The Gentleman Rogue by Margaret McPhee
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This is my first book from this author, who has become a new favorite for me. The writing was immediately engaging and compelling from the first chapter.
The hero is eminently swoon worthy. In fact, I kind of pictured him as a bit like a younger Daniel Craig, including the tortured look behind his eyes. Great backstory and a strong, gritty, noble character.
The heroine is also incredibly likable, a gentlewoman whose family has lost everything, strong and practical enough to get a job as a barmaid in Whitechapel despite her exalted background.
The writing was incredibly emotional and elegant, making for complex characters and dynamic relationships. The setting was almost like another character.
Note: This isn't a "sweet" Regency, there is a bit of sex in it, although it didn't bother me. But this is just a note in case a reader wants to know. The sensuality level was about the same as perhaps a Harlequin Special Edition, or maybe a Harlequin American Romance.
Absolutely fantastic story and characters. This author is now an auto-buy for me.
Much thanks to Netgalley and Harlequin for this e-ARC.
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