Title: As Rich As A Rogue (Rakes and Rogues, book #3)
Genre: Historical Romance
Author: Jade Lee
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca, August 2, 2016 Pre-order available
Source: Free for review from the publisher
Sexy Rating: 5
Description from Amazon.com:
Third in the saucy, vibrant Rakes & Rogues Regency romance series from USA Today bestselling author Jade Lee
A most unusual wager
Mari Powel’s fiery Welsh temper is up. Peter Norwood, Lord Whitly, is back in town after six years romping around India making his fortune. Mari blames him for her social downfall and has spent all this time clawing her way back into the ton’s good graces. How dare he show up on his first day back and publicly embroil her in a bet involving long-awaited apologies, illicit kisses, and Lady Illston’s unruly parakeet? Mari is outraged, and is going to show him-and everyone else-what she’s made of. Little does she know, the unrepentant Lord Whitly has been dreaming of her all this time. Now he’ll do anything to win the wager-along with Mari’s heart.
This starts off seeming a pretty straight forward enemies to lovers story and yes it starts that way, but along the way we have some surprises and upsets that seem to be unresolvable. However in the hands of one of the masters of the romance genre, Ms. Jade Lee, all is worked out and accomplished with apparent ease. I can’t recall how many of Ms Lee’s novels I have read but they are many and every single time I am enthralled with the story and this book is no different.
We see Mari’s development from a wound-tight perfectionista to a woman that loosens her stays and states her mind. Peter also makes some heartbreaking decisions because it is the right thing to do. Together they discover how they complement, need each other and fall in love. There are moments of danger and some villains. There are fun moments while they each try to teach the parakeet “Greenie” a new phrase to win a bet. We know Mari’s phrase but we must wait to hear Peter’s phrase. Can you guess? I didn’t.
This is a well written page turner. Highly recommended.