Mary Jo Putney
Sometimes a Rogue
Zebra / August 27, 2013 / $7.99 print / $6.99 digital
Even the most proper young lady yearns for adventure. But when the very well bred Miss Sarah Clarke-Townsend impulsively takes the place of her pregnant twin, it puts her own life at risk. If the kidnappers after her sister discover they’ve abducted Sarah instead, she will surely pay with her life...Rob Carmichael survived his disastrous family by turning his back on his heritage and becoming a formidable Bow Street Runner with a talent for rescuing damsels in distress. But Sarah is one damsel who is equal to whatever comes. Whether racing across Ireland with her roguish rescuer or throwing herself into his arms, she challenges Rob at every turn.
The amount of adventure and thrills packed into mary Jo Putney’s latest Regency romance was completely unexpected—and thoroughly entertaining! Don’t let the gorgeous cover fool you, with the heroine luxuriously reclined in a silky sea of white lace. This romance is all action.
Bring out your folding-fans and smelling salts, because there is no lack of plot twists, shocks, and heavy heartbeats:
- Kidnappings in the first chapter (with pregnant women hiding in crypts),
- Our heroine puking on said kidnappers (and then taken to Ireland),
- Dashing horseback escapes with a handsome hero, Rob Carmichael, a Bow Street Runner...
That’s only the first fifty pages! But there’s much more: secret tattoos, horses galore, multiple villains, indulgent snogging, storms and squalls on the high seas, and not mention some scandalously funny character interactions.
Miss Sarah Clarke-Townsend wanted to experience an adventure, and adventure she shall have! She is described as the “spinster” twin, while her near-identical and pregnant sister is married to the Duke of Ashton. She is kidnapped (for a political cause), and Rob comes to her rescue.
Rob is every inch our typical Regency Romance Bow Street Runner; he is sometimes a rogue, with his mysterious past, but he is always a true hero. Of course they both fall in love, and they’re perfect together. She is described as a “fluffy golden chick,” delicate and beautiful like a meek little bird, while at the same time, she also admits having a soft spot for rogues. She quickly realizes that Rob is intelligent, honorable, and true champion for justice.
There is one really amazing thing about this novel; for all the action and drama involved, our hero and heroine both rescue each other a lot. Their adventure and attraction complement each other so perfectly that the bond formed along their journey feels so honest and heartwarming.
It’s not always just the hero charging in on his manly steed. There were quite a few moments where sweet little Sarah spoke up to defend her loved ones, and even if she had to brandish pistols to protect herself, she wasn’t afraid of being improper, and she didn’t completely shrink away in the face of danger. She is acknowledged by the hero for her courage, and although they might feel like they are on two separate paths in their lives, they still offer each other moral support and insight for their current concerns or past heartaches.
Their blossoming relationship feels so real and pure because they have supported and trusted each other along the journey. They even ask each other if their affection is just a result of their dangerous adventures; is it adrenaline-based lust? Adrenaline does make the heart beat faster, right? They openly admit to each other that it will be so hard to say goodbye once their adventures have ended.
But of course, just when our hero and heroine arrive back home, there is more action and scandal waiting (with Rob’s past), and then Sarah truly saves the day. The love and action going hand-in-hand make this one an excellent end of summer romance!
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Jena Briars is a California girl living in D.C., feeding her brain one romance novel at a time...When she’s not busy at work, or being distracted (sometimes ambushed) by her cat, she reviews romances on her website Throughout the Pages.