Friday, December 2, 2016

❤️REVIEW: "My Rogue, My Ruin" by Amalie Howard and Angie Morgan (Historical Romance)

by Amalie Howard and Angie Morgan

Publisher: Entangled Publishing - Select Historical
Genre: Historical Romance
Publication Date: November 21st 2016

Series: Lords of Essex, #1
Standalone: Yes

Alter Ego, Bad Boy/Rebel, Enemies to Lovers, Fake Dating, Royalty/High Class, Strong Heroine, Stuck With You
Other Books by Amalie Howard





Description from Publisher:
“Smart and fast-paced with plenty of steam! This writing duo is a powerhouse of talent!” – New York Times bestselling author Sophie Jordan

He stole their riches, she stole his heart  

The Marquess of Hawksfield’s lineage is impeccable and his title coveted, but Archer Croft is as far from his indulgent peers as he can get. His loathing for the beau monde has driven him to don a secret identity and risk everything in order to steal their riches and distribute them to the less fortunate.

Lady Briannon Findlay embraces her encounter with the Masked Marauder, a gentleman thief waylaying carriages from London to Essex. The marauder has stirred Brynn’s craving for adventure, and she discovers an attraction deeper than the charming thief’s mask.

Brynn is a revelation, matching Archer in intelligence, wit, and passion. Stubborn and sensuous in equal measure, she astonishes him at every turn, but when someone sinister impersonates Archer’s secret personality, and a murder is committed, Archer begins to think he doesn’t stand a fighting chance without her.
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My Musings:
So I feel the need to preface this with the fact that I'm generally one to stick with contemporary romance, versus historical, and that this is my first historical romance in probably 10 years. If you're someone who reads a lot of historical romance, don't laugh too hard at me if I go a little fangirl. :P

Alright, that out of the way, I've gotta say that I LOVED THIS! I had looked a few months before hearing about this for stories with knights or pirates and, not being familiar with this sub-genre, had no idea where to start. The thing that really got me interested in this one was:

1) The cover. Seriously, it's mesmerizing and I find myself staring at it for, ahem, too long. :)
2) The fact that our hero is Robin-Hood-esque. Um, yes please!

I started reading this and it starts with our hero robbing a carriage that holds our heroine. Lady Briannon (Brynn) is feisty and stubborn and I thought she was awesome from the moment she stood her ground with a guy holding a pistol at her, but was smart enough not to push him too far. She is my absolute favorite type of heroine, probably because I'm fairly feisty and stubborn myself. ;)

Then, we officially meet Archer, Marquess of Hawksfield. He's obviously not a big fan of all the pomp & circumstance of his peers, is known for his cold and rake-ish behavior, and is pretty much just as stubborn as Lady Briannon. Through a series of happenstance and parties people with their titles attend, these two spar with one another in such a delightful way and I really just loved the way their relationship built up and the way they dealt with everything that came their way. Their chemistry was also fantastic, burning up the pages.

And, it needs to be said, I enjoyed the "Regency" aspect more than I had even thought I might. These characters were most definitely high society English, but felt almost contemporary. I found myself enchanted with their world and a lot of the terminology used ("He would have smalls on, surely.")

There is also a fair amount of suspense in this and a really fun mystery that unravels that had me guessing and then second-guessing for the majority of the story (Though it was not without an "I KNEW IT!" at a particular reveal.)

To wrap this up, I say READ THIS! If you are at all a fan of Downton Abbey, The Princess Bride, Elizabeth & Will in the Pirates movies, and/or Robin Hood, I think that you will be as charmed by it as I was!

My Source: I received a digital ARC from the publisher to voluntarily review. This in no way influenced my review. My opinion is unbiased and my 100% own.

About the Author: Amalie Howard
AMALIE HOWARD grew up on a small Caribbean island where she spent most of her childhood with her nose buried in a book or being a tomboy running around barefoot, shimmying up mango trees and dreaming of adventure. 25 countries, surfing with sharks and several tattoos later, she has traded in bungee jumping in China for writing the adventures she imagines instead. She isn’t entirely convinced which takes more guts.

She is the award-winning author of several young adult novels critically acclaimed by Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, VOYA, and Booklist, including Waterfell, The Almost Girl, and Alpha Goddess, a Spring 2014 Kid’s INDIE NEXT title. Her debut novel, Bloodspell, was a #1 Amazon bestseller, and the sequel, Bloodcraft, was a national silver IPPY medalist. She is also the co-author of the adult historical romance series, THE LORDS OF ESSEX. As an author of color and a proud supporter of diversity in fiction, her articles on multicultural fiction have appeared in The Portland Book Review and on the popular Diversity in YA blog. She currently resides in Colorado with her husband and three children.
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About the Author: Angie Morgan
Angie is the author of several critically acclaimed young adult and middle grade books written under two other names (Page Morgan and Angie Frazier), and is now thrilled to be taking a much-anticipated leap into the world of adult romance. My Rogue, My Ruin is the first of three books in her new Lords of Essex series, co-written with good friend and fellow author, Amalie Howard. Angie lives in New Hampshire with her husband, their three daughters, and a menagerie of pets.
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