A Gentleman and a Rogue

A Gentleman and a Rogue

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by Stephanie Burkhart
     
 

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Lady Keira Russell is destined to bring compressed natural gas to Britain. Her inner courage and mental toughness rarely falter - except when Prince Edmund Windsor is involved.

Edmund of Wales is from the future. His last jaunt through history muffed up the time line. Now, he's here to set it straight and win Keira's heart.

For Keira, if it isn't one obstacle, it

Overview

Lady Keira Russell is destined to bring compressed natural gas to Britain. Her inner courage and mental toughness rarely falter - except when Prince Edmund Windsor is involved.

Edmund of Wales is from the future. His last jaunt through history muffed up the time line. Now, he's here to set it straight and win Keira's heart.

For Keira, if it isn't one obstacle, it's another. Queen Victoria has sponsored a competition to find a cleaner fuel source than coal. Keira's father is trying to build a windmill and the Ridgecrofts are working with gasoline. Then there's Edmund, whose sensual kisses and heated stares distract her down to her bones.

Keira has a choice: trust Edmund's notorious mischief-making or put her faith in Queen Victoria to make the right decision, but if Keira makes the wrong choice, the future of Great Britain will be changed forever.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781612528151
Publisher:
Desert Breeze Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date:
11/01/2013
Pages:
200
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.46(d)

Meet the Author

Stephanie Burkhart was born in Manchester, New Hampshire. She received a B.S. in Political Science from California Baptist University in 1995. She served in U.S. Army from 1986-1997, spending seven years in Germany. Her interests include exploring European history and watching Dancing with the Stars. Stephanie lives in California and works for LAPD's Communications Division as a 911 Dispatcher. She's married with two young sons.

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A Gentleman and a Rogue 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Liz_Gavin 5 months ago
Another fast-paced time-travel romance by Ms. Buckhart ***I received a copy of this ebook in exchange for an honest review*** This is the third book in The Windsor Series that I read and I have read them out of the order they were released. However, it is possible to read them as stand-alone books, if you pick up the hints the author leaves us. For starters, I need to confess I’m a sucker for Time Travel stories (HUGE fan of Dr. Who, Back to the Future, Butterfly Effect and everything in between), a history buff, and anything steampunk makes me drool. That means I’m a kind of expert in the field and that’s why Stephanie Buckhart has become one of my favorite authors. Her writing style is flawless and in this book she has created not only an amazing collective of characters but also a much entertaining story. I mean there’s a bit of everything: romance, time travel, science and science fiction, history, iconic non-fictional characters, all connected by an engaging, fast-paced plot. Most importantly, she has created a believable storyline. I recommend A Gentleman and a Rogue for any fan of romance novel, of time travel novels, and historical fiction. I also recommend reading the whole series not because it is necessary but because you will not want to get out of this beautifully written world that Stephanie Buckhart has imagined for us.
ELF-thereadingaddict More than 1 year ago
“A Gentleman and a Rogue” by Stephanie Burkhart is Book 2 of the ‘Windsor Diaries’ series and centers around the attempts to repair the timeline after the events that took place in the first story, “A Victorian Scoundrel”. Edmund Windsor has returned to Victorian England along with his cousin Alice and her fiancé Grayson Kentfield to influence the inventions of Keira Russell. Complicating matters is the presence of two other time-travelers, each with his own agenda, plus the pull of romance as various couples pair up. The challenge of winning Queen Victoria’s approval for an alternative fuel source, deciding whether to share information or sabotage each other’s work, and minimizing the impact on the future creates a conundrum that requires each person to decide what he or she considers truly important…which may or not be compatible with the future that they envision. This inventive steampunk tale provides an intriguing look at a pivotal era of history and gives it a different twist as modern concerns are mixed with the strictures of life at that time. The pairing up and romantic entanglements are a little too contrived for me, but I was happy that the relationship between Edmund and Keira was addressed. It was interesting to see how the various energy sources were explored and the advantages and disadvantages of each were highlighted. I think that it would be difficult to read this as a stand-alone because the stories are so closely connected, and my curiosity is definitely piqued by the twists at the end of this episode in the adventures of this intrepid family. I like the glimpses of society that the story gives and the creative weaving of fact and fiction that mirrors the explosive progress that took place at this time of history. This is a fun and educational look at a pivotal point in history and I look forward to finding out how some of the dangling threads are resolved in the future…or is that in the past? A copy of this title was provided to me for review.
jojoNE More than 1 year ago
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!
JoyCagil More than 1 year ago
This book has a great storyline with excellent combination of genres. Time travel, Queen Victoria's time, 2011, parallel universes, science fiction dealing with clean energy, a romance between two people of different centuries...When you put all these aside, the dialogue and the descriptions are surprisingly clear and realistic, as well as the explanation of scientific efforts by the characters who come up with different forms of energy.  The premise of the story deals with a small group of people, mostly of British nobility, who travel from 2011 to the Victorian times to change the timeline, which has ended with petroleum as the main source of energy. On Queen Victoria's orders, different forms of energy innovations, such as wind, natural gas, and oil, are in a contest. The bulk of the story takes place in the Victorian times with time travel serving as a frame in its beginning and end. The realistic part of the premise shows the vulnerability and the power of the individuals when things are beyond their control, like falling in love. The characters show diversity and the two protagonists draw the reader into caring for them. Most of the female characters are very strong, maybe too strong for the Victorian times, but then Queen Victoria was also a strong woman. Between the male characters a slight rivalry is also alluded to; however, the author stays away from distasteful or demoralizing altercations and fights. The ending was well hidden to keep the reader guessing, even if, in the beginning of the story, one surmised the main characters would stay together somehow, because of the genre. I found this second volume in the series enlightening and enjoyable because it is a full story in itself, and a very readable book that teases the reader's imagination as it underlines the energy and clean-air problems we face today. As indicated at the end of book, the third volume of the series is in the making with another couple among its several characters of different times.
maggietoussaint More than 1 year ago
It’s the Amazing Race with energy sources in Stephanie Burkhart’s second steampunk. Alice, Grayson, and Edmond once again travel through time, from 2011 back to 1855, this time around to repair the timeline damage caused by Grayson following Alice forward from 1851. At the Queen Victoria’s behest, three teams are invited to an energy exposition of applied technology. Wind power vies against two kinds of combustion engines and two different fuels. From all indications, if the wrong energy power triumphs, the timeline is forever altered. Lady Kiera's team is the one Alice believes must win. Not only that, Grayson and Kiera must solve the technical hurdles using knowledge from their era. Meanwhile, Edmund’s determined to woo Lady Kiera back into his arms. Can this adventurer from the future find and keep a hold of the love of his life? Can they cheat time without forever altering the course of history?
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Trudi LoPreto for Readers Favorite "A Gentleman and a Rogue" by Stephanie Burkhart is a delightful historical romance. Edmund Windsor and his cousin Alice, along with Jonas Byron, return to 2011 and realize that the world is powered by gasoline and electricity instead of the better choice of compressed natural gas. They use a time machine to travel back again to 1855 in an effort to set the time line right. They are faced with romantic, ethical and practical matters as they try to influence the final decision Queen Victoria will make concerning the fuel of the future. Edmund once again meets the love of his life Keira. Keira is afraid to love Edmund and lose him once again to time travel. She spends most of her time working on a combustible natural gas engine to present to the Queen, while trying hard not to think of her love for Edmund. We find Jonas helping Keira’s father build a windmill. Alice is there for her ideas on how to influence the Queen’s decision, even if it means sabotaging all of the presentations but Keira’s. Richard, Edmond’s brother, is sent through the time machine to bring home those who belong in 2011. While in 1855 he also finds his true love and has many decisions to make. "A Gentleman and a Rogue" is a good read. Stephanie Burkhardt transports us to Victorian England and as we read we wish we could stay there just a little longer. I was hooked in it and did not want it to end. "A Gentleman and a Rogue" is the second in a series. I did not read the first book but Burkhardt gives just enough information for me to understand what I had missed. I will definitely be reading book three. All of you romantic historical fans don’t miss this one – it is a winner.