Release Date: October 27, 2020
Genre: Historical Romance
Length: 384 pages
Rating: 5 Stars
This book is pure delight. If you’re in the mood for a light, fluffy historical romance with a dash of Beauty and the Beast inspiration then you need this in your life immediately.
Lady Beatrice is biding her time until she’s free from the marriage market after one more season of putting up with parties and her mother’s fussing, she’ll be safely shelved. Beatrice is uninterested in marriage because she wants to dedicate herself full-time to her etymological dictionary. The before the season, she’s free from her mother’s fussing and has precious time to herself to work on her dictionary. But her quiet countryside solitude is interrupted by none other than Mr. Wright.
Samford Wright is the charmingly handsome roguish carpenter Beatrice’s brother hired to work on the family estate. Not only is his construction work loud and disruptive, but the virile and charmingly handsome man is so very distracting.
Ford enjoys earning Beatrice’s blushes and fogging up her dainty spectacles, but he knows better than to ever get involved with a woman outside of his class. But what his head knows and his heart wants are two different things.
When Lady Beatrice surprisingly inherits a small bookstore in London, she begins to see more options than her solitary countryside studies. The location would be perfect clubhouse for her girl gang of wallflowers, so she must bargain with a roguish carpenter who could help her upgrade the property.
I’m just going to say that anyone who loves historical romance needs Love is a Rogue by Lenora Bell in their life immediately. Bell’s writing style has big Tessa Dare energy – light, funny, feminist, fluffy fun. It swoony and empowering with Happily Ever Afters galore. Great banter, quality flirting, some outstandingly memorable scenes. So much kissing! Reading this book felt like quality self-care.
If you’re looking for big, chewy ideas or need to sink your teeth into lusty passion, I don’t think this book is the right mood for you. This is a soft cloud of hug. Quality fluff that makes your heart feel good.
Since the flirting and the banter were so good, I was hoping for a bit more from the intimate scenes. They felt a bit quick, and I wanted more time celebrating Beatrice’s and Ford’s well-earned connection. But with the numerous and memorial kissing scenes, there’s plenty of swooning feels to enjoy from this wonderful read.
Love is a Rogue was a breath of fresh air and I might have found a new favorite author. I’m so looking forward to checking out more of Lenora Bell’s books.