Review: The Rogue’s Proposal by Jennifer Haymore

The Rogue's Proposal - Jennifer HaymorePublisher: Forever (November 19th 2013)
Paperback: 368 pages
Series: House of Trent #2
Source: Forever Romance
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Rating: 4 of 5 stars

Lord Lukas Hawkins, the rakish second son of the House of Trent, has never found a wager he couldn’t win or a woman he couldn’t seduce—until his search for his missing mother leads him to a mysterious encounter with a beautiful stranger.

Luke’s mother has been missing for months, and while his honorable older brother Simon, Duke of Trent, leads the official investigation from London, Luke sets out on a somewhat seedier path. Sources have told him his mother was last seen with a scoundrel named Roger Morton, but their association isn’t clear. Was she kidnapped or did she go willingly?

While searching for Morton, Luke meets Emma Anderson, a secretive beauty with her own reasons for hunting Morton. At first Luke laughs at the idea of allowing a woman to join him in his search, but soon Emma’s insights into Morton—like the woman herself—prove impossible to resist.

Review:

This was my first introduction to Jennifer Haymore and I was not disappointed. The Rogue’s Proposal was a pretty easy, enjoyable, and steamy read. It had tons of my favourite little romance tropes without things getting overbearing, the couple, Luke and Emma were cute together, and the mystery plot was interesting. Here are a few of my favourite things the things/tropes I liked about this book.

1. The Proposition: I always love a good proposition, especially the romantic sort, because someone always ends up eating their words. Emma proposes to Luke that they work together, guidelines are set out but of course rules are meant to be broken.

2. The devilish rogue, who’s actually the tortured hero with  a heart of gold: That would be Luke. He acts the rake but it’s all to mask a pretty crappy (ie. horrible) childhood. He’s actually a pretty good guy, especially with Emma.

3. The sensible heroine: That would be Emma. I like Emma because she is sweet, sensible and very loyal. I love that she stands up for Luke. 

4. Interesting mystery plot (to go with the romance): Luke and Emma are both looking for the scoundrel Roger Morton so they team up! Not bad twist and turns throughout.

5. (historical) Road trip! I always love road trips and with this one, it forces Luke and Emma to be together, which gives  us lots of sweet and steamy moments (with some kink, yes, historical kink).

5. The teeny-tiny misunderstanding that leads to some good ol’ realization (and groveling): Usually I hate misunderstandings because they can drag on for ages even though it all can be fixed by simple talking or just not being such a stubborn butt. The Rogue’s Proposal however gives us just enough for Luke to realize he’s being a dumbass and go win Emma back!

6. The some-what overly-dramatic incident that’s suddenly life-changing but just a touch: Can’t go into details because spoilers. But same as above, when it’s in small dose and it plausible, I’m much more likely to let things gloss over and simply enjoy.

7. My favourite quote:

“I require a pint of red paint, I believe,” Luke muttered.

Emma turned to him, wide-eyed. “What on earth for?”

“So I can write ‘Property of Lord Lukas Hawkins. Anyone caught staring will be immediately throttled’ on your forehead”

While, I think people shouldn’t treat people as property, it’s obvious Luke is head-over-heels in love with Emma, even if he doesn’t know it yet. It always cracks me up a bit when the hero thinks he’s above falling in love.Because we all know what’s coming. There’s no resisting.

I just had one general complaint: the story kind of dragged and lost it’s momentum in the middle. It wasn’t  necessarily bad, since it gave us more Luke and Emma time but on the other hand, the actually story kind of got put on hold.

Overall though, the book was a fun and easy read. I really enjoyed Luke and Emma together and the mystery providing a good backdrop for their story. I will definitely be checking out more this series and more Jennifer Haymore.

{*Thank to Forever for the ARC in exchange for the an honest review.

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Author: Cyn

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  1. I love it when I discover a new author that is fantastic. 🙂

    1. It was definitely a nice discover!

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