or her son. It was as if they were tempting others to find out about their liaison. Yes, we can figure out the bad-guy early on and do wonder why intelligent George cannot.
This was an “okay” read bordering on “disappointing” what redeemed it in my eyes was the obvious writing ability of the author even though I could not wrap my hug around her plot.