Monday, March 17, 2014

What a Reckless Rogue Needs (Sinful Scoundrels #2) by Vicky Dreiling

Heartwarming, witty and utterly endearing it's one historical fans will love. ~ herding cats & burning soup
Colin Brockhurst, Earl of Ravenshire, has no desire to wed, this season or any other. So when his father demands he give up his wild ways and take a wife, Colin refuses. But his father raises the stakes and threatens to sell the ancestral home if Colin doesn't comply. Now Colin has no choice but to find a wife. Unfortunately, the only woman he wants is the one whose heart he broke years ago.

Regardless of the ton's whispers, Lady Angeline Brenham won't settle for anything less than true love. After rejecting more than her share of suitable suitors, spinsterhood looms before her—until the devilishly handsome Colin reappears in her life with a proposition. Angeline vows to keep her feet on the ground and her heart in check. That is, until one searing kiss melts her resolve and reignites a burning desire for more.

Type: Historical Romance
Heat: 3 out of 5 (though limited)
Rating: 4 out of 5
Releases March 25th
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What a Reckless Rogue Needs was one of those books that just made me smile. I loved it. Everything about Angeline and Colin just tugged at my heart as these two life long adversaries find themselves--and their futures--at the mercy of others and are tempted to rely on someone they'd never thought a friend.

Alright so the quick of it is that both Angeline and Colin are in a pickle. Her reputation has been ruined by a horrid man and at her age--31--she's resigned herself to being a spinster and leaving society to spare her family more grief. And Colin's reputation as a rake has his father has laying down the law. If he wants to keep his childhood home..he must settle down and marry. Soon! So life a bit of a muck as the two come together during a family house party and end up working on a project together and finding they may very well be the answer to each others problems.

I really liked Angeline and Colin. They've both been dealt a fairly undesirable hand and been judged by others in the worst ways. But the two had a similar strength about them. While they had insecurities and doubts now and again one thing about them was that neither just took it lying down but fought back and made their own decisions on things. They weren't flighty children but solid adults and tended to act that way even if they waffled now and again on some things. They were just likable people and nice to be around whether they were lending each other a shoulder, things were heating up or they were verbally sparring with each other.
"I have a confession to make," he said.

Now she couldn't breathe, because he was too close and the scent of him swirled all around her.

"I find you charming today."

She too a step back and lifted her chin. "It will wear off quickly."
They played nicely off each other as well. I loved that they'd known each other for longer than they could remember and haven't really rubbed well in the past. The fire and sass between them because of it was a treat. So was watching their relationship change as they worked together and really got to know each other for the first time. They're far from perfect and blub up with each other more than once but they're also the type that as soon as they realize they were wrong...they admit it and make amends which was a nice change of pace in my opinion. It was really kinda sweet watching them slowly and without even realizing it become friends and begin to rely on each other to share their burdens. And to realize that while a marriage of convenience would easily solve both their problems they wanted more than that for themselves and each other.

All in all, even with a bit of repetition now and again in the storyline I really enjoyed What a Reckless Rogue Needs. Dreiling just has a way of making me smile and had me falling in love with her characters before I even realized. My heart broke for them as they dealt with the past and rejoiced with them as well when they started to heal and found something they truly needed in life...each other. Heartwarming, witty and utterly endearing it's one historical fans will love.

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