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A Rogue of My Own [Hardcover]

Johanna Lindsey
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June 16 2009
How does an innocent lady find herself forced to wed a royal spy who seduced her – by mistake? For Lady Rebecca Marshall, a whirlwind of passion and excitement begins when, to her mother’s great delight, she becomes a maid of honor at the court of Queen Victoria. Rebecca’s mother sees this appointment as a golden opportunity for Rebecca to make a good match. At court, Rebecca innocently steps into the rivalry between the queen’s spymaster and the noblewoman in charge of the maids of honor who is using the maids to spy on powerful courtiers. Soon Rebecca is entangled in a web of deceit with the charming marquis Rupert St. John. The devastatingly handsome n’er-do-well is the cousin of Raphael Locke, with whom Rebecca was once infatuated. What she doesn’t know is that Rupert is a secret agent of the crown who leads a double life. When Rupert obtains proof that Rebecca is spying on him, he seduces her. He hardly suspects her guileless nature. Forced to the altar, Rupert believes that Rebecca has set a trap of the worst sort in order to marry into his powerful family. Although he vows never to be faithful to his beautiful wife, as Rupert comes to know Rebecca’s wit, adventurous spirit, and generous nature, his vow of revenge turns into a desire to share many passionate nights only with his wife for the rest of his life. Warm, witty, and filled with the “deliciously sexy” (Booklist) flirtation that makes each of her bestsellers an irresistible gem, A Rogue of My Own will have listeners falling in love with Johanna Lindsey all over again!
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“First-rate romance.”
Daily News (New York) --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Meh...Was Okay... July 3 2009
By Tara
Format:Perfect Paperback
The story itself was cute. But I wish she would start writing with more fire and passion again, I love her old stuff. This is a quick, easy read and will satisfy most Lindsey fans but left me a little disappointed.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Had potential May 14 2010
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book had potential, but unfortunately I was left feeling disappointed.

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.
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1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Needs Research July 2 2009
By microfiche TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Perfect Paperback
Johanna Lindsey is a best-selling author and I've only one published short-story, so I feel embarrassed to criticize - it's like a junior leaguer daring to put down Gretzky - but I wanted to underline every anachronism in the book and throw it back to her.

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.
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not a believable romance July 7 2009
By Sandy Kay - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
My biggest problem with this romance is that the couple seemed to loathe (but still have the hots for) each other until nearly the end of the book. I didn't get the sense of a love developing at all.

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.
31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars so sick of the jerky "heros" July 7 2009
By bijou2311 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Rebecca goes to Buckingham Palace to be a maid of honor for Queen Victoria at court. While there she gets involved in a little bit of rivalry between a spymaster and the woman in charge of the maids. Rupert works for the the spy (as a spy himself) and of course draws all the wrong conclusions about Rebecca, even after she starts working for the spymaster.

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!
22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Dull, lifeless, boring July 2 2009
By Elisha R. Singer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Full disclosure up front, I couldn't even finish this novel. I forced myself halfway through and just had to stop. I like Ms. Lindsey's novels as a rule, and was looking quite forward to this one. Sadly, there was nothing here to recommend it. The heroine was listless and dull. I didn't care for her from the opening moments. The hero was too much of a namby pamby. I just couldn't get excited about them. I had no investment in them or their story. I will think long and hard before purchasing another Lindsey novel.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Is this all the better Lindsey can write? Nov. 10 2009
By M. Gerstner - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I admit that I don't read Johanna Lindsey for great literature, but usually she comes through with a good story. Not this time. No way. Not only is the hero (??) obnoxious, the writing itself is BAD. In just the first chapter I got extremely annoyed by the sentences that were ended with an exclamation mark--literally dozens of them!!! (I had to do that). Fortunately, I checked this out of the library and I have to admit that I only get half way through the book and skipped to the last chapter just to end the misery. Don't waste your money on this book--if you haven't read all of Lindsey, go back to some of her earlier books that were much more entertaining, and usually a bit better written.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Ummm... was there supposed to be an actual romance in here somewhere? Nov. 6 2009
By Jenni Grubb - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This was my first book by Johanna Lindsey, and I'll be honest... I was really disappointed. I admit I bought this book without checking out the ratings on Amazon.com... I ALWAYS check ratings first, so shame on me! But this was a last minute audio book purchase before an emergency eye surgery so I needed to buy SOMETHING! I've decided I may check out some of her earlier works because other reviews indicate she has much better fare than this latest effort, but really, this book contained no romance. It was all lust with no chemistry whatsoever and an absolute jerk for a hero, who ended up not being any sort of a hero at all! Would you want a man who consistently told you over and over again that he didn't believe you, didn't trust you? Accused you of being a liar even when there was proof to the contrary? I sure wouldn't! With that, the story became completely unrealistic real fast. And if I had to read one more time about how "angelic" Rupert was in Rebecca's eyes, I swear the audiobook discs were going to become frisbees for my dogs. Clearly his "angelic" glow impaired Rebecca's vision!

The potential for a great story was definitely there but it all just fell short. I was hoping Nigel could save the story and pair Rebecca and Rupert together to unfoil a good plot against the crown. The possibilities were endless yet the whole scenario with the Pearsons was so under-developed and brief it seemed like a last minute effort to create a little drama just to give the story some sort of climax, weak as it was. The potential to witness a blossoming romance was there as well but completely ignored. Instead Rebecca endured more accusations of untrustworthiness from Rupert, then of all things, he married her! WHAT?? The ultimate reason for the marriage made sense for the Victorian era, but come on! Rupert didn't believe Rebecca to begin with, so what was the point of marrying? Was that his way of finally acknowledging trust, or was he merely doing what he believed to be the right thing? Either way, that's not at all what I call romance.
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