Too Dangerous For a Lady by Jo Beverley #Review

Too Dangerous For a Lady by Jo Beverley #ReviewToo Dangerous For a Lady by Jo Beverley

Series: #16 Company of Rogues
Genres: Historical Romance
Published by Signet on April 7, 2014
Format: Paperback
Source: Publisher
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I have followed this series for many years from the tales of the original Company of Rogues to the loosely connected honorary Rogues like this one. I had a good time with this story from the start and it just got better when I realized I was going to get a spy story- love historical spy stories, but this one came with a twist. The hero has infiltrated a dangerous bloody revolutionary group who wants to bring the guillotine and bloody Reign of Terror to England like what happened in France. Totally attention-grabbing, right? I loved the exciting plot, the engaging suspense, and the sparkling banter along with a setting and backdrop that was refreshingly unique in Historical Romance.

This one is part of a series as I mentioned above, but the author writes them so that they can be read as standalones or in a pinch, out of order. I’ve read them pretty much out of order and did alright though I imagine I would have gotten even more out of them if I’d read them in order. Oddly enough, the only one of this series I haven’t read yet is the first one. (Insert eyeroll here)

But anyway, on to the story.

The book begins with a fun, flirty and mischievous scene of an impoverished noblewoman, Lady Hermione Merrydew, on her way with the others in her family to visit a dying great-uncle hoping he’ll will his money to them. As she readies for sleep in a coaching inn along the way, her room is invaded by a man she has secretly thought about since the night of her first ball and he almost gave her a kiss. He was unforgettable and now even though she suspects he is a thief, she still wants that kiss. And then, she ends up in a dangerous adventure that leaves her a target alongside her erstwhile roguish lover.

Mark Thayne recognizes the woman who was once the girl he shared a memorable night with at a ball before he left for Spain to fight Napoleon and his army. He is still attracted to her and their long awaited kiss proves it only his life isn’t suited to romance. He must get the papers he stole to someone so that a dangerous revolutionary planning an explosion and a revolution can be stopped. He accidentally makes those after him notice Hermione and see her as a threat so now he must protect her even while trying to do his duty.

The author always manages to write a good adventuresome tale that balances neatly the romance and a swirl of activity around it. The pace was good though I admit to wanting it to hustle up a few times in the middle. I liked the attention to detail from the social unrest, to the scientific bits about the bombmaking, and even the medical advancements of the times. The author included a note about the research she did and that the background of the story is based on some similar historical circumstances which I thought was a nice extra.

The characters were fleshed out nicely and I enjoyed both Hermione and Mark. They took turns narrating most of the story and their personalities were evident in the different styles of thinking. Hermione is the more prominent and the author spends more time on her. She struggles with having always been a person of noble stature without any money to support it and her family being almost a joke to others of their class and she likes to think of herself as sensible even though she has a romantic flare for adventure. Mark is also a product of his upbringing. He cares deeply about his work because his French aristocratic mother was a survivor of the Reign of Terror and all her relations were killed. The experience left her messed up and Mark will do anything to keep history from repeating itself on English soil. He has never lived a normal life and worries that even though he loves Hermione that he won’t be able to settle down when his last mission is complete. But if anyone can tempt him from his dangerous life, its Hermione. These two are a passionate pair and combust anytime they are near one another.

The secondary characters like Hermione’s Great-Uncle, Mark’s friend, Braydon, and the others were very present and welcome. I loved the side stories going on there and I look forward to Braydon’s story in the next book. His need for excitement rivals that of any of the regular Rogues. Speaking of…they do appear in the story though mostly Hawk, Nicholas, Arden, and Beth. I always get ready for some action and mischief when the Rogues appear and it’s neat how they all stick together and help each other. It was humorous how Hermione and then Mark reacted to the Rogues brand of ‘help’.

Another enjoyable installment to the Company of Rogues series that I happily recommend to historical romance fans who like a bit of action and a touch of spice to their stories.

My thanks to Penguin Group for the opportunity to read this one in exchange for an honest review.

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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.
  • Off with his head !!! Sorry, I got a bit carried away for a minute 😉 I suppose it can be read as a standalone ? (That means your review convinced me and I will read it in due time) Or would it be best if I started… well, from the start, because the stories interweave or the series progresses ?

    • Ha, yeah! Look out, Alice, er England!

      This one would be fine as a standalone. Some of the earlier books have more connections that are best read in order. I borrowed these from the library and tried to read them in order, but ended up reading whatever was there.

      • That’s good to know 😉

  • Cool review, makes me wanna read it. This will probably sound stupid, but I dont get who the “rogue” is and why they call em a “rogue”…

    • Oh, not stupid. In this case, the Rogues are a group of men who all went to school together as boys and formed a group to protect themselves from the bullies. They made a pact to always be there for each other no matter what even if it meant less than lawful means to achieve it (roguish behavior). Each book is about a different member of this group getting his romance, but at some point getting into some sort of trouble that he has to call his friends (Company of Rogues) in to help.

      • Lol. That sounds both cute and silly. I’m gonna have to check these books out. Are these guys described as attractive or just meh?

        • Definitely not meh! Most are alphas, but there are a few cute geekish betas in the mix too.

  • This sounds like a very enjoyable adventure. I love that cover. Her dress is so pretty.

    • It was a fun adventure, Mary, and yeah, historical covers offer the most beautiful gowns.

  • Hey Sophia! I’m going to add this one to my Historical Romance shelf because I’m doing the challenge that demands that I do so. hehe Great review! It sounds like a bunch of mystery is in it. (And especially thought it was funny that one of the names of the main characters is Hermione. I didn’t think I would here her name again since Harry Potter. 🙂

    • Very nifty that this will work for your challenge. Hope you like it. This Hermione is an adventuresome gal too.

  • ooh!!! I see I need to grab this one up! I used to read this author quite a bit but haven’t read her in a couple of years, and this one sounds amazing…the plot sounds pretty thrilling and I love your review of the story…I have a feeling I would love to read it.

    • I hope you love it. I like her other series better usually, but this one with spies and Rogues made it really good.

  • I love the premise and gads now I want it..this sounds delicious Sophia!

    • Oh yeah, this one got my attention. The revolution plot and spying was cool.

  • I jumped in on this one and yep did pretty nicely with it. It was a fun read. I need to go back and pick up all the rest now. Ack but there’s a LOT of them!

    • Oh no kidding! It looks scary to see a series with that many books. I bounced around getting them as I came across them without too much trouble. I think that helped me not freak out about how many there were.

  • Lindy Gomez

    I ring the Reign of Terror such an interesting time in history! Learning about the social unrest, scientific and medical advancements at the time would make for such an entertaining read! Great Review Sophia 🙂

    Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

    • That’s what I really liked about this one. The author told a romance, but all the other stuff was just as fascinating.