"Wonderful installment in the fake relationship category!!"
Reviewed by Jessica Grogan
Posted July 28, 2023
Lorcan St. Leger is a man who clawed his way up from St. Giles to become an infamous privateer. On the eve of a massive storm, he reluctantly rescues Lady Daphne Worth as she makes an escape out of a window. Together, they make their way to the Grand Palace on the Thames and must post as a husband and wife for the duration of the storm in order to secure a room. As the storm rages, they begin to develop feelings for each other.
I gave HOW TO TAME A WILD ROGUE five stars on Goodreads because I absolutely loved it! With a unique hero, a tough but sweet heroine, a slow-burn romance, and wonderful side characters, this is a great read.
Lorcan is somewhat of a beastly character in that he has a scar across his face and is at first very reluctant to rescue Daphne. I love heroes like this and it makes when they fall in love that much better. He’s also a former pirate, and it’s always nice to read a historical romance where the hero is something other than a lord. Even though he had a rough life, he was so gentle and caring with Daphne. I absolutely melted when he confessed his love to her.
Watching Daphne discover who she is as a person was a joy. After living her life taking care of her father and brothers and putting herself last, it was nice to see her learn how to stand up for herself and learn to say no. I also loved that she was such a strong woman and treated everyone around her with kindness.
I would call this a slow-burn romance as the attraction between Daphne and Lorcan takes a while to really start simmering. But once it got going in that respect, it was hot.
I adored the side characters (many from previous books) comprised of the residents of the Grand Palace on the Thames. They provide a little bit of comic relief and help move the plot along.
Julie Anne Long’s HOW TO TAME A WILD ROGUE is a great addition to her Palace of Rogues series with its great characters and slow-burn romance. Can’t wait for the next title from her!
"I am in awe of her talent."— Julia Quinn
In USA Today bestselling author Julie Anne Long’s thrilling new romance in the Palace of Rogues series, an infamous privateer’s limits are put to the test when he’s trapped during a raging tempest with a prickly female at the Grand Palace on the Thames.
He clawed his way up from the gutters of St. Giles to the top of a shadowy empire. Feared and fearsome, battered and brilliant, nothing shocks Lorcan St. Leger—not even the discovery of an aristocratic woman escaping out a window near the London docks on the eve of the storm of the decade. They find shelter at a boarding house called the Grand Palace on the Thames—only to find greater dangers await inside.
Desperate, destitute, and jilted, Lady Daphne Worth knows the clock is ticking on her last chance to save herself and her family: an offer of a loveless marriage. But while the storm rages and roads flood, she and the rogue who rescued her must pose as husband and wife in order to share the only available suite.
Crackling enmity gives way to incendiary desire—and certain heartbreak: Lorcan is everything she never dreamed she’d wanted, but he can never be what she needs. But risk is child’s play to St. Leger. And if the stakes are a lifetime of loving and being loved by Daphne, he’ll move any mountain, confront any old nemesis, to turn “never” into forever.
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