A Rogue of My Own Hardcover – Jun 16 2009
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About the Author
Johanna Lindsey has been hailed as one of the most popular authors of romantic fiction, with more than sixty million copies of her novels sold. World renowned for her novels of "first-rate romance" (New York Daily News), Lindsey is the author of forty-eight previous national bestselling novels, many of which reached the #1 spot on the New York Times bestseller list. Lindsey lives in New Hampshire with her family.
Top Customer Reviews
Here's what bothered me:
1) Rebecca gets treated terribly by Rupert and when he finalizes realizes what an idiot and jerk he's been, the author only allows two sentences for the apology. This happens in so many books, and I don't understand why these authors (all female) don't allow for a bit more grovelling and begging of forgiveness. I just think a better effort at providing a sincere apology in the book wouldn't hurt.
2) Through the majority of the book they argue and detest each other and then boom! he loves her and she loves him. What?!! Drives me crazy when authors do this. I think more dialogue between Rebecca and Rupert where they weren't fighting with each other would have helped make this more believable.
3) The incident at the end of the book didn't really seem to fit. It was like she was throwing it in to add a few pages....she could have used those pages for something more worthwhile like the apology...lol
What I liked:
1) The witty dialogue between the main characters.
2) Even though Rebecca is young, she's very intelligent, witty and isn't afraid to stand up for herself.
The romance deserves kudos. It's light, witty and the situation and characters are believable. If it was set in modern times, or even as far back as the 1920's in the U.S., the language would not look like a tomato in a basket of peaches.
I don't expect the lace on the petticoat to be authentic, or every word to be in the style of Dickens; but characters in a historical novel should 'seem' to wear the correct clothes and hair styles (Rupert's shoulder length hair is as out of date in the 1840's as the coats he wears to tease his mother. Brushing the top of the collar, yes, like Byron - and even that would look a bit affected. Look at pictures of Prince Albert and other men of that era. Only Disraeli's hair stood out.) and and the dialogue should sound more than a tiny bit closer to the dialogue of Dickens, Thackeray, et. al. than to Jackie Collins, or Sophie Kinsella. The former knew how servants and the upper classes spoke because they actually heard them and wrote it down, just like the latters' books sound like modern Los Angeles or modern 'designer label shopaholics'. So, since the classics are available in stores, and some of the magazine fiction is on the 'Net, Ms. Lindsey should read a few and feel the rhythm and see the vocabulary of the time, and place. She, and we, needn't drown in a modern historical novel; but the reader's inner ear should not hear 21st century American English out of mid-19th century characters.
Also the mores. I think the novel could better be set in the United States.Read more ›
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
The story started out interesting and different from many romances I've read. Lady Rebecca Marshall is appointed to be a maid of honor in the court of the young Queen Victoria and is assigned to the Queen's mother's chambers where she comes into contact with Raphael Locke while on a snooping mission for her supervisor.
I thought Rupert St. John was a terrible "hero." His behavior toward Becca was dreadful -- he seduced her for no reason other than he thought she was spying on him and then left her alone until she came to tell him she was pregnant. To me, that is not a hero; that's a villain no matter how "beautiful" and angelic looking he may be. The seduction scene didn't seem particularly believable from Becca's perspective either. She was infatuated with his looks and it felt good but she went along with the seduction a little too readily for a young woman of that time. She doesn't even stop to consider the consequences.
After sniping at each other for nearly all the book (and Rupert thinking Becca planned to trap him into marriage with a fake pregnancy), they decide they are in love about 10 pages from the end. It didn't work for me. There wasn't enough evidence of a growing affection (much less love) between the couple to make it believable.
I have been a long-time fan of Johanna Lindsey but her latest books have not been very good.
I HATED this book. Please save yourself some aggravation and skip it. If you absolutely love Johanna Lindsey and can't skip it, check it out of the library. Rebecca was a smart girl, and I liked her. However, I couldn't stand that she would fall in love with Rupert when he was being such an idiot. I'm sorry, but no way I fall in love with a man who treats me the way he does. Also, I couldn't stand Rupert. I would have liked this story better if he had been killed (preferably by Rebecca or her mother, or maybe Sarah) and Rebecca had ended up by herself. Seriously - he treats her awfully the entire book, with the exception of the last 6 or 7 pages. And I am sorry, he didn't do near enough to redeem himself in my opinion - after treating Rebecca horribly he just tells her he loves her and then it is all ok - I DON'T THINK SO. I never saw any signs of them falling in love, and quite frankly there were no good scenes between the two (romantic or otherwise).
AWFUL AWFUL AWFUL, skip this one!
This book had so much promise with a unique premise as Rebecca is a lady in waiting at court but I was reading the book hoping it would get better which it never did.
The secondary characters were not used at all and there was so much potential for intrigue there.
Repeat dont waste your money!! Horrible Book!