A Most Devilish Rogue

A Most Devilish Rogue

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by Ashlyn Macnamara

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Fans who adore Julia Quinn, Eloisa James, and Sabrina Jeffries will savor Ashlyn Macnamara’s sensual new novel, which proves that two hearts are better than one.
Years ago, when Isabelle Mears was still a young miss too infatuated to know better, she surrendered her innocence to a dishonorable man. Though ruined and cast out from society,…  See more details below


Fans who adore Julia Quinn, Eloisa James, and Sabrina Jeffries will savor Ashlyn Macnamara’s sensual new novel, which proves that two hearts are better than one.
Years ago, when Isabelle Mears was still a young miss too infatuated to know better, she surrendered her innocence to a dishonorable man. Though ruined and cast out from society, she has worked hard to shelter her illegitimate son, Jack. Having sworn off men in her quiet but dignified life, Isabelle is unprepared for the deep longing that rips through her when a handsome stranger rescues her rambunctious six-year-old from the pounding ocean surf.
George Upperton is a man in trouble with debts, women, and a meddling family. He is, by all accounts, the last gentleman on earth Isabelle should be drawn to. But loneliness is a hard mistress, and caution gives way to desire . . . even though Isabelle is convinced that happiness can’t be found in the arms of such a devilish rogue. Only when Jack is kidnapped does Isabelle discover the true depth of George’s devotion—and how far a good man will go to fight for the woman whose love is all that matters.

Praise for A Most Devilish Rogue
“This touchingly romantic and effortlessly plotted historical is a gem to be savored.”Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“A sensual romance, filled with the witty dialogue one expects from a Regency novel, and a plethora of enjoyable characters.”New York Journal of Books
“Satisfying . . . Macnamara uses smooth writing to create well-rendered characters and a complex storyline.”Kirkus Reviews
“Readers will find Macnamara’s second novel a pleasant read, complete with a pair of wounded protagonists, a darling six-year-old, a mystery, a kidnapping and steamy love scenes.”RT Book Reviews
“Macnamara is an up-and-comer in the romance world. . . . A Most Devilish Rogue is a good read.”Romance Junkies Reviews
“Ashlyn Macnamara brings all the elegance and romance of the Regency to life.”New York Times bestselling author Tessa Dare

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Publishers Weekly
Macnamara’s follow-up to A Most Scandalous Proposal proves that reformed rogues make the best husbands. In Regency-era London, George Upperton has just discovered that his mistress is pregnant with his child. Without the financial means to comply with her outrageous demands, George decides to avoid the situation and attend a house party with his mother in Kent. There he makes the acquaintance of Miss Isabelle Mears after rescuing her young son, Jack, from the clutches of the sea. George admires Isabelle’s pluck and fortitude as a woman of noble birth who was cast out by her family when she became pregnant with Jack out of wedlock. He’s reluctant to pursue her, as he can’t marry her and doesn’t want to compromise her, but when Jack goes missing, George offers Isabelle unstinting support as she stoically swallows her pride and begs help from the manor house. As they search for Jack, Isabelle’s beauty and resilience shine, and she proves to George that he is a much better man than he believes. This touchingly romantic and effortlessly plotted historical is a gem to be savored. (Sept.)
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“This touchingly romantic and effortlessly plotted historical is a gem to be savored.”Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“A sensual romance, filled with the witty dialogue one expects from a Regency novel, and a plethora of enjoyable characters.”New York Journal of Books
“Satisfying . . . Macnamara uses smooth writing to create well-rendered characters and a complex storyline.”Kirkus Reviews
“Readers will find Macnamara’s second novel a pleasant read, complete with a pair of wounded protagonists, a darling six-year-old, a mystery, a kidnapping and steamy love scenes.”RT Book Reviews
“Macnamara is an up-and-comer in the romance world. . . . A Most Devilish Rogue is a good read.”Romance Junkies Reviews
“Ashlyn Macnamara brings all the elegance and romance of the Regency to life.”New York Times bestselling author Tessa Dare

Kirkus Reviews
George, a wounded rogue, rescues the son of Isabelle, a ruined gentlewoman, from drowning and then must rescue him again from abductors. As the two work together to find her son, their lives and emotions become entwined. George Upperton's life is a mess. He's gambled away a fortune; he can't escape a family determined to get him settled; and he's taken up with a mistress whom he doesn't like, who has extravagant tastes and is, apparently, pregnant. Escaping a house party for some fresh air and a seaside stroll, George witnesses a young boy get swept into the water and rushes in to save him. Rather than gratitude, his mother expresses cold disdain and rushes away with her child. But the two cross paths again when Isabelle's son disappears. Seeking clues and comparing notes on possible suspects, George and Isabelle work to find Jack and bring him home, at the same time finding they share some surprising and disturbing connections, not to mention a blazing attraction. Passion flares and secrets are shared, but George and Isabelle can't overcome their own fears and insecurities to admit their deepening feelings. In her second historical romance, Macnamara uses smooth writing to create well-rendered characters and a complex storyline. However, some plot elements are a little too contrived to seem realistic, and Isabelle is hard to warm up to, so the reader might be unconvinced by George's quick romantic feelings for her. Still, the sensuality is high, and the plot holds together. An imperfect yet satisfying romance.

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A Most Devilish Rogue 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There are times this novel reaches for greatness but there are times too that barely reach adequet. The heroine at times is almost unlikable with the hero more reachable. It is much more his story than hers. Also there are inklings of plot development or subplots that flirt across our eyes but never expressed. The novel would be stronger with the inclusion and completed ideas. As the book stands I would not recomend it but I'd be willing to read another of the author's books based on those times when it all works.
kipha More than 1 year ago
This is the second book in Ashlyn’s series (don’t know the series’ title sadly) and the second book she’s published. I can say that I really enjoyed this story and loved seeing past characters sprung up in this story too. Well yeah, that will happen because the hero is best friends with the hero of the previous book, so duhh. But anyways, I really liked this book not because it holds only one love story, or due to the fact that the cover holds some nice buns, *wink wink* But because I really liked George Upperton from A Most Scandalous Proposal. He was that friend that would pop in and out and make everything either better or more entertaining. But I was totally shock at how his story started off! Him reacting to the news of his impending fatherhood and providing for the illegitimate child of his mistress! Now that was a start to a shocking Upperton story. Who would have knew that was what his life would have turned out to be like after seeing him in the previous story! Although he was a great rake and rogue in that one too, we still loved him. Here he is on his last savings and need money fast. He’s been gaming and losing lots especially when his father threw him the title with barely a farthing. And now told he’ll have to provide for a child! Gracious! With barely a farthing, he’s soon to go mad. Then the fact that he got beat up by a so called brother of the mistress and dragged to a house party with his sisters and a nagging mother pushing marriage upon him. He has a lot on his plate. But then he met a little boy and his mother and everything changed. Isabelle. I also really like her. Even though she was a fallen lady, sadly at such a young age, as a debutante, and thrown out of society; I supported her. She was a heck of a mother and raised her son with the help of her former servant tucked away in the country side of Kent and did well for herself and her son for the past six years. Hiding a secret from the villagers of her true family name and her upbringing, she’s done much to provide as much she could for her son and protect him as best she could from the scandal of his birth. She’s very protective of her son and it’s very understandable for a mother of a six year old who’s wild and untamed, but especially when havoc breaks out and the son goes missing! Oh the pain and stressfulness of it all. She really is a great mother, doing all she can to find and get her son back, rationally even if the villagers weren’t helping her she got George and his friends at her back. The chemistry between George and Isabelle was not love at first sight, well maybe a little bit for George without his knowledge, but it took some time (one day or two) to develop. Though the vibe was there I liked how Isabelle stood strong and cold against its penetrations on her because of past experiences. But also loved that she warmed to George and trusted him enough to let him help her against her better judgment. I absolutely love how George was very aware of his feelings towards Isabelle even though he wasn’t willing to admit to them. And at how much he cared and wanted Isabelle in his life but not knowing where and how to go about it due to his own complications and troubles. He was very patient and true to his words, even to his mistress! and to his friends when they’re in need of help. Although he himself was in need of help, he wouldn’t give in to their sympathies nor confined in them with the whole truth but I really praise him for giving a helping hand when other needed them. All in all, this was a fantastic read full of mystery, missing persons, a very talented piano prodigy, card games, some badly played piano, charcoal sketches, down poured rain and some steamy tumbling in cabins, sweets, and bantering. This eARC was provided by the publishers via Netgallery.
Under_The_Covers_BookBlog More than 1 year ago
3.5 Stars Reviewed by Guest Reviewer/Kimberly & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog We first meet George Upperton in Ashlyn Macnamara’s debut novel, A Most Scandalous Proposal, where George’s character stood out from the others as the snarky friend of the hero who gave us much in the way of sarcasm and comic relief. In A Most Devilish Rogue, George’s character is more subdued and austere. This may be due to the facts that is life is not all he would like it to be. Upon his mistress, Lucy Padgett’s claiming she is with his child and the appearance of Lucy’s unsavory brother Roger who insists Lucy must be taken care of, George is backed in a proverbial corner. All comic relief out the window now. George retreats to his friend, Benedict Revelstoke’s home with his mother and sisters to ponder over what to do about his situation and possibly borrow money from his now happily married friend. When he comes upon a young boy struggling in the water outside the estate, George saves the little scamp and becomes acquainted with the boy, Jack and his pretty young mother, Isabelle who live in the village in a small home. Unbeknownst to George at the time, Isabelle is the daughter of an Earl who has been living in somewhat self imposed exile for the past six years, since she became pregnant and had Jack out of wedlock. George and Isabelle are both very attracted to one another from the start, but Isabelle must keep out of the public eye or risk exposure and possible danger to the love of her life, little Jack. In addition, George has his own set of problems in the form of the Padgett siblings who live to wreak havoc on his very existence. When young Jack is kidnapped George once again comes to the rescue to aid in the search and includes Lord Revelstoke and company, which shocks Isabelle who feels the entire of London society has shunned her since her fall from grace. One thing that Isabelle did not count on was the humanity George and his friends have and their ability to look into a person and see their worth for who they are, not for the amount of money they may or their title. Isabelle also has a slight chip on her shoulder in believing that she doesn’t deserve any kindness and therefore relegates herself to her meager existence. Young Jack is a breath of fresh air. An old man in a six year old’s body. I adore him in this story and I think that he has much to do uniting two very confused individuals. A Most Devilish Rogue is a good follow-up to Ashlyn MacNamara’s first read. While I loved the George in A Most Scandalous Proposal I liked his transformation into the responsible George, the one falling for Isabelle despite all the issues surrounding them both. *ARC provided by publisher
DiiMI More than 1 year ago
You have to love those devilish rogues, so callous and shallow to the world, but give them a true damsel in distress and I get vapors, just thinking about it! A Most Devilish Rogue by Ashlyn Macnamara is a delightful, Regency romance filled with all of the pomp and frivolities of the Ton and their petty little gossips and intrigues. George Upperton is the devilish rogue, handsome, charming, and in debt up to his eyeballs for various unsavory reasons. Isabelle Mears is a disgraced former member of high society who fell for the wrong man, leaving her alone, disowned and pregnant. Little Jack’s now six and full of mischief, which is how George, the confirmed womanizing bachelor meets the standoffish, secretive Isabelle. When Jack is mysteriously kidnapped, George finds himself giving his oath to Isabelle that he will return him. I ask you, is this the action of a roguish devil? What is happening between Isabelle and George? Will Jack be found? Ashlyn Macnamara has created the feel and the atmosphere of the countryside in England in the nineteenth century perfectly! The dialogue sounds so “proper,” the activities of both the ladies and the gentlemen sounds so right for the era. Her characters are strong, personable and further that historical feel. The romance? Wonderful, warm, sweet and spicy! The story moves along well with just enough angst and hand wringing that I almost felt the need to carry a lace hankie! This is definitely one of those books that just feels good to read! An ARC edition was provided by NetGalley and Random House Publishing Group – Ballantine in exchange for my honest review.
Gina04 More than 1 year ago
This was a switch. A man that goes from riches to rags. Very good concept.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good story...kept my attention throughout...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was an okay read. George was the weak point of the story. After thinking he has a pregnant mistress, he then proceeds to forget about her and his responsibilities to her for the rest of the book. Every once in a while he remembers just long enough to relate to the the heroine. Quite disappointing actually. 
kathkthy More than 1 year ago
The charachters are captivating, a lot of romance and intrigue a must read!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dont bother
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I haven't read a romance so enjoyable in a long time. Highly recommend.
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2_PMVH More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book. George is a great character. He grew a lot from THE MOST SCANDALOUS PROPOSAL. I like how Benedict, Julia and Sophia made an appearance, too. Isabelle is a caring and loving single mom. Single moms who never married are not welcome in 1800s in England. Men have mistresses but don't want illegitimate kids. I love how Ashlynn brought these two worlds colliding together. Poor George was in so much grieve and I am glad he got some stones to do what he wanted to do. Jack was such a heartbreaker to all who met him. Isabelle, Jack and George fit together like a puzzle. I am glad that George set his mom straight. I hope George's piano playing flourishes in her next book. I give this book 3 finger up and 7 toes.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've also read better. The book started out good but really drug out through the middle. Lots of sex. I even skipped over several loves scenes just so I could get back to the story.
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Nothing really Stands out on this Story, it is not a bad read just much the same as others.
MyBookAddictionandMore More than 1 year ago
A MOST DEVILISH ROGUE by Ashlyn Macnamara is an exciting Regency Historical Romance set in 1820 London. A fast paced, passion filled story of love,and adventure. Spend a few moments of your time with disgraced,disowned,Isabelle Mears and the handsome,sexy,deep in debt, George Upperton and of course Isabelle’s six year-old illegitimate son, Jack. Filled with passion,secrets,danger,a kidnapping,betrayal,deceit,a lie or two,a bit of wit and lots of passion,what’s not to love. Who doesn’t enjoy a read with a witty,fearless,six year old. The last person either of these two engaging characters want to find is each other. Neither are looking for love,romance or marriage. But….it is not always what you are looking for you find but the most devilish….From the first page to the last page, “A Most Devilish Rogue” is a dramatic,witty,passion filled read. When young Jack is kidnapped, George makes a promise to the devastated Isabelle,to find her son. Isabelle is also, the daughter of George’s enemy,but George’s devotion is to Isabelle and finding her son Jack. Ms. Macnamara is a wonderful storyteller. With vivid descriptions of the landscape,and the characters,Ms. Macnamara,has created a story well worth the time to read. I enjoyed this story,and believe any historical romance reader will also. With charismatic characters, and an intriguing plot,you do not want to miss “A Most Devilish Rogue”. Received for an honest review from the author and Net Galley. RATING: 4.5 HEAT RATING: HOT REVIEWED BY: AprilR, Review courtesy of My Book Addiction and More
CrystalMarie218 More than 1 year ago
3.5 Stars from me! While I usually enjoy reading historical romances, this one had times that it felt lacking to me. The characters themselves were just there, in my opinion. I didn't feel like there was much that kept me wanting to turn the pages. The story itself was one that I had felt has been told before a few different times. The one thing that I did enjoy about it was the fact that George was just George. There wasn't anything about him that stood out. But he wasn't a titled man, he was just a normal man that was around during the time of titles. Isabelle seemed like the type that since she was scorned because of what happened to her, she was going to make everyone else pay for it. While she put everything aside, she lived for her son and doing what was best for him. All in all, this was a pretty decent read. I would call it a rainy day read. If you like historical romances, then I would check this one out. Review provided by Crystal's Many Reviews
Bitten-By-Love-Reviews More than 1 year ago
This is an incredible story on how it takes a lot of trust for a relationship to even be possible. Ashlyn did an amazing job in capturing not only the emotions of the characters but also showed how some people of the ton or the "popular crowd" don't look down their noses at those who are cast away because of something that wasn't even planned. This author really knows how to bring her words to life and bring her readers into the story. And I have to admit, the plot was slightly predictable but still had me think "Okay...I didn't see THAT coming."
Doodlebug4444 More than 1 year ago
3 out of 5 for this reader folks A Most Devilish Rogue by Ashlyn Macnamara is the first book I have ever read by this author. I have to say while it was a good read, it failed to draw me and captivate my at times. That being said, Ashlyn Macnamara is very good at writing descriptive details that paints vivid pictures in your mind as you enjoy her words. We are introduced right away to our main man George Upperton, notorious rake, gambler and overall charmer extraordinaire. He has just discovered that his mistress is "with child"! Seeing as he lives a certain lifestyle, he has no idea how he is going to get himself out of this sticky situation. He is in debt, is treated like an older child by his overbearing mother who wants to marry him off already, and just generally doesn't care to conform to his "polite society" While visiting an old friend with his family, George comes across Isabelle Mears and her son playing at the beach. All of a sudden the son Jack is swept up in the waves and George plunges into freezing water to save him. After an uncomfortable "thank you" by Isabelle, he is somewhat confused by this woman as her dress and her appeared station in life doesn't seem to match her flowery comportment and speech. Isabelle you see was shunned and disowned by her family for her one night of discretion with a young man that resulted in Jack conception. Isabelle is from high standing and money but living like a pauper, the towns scandalous lady whom everyone pretends doesn't exist (they are so mean to her at times I felt myself getting angry for her) and considered "The Scarlett Letter". Once again, Isabelle finds herself in peril when Jack is kidnapped (along with the only lady that has given her the time of day and took her in when no one would) and she turns to George for help. George recruits many of his gentleman friends to search for Jack. Through all of this, the attraction that George and Isabelle feel towards one another is hard to fight and they eventually give in to it be damned the consequence. Through many trials and tribulations, these two ride a roller coaster of forming friendship, lust, understanding, secrets, betrayal and a town that is full of people who want to keep these two apart.  Okay ... so I really wanted to fall in love with these two but there were times that I felt a little disengaged and I think it may be due to the over abundance of description in this book. I wanted to get to the meat and potatoes and I thought at times there was just way too much details and angst that was repeated over and over again. I did love the way that George fought his friends and family to be at Isabelle's side and how he stuck up for her when others wouldn't. He had no reason to do this other than pure respect and love. You also see Isabelle just reaching the point of enough is enough and she begins to get stronger and stronger despite the way she is treated. She rises above all the mess and still offers the town her kindness. Again ... so much more to this story, but I don't do spoilers in my reviews ... WINK! LOL I do believe there was another book before this one, but it wasn't listed as a series. I went back and read the synopsis of the first book and I believe that many characters from there return in this book! Overall, a good read, but not a book I will reread! HAPPY READING!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
George was drawn to Isabelle the moment he saw her. George turned out not to be the rake everyone thought he was. Isabelle was seduced during her first season and her family cast her out, but George didn't hold that against her. George was there for Isabelle when she needed him. These two had a real connection and didn't realize it for awhile. The twist towards the end was good. It was very well written. It did seem to go into a lot of details at times, but that helped the storyline at times. I have not read the first book, but I am looking forward to reading it now.
IngaKS More than 1 year ago
My review: I truly enjoy a good historical romance once and a while and Ashlyn Macnamara delivered everything I need in A Most Devilish Rogue. The plot was interesting, characters fascinating and the romance was nicely balanced with some twists and turns. Enter George, a gentleman with some destructive habits like gambling, drinking and women. When George's mistress is getting pregnant, George is taking an escape to the countryside where he hopes to find solutions to his gambling debts by playing cards. During the party George runs away from his mother, who is heavily trying to find him a suitable wife, to the beach. He spots a woman and a boy playing foolishly in the waves and when the waves become dangerous to the boy, George rescues Jack from drowning. Isabelle has been avoiding any men in her life, especially after being left into a delicate situation of raising her kid Jack alone and by herself, but after the first meeting on the beach the attraction is quite visible between them. When Jack is kidnapped, George decides to help Isabelle no matter what. The plot gets even more complicated by the past starting to haunt them. I really liked Ashlyn Macnamara's writing style: the historical settings, the plot, the characters and the dialogue. It was easy to read and the pages just disappeared and the novel ended way too quickly for my taste. I did have some questions which remained unanswered about Isabelle's past and about her relationship with her father. I also had some difficulties with connecting and liking George in the beginning, but he grew on me when the story developed. I definitely recommend A Most Devilish Rogue. It is a well written historical romance with a very good plot and with a witty dialogue.
Sailon More than 1 year ago
George Upperton is a man down on his luck. Loosing at cards has driven him to his friends country estate. Little did he know a small boy and a disgraced socialite are about to capture his heart. Isabelle Mears has been hiding from her past. Living in seclusion on a small surf side town she is content with life. Until the day George Upperton rescues her son from drowning.  The romantic tension is immediate and the chemistry burns hot in A Most Devilish Rogue. Taking place in the English countryside, the writing style of Ashlyn Macnamara makes you feel like you can taste the salt in the sea air blowing off the waves. Warm, strong characters, heart felt emotions and spicy romance accentuate this enchanting storyline. If you are looking for a pleasurable, sweet, historical HEA A Most Devilish Rogue is the story for you. This ARC copy of A Most Devilish Rogue was given to me by Random House Publishing Group - Ballantine in exchange for a honest review. This book is set for publication August 27, 2013. Paperback: 352 pages Publisher: Ballantine Books  Publication Date: August 27, 2013 ISBN-10: 034553476X ISBN-13: 978-0345534767 Rating: 4 Genre: Romance, Historical Fiction