Review: A Rogue of Her Own by Grace Burrowes

Posted March 27, 2018 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 29 Comments

Review: A Rogue of Her Own by Grace Burrowes
A Rogue of Her Own

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Series: Windham Brides #4
Genres: Historical Romance
Published by Forever
Released on March 6, 2018
Pages: 416
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley

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The Delight

The last and most stubborn and feisty of the Windham sisters gets her book and laudy was it a slow burn, gently-paced hard fought one when she is paired with a strong-willed, opinionated man not of her class.  Sherbourne and Charlotte were quite the match and I enjoyed seeing them realize that they were equals, partners, and just right.

Review

A Rogue of Her Own is the fourth book in the Windham Brides series.  It would do alright standalone, but it works better having read at least the previous book, No Other Duke Will Do, when the romance pair first encounter one another along with the other prominent characters.

I enjoyed Sherbourne from the previous book.  He was the villain character in that one, but he wasn’t really a villain so much as a man who had been subject to the snubs and bullying that the upper class could give one who was not one of their own.  He has no concept of family and only knows how to stand alone for himself.  He has money, but not birth and status so he was treated poorly when he was sent for an education among the sons of the aristocracy and when he is forced to mingle with them because of his wealth.  Charlotte catches his eye, but he is wary of this attraction even while he can’t resist.  Can he get past feeling threatened and mistrustful of her class to accepting her brilliant mind and open his heart?

Charlotte on the other hand is acerbic and stubborn in her own right.  She says the most shocking things which made it fun particularly when she was bantering with Sherbourne.  Her high intelligence and sense of self-worth makes her convinced that it is best to remain her own person and not at the whim of a husband who would attempt to curtail her.  Yet, she knows with her family making her their project as the last unwed Windham and societal expectation because of her connections that she will continue to be hounded if she doesn’t do something soon- like scandal… or, better yet, a scandalous marriage made in the form of a business proposition.

So, between a class difference and a marriage of convenience and a male character I really liked, I knew I’d enjoy this mild-mannered story and I did.  Charlotte got on my nerves a little, but then she grew on me.  This pair learned to understand each other by working together on a shared project.  I was glad to have Elizabeth and Haverton still strong in this one, too.

All in all, this one wrapped up the series nicely and gave me a gently-paced, steadily developed historical romance that I loved.  I recommend this series, but would suggest the reader start with the earlier Windham series and then go into the Windham Brides to get the most out of it.

I rec’d this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.

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Romance Roundabout #92 HR
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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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  • uh, I first read it as a rogue on her own, I was slightly disappointed by the ‘of’ later.. meh would have liked it if she’s the rogue

    • Well, really she is the way she goes about picking her own husband from another class and he hates her family. So, you could leave the ‘of’ out. 🙂

  • Debbie Haupt

    I wish I liked Historical romance better because some of these looks so good. I like some historical literary fiction and historical romance from WWI or WWII but any further back and the heroines tend to get younger and younger. Great review Sophia Rose

    • This is true. I never really thought about it, but its true. Many are young ones. 🙂 Maybe we should do a list for a discussion posts of mature aged heroines in historicals. I’ll have to think on that one, Debbie. 🙂

      • Debbie Haupt

        That would be fantastic. I know Amanda Quick has some heroine’s who’ve been around the block but I’d love to know some others too!

        • I’ll have a slim list, but I’ll encourage visitors to add theirs so we get a good one. 🙂

  • Karen

    I have a few of her books on my shelf. I’ve heard so many great things about her books.

    Karen @ For What It’s Worth

    • For the most part, I love her stuff. There were a few misses along the way, but she does a great job with historical elements and engaging characters. 🙂

  • You know, I am not sure if I had read anything by this author. I like the premise of this book. I love strong female characters that are witty and can banter. I totally would start with the first in the series. I hate feeling like I am missing backstory, it’s a bit of a pet peeve in a book. Great review!

    • I know the feeling. I hate the sense that I’m missing out. This series is actually a spin-off of an older series, The Windhams, about the older cousins of these sisters. The other branch of the family are still involved in this Windham Brides series so maybe start there. 🙂

  • Sherbourne and Charlotte sound like a couple I would enjoy following. But poor Sherborne, to be treated by society that way. The romance sounds wonderful. Great review!

    • It had vibes of Gaskell’s classic, North and South, with the class differences and how people regarded each other. I loved it. Hope you get the opportunity, Jenea!

  • it’s an author I heard a lot about this author but I don’t think I’ve ever tried her books

    • Yes, she’s been around for a while. I’ve enjoyed her way of writing historicals. 🙂

  • I love marriage of convenience trope and the hero has me curious.

    • He was not the working class made-man hero and he had a strong personality. I liked it for this heroine who needed someone just as strong and contrary to match her. 🙂

  • Sounds good. I always enjoy good banter.

    • You have definitely come to the right place with this one. Charlotte and Sherborne started off with the witty exchanges and never stopped. 🙂

  • They seem like a fun couple to read about with their banter. The marriage of convenience books I read so far were fun ones and it seems like it works well in this story. Both characters sound intriguing too. Sounds like a fun historical romance series!

    • It was one where, as the reader, I could see from the beginning that they were perfect together. They had an easy banter from the start, but kept letting their class differences and their suspicions to get in their way. I had a good time watching them start to trust and think of something special together.

  • I haven’t tried this author yet….looks like a great starting point?

    • She’s written some good ones. For this series, if you’re really ambitious about reading in order, start with the older The Windham’s series with The Heir. However, if you want to read Charlotte and Sherborne, go with the one right before this one, No Other Duke Will Do. 🙂

      • Thanks will keep her in mind when looking for a new read 🙂 I’m always a bit reluctant with trying the newer romance authors as I sometimes feel the writing is just not as good as it used to be!

        • I am one who is reluctant to hunt down new to me authors as well. GB has been writing for many years though I will confess that some of her books have been hit or miss for me. That said, some are among my favorite HR reads. 🙂 The Captive and The Duke’s Disaster were two of my favorites.

  • I started back reading historical romances this year or late last year,after not reading them for years-except for one favorite author-so now all these authors are new to me. I am listening to one right now that I am loving and have bought quite a few to listen to as well as read-hopefully I got some good ones. This one sounds really good too.Hmm, I wonder if any of these are in the Audible romance package…Thanks for sharing.

    • A couple years ago, for Anna’s New to Me challenge, I picked up lots of HR from new to me authors to see if I could find some new ones and their series to enjoy. It was a hit and miss experiment. I mostly found the new ones I tried meh for various reasons and ended up going back to my old favorites. Grace Burrowes’ books are part of my staple list, but I’ve found a few of hers iffy. For the most part, I do love her books though I still have a long list of her older ones I haven’t tried. I think this one is the first series of hers I’ve read all of them. 🙂

      Hope your audio package does let you try some of her books.

      • I went and got The Heir on Audible. Hope it’s a good one!

        • That’s her first book and also the first one of the original series this one is based on. It will feel a bit like a first book, but a solid HR. Crossing my fingers that you like it. 🙂

  • Whew! No pressure, then. One of these days I might get that package since so many are enjoying it.