Encounters With a Rogue

Encounters With a Rogue

by Deb Marlowe

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BN ID: 2940157414023
Publisher: Deb Marlowe
Publication date: 03/07/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 15,031
File size: 682 KB

About the Author

USA Today Bestselling Author Deb Marlowe loves History, England and Men in Boots. Clearly she was meant to write Regency Historical Romance! Deb grew up in Pennsylvania with her nose in a book. Luckily, she'd read enough romances to recognize the true modern hero she met at a college Halloween party--even though he wore a tuxedo t-shirt instead of breeches and tall boots. They married, settled in North Carolina and produced two handsome, intelligent and genuinely amusing boys. Though she spends much of her time with her nose in her laptop, for the sake of her family she does occasionally abandon her inner world for the domestic adventure of laundry, dinner and carpool. Despite her sacrifice, not one of the men in her family is yet willing to don breeches or tall boots. She's working on it. Deb loves to hear from readers! You can contact her at

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Encounters With a Rogue 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book . I couldn't put it down. Vickers story was a good combination of betrayal and vengeance .
grandmareads102 More than 1 year ago
The two novellas that make up Encounters With A Rogue make up this book. I enjoyed both of these novellas. A Waltz In The Park is a special story. James Vickers is considered wicked by London Society. He'll do everything in his power to upset his father. He's determined to make him pay for hurting his mother. I laughed when he meets a very proper debutante who captures him with her wit and her spirit. He is drawn to her and she to him. Will they give into love? Miss Adelaide Stockton is called 'The Celestial' because she is perfect. She never makes a misstep. This façade hides the real passionate woman who wants to be herself and enjoy life. James and Addy have a special connection which drew me in. They were real as were their emotions. I enjoyed seeing them work together to accomplish their goal. The secondary characters added to the story. I especially enjoyed Hestia Wright. Here was a woman who was wise and compassionate. I would like to learn more about her. The setting was picturesque and provided the perfect background for this lovely romance. Deb Marlowe wrote a wonderful novella. It captured my heart with its romance, understanding and healing. The ending was perfect. It had me tearing up. Deb Marlowe's writing style makes me feel as if I'm part of the story. I love the Half Moon House series.
georgia1 More than 1 year ago
What more can you ask for? Two stories in one book! These novellas are part of the Half Moon House series and together you will see one character pass over to the second novella. An Unexpected Encounter- Elizabeth Moreton refuses to marry the man her step father has chosen. She will not be traded for chattel! She decides to take matters into her own hands and makes her way to London. But as things often go, she ends up alone and maneuvers herself into pretending to be a governess for a ward of Lord Edmund Cotwell. Edmund has become a recluse and has cut himself off from society. This is the story of two souls who need to be rescued but can they find happiness? A Waltz in the Park - James Vickers and Miss Adelaide Stockton have their own agenda. James does anything to thwart his awful father and tries to act the reckless rake. Adelaide tries to act with the strictest of propriety in order to not create any scandal in her life. She has endured enough from her mother's fall. These two who seem the opposite meet and cannot help to be attracted. Can they aid each other? This is really a lovely romance and has a lot of humor and the story goes quickly I loved both of these books and recommend you read these and the rest of the series. Prepare your heart to be warmed!! Lori Dykes
Historical_Romance_Lover More than 1 year ago
An Unexpected Encounter I really enjoyed Lisbeth and Edmund's story! We start the story with Hestia observing a young woman and a little girl all by themselves in the museum. She approaches the woman, Lisbeth about keeping an eye on the little girl. The little girl, Aurelia, turns out to the be the ward of Edmund, Lord Cotwell. With a little fibbing on Aurelia's part, Lisbeth gets becomes her governess. In the course of Lisbeth working for Edmund, they fall in love. But Lisbeth doesn't think she is good enough for Edmund. Can he change her mind with a little help from his minx of a ward? This was a great additional to the Half Moon House series! A Waltz in the Park Miss Adelaide Stockton has to act the prim and proper miss in public to try and make society forget the scandal of her parent's marriage. She didn't count on the one person to see through her persona being a scoundrel. Try as she might, she just can't stop thinking about him. James Vickers is trying to bring down his father. The key to that just might be with Adelaide's aunt. As he tries to find answers, he finds himself getting closer and closer with Adelaide who happens to be the wrong type of person to fit in with his plans. Can James get revenge on his father and find the love of his life? This was a great quick read. Marlowe has a way of quickly drawing you into her stories and giving you the satisfaction of a full novel with her novellas. I loved seeing Hestia again!!
Hfowler More than 1 year ago
This is a two-part book. Part 1, An Unexpected Encounter, focuses on a strong independent woman who has taken her future into her own hands on a gamble and appears to have lost. He is a bit of a cantankerous older gentleman who hated society and has to chase his new ward to the museum too many times to count. On one fateful trip to the museum, he comes across Lisbeth and is surprised at her protectiveness of his ward who she just met. She ends up coming home to become the girl's new governess and while there airs out more than his home and infuses new life into a bitter gentleman. Their story was sweet, there was one instance of budding passion but then it didn't go far. I would have liked to have seen their passion unfold further. In the end, it was a sweet, almost innocent love story. The second story, A Waltz in the Park, follows James Vickers, the friend who abandoned Lisbeth in her time of need. He is an infamous rake and at the point where the story picks up, he has evolved his quest for vengeance against his father into one where he is no longer drunk all of the time, but rather being more subtle and thought out in his schemes. Along the way, he meets the "Celestial", an innocent that everyone is talking about as being a great beauty who is very innocent and angelic. She ends up striking a bargain with him; he will help her meet Hestia Wright, the famous courtesan, and she will help him speak with her cousin who he needs information from to use against his father. As they meet up in secret to exchange information passions flair. They have several stolen kisses, but he continues to keep his distance because he cannot be connected to an innocent, one his father would love to see him with. Tensions flare, harsh words are spoken, all seems lost, and then all ends well. The conclusion was sweet; I really liked how she set the scene in the park and won him in the end. Overall, it was an enjoyable story, but again no passion beyond several stolen kisses. Out of the two in the bundle, I did like this one a lot more. I do expect certain behaviors from a man known for his rakish ways and James did come across a bit too tame in that department, but in the grand scheme of the story, it didn't hinder the enjoyment of reading it.
JulieD2 More than 1 year ago
An Unexpected Encounter :- Miss Lisbeth Moreton is in danger of being traded for a prized heifer by stepfather but she knows she can do better than that and has run off for her date at the British Museum with James Vickers who hasn't shown up. But after a talk with Hestia Wright, she begins to chat to a little girl named Aurelia who seems to have lost her parents. Edmund Banke Lord Cotwell arrives on the scene and after explanations he decides he could use Lisbeth's help. An attraction blossom's between them and grows stronger as Lisbeth takes Edmund in hand. A nice story with a loverly ending. A Waltz in the Park :- James Vickers doesn't have a very good reputation, but he's reforming himself which he doesn't want his father to know, he still want's to frustrate him as much as possible, and find out what secrets he is hiding and with whom. And then Adelaide comes along. Miss Adelaide Stockton knows she has to be known for her behaviour that follows accepted social or moral standards in order to live down her mother's scandal and eventually find a respectable husband of her own. She meets James. They are not evenly matched at all, she is doing her best to keep away from scoundrels, rakes and generally stay out of trouble. This is a sweet romance. Both characters having to learn the others differences and motivations for their acts. Great chemistry between Adelaide and James and a very satisfying HEA
SMeeko More than 1 year ago
This book is a compilation of two separate novellas from the Half Moon House series. These are my first foray into this series and I did not feel that I needed to read the other books before appreciating these books. These novellas were so good that I purchased the other books in the series to enjoy. The novellas have been published previously, so check before purchasing. These books are a nice complement to one another as the hero of the second novella appears as a secondary character in the first. Readers get to see his growth and redemption by reading both novellas. AN UNEXPECTED ENCOUNTER: Miss Elizabeth Moreton has run off to London to avoid her step-father's plan to marry her off to a local squire in exchange for breeding stock for his cattle. Unfortunately, she is abandoned by the person she expected to help her. Instead, she ends up pretending to be a governess for a young orphaned girl. The girl is the ward of Lord Edmund Cotwell, a gruff man who has cut himself off from society. Lisbeth finds herself mending the hearts of both Edmund and his ward and finding a purpose of her own. Novellas are difficult creatures. Compared to full length novels, they often feel incomplete and shallow. On the other hand, they give authors a chance to tell stories of beloved characters who might not otherwise have their tale told. I very much enjoyed this novella because I thought the characters were well drawn, their story was tightly told and engaging and I left the story satisfied with the whole. I really thought the characters were sweet and I admit I am a sucker for the historical guy who is interested in things other than drinking, whoring and socializing. Edmund's scientific interests made him sexier and far more intriguing than he would have otherwise been. I liked that all the characters here: Edmund, Lizabeth and the ward are out of step with what would be expected in society. They are so clearly meant for one another. Rating: 4 stars. A WALTZ IN THE PARK: Two people holding themselves out to society with a mask for their own purposes. James Vickers wants to be as scandalous as possible in order to frustrate his despised father. Even though he has reformed himself from his wild and rakish days, he doesn't want his father to know. James knows his father is an abominable man and wants to find out what he is hiding. This season, James meets Miss Adelaide Stockton who knows she must act with utmost propriety in order to live down her mother's scandal and find a husband of her own. The two should have nothing to do with one another and yet cannot help but be attracted. This was my favorite of the two stories because it had a a beautiful and unexpected arc to the story ending up with the title-tease waltz in the park. From the beginning, there was such a unique connection between the two main characters. James is a man who struggles with his demons and needs to find out who he can be apart from his desire to frustrate his father's ends. Addy doesn't know what she wants from life and slides into her family's expectations. The relationship between Addy and James manages to free them both to be who they want to be. The story has humor and drama and even some well placed angst. But what I loved most was the blatant romantic climax of the story. This was a story that I wished were longer, but I'd rather have the story than not. Rating: 4.5 stars. NOTE: I received an ARC of this book in order to provide a review. I was not required to write
DianaInSC More than 1 year ago
A pair of charming and delightful Regency romances with depth This boxed set contains two previously published novellas, so make sure that you don't already own both before you buy this. "An Unexpected Encounter" is a unique and heartwarming governess romance. I am impressed with Deb Marlowe's astute grasp of the subtleties of human nature and interactions. The tenderness between the young lady Lizbeth and 8-year-old Aurelia is really touching. Aurelia is such a lovely child dealing with the grief of her parents' deaths. Lord Cotsworth is an idiosyncratic, reclusive man who has been hiding from society in a way, but this young girl becomes his ward. The hero and heroine were both likable and admirable. This is an excellent and must-read example of governess-themed romance. FYI, there is only one somewhat steamy and lightly graphic love scene. The subtle strategizing by the characters reminds me of Courtney Milan's Brothers Sinister series. Courtney Milan fans should try this Half Moon series by Deb Marlowe, especially this one. I also really love that this novella is bookended with scenes showcasing how the smart and bold Hestia Wright, an illustrious former courtesan, is helping people. I do not know of any other historical romance series doing anything quite like it. Furthermore, we see a fascinatingly intimate moment of Hestia's letting us know a secret from her past. I also fell in love with the second novella, "A Waltz in the Park". Deb Marlowe is a really good Regency romance writer. If you like Candice Hern, Lisa Kleypas, or Sabrina Jeffries, try this novella. James Vickers is a viscount's son with a bad reputation, and he is having an ongoing battle with his father. Adelaide is a young lady entering society who trying to do right by her family while also trying to be true to herself. The main characters in this book have complex motivations and are quite likeable. These two people are not one-dimensional at all. The author also does a great job with the couple's interactions and conversation with each other. There are some swoon-worthy moments! I also really like the plot developments. In addition, there are some unique and sparkling secondary characters. I really want Hestia to have her happily ever after, too. This novella is a "clean" romance (just kissing), which was really nice. I can recommend it to a wider audience who want romance without the love scenes. I received a free advanced reading copy from the author, and I voluntarily wrote this honest review.
JuliaAD More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed both of these novellas. Both of the women in the stories are unconventional. Hestia is always there to help and maneuver things to help everyone. In An Unexpected Encounter, Lisabeth finds herself in the museum waiting for James to come and help her. She will not be traded for a prize bull. James doesn't show up, there but there is a little girl who needs help. Hestia convinces Lisabeth to help the girl, then the girl's guardian comes along and ends up helping Lisabeth. He is almost a recluse and wants everyone to leave him alone. But, now he has a ward that he has to care for and she keeps going to the museum without permission. Will LIsabeth be the governess that she needs or will she be the woman that he needs? A Waltz in the Park - Addy is having her come out and she must be proper at all times. James has spent years being a thorn in his father's side. He isn't going to pay attention to such a proper girl. That wouldn't make his father mad. But, he can't seem to leave Addy alone. Addy has always been spirited and has to keep that under wraps if she wants to catch the right husband. At least that is what her relatives tell her.