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A Rogue's Pleasure

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  • Posted January 4, 2011

    Exciting Read

    Recently orphaned, responsible for her brother and their financially embarrassed estate, things can't get worse - can they? Unfortunately they do and for Chelsea it's the last straw when her brother is kidnapped and she has to come up with a five hundred pound ransom.

    Reluctant to accept the Squire's offer of a loan if she will be the collateral, Chelsea takes to highway robbery - and meets Anthony Grenville, né Antonious Ignatius de la Fontaine Grenville, seventh Viscount of Montrose. Fortunately she has Jack, a faithful servant, with her. Chelsea is forced to London to either rob the rich, or see her brother die if she cannot raise the ransom. Here her path and Anthony's cross once more and both feel the strong attraction for the other.
    The barrier which stops them coming together is Anthony's fiancée. He has arranged a marriage of convenience which commits him to partnership without love. Can Chelsea and Anthony turn away from the ever increasing strength of their attraction for one another?

    I do like Regency novels. This one followed the usual pattern of man and woman unable to come together due to previous commitments. Then it took an unusual path. Several internal thoughts and hot steamy scenes brought the characters to life. No insipid Regency miss here. Chelsea proved to be a feisty young lady, willing to follow her own path to rescue her brother and stay true to her own moral code. At times she wavered, but this only made her more human.

    Anthony on the other hand, could have been a male chauvinist from the present age, with perhaps a little more "gentleman" in him. At first he was merely a product of the Regency age and his upbringing, but as he and Chelsea became closer he had to fight the urge to act on his instincts and the gentleman side of him came to the fore.

    This book is fast moving and grabs the interest. More scintillating than the average Regency novel, it has far more life and vibrancy than is usually associated with this genre. Definitely a good read if you want something a little more upbeat.

    Originally posted at The Long and Short of It Romance Reviews

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  • Posted December 16, 2010

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    Tantalizing!

    Not my typical review, but this is not my usual read. However, Hope Tarr wins me over with A Rogue's Pleasure. A Rogue's Pleasure is, and I blush when I happily admit, a newly found guilty pleasure. I've already added several more of Hope Tarr's books to my to-be-read list. When the mood strikes, I can't wait to curl up with a chunk of chocolate, a warm blanket and surrender to the historical world the author paints. I quite enjoyed the dirty side of London. The characters are engaging and I fell head over heels for Lord Grenville. If you have a soft spot for 19th century rakes, you'll lust after him too. It was a fast paced read that had me flipping pages late into the night. I was having so much fun reading that I hated to put it down. It was entertaining, enjoyable, and delightfully romantic. Viscount Grenville is the ultimate historical bad boy of London and if I had a time machine I'd jump in it and likely throw myself on his doorstep. The love scenes were delicious and hung on the edge of erotic without spilling over into vulgarity. The language was romantic, seductive and sensual without being dirty. However, for the more prudish it might be too much and if you're longing for chaste traditional sexual restraint sometimes found in the historical genre, this is not your book. What I adored about Tarr's writing was that she mingles historical adventure and period setting with romantic sensuality. For me, this is a winning and entertaining combination. I felt very attached to Chelsea and Grenville and invested in their love story. I can't wait to read another! Besides, who can resist the new smoking cover!

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  • Posted August 20, 2010

    A DELIGHTFUL HISTORICAL ROMANCE!

    A ROGUE'S PLEASURE by Hope Tarr is a delightful historical romance set in 1812 England. It is well written with the characters and plot easy to follow. The characters will steal your heart, championing their cause and wanting them to success. It has been previously published. It has sensuality, adventure, suspense, passion,deceit, desperation and a budding romance or two.The heroin, Chelsea, is beautiful, resourceful, determined, strong willed and desperate. Her beloved brother, Robert, has been kidnapped,a ransom demanded, they are impoverished after the deaths of their parents.She will resort to highway robbery and housebreaking to gain the money needed to save her brother. The hero, Lord Grenville,(Anthony), is handsome, a war hero, a Viscount,betrothed to another, and is intrigued by the lovely Chelsea,who has overtaken has carriage as a highwayman(One-Eyed Jack).He believes this highwayman to be a woman, is intrigued by her,determines to help her find her brother, and resolves to seduce her in the process. What begins as an adventure, intrigue, desperation, passion,betrayal to a betrothed turns into a love story. This is a fast paced, page turning story of love, sacrifice, and commitment. I would recommend this book especially if you enjoy a wonderful historical romance, suspense and adventure. This book was received for review from Net Galley and details can be found at Carina Press and My Book Addiction and More.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2003

    Great Story

    This story had it all: romance, sensuality, humor, adventure, you name it. Anthony and Chelsea are such likable characters and you can't help but root for them. This was definitely a great story. I highly recommend it. I think I will enjoy reading other books by this great author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2000

    A Richly Satisfying Read

    Ms. Tarr's characters come to sparkling life, dancing across the pages and into our hearts. Her feisty heroine, Chelsea, has the readers rooting for her from the first page, and her handsome rake, Anthony, is incredibly sexy, yet touchingly vulnerable. Her love scenes are erotic, yet sensual and sweet--all at the same time. I predict a brilliant future for Ms. Tarr. She's destined to be a shining star of the romance genre.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Exciting Regency romance

    In 1812 England, Chelsea Bellamy receives a ransom note informing her that an unknown assailant has kidnapped her brother and is demanding 500 pounds. However, the amount is way out of reach for Chelsea. Desperate, she decides she has two options: marriage with the despicable Squire or turning to a trade like that of a highwayman. <P>She chooses the latter, donning the garb of a highwayman. Surprisingly, she starts out reasonably successful until she robs Viscount Anthony Grenville. Anthony realizes the thief in disguise is a woman he dubs Lady Robin. When he finally captures her, she imprisons his heart. However, there remain issues between them such as his fiancee and her abducted sibling. <P>Regency romance readers will fully enjoy Hope Tarr¿s debut novel A ROGUE¿S PLEASURE. The story line is filled with action and amusing dialogue between the lead characters to lighten the tale. The intrepid Chelsea obviously takes an extreme path that requires acceptance by the audience. Anthony seems at first as the bored aristocrat common in this sub-genre, but he too has more sustenance to him. Readers will hope that Ms. Tarr will quickly follow up with her next story. <P>Harriet Klausner

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