There was once a lady who loathed a lord…
Lady Aurelia hasn’t always hated Max, Viscount Camden, her brother’s best friend. In fact, as a besotted girl, she thrived under his kind attention – sure that he was the most noble and handsome man in the land. Until her young heart discovered what manner of rogue he really was. Now, though she enjoys nothing more than getting on his last nerve, she can’t deny Max drives her to distraction—even if she tries to pretend otherwise.
…and a lord who was confounded by a lady.
Max cannot recall a time when Aurelia did not vex him. If she was not his friend’s sister, he would stay far away from the infuriating vixen. Unfortunately, they are always thrown together. At parties and family gatherings…she is always there. Infuriating him, tossing punch in his face, driving him mad…until one night, she goes too far and he retaliates in the only way he can: with a kiss that changes everything.
Mild Spoilers Ahead!
A fast paced, character driven story with elements that will make your blood boil!
Aurelia is a bold, strong and wild heroine who doesn’t miss a chance to tease ou hero, Max, whenever they see each other. Max runs away from all that is proper: love, marriage and children, leading a scandalous life as the most famous rake between the women.
“She might be in trouble. It’s just a feeling I have. Call it intuition.” With Aurelia, that was a very real possibility.
They basically have been raised together, which was when Aurelia developed a crush on him – until an accident happens that changes their relationship from friends to enemies. Now they’re constantly seen arguing and teasing one another. As one of the characters mentions: there’s a fine line between love and hate. Lady Aurelia, however, has a secret she love to draw caricatures and “let” them be found all around town.
Now her sketches appeared all over London. They turned up at balls, the opera, the dressmaker’s shop. She deliberately deposited them in the most public place. For the edification and titillation of the ton.
I very much enjoyed this enemy to lovers story. The heroine captivated me and was able to deeply connect with her. Max, on the other hand, had some actions towards Aurelia that I wouldn’t forgive as easily as she did. I missed some more actual romance, since it was rushed in the end and I wanted to savor it more. Too much fighting and not enough time to develop how they worked together actually loving one another.
“Something tells me I’ll be inclined whenever you are.” That chuckle again, deep and dark, rolled over her. “Just crook your finger. I’ll come running.”
I didn’t read the first book in the series but that didn’t disturb my reading, I consider you can read All the Ways to Ruin a Rogue as a stand alone. It left me curious to read the previous novel and other books by Sophie Jordan!
I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book.