The Virgin and the Rogue The Virgin and the Rogue on April 28, 2020
Pages: 368
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four-half-stars

Continuing her bestselling Rogue Files series, Sophie Jordan brews up a scintillating romance about a timid wallflower who discovers a love potion and ends up falling for a dashing rogue.

A love potion…

Charlotte Langley has always been the prudent middle sister, so her family is not surprised when she makes the safe choice and agrees to wed her childhood sweetheart. But when she finds herself under the weather and drinks a “healing” tonic, the potion provokes the most maddening desire... for someone other than her betrothed.

With the power…

Kingston’s rakehell ways are going to destroy him, and he’s vowed to change. His stepbrother’s remote estate is just the place for a reformed rogue to hide. The last thing he wants is to be surrounded by society, but when he gets stuck alone with a wallflower who is already betrothed... and she astonishes him with a fiery kiss, he forgets all about hiding.

To alter two destinies.

Although Charlotte appears meek, Kingston soon discovers there’s a vixen inside, yearning to break free. Unable to forget their illicit moment of passion, Kingston vows to relive the encounter, but Charlotte has sworn it will never happen again—no matter how earth-shattering it was. But will a devilish rogue tempt her to risk everything for a chance at true love?

That cover! Heart eyes. All the heart eyes!

Charlotte Langley is the boring daughter in her family. Or so she says. And she’s been engaged since forever to her neighbor, an also boring person. She feels they’ll be perfect for each other in their boringness. The only problem is his mother. She’s awful. She’s pushy and demanding, and her son doesn’t seem to care. Charlotte just assumes that when they get married, there will be some distance between them, but he’s a mama’s boy and he definitely doesn’t share that plan. Although she doesn’t realize that right away.

Kingston is stopping by his stepbrother’s house for a couple of days while he figures out what he’s going to do with his life. However he and his stepbrother never really got along. But his stepbrother is married now (to Charlotte’s sister), and seems to have changed. Maybe it’s not too late for the two of them…

Charlotte’s sister Nora has been experimenting with herbs to help with Charlotte’s debilitating cramps each month. This month she’s tweaked it a bit. Unfortunately, she basically dosed Charlotte with an aphrodisiac. Luckily Kingston is in the hallway at the same time as Charlotte. He’s just trying to help her back to her room but she winds up writhing on him in lust. She doesn’t realize what’s happening, doesn’t even knowing what she wants. but he does, and he allows her use of his, er person 😉

I think Kingston fell in love with her instantly but Charlotte blamed their attraction on her sister’s love potion. She was still planning her passionless marriage, and although Kingston couldn’t admit why, he knew he had to prove to her why this was a terrible idea. Meanwhile, Charlotte still felt she was under the effects of her sister’s tincture, not realizing she was just really really attracted to Kingston.

This book was so much fun. I really enjoyed it, and I Kingston did a couple of things that made me love him so much. He stood up for Charlotte. I think it was handled well and I wish we saw that more often. I think that scene was my favorite. He knew her better after a couple of weeks than her fiance did after a lifetime. I think that Charlotte knew that too, she just didn’t know what to do about it. And when Charlotte finally broke off her engagement, I was actually left a bit unsatisfied. Remember how awful her fiance William’s mother was? Well, she was just extra cruel. And (this is my personal nitpick, so don’t let it bug you) it honestly bugged me that she never got her comeuppance. I like to think that Charlotte living happily ever after is enough. William’s ending, however, was satisfying and surprising.

Charlotte and Kingston absolutely get their happy ending and I loved it. This is Sophie Jordan at her best. Fun, witty, sexy, and so romantic.

You can read this as a standalone book.

***Review copy courtesy of Avon Books

four-half-stars