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Never Trust a Rogue by Olivia Drake

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Cover art: Never Trust a Rogue Reviewer: Robyn Roberts
Title: Never Trust a Rogue - 2nd in the Heiress of London series
Author: Olivia Drake
Publisher: St. Martin's
ISBN-13: 978-0-312-94346-2
Release Date: August 2010
Genre/Sub-genre: Historical Romance
Year/Setting: London
Overall Rating: 4.0
Sexual Content Rating: Sensual
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None
Violent Content Rating: Negligible
Olivia's Website/Blog: www.oliviadrake.com


Lindsey Crompton may be the wealthiest heiress of the season, but she’d rather spend her days sleuthing than stuck in social engagements. In fact, she’d rather forego the season all together and not even marry. What husband would let her sneak around doing detective work? But when she meets Thane Parker, the Earl of Mansfield, her head it a bit turned from her detective work. With a murderer on the loose, she can’t afford to have her head turned. When she sneaks into his house to see what his connection is to the murders, she gets caught and he blackmails her into an engagement.

Thane is actually working with the Bow Street Runners trying to help them solve the mystery of who is the serial killer. He is concerned that one of Lindsey’s suitors could be the serial killer. While their engagement might be a ruse, the passion flaring between them is very real. Will Lindsey ever stop suspecting Thane long enough to allow the passion to blossom between them? Or will she forever hold him at arms length while she tries to prove—one way or the other—that he is or is not the serial killer.

An engaging romance is found between the covers of this book with enough mystery and suspense to satisfy cozy mystery lovers. I was enchanted by Lindsey from the beginning of this story and loved her throughout the book. She is smart and clever…even though Thane finds her out when she is sneaking around his house. She puts together clues that only he had caught and proves her value as a detective on several occasions.

Thane is an enigma. He seems to be a reckless rake with nothing but women and gambling on his mind. A war hero trying to fit back into society, he puts out a public persona who is really a far cry from who he really is. We get to see a very compassionate and sensitive side to him in keeping a promise to a friend. At first, he seemed like a really decent guy, but some events transpired that made me doubt his sincerity. I’m happy to say he was redeemed by the end of the story.

I found Never Trust a Rogue to be a complete diversion from reality. I was totally caught up in the story and transported away from my reality while reading it. While this book stood on its own, I am interested in reading the first and third books to see what happens with the other sisters.

Robyn

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