Review: All the Ways to Ruin a Rogue by Sophie Jordon

Review: All the Ways to Ruin a Rogue by Sophie JordonAll the Ways to Ruin a Rogue by Sophie Jordan
Series: The Debutante Files #2
Published by Avon on July 28th 2015
Genres: Historical, Romance
Pages: 384
Source: Edelweiss
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There was once a lady who loathed a lord...

Lady Aurelia hasn't always hated Max, Viscount Camden, her brother's best friend. In fact, as a besotted girl, she thrived under his kind attention – sure that he was the most noble and handsome man in the land. Until her young heart discovered what manner of rogue he really was. Now, though she enjoys nothing more than getting on his last nerve, she can’t deny Max drives her to distraction—even if she tries to pretend otherwise.

...and a lord who was confounded by a lady.

Max cannot recall a time when Aurelia did not vex him. If she was not his friend’s sister, he would stay far away from the infuriating vixen. Unfortunately, they are always thrown together. At parties and family gatherings…she is always there. Infuriating him, tossing punch in his face, driving him mad...until one night, she goes too far and he retaliates in the only way he can: with a kiss that changes everything.


I was really excited for this book. I enjoyed book one in the series, A Good Debutante’s Guide to Ruin, and when it teased us with the quarreling couple of Amelia and Max (I’m a sucker for hate-love romances), and a bit of a childhood love interest trope, I was sold.

“You know what they say of enemies and lovers…” she said, looking at him archly … almost as though she could read his mind. “It’s a fine line between the two,” she elaborated.

But with a sad heart, I have to say, this book just didn’t do it for me. Usually I love good bickering and bantering but with Amelia and Max, instead of that fiery back-and-forth that amps up the romantic tension, they just spent most of the story being exceptionally cruel and insulting to each other. There was just so much hate that it overwhelm and sorta washed out the love.

And than there was such a quick turnabout. I realized that Amelia hadn’t always despise Max, and Max may have felt something for Amelia before the incident that left them loathing each other. But going from some serious hate (to a point where I wasn’t sure they could get over their issues), to being madly in love and all is happily resolved just seemed so unrealistic.

Overall, while there were some enjoyable moments, the majority was less romantic bickering and more slinging insults. It lacked the development of a heartwarming relationship that made me want to invest in Amelia and Max’s relationship. If you like more arguing and anguish with your enemies-to-lovers trope, than this still might enjoyable for you. But for those who want more heart, happiness and fun bantering will be in for a disappointment. That being said, I do enjoy Sophie Jordon’s HRs, so I’ll probably continue with the series. This book unfortunately was just kind of a mess.

{Thanks to Avon & Edelweiss for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review.


About Sophie Jordan

Sophie Jordan took her adolescent daydreaming one step further and penned her first historical romance in the back of her high school Spanish class. This passion led her to pursue a degree in English and History.

A brief stint in law school taught her that case law was not nearly as interesting as literature - teaching English seemed the natural recourse. After several years teaching high school students to love Antigone, Sophie resigned with the birth of her first child and decided it was time to pursue the long-held dream of writing.

In less than three years, her first book, Once Upon A Wedding Night, a 2006 Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Nominee for Best First Historical, hit book shelves. Her second novel, Too Wicked To Tame, released in March 2007 with a bang, landing on the USA Today Bestseller's List.



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