The Irresistible Rogue


Bowman, Valerie; The Irresistible Rogue
Publisher: St. Martin’s Paperbacks
Publication date: 3-Nov-2015
Date Finished: 13-Apr-2016
Format: paperback
Pages: 352
Series: Playful Brides (#4)
Genres: Romance, Historical Romance, Regency
ISBN: 9781250072573
Source: library
Rating:5 star4 flames

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?  -Goodreads


J’adore this novel! It was trés fantastic!! (If you’ve read the novel, you’d recognize the french references.) I have loved all of the Playful Brides novels, but I was skeptical of this one, prior to picking it up. The first three books in the series center around a trio of best friends and since they were all married, I didn’t know who Valerie Bowman would bring into the group. Honestly, this author just keeps on getting better and better. I have loved each consecutive novel more than the last. I absolutely love the female protagonist and her opposite of tall stature, she was adorable, yet fierce, and definitely perfect for the Capitaine! I don’t know how this novel could be topped, but I eagerly await the next in the series!


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