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The Right Kind of Rogue



Playful Brides Book #8

by Valerie Bowman

Series: Playful Brides (Book 8)

Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages

Publisher: St. Martin’s Paperbacks

Publication Date: October 31, 2017

Language: English

ISBN-10: 125012171X

ISBN-13: 978-1250121714

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Publisher’s Description:

Can two star-crossed lovers come together—until death do they part?

Viscount Hart Highgate has decided to put his rakish ways behind him and finally get married. He may adore a good brandy or a high-speed carriage race, but he takes his duties as heir to the earldom seriously. Now all he has to do is find the right kind of woman to be his bride—ideally, one who’s also well-connected and well-funded. . .

Meg Timmons has loved Hart, the brother of her best friend, ever since she was an awkward, blushing schoolgirl. If only she had a large dowry—or anything to her name at all. Instead, she’s from a family that’s been locked in a bitter feud with Hart’s for years. And now she’s approaching her third London season, Meg’s chances with him are slim to none. Unless a surprise encounter on a deep, dark night could be enough to spark a rebellious romance. . .for all time?

Valerie Bowman’s Playful Brides novels are:

“Wholly satisfying.”—USA Today
“Smart and sensual…readers will be captivated.”—RT Book Reviews “Smoldering.” —Booklist

My Thoughts:

This whole series to date has been a winner! I love the main characters and the background characters too. Who can’t love Lucy with her meddling, matchmaking ways?

Star crossed lovers? OK they aren’t Romeo and Juliette but their story comes close.

Viscount Hart Highgate  has decided to give up his rakish ways and settle down. Now he just has to find a bride.

Meg Timmons has loved Hart, the older brother of her best friend since she was sixteen. Now that he has decided to finally find a bride, will she be able to get him to notice her or will he still look at her as the bumbling young girl who trailed after him?

Their families have carried on a feud for years and their parents aren’t likely to let a match between them go forth into a Happily Ever After.

Can these two overcome their families animosity for each other and find a love that endures?

As usual with this entire series Valerie Bowman has not failed to entertain me. If there is another book in the works for this series I am looking forward to it also.

I gave this book 4.75 of 5.0 stars for storyline and characterization and a sensual rating of 3.75 of 5.0 flames.
Their intimacy was saved until near the end of this book but I found it both sweet and sensual.

I receive a complimentary digital ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley to read.
This in no way affected my opinion of this title which I read and reviewed voluntarily.

About The Author:

valerie_bowman_photo_hires-e1451430348198Valerie Bowman is an award-winning historical romance author who writes racy Regency romps! Her debut novel was published in 2012. Since then, her books have received starred reviews from Publisher’s Weekly, Booklist, and Kirkus. She’s been an RT Reviewers’ Choice nominee for Best First Historical Romance and Best Historical Romance Love and Laughter. Two of her books have been nominated for the Kirkus Prize for fiction.

Valerie grew up in Illinois with six sisters (she’s number seven) and a huge supply of historical romance novels. After a cold and snowy stint earning a degree in English Language and Literature with a minor in history at Smith College, she moved to Florida the first chance she got. Valerie now lives in Jacksonville with her family including her two rascally dogs. When she’s not writing, she keeps busy reading, traveling, or vacillating between watching crazy reality TV and PBS.

Valerie’s next book is A Duke Like No Other and will be released on May 1, 2018.

Visit Valerie on the web at
Twitter: @ValerieGBowman
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The Series:

  1. The Unexpected Duchess
  2. The Accidental Countess
  3. The Unlikely Lady
  4. The Irresistible Rogue
  5. The Unforgettable Hero (A Novella- Book 4.5)
  6. The Untamed Earl
  7. The Legendary Lord
  8. Never Trust a Pirate
  9. The Right Kind of Rogue
  10. A Duke Like No Other (Coming May 2018)



(May 01, 2018)


Season of Magic


Holiday Box Set

by Merry Holly (Marian Lanouette), Cara Marsi,

Bobbi Lerman, Vicki Batman, Gerri Brousseau,

File Size: 3980 KB

Print Length: 244 pages

Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited

Publisher: The Painted Lady Press

Publication Date: October 27, 2014

Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC

Language: English

ASIN: B00OZ136A6


Digital List Price: $0.99

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Publisher’s Description:

Hopes and wishes. And holiday kisses…the Season of Magic.
Wrap yourself in the holiday spirit with five romantic stories filled with fun and forever after.

Noel Noel Noel by Merry Holly (Marian Lanouette)
Dumped and lonely, is it possible to find love at the local mall? Noelle thinks not, but a chance encounter with Chase Clayborne while Christmas shopping has her rethinking her rigid set of rules, as sparks flare between them.

A Cinderella Christmas by Cara Marsi
Jessica Gallo no longer believed in fairy tales or happy endings. And she certainly didn’t believe she’d find her Prince Charming at Saks Fifth Avenue. Her Fairy Godmother thought differently.

Matchmaker Matchmaker by Bobbi Lerman
With Chanukah around the corner, is there enough magic left for a matchmaker to bring Molly’s cynical heart back to life.

Holiday Disaster by Vicki Batman
The week before Christmas and all is in disarray when a librarian experiences horrible plumbing issues and a Mr. Maintenance Man who isn’t nearly as jolly as Santa Clause. This Christmas is a disaster.

Yuletide Bride by Gerri Brousseau
The Dowager Duchess’s decree that her grandson must marry before Twelfth Night or relinquish his title and fortune sends him into a tail spin. Without any prospects and with only two weeks until Christmas will Stuart Nelson find himself destitute or will he find The Yuletide Bride.

Sing Me Home


by Lisa Ann Verge

File Size: 554 KB

Print Length: 256 pages

Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1940963125

Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited

Publisher: Bay Street Press (May 22, 2015)

Publication Date: May 22, 2015

Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC

Language: English

ASIN: B00Y53K9T0

Digital List Price: $3.99

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Another sexy, adventurous, historical romance from

the RITA-nominated author of eighteen novels, Lisa Ann Verge!

Publisher’s Description:

Ireland, 1307

Blessed with an angel’s voice, Maura of Killeigh escapes from a convent determined to join a band of traveling players. They’ll be her protection on the roads while she searches for the parents who abandoned her at birth. But once face-to-face with the seductive, sinfully handsome vagabond who rules the troupe, Maura wonders if she wouldn’t be safer traveling alone….

“[Sing Me Home] is proof that people can change, one man can make a difference, and that romance novels can be funny, and lusty, and still cross into deeper territory.” –Detroit Free Press

“I love Ms. Verge’s style. She scatters her puzzle pieces, then fits them into the most unlikely places. This one left me soaring.” –Rendezvous

“Lisa Ann Verge is one of the best medieval writers today.” — Affaire de Coeur

Now Available For Preorder!

Release Date: November 14, 2017

The Captive Knight


by Lisa Ann Verge

File Size: 549 KB

Print Length: 294 pages

Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited

Publisher: Bay Street Press LLC

Publication Date: November 14, 2017

Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC

Language: English

ISBN-10: 194096315X

ISBN-13: 978-1940963150



Digital Price: $3.99

Preorder at:

Amazon, Amazon International, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, and Google Play
Another passionate romance full of love and adventure from the RITA-nominated author of eighteen novels, Lisa Ann Verge


Publisher’s Description:

After her dowry castle is seized as a prize of war, Aliénor’s hopes for her future are shattered. No dowry means no marriage, no escape from lifelong servitude, and no protection for her beloved, crippled younger brother. But everything changes when her father captures a prisoner: The very same rogue knight who stole her lands.

Jehan is the sole survivor of a family whose English sympathies have taken a grim toll, leaving him nothing but his sword and good name. Now, beaten and bloody in his enemy’s dungeon, he refuses to give up the stolen lands that have finally brought him a measure of security. Not even for the lovely, headstrong heiress forbidden to him by two warring kings—a recklessly brave woman his heart cannot ignore.

“Earthy, carnal tale. Electrifying reading.” —Rendezvous

“A spirited heroine, a chivalric hero–exciting and passionate.” –Roberta Gellis, bestselling author of Masques of Gold

“Verge is a tale-teller whose writing is stunningly real.” —Affaire de Coeur

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Type of reviewer: Consumer Reviewer



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