As Rich as A Rogue

As Rich as A Rogue

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After six years gathering riches in India, Lord Whitly returns with his heart set on the feisty Welsh girl who'd first set him on the path to wealth. Thanks to the unflattering epitaph he gave her before his departure, Megan Powel has been forced to suppress her natural vivacity-and now she blames Lord Whitly for her misery. Oblivious to her predicament, Lord Whitly embarks upon her seduction. Through hilarious antics and wagers, he chases his intended bride, but can a wealthy noble give up his heart to win the lady who rules it?
Publisher: Naperville, Illinois, Sourcebooks Casablanca, an imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc.,, [2016]
ISBN: 9781492605058
1492605050
Characteristics: 407 pages ; 18 cm.

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Janet_Reads Sep 22, 2016

Jade Lee’s As Rich as a Rogue was a very wonderful surprise to read. I thought it would be a typical historical romance novel. The plot did not seem very unique, but I happily discovered it held a few wonderful surprises that make this a very entertaining and delightful read.

As Rich as a Rogue is the third book in Ms. Lee’s Rakes and Rogues series. I do not believe you need to read the prior works to enjoy this one. Our heroine Mari Powel has been fighting her perceived impulsive nature the last six years after she was labeled the 'Wayward Welsh' by our hero Peter Norwood, Lord Whitly. Peter gave Mari the label at a ball and soon left England after to make his own way in India. He did not realize he had caused any social problems for Mari. He returns after six years with the intent to woo Mari as he has never forgotten her and is surprised she suffered from the descriptive name he gave her.

Peter finds Mari’s waywardness to be one of the things he likes about her best, so he is baffled that she has spent years hiding herself. Mari is not of noble birth and is Welsh; therefore, society’s perception of her is much more important to her than Peter as he has the luxury of being heir to an earldom. It is easier for him to not care what society thinks.

Their reunion after Peter’s return from India starts with a bang as Peter immediately pushes Mari's buttons causing her to act impulsively. The two immediately meet and become embroiled in a wager that has all of society talking.

As I try to describe the parts of this story that made it so wonderful, I find it is easier for me to list them. It is a collection of little bits and unique pieces here and there that weave to make the story.

- Mari and Peter have some of the best dialogue. They were hilarious, and it was fun to see them interact.
- Mari’s father was a cit and Peter had to, of course, obtain his approval to court and marry Mari. The scenes where Peter visits her father at his office and then they return home for lunch and an Indian alcoholic beverage are some of my favorite scenes ever. Their interaction was hilarious!
- Peter knows how he feels about Mari and knows what he loves about her is her big personality and her love of life. He encourages her not to hide herself.
- Peter respected Mari and wanted to be supportive of her versus seeing her. The beautiful things he says to her to make her understand his feelings and love at the end of the book were fantastic.
- Peter did a few things in the book that took great courage. He is a hero in every sense of the term.

I am probably not able to adequately describe what makes this book such a gem. It is this compilation of little unique pieces that create a beautiful story. I hope you enjoy Peter and Mari’s story in As Rich as a Rogue as much as I did!

ARC kindly provided by publisher via Netgalley in return for an honest review.

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