Bringing Down the Duke by Evie Dunmore was the first ever historical romance that I ever read – and what a great first historical romance to start with. Naturally, I preordered A Rogue of One’s Own as soon as I finished the first book.
A lady must have money and an army of her own if she is to win a revolution—but first, she must pit her wits against the wiles of an irresistible rogue bent on wrecking her plans…and her heart.
Lady Lucie is fuming. She and her band of Oxford suffragists have finally scraped together enough capital to control one of London’s major publishing houses, with one purpose: to use it in a coup against Parliament. But who could have predicted that the one person standing between her and success is her old nemesis and London’s undisputed lord of sin, Lord Ballentine? Or that he would be willing to hand over the reins for an outrageous price—a night in her bed.
Lucie tempts Tristan like no other woman, burning him up with her fierceness and determination every time they clash. But as their battle of wills and words fans the flames of long-smoldering devotion, the silver-tongued seducer runs the risk of becoming caught in his own snare.
As Lucie tries to out-maneuver Tristan in the boardroom and the bedchamber, she soon discovers there’s truth in what the poets say: all is fair in love and war…
A big part of the magic of Bringing Down the Duke was the fact that the characters were so interesting and unique and feminist. The characters made that book stand out from the legions of other historical romance books. Unfortunately, A Rogue of One’s Own’s characters really didn’t live up to the standard of their predecessors. Lucie, the leading lady, was definitely a feminist, but I really didn’t enjoy how wishy-washy she was in her decision making. I also didn’t love that she let a man influence her life so much.
From a plot point of view, A Rogue of One’s Own had more slow spots than the first book. The leading couple had a bunch of false starts and the leading man, Tristan, actively stood in the way of Lucie’s plans constantly. While they did have good chemistry (and their whole deal with each other was definitely steamy), I wish he hadn’t stood in her way as much as he did. Honestly, I think if this hadn’t been a sequel to Bringing Down the Duke, I would have enjoyed this book more – I wouldn’t be comparing it to one of my favorite romances of all time.
While A Rogue of One’s Own was a good historical romance, it fell short of Bringing Down the Duke by a long shot. I’m hoping the third book is more in line with the first book of the series – that it has the heart and steamy moments that truly made it an amazing read. If you’re looking for other historical romances, I recommend checking out The Duke & I by Julia Quinn. 4/5