A trip abroad with her aunt is just what Georgiana Lockewood needs to forget her failed engagement. But her guardian brother insists Jack, his childhood friend, accompany them for protection. She enjoys renewing their friendship, but new emotions stir to make Georgiana question her resolve to remain single and independent. His parent’s destructive marriage and a bitter grandfather have hardened Jack Waverly’s heart. He vows to remain a bachelor and never give up fighting or gambling. But that was before his trip to France. Mischievous Georgiana has grown up and is turning heads of various suitors. Jack has promised to protect her from all the men vying for her attention, but could he be the biggest threat?
Publisher and Release Date: The Wild Rose Press, April 2014
Time and Setting: England and France, 1800s
Genre: Historical Romance
Reviewer Rating: 4 Stars
Review by Natalie
Georgiana Lockwood has a problem – an over-bearing older brother who wants to marry her off. Her brother, Jonathon, loves his little sister but after an ill-fated engagement that almost destroyed her reputation two years earlier he wants to see her settled in a safe, respectable marriage; hopefully one that is advantageous for his business dealings to boot. Georgie doesn’t exactly relish the idea of being told how to act and what to think – and she longs for at least one adventure before being forced into marital bliss. Georgie has a plan. Having spent the season with her slightly naïve guardian Aunt Adele she convinces the older woman to take her on a trip to France. Her brother would feel better about the whole ordeal if a trust-worthy man were to accompany their party; luckily his old boyhood friend Jack Waverly fits the bill perfectly.
Jack is a prizefighting man about town who isn’t about to fall in love with anyone. His parents’ ill-fated union and his grandfather’s animosity have colored Jack’s youth and now the young man only wants to have fun in the arms of fair maidens across Europe. Jack and Georgie are immediately taken with each other, but neither knows exactly what to do with their growing attachment. While Georgie is surprised to find that the dashing youth of her girlhood fancies has turned into the man of her dreams, Jack must come to terms with the realization that the love he always had for Georgie has blossomed, just as she has.
Thanks to their playful banter, the chemistry between the pair is obvious and Anna Small turns the sexual tension up between these two characters with every moment they spend together. Jack and Georgie’s relationship grows as the two characters learn to deal with their own trust issues and misgivings. Ms Small brilliantly weaves in flashbacks to their childhood friendship as well as finding ways to highlight a friendship between Jonathon and Jack built on brotherly love and loyalty.
How to Marry a Rogue is a smart, funny historical romance. I do wish that Jack and Georgie had been able to come to terms with the love behind their mutual attraction a little sooner but all in all it’s an excellent read and I couldn’t put it down!