DNF Review: The Irresistible Rogue by Valerie BowmanThe Irresistible Rogue by Valerie Bowman
Series: Playful Brides #4
Published by St. Martins Press on November 3, 2015
Genres: Regency Romance
Pages: 352
Format: Paperback
Source: Advance Reader Copy
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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?

I’ve been debating whether to DNF this book or not, and I finally just had to do it. This book does not stand alone. I think instead of DNF, though, I’m more, setting this one aside until I can catch up on the series.

There is a huge backstory between the hero and heroine, but I don’t know it since I didn’t read the previous book. The author gave us the abridged version, but it’s just not enough for me to like the heroine or to really to be on board with what’s going on.

Now, I stopped reading around 30% so it’s very possible that my questions are answered later, but for me, by this point, and with this much backstory, I got both confused, and frustrated.

(The heroine and hero are married from a previous assignment, and previous book, because the hero and the heroine’s family are all spies)

So instead of a DNF consider this a Will Finish Later. And once I have I’ll come back and add to this review.


***ARC courtesy of St. Martin’s Press