The Ruin of a Rogue

The Ruin of a Rogue

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by Miranda Neville
     
 

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Charm, wit, and nerves of steel have helped Marcus Lithgow gamble his way across the Continent. But when his heart is at stake, all bets are off for this most perfect rogue . . .

Anne Brotherton is sick and tired of being an heiress. She cannot bring herself to marry a fortune hunter. Why can't men like her for her sharp mind and kind heart rather than

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Charm, wit, and nerves of steel have helped Marcus Lithgow gamble his way across the Continent. But when his heart is at stake, all bets are off for this most perfect rogue . . .

Anne Brotherton is sick and tired of being an heiress. She cannot bring herself to marry a fortune hunter. Why can't men like her for her sharp mind and kind heart rather than her impressive dowry? Just when she is about to bow to her fate as a confirmed spinster, she meets the handsome and charming Marcus Lithgow.

It's been years since Marcus set foot in England—why toy with the ton when he can fleece wealthy fools in Paris and Rome? Yet everything changes when he inherits a ramshackle estate. Marcus's first and only chance at a respectable life needs funding . . . the kind Anne Brotherton can provide. Such a wallflower should be ripe for the picking. So why does Marcus feel like he's the one hanging by a thread?

She nearly falls for Marcus's smooth seduction. But when Anne realizes she's being strung along, a lust for payback empowers her like never before. Two can play the game of deception. The game of love, however, has its own rules . . .

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"Driven by dialogue and well-motivated, smart characters, here's a romance to spark both imaginations and emotions." —RT Book Reviews

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ISBN-13:
9780062199515
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
08/27/2013
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
949,572
Product dimensions:
4.42(w) x 6.64(h) x 1.08(d)

Meet the Author

Miranda Neville grew up in England before moving to New York City to work in Sotheby's rare books department. After many years as a journalist and editor, she decided writing fiction was more fun. She lives in Vermont.

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The Ruin of a Rogue 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Alyssa75 More than 1 year ago
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** The Ruin of a Rogue by Miranda Neville Book Two of the Wild Quartet series Publisher: Avon Publication Date: August 27, 2013 Rating: 2 stars Source: eARC from Edelweiss ***Warning: this is an adult book, and for the eyes of mature readers*** Summary (from Goodreads): Charm, wit, and nerves of steel have helped Marcus Lithgow gamble his way across the Continent. But when his heart is at stake, all bets are off for this most perfect rogue...  It's been years since Marcus set foot in England—why toy with the ton when he can fleece wealthy fools in Paris and Rome? Yet everything changes when he inherits a ramshackle estate. Marcus's first and only chance at a respectable life needs funding . . . the kind Anne Brotherton can provide. Such a wallflower should be ripe for the picking. So why does Marcus fell like he's the one hanging by a thread? Anne Brotherton is sick and tired of being an heiress. She cannot bring herself to marry a fortune hunter. Why can't men like her for her sharp mind and kind hearts rather than her impressive dowry? She nearly falls for Marcus's smooth seduction. But when Anne realized she's being strung along, a lust for payback empowers her like never before. Two can play the game of deception. The game of love, however, has its own rules. What I Liked: Ahhh, I really wanted to like this book. You all know my obsession with historical fiction, and more specifically, with historical romance. I got this eARC with two others from Edelweiss, and I chose to read this one first because it sounded awesome! Rogue, heiress, games?! I had high hopes for this one - not that I don't have high hopes for the other two eARCs I got along with this one. Anyway. I was totally looking forward to an awesome historical romance book. Marcus sounded like a yummy rogue with a plan. And he was - sort of. I liked his plan from the beginning and the way he went right after what he wanted, despite the fact that he had basically no money, and that Anne eventually caught on and drove him up a wall. I didn't really see the part about his "smooth seduction". I mean, I saw a kind gentleman, eager to please a lady, but not fall over himself trying to make sure she was pleased. I didn't really think Marcus was a rogue at all! He seemed like a poor and desperate man, but he also seemed like a complete gentleman to me! He didn't try to kiss her or do anything sexual AT ALL. Which was very nice of him, and I respected that, but if he's supposed to be a rogue, with rakish behavior, then that doesn't really fit his personality. The ending is good! Happy ending and all that. There are sacrifices made, but as with most historical romance novels, there is a happy ending for the happy couple. That concludes what I liked from this novel. What I Did Not Like: Oh my gosh. I mean no disrespect to the publisher and the author and everyone who worked so hard to make this book what it is, but there are SO MANY THINGS that I just did NOT enjoy. It pains me to say this, because I love Avon Books and historical romance. Okay. Well. My first thing to point out is that this book is indirectly split up into two parts: the first part deals with Marcus and Anne, in which Marcus was being super nice to Anne in order to "charm her", for her money. The second part of the book deals with Marcus trying to restore an old manor he inherited from his mother's uncle. Anne follows him to his new manor because she has heard that there are ancient Roman ruins in this particular manor summer, and she is interested in archaeology, so naturally, she wants to explore the ruins. So. I must say, while this book is split into two parts, both parts are extremely boring. The cadence of this book is so boring. I didn't care what was going on, I didn't care if Marcus and Anne were trying to trick each other, I didn't care about Marcus's manor, I just didn't care! This book was so boring and had no life to it! It made me not care about anybody or anything! Anne is just so uninteresting. I know that the premise of the book says that she wants men to acknowledge her brains and her intellect, and not just her money. Okay but ANNE. You are such a boring person! You have like, NO personality. She likes archaeology and ancient ruins. I LIKE archaeology and ancient ruins and whatnot. But she bored me to TEARS with her chatter about archaeology and villas and UGH. So Anne was a boring and almost a nuisance. She stood up for herself when she realized that Marcus was after her for her money, but she still acted like a spoiled heiress! I expect her to act like a spoiled heiress (she IS one), but she tries to convince herself that she's different than the other aristocratic heiresses. Ugh, no. And Marcus was in no way the rogue and rake that the premise claims him to be! I really don't think he acted like a rogue at all! He acted like a nice gentleman, even when Anne joined him at his manor, even when he struck up a bargain with her. He didn't demand anything naughty in nature. And that's another thing. Anne does housework with Marcus. Like, sweeping, dusting, cob-webbing, that sort of thing. MANUAL LABOR. Does anyone else see a problem with this? No heiress/aristocrat/rich lady would EVER stoop that low, just to see ancient Roman ruins. And that in itself is anachronistic - no aristocrat and definitely no LADY would go on her hands and knees to dig up ancient ruins that might not even be there. No one. I so so not believe that. The romance itself is just BAD. In the beginning, Marcus just wants to pursue Anne for her money. In the beginning, Anne falls head over heels in love with Marcus, because he has knowledge in ancient ruins, and he seems kind and NOT after her money. In the second half of the book, they fall in love while restoring the manor and digging up ancient ruins. I took FOREVER for them to actually decide that they were in love. And there wasn't very much chemistry! I was so disappointed in the lack of chemistry throughout the entire book! Their relationship didn't seem very passionate. It seemed taxed (on Marcus's end), and boring (on Anne's end). Or maybe just all-around boring. I find that sad - because this is a historical romance novel! There is supposed to be some burning passion, or something! All of the "passion" comes at the very end, and it happens only a few times! Okay, so I feel like some people would say, "Well, maybe this is a historical romance with a lot of intellect and very little sex." Okay, I completely respect that. I love it when books are supposed to be intelligent, and more based on the plot than the romance. BUT, when we're dealing with a historical ROMANCE novel, I think there needs to chemistry throughout the book, among other things. Did I already mention that I didn't care for the plot? It was so boring. Both parts to the book were unappealing. The characters were somewhat unappealing (mostly Anne). There were some anachronisms that bothered me. I didn't like the lack of passion and chemistry. I feel like I've said enough. And again, I mean no disrespect towards the people who worked on this book, and the author. But as a historical romance lover, I was not impressed. Would I Recommend It: No. I'm sorry, but there are much better historical romance novels. Shorter ones, too. Length usually never bothers me, but when I already wanted this one to end from the very beginning, the sheer size of this book made it even worse. I didn't want to stop reading this book, because I thought it would get better, but alas. Rating: 1.5 stars -> rounded up to 2 stars. Maybe that's me being generous.
Bitten-By-Love-Reviews More than 1 year ago
This book was GREAT! It had me laughing at how bratty Anne was when she found out that Marcus was using her. The things she did was very inventive. This book had a great story line to it. I also loved how Ms Neville wrote when Anne and Marcus finally came together and revealed their true feelings without the secrets. This is a must read for fans of historical romance.
Sandigger 6 months ago
The Ruin of a Rogue starters a little slow but picked up momentum the further into the book I read. It's an historical romance about a man who has made his living as a card shark. He has done things he's not proud of but this is further explained as the story goes on. He sets out to marry or at least compromise (& hopefully get paid off) an heiress. Anne is the richest young woman around, maybe ever. So wealthy that her potential groom's mother (aunt?) tells her it doesn't matter if she is ruined, some man will still be willing to marry her. Her potential suitor is pretty stiff necked so she thinks if she just ruins herself a little bit he will not want her. Then she meets Marcus who has recently inherited a viscountcy. He of course, is the rogue mentioned in the title. She starts to like him but overhears him telling his friend that she is ripe for the plucking and will soon fall into his arms. She is outraged and decides to teach him a lesson. She drags him all over London to places he has to pay entrance fees to and demands that he pay for her maid as well. She also acts like a spoiled heiress (heartless and unfeeling). He has about had all he can stand, not to mention afford, when he finds out he's inherited a manor house and lands from his uncle. He's ecstatic that he can tell her to go to blazes and leaves London after telling her of his inheritance. She is interested in archeology and knows the lands he inherited have a well known Roman site that hasn't been fully excavated and she wants to go dig it up. She turns up on his doorstep expecting him to welcome her with open arms. Which he doesn't. It's her time to learn a lesson and he's determined to do it. He has found the house and tenants on the lands in neglected and deplorable condition, so he tells her she can spend 2 hrs a day cleaning the house to pay for the privilege of digging. Believe it or not she finally agrees. The story builds from there and we learn some unexpected things, he learns a lot about himself and she falls in love. It's a very good story with unexpected twists. Very enjoyable, with a surprise ending!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really Marcus a rogue.?...come on who is trying to fool who.? He was far from one......More of a gentlemen. The story was just okay. Story weak,a bit slow at times and also boring. All in all the series was on the weak side always waiting for some action or some thing to happen.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book as I did all of her books!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cheesey
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is great story, easy to read and characters you love.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
bjreader More than 1 year ago
Love historical romance and Ms. Neville is one of the best
MyBookAddictionandMore More than 1 year ago
"How To Ruin A Rogue" is the story of con man,and gambler, Marcus Lithgow and heiress Anne Brotherton. Nerves of steel, wit and charm will not help Marcus on his quest to make Anne his, she needs so much more. Anne, wishes someone to love her for herself, her wit, her strong opinions and not her fortune. She begins to fall for Marcus' charm,his quiet seduction until....she learns he is stinging her along,than all bets are off,for revenge empowers her....Marcus soon learns that lust is not all he wishes from Anne, for her wit and charm is empowering to him. Fast paced and filled with past regrets, secrets, passion, Archaeology, finding love and holding on with both hands. Another hit for this author. Ms. Neville is a masterful storyteller who brings insight and power to her stories as well as wit and charm. I can hardly wait to see what's next for this Wild Quartet of men and their leading ladies. Received for an honest review from the publisher and Above the Treeline. RATING: 4 HEAT RATING: MILD REVIEWED BY: ApriR, Review courtesy of My Book Addiction and More
Brotherhood_Lover More than 1 year ago
Charm, wit, and nerves of steel have helped Marcus Lithgow gamble his way across the Continent. But when his heart is at stake, all bets are off for this most perfect rogue . . . Anne Brotherton is sick and tired of being an heiress. She cannot bring herself to marry a fortune hunter. Why can't men like her for her sharp mind and kind heart rather than her impressive dowry? Just when she is about to bow to her fate as a confirmed spinster, she meets the handsome and charming Marcus Lithgow. It's been years since Marcus set foot in England—why toy with the ton when he can fleece wealthy fools in Paris and Rome? Yet everything changes when he inherits a ramshackle estate. Marcus's first and only chance at a respectable life needs funding . . . the kind Anne Brotherton can provide. Such a wallflower should be ripe for the picking. So why does Marcus feel like he's the one hanging by a thread? She nearly falls for Marcus's smooth seduction. But when Anne realizes she's being strung along, a lust for payback empowers her like never before. Two can play the game of deception. The game of love, however, has its own rules . . . I just finished this and LOVED it! I loved watching Marcus grow into his own man. Watching the changes in him from the scoundrel to a man trying to change for the better was amazing! He was such a great hero for the book because behind his façade of the money hungry scoundrel was the sweetest, caring, lonely man. You couldn’t help but fall in love with him. Anne was a great character to watch grow as well. Seeing her go from the guarded, suspicious & reserved girl to the outspoken, lively & opinionated woman she became was fantastic! I enjoyed learning about Roman architecture and some of the findings in Wiltshire. This book had a little something for everyone: growth, theft, courage, danger, adventure, murder. Scandal, trysts, love, money, jewels. The list could go on! I would recommend this book to anyone! I give it a 5/5!! Happy Reading!! 
kydirtgirl68 More than 1 year ago
Anne Brotherton is tired of all the fortune hunters after her. They really don't want to get to know her or care about her just her money. Marcus Lithgow is is a rogue that is somewhat like his wastrel father. He has returned to England with a title and not much else. He loves to gamble and he sees his chance to better his life by marring Anne. Anne figures if she gets close to Marcus the scandal will chase other fortune hunters away. She knows he is not to be trusted and tries to keep her heart from getting attached. Both people have their heart on different goals not realizing what they need may just be each other. Anne is a wonderful character. She is rich but really doesn't let it go to her head. A few times it shows she is used to having money but for the most part she would rather be reading a book about history and her dream is to explore. I really liked her even when she should turn her back on people she looks for the best and she cares with her whole heart. Marcus seems like a user at first but once you get to see what it was like for him growing up ypu grow to really like him. He has had a bad past and seems to let his father deeds come over onto him. He really wants to be a good person deep down. I really enjoyed this book as it has the historical romance I like along with buts of even further back history. I thought that was a nice touch. The two main characters seem to want to use each other but you can see the love growing even when they can't. I know a lot of people say these all read the same but this one truly doesn't. There was several twist I din't see coming and was surprised by them. You have some evil past deeds that come back to haunt them. You also get to see just how much the two belong together and what they are willing to face. I love reading about these two and they kept me entertained in all they go through. I will say I especially loved the ending as I got a good laugh out of one scene. I won't spoil it but I will say it fit perfect for Anne's character. I actually felt like I got to know these characters and was sad to see the book end. Recommend this for any historical romance lover or anyone wanting a great love story.
zeeba More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading this romance book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent!!!