Beau Courtland has recently been saddled with the title of
viscount after his brother abdicates, however, Beau wants
nothing to do with being a viscount, and refuses to act the
part of a privileged peer. Upon meeting Emmaline, a young
dowager duchess, he becomes even more irritated when she
reveals she is to teach him to be a proper viscount. Beau
tries to avoid Emmaline, but he finds himself strangely
attracted to the beautiful widow, and when her life becomes
endangered by her step-son Beau must decide whether to use
his title to his advantage or risk losing the woman he is
coming to love.
ONE FOR THE ROGUE is the third book in Charis Michaels'
Lords of London series. After having read the first
two books, I was excited to read this story, and Michaels
did not disappoint. In fact, I can easily say ONE FOR THE
ROGUE is my favorite in the series. Beau and Emmaline are
wonderful characters, and their story kept me turning the
pages until the very end. On the one hand, Beau is a typical
romance hero; charming, handsome and heroic, however, he is
also terrified of failure, and a past mistake leaves him
vulnerable and afraid. I appreciate that his character is
well-rounded, and that he overcomes his fear and grows in
the end. Emmaline is a strong minded and independent
heroine, but she isn't afraid to ask for help, and readers
will like her right away. Beau and Emmaline are a great
match, and their romance is steamy and believable.
Some of the secondary characters readers will recognize from
past books, and I am glad Michaels connects the books in her
series. The protagonists from the first two books all make
an appearance, and of course, Lady Frinfrock as well. Lady
Frinfrock is her usual feisty, and waspish self, however, I
believe, in this story readers will really see her for what
she is: a kind and good-hearted widow. Bryson, Beau's
brother, and the hero from the second book, is a bit
self-righteous and abrasive in ONE FOR THE ROGUE. I prefer
him in his own story, The Virgin and the Viscount.
Emmaline's brother, Teddy, is a sweet addition to the
characters. The antagonist is slimy, quiet horrible and fits
perfectly into the plot. He creates a conflict that helps
the hero grow, and helps to bring about the satisfying
ending. ONE FOR THE ROGUE is Michaels' best story yet, and
romance readers won't want to miss out on this charming story.
Beauregard “Beau” Courtland has no use for the whims of
society and even less for aristocratic titles. As a younger
son, he travels the world in search of adventure with no
plans to settle down. Even when the title of Viscount
Rainsleigh is suddenly forced upon him, he will not bend to
duty or decorum. Not until an alluring young woman appears
on the deck of his houseboat, determined to teach him
propriety in all things and tempting him with every
Lady Emmaline Crumbley has had a wretched year. Her elderly
husband dropped dead without naming her in his will and
she’s been relegated to the life of a dowager duchess at the
age of 23. She has no wish to instruct a renegade viscount
in respectability, but desperate to escape her greedy
stepson, Beau’s family makes her an offer she cannot refuse:
teach the new lord to behave like a gentleman, and they’ll
help her earn the new, self-sufficient life of her dreams.
Emmaline agrees, only to discover that instructing the
viscount is one thing, but resisting him is quite another.
How can she teach manners to the rakish nobleman if he is
determined to show her the thrill of scandal instead?