The Dangerous Love of a Rogue
by Jane Lark
Series: Marlow Intrigue
Genre: Historical Romance, Regency
Release Date: January 29th 2015
"The game is on with Pembroke’s little sister…" Lord Drew Framlington watched Miss Mary Marlow. The woman had been warned to keep away from him, but she had a little contrary in her soul. She had not been deterred. Perhaps she had a taste for bad hidden beneath her cold denials, or a liking for naughtiness in her soul – either of which appealed.
"Stop pretending you do not like me…" Lord Framlington had urged Mary, "Stop running..." Her body urged her to as much as he did. Something pulled her towards him. Something unknown and all consuming… and yet how could she disobey her father and her brother...
I received a copy in exchange for an honest review!
What I say: I'm a big fan of Jane Lark's Marlow Intrigue series and get excited every time a new book is released. The Dangerous Love of a Rogue is the fourth book in Jane Lark's fab historical series about the loves and lives of the Marlow family. This time Lark focuses on the extremely beautiful and well behaved Mary Marlow (John, the Duke of Pembroke's half-sister from The Scandalous Love of a Duke) a she meets known rogue and impoverished playboy Lord Drew Framlington.
I really liked Mary and it was interesting to see her move from a child in previous books, to a young woman out in society. Mary has grown up in the spotlight of a large family, who are loving and extremely protective, whilst Drew has been shamed and ignored by his.
We get to see Mary grow throughout the story as she learns to appreciate what she has and to be a little less naive. What I particularly enjoyed was Mary's strength of character. She's strong, kind and never becomes bitter about anything that happens to her. Drew on the other hand is scarred by his horrible family and situation as a younger son - he needs to marry for money. I'm often put off by characters who are focused upon money, but with Drew, what he was truly looking for was love and acceptance.
One of the reasons I find this series particularly enjoyable is because of how believable Lark's characters are and the strength of her writing. The stories are never boring and the dialogue flows (which is often not the case with historical fiction). I'd like to see the series focus on Mary's brother or Drew's friends next.
4 Stars in my Sky!
Jane is a writer of authentic, passionate, and emotional Historical and New Adult Romance, and a Kindle top 25 bestselling author.
She began her first historical novel at sixteen, but a life full of adversity derailed her as she lives with the restrictions of Ankylosing Spondylitis.
When she finally completed a novel it was because she was determined not to reach forty still saying, I want to write.
Now Jane is writing a Regency series and contemporary, new adult, stories and she is thrilled to be giving her characters life in others’ imaginations at last.
You might think that Jane was inspired to write by Jane Austen, especially as she lives near Bath in the United Kingdom, but you would be wrong. Jane’s favourite author is Anya Seton, and the book which drew her into the bliss of falling into historical imagination was ‘Katherine’ a story crafted from reality.
Jane has drawn on this inspiration to discover other real-life love stories, reading memoirs and letters to capture elements of the past, and she uses them to create more realistic plots.
‘Basically I love history and I am sucker for a love story. I love the feeling of falling in love; it’s wonderful being able to do it time and time again in fiction.’
Jane is also a Chartered Member of the Institute of Personnel and Development in the United Kingdom, and uses this specialist understanding of people to bring her characters to life.
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