Review: The Irresistible Rogue by Valerie Bowman

Review: The Irresistible Rogue by Valerie BowmanThe Irresistible Rogue (Playful Brides, #4) by Valerie Bowman
Published by St. Martin's Paperbacks on November 3rd 2015
Genres: Historical, Historical Romance, Regency, Retelling, Romance
Pages: 352
Source: Edelweiss

Lady Daphne Swift comes from a family with two brothers who have proudly served the Crown. She may be a female, but she's willing to do whatever it takes to prove that she's as useful to the war effort as her brothers. She even went so far as to secretly marry a spy. The fact that she just happened to have been pining for Captain Rafe Cavendish for years didn't hurt matters. But after their first mission, when she realized their marriage had been strictly business, Daphne immediately wanted an annulment. The fiery Daphne has always been a multi-tasker and now she's hell bent on two things: finding the men who killed her brother and securing her engagement to another man to forget about Rafe forever.
As a spy for the War Office, Captain Rafferty Cavendish has been on dozens of missions. But one mission haunts him, the mission that resulted in the death of Daphne Swift's eldest brother, Donald. Rafe agreed to work with Daphne once and put her life in danger. Now he must find the men who killed Donald, avenge the family, and convince Daphne to give him one more chance. But Daphne's enlisted her other older brother, Julian, to help her get a quick and quiet annulment so that she can marry a fop who only wants her for her title and money. Can Rafe convince Daphne to give him one more chance, on the mission and with her heart?


Another lovely collection the Playful Brides series by Valerie Bowman! While it’s the fourth book in the series, you can easily read it as a standalone. This one is a historical regency of The Philadelphia Story! Featuring Daphne Swift and Captain Rafe Cavendish, there’s some loathing to lovin’ romance. Or more accurately, two people who pine for each other but refuse to admit it so instead they bicker and banter and there’s so much lovely tension.

Rafe returns back into Daphne’s life when he has a chance to exact revenge for Daphne’s brother’s Donald’s death. And he needs Daphne to do. Too bad she’s decided she’s over him and has her eyes set on a new beau. Unfortunately for Daphne, Rafe has a trump card to coerced her into helping.

Daphne is pretty awesome, she’s feisty and independent and a badass spy. Rafe, on the other hand, is stubborn yet so handsome and charming. He’s got a lot of guilt on his shoulder and I love seeing him learn to be happy again.

I love that this book is full of secrets and adventures! Together on this mission on a cramp ship with bad guys and spies and danger abound, Rafe and Daphne have to learn to trust each other while trying to hard to fight the spark between them! Might I add, I love Daphne’s little cousin (and Aunty), who make awesome, sassy, matchmakers. Overall, this was a fun and action-packed read, definitely worth checking it out if you’re a fan of regency retelling of awesome romances.

{Thanks to St. Martin’s Paperbacks & Edelweiss for the advance copy in exchange for an honest review.
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Author: Cyn

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4 Replies to “Review: The Irresistible Rogue by Valerie Bowman”

  1. Okay, Cyn – you had me with “there’s some loathing to lovin’ romance. Or more accurately, two people who pine for each other but refuse to admit it so instead they bicker and banter and there’s so much lovely tension. These are my fav types of romance. This sounds fun with the action & adventure vibe! I may have to hunt this couple down this weekend 😉

    Have a great weekend, Cyn!!

    1. Me, too! Definitely love that trope 😉 It as a fun read, hope you enjoy it when you get to it!
      Thanks for stopping by, Kim!

  2. This does sound like quite the adventure Cyn. Although ship conditions back then were scary.

    1. I would image! Thankfully they didn’t have to be on board for too long.
      Thanks for stopping by!

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