Monday, December 9, 2013

{Romance Novella Minute Review} Reforming the Rogue by Donna Lea Simpson

{Romance Novella Minute Review} Reforming the Rogue by Donna Lea Simpson

From the author of A Rogue’s Rescue comes another Classic Regency Romance novella celebrating the witty and romantic world first introduced by Jane Austen.

With nowhere else to go, penniless Linnet Pelham is forced to take refuge with her sister in London, only to learn that her sister’s betrothal to Lord Cairngrove is the scandal of the ton. Never one to shy away from an unpleasant situation and convinced of the couple’s devotion, Linnet is determined to see them wed, if only she can persuade Cairngrove’s brother, Nic Barton.

Nic, a notorious rogue who is all too aware of his dashing good looks, is dead set on preventing his brother’s marriage. Even as he schemes to frighten Linnet’s sister into walking away from the engagement, he sets his sights on seducing the lovely Linnet with whispered promises of lessons in love.

But Linnet has a few lessons of her own to teach, and as the two match wits and spar over their siblings’ fate, the undeniable passion growing between them might force them both to learn the meaning of true love.

This novella was originally published under the title “Love Lessons." (Blurb via Goodreads)
{Details} ebook, 82 pages. Published September 15th 2013 by Beyond the Page Publishing. Source: Netgalley in exchange for an honest review
{Rating} 3/5
"You cannot marry your whore, Cedric." (page 1, line 1)
There definitely were elements of Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice, Nic's misconceptions about Linnet, Nic trying to interfere with a relationship, dislike at first sight, reluctant affection.  There wasn't a whole lot of emotional development, nor was there time for much as Nic and Linnet spent as much time involved in their respective siblings' relationship as they did in their own. But we do get not just one, but two happy endings.

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