I’m very relieved that the standard sent by Annabelle in Bringing Down the Duke was exceeded by Lucie. Even more dedicated to the cause and to remaining independent, the fact that this romance was even slightly believable is impressive.
After our introduction to Tristan in Bringing Down the Duke, I can’t say I was looking forward to him becoming the love interest in A Rogue of One’s Own. He didn’t do much, but the way he was described as a predator who might force his affection was not very promising. It did take me a while to warm up to him because of this, and I don’t think I really relaxed until we had much more back story and context.
I do think A Rogue of One’s Own was a little more convoluted than necessary. The side plots are much more overwhelming this time, and they take up much more space than the romance. While this detracts from the romance, it does actually make A Rogue of One’s Own a bit more interesting. We get to see more of the ‘novel of manners’ side of things rather than just a lot of stolen glances and moments. Lucie is trying to make herself more presentable, a more palatable suffragette, which means parties and conversation and plotting. I think people who go into A Rogue of One’s Own looking for a light romance read will be pretty disappointed; there’s definitely romance, but it is often not the focus.
With a lot more working parts than Bringing Down the Duke, A Rogue of One’s Own has more to offer for those looking for more than a quick romance read.