Rules for a Rogue

Rules for a Rogue

by Christy Carlyle

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ISBN-13: 9780062572363
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 12/13/2016
Series: Romancing the Rules , #1
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Fueled by Pacific Northwest coffee and inspired by multiple viewings of every British costume drama she can get her hands on, USA Today bestselling author Christy Carlyle writes sensual historical romance set in the Victorian era. She loves heroes who struggle against all odds and heroines who are ahead of their time. A former teacher with a degree in history, she finds there’s nothing better than being able to combine her love of the past with a die-hard belief in happy endings.

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Rules for a Rogue 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
gaele More than 1 year ago
A completely sweet feel-good romance that is perfect for that “I’m having a bad day” reading option. Christopher Ruthven, son of the empire that created the Ruthven Rules of Etiquette turned his back on the family empire to pursue his own heart – working as a playwright. He’s living the high life in London, and built himself quite a reputation, but none of that comes with success in his own endeavors. Now, with the death of his father, the family business needs and requires him to return, and Kit returns home with less than wonderful expectations. Ophelia Marsden is supporting herself by tutoring young ladies, after refusing an offer of marriage and the death of her father. Chafing against, yet working publicly within, the rules that constrain women, she’s also the authoress of a guide for women that encourages them to explore their own independence and find self-direction while ignoring (if not upending) the Ruthven Rules. The history between Ophelia and Kit is a checkered one, she was expecting a proposal that never came as he was off to pursue other interests (and women). But all is not lost for Kit: he does feel remorse for his callous treatment of Ophelia, and hopes that they can coexist as acquaintances, if not actually friendly. Years have honed Ophelia’s reactions to a fine point, while not quite bitter, she is tottering on that edge, and the return of the one who shattered her girlish dreams is not a welcome sight. This journey of discovery was wonderful: both have to come to recognize strengths and weaknesses, the changes brought by time and experience. Ophelia’s refusal to bow to Kit’s efforts without having him actually see who she is, what she believes and, most importantly, how she does NOT need him but may want him in her life is wonderful. A wholesale change from the “I’m mad at you but you brought flowers and said pretty words” moments that turn so many women’s hearts in historical romance. Well-developed characters with a heroine who is solidly out of her time in her beliefs and willingness to share those ideas, and she’s not afraid of making a point. Often with humorous results. Kit was humbled, something he needed, and brought to see the error of his ways, and the change in his approach to women, Ophelia, life and work were wonderful. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good, fast read enjoyed Phee and Kit's story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a beautiful story of second chances and forgiveness. I love the characters and the relationships between them. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series. You get a glimpse of the next characters in the next book. I am looking forward to it.
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
A new series from Christy Carlyle--yay! I really enjoyed Rules for a Rogue--second chance romance at its best! Kit and Ophelia fell in love years ago, but Kit's constant clashes with his father--and the fact that he had plans for his son that didn't involve the girl next door--lead to Kit leaving for London and not looking back toward his childhood home. Phee, heartbroken by Kit's desertion, has moved on with her life as best she can--after her father's death, she started tutoring neighborhood girls and more recently (secretly) wrote a (somewhat scandalous) book. She's even thinking about a marriage proposal--true, she doesn't love the baron, who used to bully both her and Kit when they were children, but she's barely able to make ends meet on her own, and she doesn't know what other choice she has. Until Kit's publisher father dies, and he his sisters, and to Phee. She's certain that his return has an expiration date, though, and is determined to guard her heart. Kit too has no intention of staying--he's only back to check on his sisters, settle his father's affairs, and get rid of the family business. Or is he? The more time he spends back home, the less sure he is of anything but the fact that he doesn't want to be without Phee for another moment. Convincing her of that, though, is going to be a struggle and a half. I loved Phee and Kit! Ms. Carlyle did a great job of showing us how clearly these two were meant to be together, while at the same time throwing one obstacle after another in their path. Their resolution, when it finally came, was decidedly satisfying, and along the way there's enough interesting secondary characters (Kit's and Phee's sisters, Kit's reprobate friend Grey, and Phee's best friend Milly) to make me really anxious for the next books in the Romancing the Rules series to be released! Rating: 4 stars / A- I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
BookReview4you More than 1 year ago
'Rules for a Rogue' by Christy Carlyle is book one in the "Romancing the Rules" series. This is the story of Christopher “Kit” Ruthven and Ophelia Marsden. Kit left home and Ophelia about four years ago to pursue his play writing career. Kit and Ophelia had been friends and bordered on being a couple...but up and left. Kit father never really wanted them together which added to Ophelia feelings being hurt when Kit left and she never heard from him again. So when he returns home to attend the funeral of his estranged father funeral he seeks out Ophelia. Kit has never forgotten her and is taken back about the bitterness she seem to have toward him. This was just another great story by Ms. Carlyle!! I have loved her writing and this one didn't disappoint! "My honest review is for a special copy I voluntarily read."
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
The irony of the relationship between Kit and Ophelia is that there is love, the issue is that neither knows how to accept the flaws of the other. Until they can face the problems rooted in the past, there can never be a future. Family, responsibilities, pride and respectability have a hand in keeping them apart, but there is a sense of regret in the interactions that they have with each other. Ms. Carlyle is good at stirring up trouble but she delivers a potent combination of mesmerizing romance and seductive characters that leave her readers with a euphoric feeling.
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