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  • Posted June 26, 2013

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    A Bit Confusing But A Very Unique Storyline

    A Gentleman and a Rogue is the second book in Stephanie Burkhart's Windsor Diaries series and in my opinion it's a necessity to read the books in order. I had great difficulty getting into this book as so much of the action is contingent on events that happened previously. I felt lost and overwhelmed when I first set out reading this but eventually got a greater understanding and ultimately found it to be a creative and enjoyable read. Ms. Burkhart employs numerous themes like time travel, real life historical individuals, science fiction, and steampunk in creating a fast-paced story addressing issues of today in a thoughtprovoking way.

    Queen Victoria has decreed that a contest is to determine the type of energy their society will now use as events in the previous installment have completely changed the way people live setting them on a course of destruction. Characters from the previous book return to the past, where the majority of the book takes place, from the future to set things right in a storyline that keeps your pulse and head pounding at times with its complexity. With all the scientific jargon comes a pleasant romance reuniting lovers from the previous release with the sexual tension between them still as potent.

    Edmund and Keira make a delightful couple! They're both extremely intelligent and the banter between them is fast-paced and witty. It's definitely a battle of the sexes where a HEA is their reward. With the Fate of the world hanging in the balance and with time-travel endangering the world the more it's used it's an unconventional ending that keeps you guessing until the very end. Along with a main couple that you can't help but be drawn to comes the couple from the previous release returning to offer support. Having so many brainiacs in the group makes the storyline more plausible and easier to immerse yourself in. Ms. Burkhart's talent for writing descriptive scenes and presenting the past in a lively way also help in immersing yourself in the storyline.

    Overall, despite its slow start and occasionally confusing storyline, I found myself in awe of Ms. Burkhart's talent in juggling so many different themes successfully. This story is both thoughtprovoking and emotional and keeps you guessing until the very end. The romance is at times heartbreaking yet ultimately richly rewarding in its creativity. Readers wanting a story dramatically different from what's come before will want to give this story a chance while waiting for the next installment.

    3.5 STARS!

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