• A Rogue of One's Own

  • A League of Extraordinary Women, Book 2
  • By: Evie Dunmore
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Jasicki
  • Length: 16 hrs and 2 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (467 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

"Rich with subplot, historical detail, and beautifully descriptive writing that keeps the pages turning until the delightfully unconventional happy ending." (NPRAn Indie Next/LibraryReads pick!)

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A lady must have money and an army of her own if she is to win a revolution - but first, she must pit her wits against the wiles of an irresistible rogue bent on wrecking her plans...and her heart.

Lady Lucie is fuming. She and her band of Oxford suffragists have finally scraped together enough capital to control one of London’s major publishing houses, with one purpose: To use it in a coup against Parliament. But who could have predicted that the one person standing between her and success is her old nemesis and London’s undisputed lord of sin, Lord Ballentine? Or that he would be willing to hand over the reins for an outrageous price - a night in her bed?

Lucie tempts Tristan like no other woman, burning him up with her fierceness and determination every time they clash. But as their battle of wills and words fans the flames of long-smoldering devotion, the silver-tongued seducer runs the risk of becoming caught in his own snare. 

As Lucie tries to out-maneuver Tristan in the boardroom and the bedchamber, she soon discovers there’s truth in what the poets say: All is fair in love and war....

©2020 Evie Dunmore (P)2020 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

“Miss Dunmore is a literary force to be reckoned with. She’s single handedly forging a new historical romance era and I am here. For. It.” (Rachel Van Dyken, number one New York Times best-selling author)

“A swoonworthy romance fueled by electric chemistry.” (Chanel Cleeton, New York Times best-selling author) 

"There are few things I love more than a committed rogue...and better yet, his delicious comeuppance at the hands of the only woman who could ever possibly tame him! What a marvelous ride!" (Megan Crane, USA Today best-selling author) 

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Irresistible — Prize Worthy

*** I don’t *think* this has spoilers but I also don’t hide from the love story so be forewarned. Also, I’m going to gush like I haven’t in a long time. ***

I greatly enjoyed Dunmore’s “first” book, Bringing Down the Duke; now this offering makes me a solid fan. Warning, don’t go to bed with it on a week night!

First the history. I love learning of suffragettes from before the 20th century in the form of a highly entertaining story. The history, the efforts, the law. The letters from married women slayed me. My anger at the Married Women’s Property act! (Texas at least got that one right). I loved all the carefully woven in details. It’s a great time to remember progress.

Rogue is a hit burn even without all those layers, though. One can read it for the aching romance alone. Tristan’s steady ardor, his well fleshed out character, everything pointing him to Lucy, always Lucy. Won’t she ever figure it out? And goodness, his childhood. I can imagine it all too well. What a great character.

And Lucy, “the shrew?” Is this the taming of the shrew? No indeed. It’s not a taming. It’s a page-turner about a woman of passion, many passions, including the passion to end the suffering of her mothers and sisters, and also, eventually, consuming passion for the man who wants so more from life.

Societal rules still keep women in their places. I’m so lucky to have my own Tristan, who sees, listens, and takes up his sword, who—better yet—guards that I may do so.

Now, I come to this strange feeling I had the entire time reading this book. I feel I already know this author. She’s a well practiced pen, not at the beginning of her career but well into the height of it. Evie Dunmore—who are you? Whoever, brava. It’s a rare pen that can be witty, seductive, and tell a story so fully realized without wasting words.

Also the narration. Top notch. I do happen to know who the narrator is, despite the different name, which I get as I’ve heard her in a different sub-genre of historical fiction. I know her voice, without doubt. One of the best, and that is why I say—you’ll miss out if you don’t listen to this fantastic offering. The whole thing should win a damned prize.

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Had to return.

Maybe the book improves with another few hours, but with the monotone narration and the slow story, I could not finish.

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Not as good as Bringing Down the Duke

I bought this because I absolutely loved Dunmore's first book, Bringing Down the Duke. This book was tedious by comparison. The heroine is Lucy, the lady who heads up the suffragette movement (she is also in Bringing Down the Duke as a side character). But Lucy is not really likeable. This might have been because the narrator made Lucy's voice sound really harsh and angry all the time, like a stern schoolteacher snapping at everyone with a short temper. The hero, Tristan, has no distinguishing character traits that I can discern. He's just a bland hunk man. And he gets Lucy into bed by offering her a financial reward in the form of shares in a publishing house - therefor turning our supposedly super-feminist heroine into a sort of prostitute from the get-go. I found nothing fun or romantic about this book. I would skip it.

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Wow! Much better than I expected!

Loved book one but I wasn’t sure about an entire book about Lucy’s character. I am so glad I gave it a shot. What a great story! Be fore warned, if historical romance is your thing, you are going to get sucked in and not want to stop listening. Sleep deprivation is likely. Loved the build up of the relationship of Lucy and Tristan. You have to be open to a non-traditional romance for this one - but it is so good! Hoping for a few more books in this series and more by this author. Totally worth a credit! Narrator was great too.

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Strong brave woman entrenched with fact and HEA

I loved the main characters. I appreciate so much more what women have done so that I am a free and liberated woman today. Real women like portrayed in this book are brave as any soldier or underdog that have come out victorious in the face of great opposition. But, here we get to see the other side as men that respect their women so much they are willing to move heaven and earth for them. I can’t wait until the next book in the series!

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Fantastic

Great romance with excellent historical setting and detail. Superb narration. Cannot wait for next in series!!

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Slow start, Interesting finish

The heroine and hero are two very complicated people shaped significantly by their cold and, in the hero’s case, brutal fathers and ineffectual mothers. As a result of their brokenness, the H and h are often hard to like. Both characters do stretch and grow throughout the book, though.

The book is beautifully written, and I loved the dialogue. Unfortunately, it took entirely too long for the hero and heroine to come together, and I don’t mean sexually. If I had been reading rather than listening, I would have employed some serious skimming in the first half of the book.

I did not read the first book before this one, so I have no sense of how the women’s friendship was developed there, but I was disappointed in how little support the heroine had from her friends in this book. They were close, obviously, but there was something that felt a little cold and distant about them, especially Annabelle. I disliked how she allowed her husband, the Duke, to condescend to Lady Lucie. He presented as the exact sort of benevolent tyrant that necessitates equality of the sexes to be absolute and codified rather than bestowed upon women randomly through husbands who carry affection and concern for their wives or close relatives only.

The HEA is unique, and I appreciate it from the standpoint of the heroine’s fight for freedom, but from the perspective of a love story, it falls short. Love is a leap of faith and requires sacrifice and compromise, something the hero actually ends up understanding more than the heroine in the end.

I very much wanted the H and h’s families to suffer. We don’t see a comeuppance in this story. Pity that.

As for the narrator, she was pleasant, but I had to turn the speed up twice.

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Absolutely Astounding

A startlingly beautiful romance set in Victorian England at a time when expansion of the Empire was paramount and all of a woman's property, because of The Married Women's Property Act, became her husband's upon marriage. That Lucy and Tristan triumph in spite of conniving relatives and their own foibles is incredibly satisfying. This is the second book in Evie Dunmore's "A League of Extraordinary Women" series and the first book is also amazing. Extraordinary is a word I'd like to use for the narrator. Elizabeth Jasicki is just simply wonderful!

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Liked the story, didn't hold my interest

Took a while to finish. Liked the story, just kept getting distracted and needed to rewind multiple times.

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Loved it!

This is a favorite series of mine. I love the plots, the themes of the books, the Romance and the reader does a wonderful job. I highly recommend it!