The Right Kind of Rogue

The Right Kind of Rogue

by Valerie Bowman

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The Right Kind of Rogue by Valerie Bowman

Can two star-crossed lovers come together—until death do they part?

Viscount Hart Highgate has decided to put his rakish ways behind him and finally get married. He may adore a good brandy or a high-speed carriage race, but he takes his duties as heir to the earldom seriously. Now all he has to do is find the right kind of woman to be his bride—ideally, one who’s also well-connected and well-funded. . .

Meg Timmons has loved Hart, the brother of her best friend, ever since she was an awkward, blushing schoolgirl. If only she had a large dowry—or anything to her name at all. Instead, she’s from a family that’s been locked in a bitter feud with Hart’s for years. And now she’s approaching her third London season, Meg’s chances with him are slim to none. Unless a surprise encounter on a deep, dark night could be enough to spark a rebellious romance. . .for all time?

The Right Kind of Rogue is a sparkling Regency romance from Valerie Bowman!

Valerie Bowman’s Playful Brides novels are:

“Wholly satisfying.”—USA Today
“Smart and sensual…readers will be captivated.”—RT Book Reviews “Smoldering.” —Booklist

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250121714
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 10/31/2017
Series: Playful Brides , #8
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 343,060
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Valerie Bowman grew up in Illinois with six sisters (she’s number seven) and a huge supply of historical romance novels. After a cold and snowy stint earning a degree in English with a minor in history at Smith College, she moved to Florida the first chance she got. Valerie now lives in Jacksonville with her family including her mini-schnauzer, Huckleberry. When she’s not writing, she keeps busy reading, traveling, or vacillating between watching crazy reality TV and PBS. She is the author of the Secret Brides series, starting with Secrets of a Wedding Night, Secrets of a Runaway Bride, and Secrets of a Scandalous Marriage.

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CHAPTER 1

London, May 1818

"I'm afraid I have some unhappy news for you, Meg."

Meg Timmons's head snapped up to face her friend Sarah, Lady Berkeley. "Unhappy? How unhappy?" Meg's hand stilled on the swath of embroidered yellow taffeta she'd been inspecting. They were strolling through a shop on Bond Street. Unlike Sarah, Meg couldn't afford any of the lovely trappings. Sarah's husband was a wealthy viscount. Meg's father was a destitute baron. The two ladies had come from vastly different monetary, if not social, situations, but they never allowed that to hinder their friendship. No. The only thing that served to make their friendship difficult to maintain was the fact that Sarah's father, the Earl of Highfield, and Meg's father, Baron Tifton, were sworn enemies. The two men had detested each other for years, which was why their daughters were forced to meet at shops and other public locales. Upon occasion, Meg was allowed to come to Sarah's father's town house, but rarely and always with the censure of Sarah's highly disapproving parents.

Sarah winced and bit her lip, never a good sign.

"What?" Meg asked, her hand trembling against the fabric. "You're not permanently moving to Northumbria, are you?" Her closest friend, her only friend, had married last year. Viscount Berkeley's estate was far to the north. To date the couple had spent equal time in London and Northumbria, but Meg had worried all winter that Sarah wouldn't return to help her navigate the dreadfully dull waters of her third London Season. If Sarah left town, Meg would have no one.

Sarah left off examining some luxurious green silk. She turned to her friend, her face solemn. "It's Hart."

Meg's stomach dropped. Her fingers dug into the taffeta.

Sarah's older brother, Hart, the heir to the earldom, a viscount in his own right, was clever, handsome, witty, and extremely eligible. He was also entirely off limits to Meg but she had loved him for years.

Her heart in her throat, Meg scanned Sarah's face, her fingers digging deeper into the innocent taffeta. "What's the matter with Hart? He hasn't been injured in another racing accident, has he?"

Hart was always drinking and carousing and doing things like challenging his friends to races on the moors outside London. Last autumn, during a particularly dangerous chase when he was particularly foxed, he'd flipped his phaeton and broken his leg.

"No." Sarah shook her head. "It's worse than that. Much worse."

Meg's stomach dropped straight into her slippers. She forced herself to release her death grip on the taffeta. She took a deep breath. "He's getting married, isn't he?" She swallowed hard and braced a gloved hand on the wall next to her.

Sarah leaned over and wrapped her arm around Meg's shoulders. "There, there, dear. We both knew this day would come. I'm sorry, Meggie."

Meg swallowed again. Her hand remained planted on the wall for support. The room spun around her, colors blurring. Nausea gripped her. It was true. She'd known this day would come. Hart obviously needed to take a wife and sire an heir to secure the earldom. Meg was penniless. Her father had gambled her dowry away. She owned two outdated ball gowns, one set of ever more shabby-looking slippers, a satin reticule that sported an unfortunate tea stain, and a pair of graying kid gloves that were near to disintegrating. She was only allowed in Society events due to her father's dulled title and her friendship with the popular Lady Sarah. Every year at ton events, Meg sat on the sidelines, a perpetual wallflower, withering by the moment. At nearly one and twenty, she was a veritable spinster. But that didn't matter. Even if she weren't a wallflower, even if she owned gorgeous gowns and possessed a hefty dowry, Hart's father and her own would never allow a match between them. And even if that weren't a problem, there was the tiniest issue that Hart had never once indicated in any way that he might be interested in her. In fact, if anything, aside from one notable exception, he'd steadfastly ignored her over the years.

Yes. Meg had always known the day would come when Hart would have to take a wife. She simply hadn't expected it to be so ... soon.

"Who is she?" Meg closed her eyes to stiffen herself against the pain that hearing the name of Hart's future countess would inevitably cause. She pulled her hand from the wall and pretended to calmly fold her gloved fingers together in front of her. "It's Imogen Hamilton, isn't it? No! It's Lady Mary Asterton." Both ladies were considered diamonds of the first water this Season.

"No." Sarah shook her head again, still squeezing Meg's shoulders. "It's no one ... yet. He's merely declared his intent to choose a wife this Season."

Meg exhaled. She could breathe a bit easier. She and Sarah both knew this was still a large step for Hart. After what he'd been through with one Lady Annabelle Cardiff, Hart had been steadfastly against so much as considering a wife in the past, despite his father's constant nagging. This year, apparently, at the ripe old age of nine and twenty, Hart had changed his mind.

"He told Father he agrees. It's time," Sarah finished.

Meg nodded solemnly. "I see," she murmured.

"Oh, Meg, don't be sad," Sarah said. "Allow me to purchase some of this silk for you and have it made into a beautiful new ball gown." She pulled her arm away from Meg and held up a swath of the rich, soft material. "This green would be perfect with your golden hair. It will match your eyes. You'll look wonderful at the first ball of the Season. It's time you searched for a husband in earnest, too, you know."

Meg pressed a knuckle against the center of her forehead, where an awful headache was beginning to form. "No thank you, Sarah." Meg tucked a wayward curl beneath the brim of her bonnet. "We both know it'll take more than one beautiful ball gown for me to find a husband."

Sarah's eyes filled with tears, and she blinked solemnly at Meg. Indeed, they both knew all the reasons why Meg and Hart could not be together. It wasn't just because of their families and Meg's lack of a dowry. Sarah had told Meg often enough that Hart was not the sort for Meg. "He's a rogue, an unrepentant charmer," Sarah liked to say. "I've never known him to pay more than a passing interest in any woman. He'd break your heart for certain, Meggie, and I couldn't live with it if that happened. You're such a dear, so sweet and kind and unassuming. You'd give your last shilling and the gown off your back to someone in need. Hart is devil-may-care, only looking for a good time from moment to moment. He'd hurt you. I know it. I love you both dearly, of course, but my brother simply isn't the right man for you."

Meg reached out to pat her friend's hand where it still rested on the swath of emerald silk. "You're kind to worry about me, Sarah, and I quite agree, it's time I tried to find a husband of my own." She did her best to muster a smile.

Sarah's pretty face momentarily brightened. "Oh, Meg, I'm so happy to hear it." Sarah had been exhorting her for years to give up her hopeless infatuation with Hart and look for a man with less at stake, perhaps a wealthy mister with no interest in a dowry, someone who would love her and treat her like a princess. "What's made you change your mind?" Sarah continued.

Meg merely smiled a half smile. She wasn't about to tell Sarah. It would only worry her friend. But she hadn't changed her mind at all. In fact, in the few minutes they'd been speaking, Meg had firmly determined. Yes. It was time to try. Time to try to make Hart fall in love with her. She had a chance. A small one, to be certain, but a valid one all the same, for Meg knew something that Sarah did not. Meg knew what had happened between herself and Hart on the night before Sarah's wedding.

CHAPTER 2

"How in Hades's name can you drink at this hour of the morning, Highgate?"

Hart tossed back his brandy, swallowed, and laughed at his brother- in-law's words. The two sat across from each other at Brooks's gentlemen's club. It was decidedly before noon. The only reason Hart was up at this hour was because he'd promised to meet Lord Christian Berkeley. His brother-in-law rarely asked for favors and Hart suspected this meeting was his sister Sarah's doing, but he would humor the viscount just the same.

"Berkeley, old chap, you don't know the half of it." Hart clapped the viscount on the back. "Helps with the devil of a head left over from last night, don't ya know?" Berkeley lifted his teacup to his lips. "No. I don't. But I'll take your word for it."

That reply only made Hart laugh harder, which made his head hurt more. Hart liked his brother-in-law a great deal, but the man was decidedly humdrum when it came to amusements. Berkeley rarely drank, rarely smoked, and preferred to spend his time at his estate in the north of England or his hunting lodge in Scotland. Berkeley enjoyed quiet pursuits like reading or carving things out of wood much more than the amusements London had to offer. But Viscount Berkeley was a good man and one who clearly adored Hart's sister, and that was what mattered.

The viscount had gone so far as to dramatically interrupt Sarah's wedding to a pompous marquess and claim her for himself, thereby not only proving his commitment to Sarah but also saving Hart from having the self-involved Marquess of Branford as a brother-in-law. Overall it had been quite a fortunate turn of events for everyone. Everyone except Hart and Sarah's enraged, thwarted parents, that is.

Berkeley tugged at his cravat. "How are your — ahem — parents getting on?"

Hart cracked a smile. "Still angry, of course, even after all these months. You and Sarah made a good decision, staying up north for the winter. Gave Father and Mother time to calm down." His father's anger at having a scandal mar his family name and his daughter marry a mere viscount as opposed to a marquess who had the ear of the Prince Regent had barely abated over the winter, but no need to tell Berkeley as much.

Berkeley leaned back in his chair and crossed one silk-stockinged ankle over an immaculately creased knee, his hands lightly clutching the arms of his chair. He shook his head. "They're not calmed down, are they?"

"A bit." Hart stopped a footman and ordered another brandy. "Don't worry. They'll be civil when they see you. For Sarah's sake."

"Well, that's something. Are you seriously ordering another drink?"

"Are you seriously surprised?" Hart scratched his rough cheek. He'd been running late and hadn't bothered to ask his usually drunken valet to shave him this morning. For Christ's sake, that man drank more than he did. Not exactly someone he wanted near his throat with a straight razor. "Besides I have quite a good reason to drink today."

"Really?" Berkeley tugged at his cuff. Ever since Sarah had taught him how to dress properly, the viscount was much more attentive to his clothing. He was downright dapper these days. "Why is that?" "I'm getting married." Hart emitted a groan to accompany those incomprehensible words.

Berkeley's brows shot up. He set down his cup and placed a hand behind his ear. "Pardon? I must have heard you incorrectly. I thought you said married."

The footman returned with the drink and Hart snatched it from the man's gloved hand and downed nearly half of it in a single gulp. "I did," he muttered through clenched teeth, wincing.

"You? Married?" Berkeley's brow remained steadfastly furrowed, and he blinked as if the word were foreign.

"Me. Married." Hart gave a firm nod before taking another fortifying gulp of brandy.

"Ahem, who is the, uh, fortunate lady?" Berkeley lifted his cup back to his lips and took a long gulp, as if needing the hot drink to banish his astonishment.

"I haven't the first idea." Hart shook his head. He was giving serious thought to the notion of ordering a third brandy. Would that be bad form? Probably.

"Now you're simply confusing me," Berkeley said with an unmistakable smile on his face. With his free hand, he pulled the morning's copy of the Times from the tabletop next to him and scanned the headlines.

Hart took another sip of brandy and savored it this time. "I haven't made any decisions as to the chit yet. I've merely announced to Father that this is the year I intend to find a bride. The idea of marriage has always made my stomach turn. After all, if my parents' imperfect union is anything by which to gauge the institution, it's a bloody nightmare."

"Why the change of heart?" Berkeley asked.

Hart scrubbed a hand through his hair. The truth was, he wasn't less sickened by the prospect of marriage these days, but he couldn't avoid the institution forever. At some point he'd have to put the parson's noose firmly around his own throat and pull. Wives were fickle, and marriages meant little other than the exchange of money and property. His own father had announced that fact on more than one occasion. His parents treated each other like unhappy strangers, and his father had made it clear that they were anything but in love. That, Hart supposed, was his fate. To live a life as his parents had in the pursuit of procreating and producing the next future Earl of Highfield. So be it, but was it any wonder he'd been putting it off?

"Seeing Sarah marry had more of an effect on me than I expected," Hart admitted, frowning at his not-quite-empty glass. "And if you ever tell anyone I saidthat, I'll call you out." He looked at Berkeley and grinned again.

"You have my word," Berkeley replied with a nod. "But may I ask how it affected you?"

Hart pushed himself back in the large leather chair and crossed his booted feet at the ankles. "I started thinking about it all, you know? Life, marriage, children, family. I expect you and Sarah will be having a child soon, and by God I'd like my children to grow up knowing their kin. My cousin Nicole was quite close to Sarah and me when we were children. Nicole's marriage isn't one to emulate, either. She hasn't even seen her husband in years. Last I heard, she's living somewhere in France, childless. By God, perhaps I should rethink this." Hart pulled at his cravat. The bloody thing was nearly choking him what with all of this talk of marriage.

Berkeley leaned back in his seat, mirroring Hart. "Perhaps you should focus on the positive aspects of marriage. I assure you, there are many."

"Believe me, I'm trying," Hart continued, reminding himself for the hundredth time of the reasons why he'd finally come to this decision. God knew it hadn't been an easy one. "Whether I like it or not, it's time for me to choose a bride. Sarah is my younger sister. While she wasn't married, it all seemed like fun and games, but now, well, seems everyone is tying the proverbial knot these days what with Owen Monroe and Rafe Cavendish marrying. Even Rafe's twin, Cade, has fallen to the parson's noose."

Just this morning when Hart had woken with a splitting head for the dozenth time in as many days, he'd thought yet again how he needed to stop being so reckless. He wasn't able to bounce back from a night of debauchery nearly as quickly as he used to when he was at university. Seeing Sarah marry had made him consider his duties, his responsibilities, and his ... age. For the love of God, he was nearly thirty. That thought alone was enough to make him want another brandy. It was his duty to sire the next Earl of Highfield, and duty meant something to him. What else mattered if he didn't respect his duty? Hadn't that been hammered into his head since birth by his father, along with all the dire warnings not to choose the wrong wife?

"It's true that several marriages have taken place lately in our set of friends," Berkeley replied, still leisurely perusing the paper while sipping tea. "But I thought you were immune to all of that, Highgate."

"I have been." Hart sighed again. "But I've finally decided it's time to get to it."

Berkeley raised his teacup in salute. "Here's to the future Lady Highfield. May she be healthy, beautiful, and wise."

"Thank you," Hart replied. He tugged at his python-like cravat again.

Berkeley regarded Hart down the length of his nose. "Any ladies catch your fancy?"

Hart shook his head. He braced an elbow on the table beside them and set his chin on his fist. "No. That's the problem. I'm uncertain where to begin."

Berkeley let the paper drop to his lap. "What sort of lady are you looking for?"

(Continues…)



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The Right Kind of Rogue 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 36 reviews.
Anonymous 7 months ago
I did not care for this book. The pacing was very slow. I ended up skimming the first hslf if the book. The characters were shallow and the plot even more improbable than usual in romance. Save your money for her next book.
BuckeyeAngel More than 1 year ago
Meg Timmons has been in love with Hart Highgate since she was 16 years old. He’s the old brother of her best friend and now that he’s decided to look for a wife, she’s decided to make herself his one way or another. This plot seems to be running rampant over the past year as this feels like the fourth or fifth book with the same setting. Unfortunately, I didn’t like this version. I really didn’t like Hart’s character. It’s a pet peeve of mine when the author keeps reiterating the man’s sleazy ways. Plus Hart really didn’t have any redeeming qualities to make me forgive him in the end. **I voluntarily read and reviewed this book
grandmareads102 More than 1 year ago
Meg Timmons secretly loves Hart, her best friend's older brother, but he doesn't see her as a possible wife. After all she's a perpetual wallflower. When she learns that he's planning to take a wife, she decides to make him aware of her as a desirable woman. She plans to do that by enlisting a well known matchmaker. Will she get her heart's desire? Meg is a sympathetic character. I was sorry that her parents treated her so badly. I don't want her hurt again. Hart is determined not to let love ruin his life. I have never met a more stubborn man. He frustrated me when he rejects Meg. I enjoyed their interaction. Their dialogue was sparkling and sassy. Valerie Bowman made me care. I wanted Hart to realize that Meg was perfect for him. The plot was well written and romantic. It was good to see Sarah and Christian again. In addition I enjoy attending the London balls.. I received a copy of this book which I voluntarily read and reviewed. My comments are my honest opinion. ,
LoriP123 More than 1 year ago
I loved this historical romance by Valerie Bowman! I will definitely be looking forward to reading more wonderful stories by her. Meg Timmons has very little choice in who she will be able to marry based on societal rules since her father gambled all of her dowry away and has become the talk of the town. So when she finds out that the man who she has loved since she was sixteen years old is looking for a wife she has to take measures into her own hands by entrusting the help of her very influential friend Lucy Hunt. But her plan soon backfires and instead of drawing Hart closer it pushes him even further away. Hart Highgate has sworn off marriage ever since a woman he thought he loved tried to set him in a trap to force his hand to marry her, but he had skillfully caught on and was able to protect his honor along with hers. Now seeing that little Meg is all grown up and is looking for a husband and needs his help he is finding that he doesn't want her to marry anyone else but him even knowing she doesn't meet his father's standards for an appropriate match for him. Will he learn to trust in his own heart for what is best for him and the woman he loves or be forever ensnared in his father's bitterness? I was given an ARC from the author/publisher. All conclusions are mine and mine alone.
TanyaLK More than 1 year ago
Loved this story. A continuation of the Playful Brides series, this story focuses on Viscount Hart Highgate and his sister's best friend, Meg Timmons. Only, comes from the wrong tracks and Me and Hart's fathers are sworn enemies. Yet, despite all the odds, these two are perfect for each other. Now it's just waiting for Hart to realize the love of his life has been in front of him all this time. And that she's not a golddigger. The chemistry is palpable. The chills with just a touch or a kiss are like a tsunami. Loved this book - my favorite of the series thus far.
Crystal61 More than 1 year ago
This was a fun read. Meg is an interesting woman, very determined, although she was not prepared for what she got. Hart allowed his past hurts to color his views of woman. I wanted to smack him for not seeing what was right in front of him. Their coming together was well worth the read, and I found this a hard book to put down. This is my unsolicited review of a story that I received through Netgalley.
MelodyMay More than 1 year ago
Talk about getting heart palpitations, The Right Kind of Rogue wasn't an easy read. Seriously, we have I worried for Meg Timmons throughout the story. I had cause for worry, because she enlisted the help of Lucy Hunt. No good ever comes when she gets in the thick of things, but does she causes some havoc on Meg's life. Luckily it all works out for Meg, but there were some nail biting instants. We have Meg who has been in love with Hart Highgate since she was 16. A long time to be in love with a guy. Anyway, she decides to put aside her dreams of Hart realizing she's the woman for him, and decides to find a husband. However, Lucy gets involve to help her win Hart, because there is hope that he loves her too. Hart decided it was high time to find the perfect wife, and help Meg find a husband too. This is where the nail biting comes into play. This was rough seeing Hart fight his feelings, but wasn't quite sure if he had feelings for Meg. Seriously, it was stressful. Plus, it gets a little ugly at this time. Anyway, Valerie is masterful at making a story come to life, even one that makes you anxious you hope that everything goes according to plan. Yes, you will find bumps along the path in the story, because there's always bumps when Lucy gets involve. The Right Kind of Rogue is like a Romeo & Juliet kind of story. Fortunately, no one ends up dying. It's a happier ending that story. Like I said the road to true love is a little bumpy, and Hart's a bit stubborn. He's kind of a jerk towards Meg. I'm surprise no smacked him upside the head, which would have been perfectly acceptable. Valerie brings out another fun read in the Playful Brides books. Copy provided by author Rating: 4 1/2 Stars
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was wonderfully written! The development of Meg and Hart was throughout was superbly written! I will definitely buy the series.
Virginiaw More than 1 year ago
This is a fun and playful book like the series name says. I really enjoyed all the characters. My favorite was Lucy who is the matchmaker. She was so devious. I loved reading how Meg and Hart grow to love each other and grow up in many ways. I received this book from Netgalley for a blog tour for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.
DebDiem More than 1 year ago
The Right Kind Of Rogue is a phenomenal historical romance by Valerie Bowman. Ms Bowman has once again astounded me with her storytelling abilities. She has delivered a well-written book and packed it full with a lovable, awesome cast of characters. Wallflower Meg and popular rake Hart's story has plenty of drama, humor, misunderstandings and sizzle to keep readers glued to their books. I loved reading The Right Kind Of Rogue and look forward to reading more from Valerie Bowman in the future. The Right Kind Of Rogue is book 8 of the Playful Brides Series but can easily be read as a standalone. This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger. I voluntarily read an Advance Reader Copy of this book that I received from NetGalley.
BeccaLove More than 1 year ago
The Right Kind of Rouge was very satisfying. Who doesn't love when strong characters make things happen? It had some unexpected conflict, but you can't help loving Hart just as Meg does. If you haven't been keeping up with the Playful Brides Novels this book can stand alone, but is way more fun if you already understand everyone's previous mischief.
momof3boysj More than 1 year ago
Meg has been crushing on Hart for years, if only she had a dowry...and he wasn't her best friend's brother. Hart is looking for a wife, but his family demands one with a marriage portion. Friends try matchmaking, but Meg wants a marriage of love, if possible, if not she'll settle for someone who will take her for her title and without means to avoid going to the Continent. Hart and Meg keep finding themselves in compromising situations, but they manage to escape with no one the wiser...until one night alone in a garden and caught together in the dark. A hasty marriage ensues. Can this marriage survive a misunderstanding, will Meg and Hart admit their feelings and affection for each other before it's too late? This star-crossed pair must decide to avoid the paths of their parents' horrible marriages to find a forever love. A wonderfully woven tale! **received an ARC on Netgalley**
ChristineH More than 1 year ago
Another Regency Rogue Falls Hard Valerie Bowman has done it again! Her Regency Rogues series continues with the story of Meg and Hart. The series matchmaker, Lucy, describes the two as "Romeo and Juliet, but without the poison." Mrs. Bowman has a wonderful sense of humor that comes through her writing. This story is paced well and light. It is a fun story overall. The conflict of personal desires versus family demands and expectations is believable.
charlo721 More than 1 year ago
I received an ARC from the author for a honest review. This is the 8th book in the Playful Brides series, Meg and Harts' story. Meg has been in love with her best friends brother Hart since she was a school girl. Now she's in her third season and he's never given her any reason to believe he returns her feelings. Hart has decided to take a wife and change his rakish ways. He hasn't chosen anyone, just a lady from a good family and a large dowry. All Meg has is a father that has gambled everything away and is in a bitter feud with Harts family. Can Meg find a way to show Hart she's the wife he's looking for?
Cherylkochbooks More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book. It is not often that I read historical romances anymore. Not because I don't like this genre as I used to read them all the time. With this book, I liked how I was easily able to form a connection with the characters and story. Meg is not the shy wallflower that you might expect from these types of books. She does not need a hero like Hart to save her. Yet, she is not so strong that she is immune to Hart's charms. Although, when it came to Hart, I like that he was not ignorant or pompous. He was kind. However, Meg and Hart were not the only stars of this book. Hart's younger, sister, Sarah and Duchess Lucy Hunt were great as well. They helped provide entertainment. Lucy being older spoke her mind. She seemed to be not cut from the same cloth as the rest of high society. Sarah is Meg's best friend and confidant. Than there is the chemistry between Meg and Hart. It was there and it was real. I like that they shared a history together of having kissed before that no one else knew about. They made a good couple. Easy reading.
LadyC More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed this book! I really like the siblings best friend love story and who doesn't love a good rogue!! I love love loved Hart!! He is funny, caring, and has the best cure for hiccups! Meg knows she wants Hart and gets in a little over her head while Hart knows Meg is nothing he can have but cannot stop wanting her. Ton rules, family dramas, and meddling friends made for a fun passionate read!!
etoile1996 More than 1 year ago
meg timmons has been in love with lord hart highgate since she was 16 and he stood up for her to her mother. in the intervening years he's been a total rogue, but this year he's decided to take a wife. and so meg, in spite of being a terrible match for hart on paper, she has no dowry and her father's title has no social capital to speak of, decides that she's going to make a play for hart. meg is not one for strategems at least not the kind she needs if she's going to land hart. in the right kind of rogue she turns to lucy hunt, duchess of claringdon, for help. except lucy has all the subtlety of a sledgehammer and when she conspires to catch meg and hart in a scandalous moment she overplays her hand. hart rises to the occasion, but the whole moment felt like such a rude interruption to the actual story. because if they hadn't been interrupted hart and meg would still have probably found each other. and we wouldn't have had to withstand ridiculous hurt feelings from the both of them. instead of spending time together, hart and meg proceed to spend the rest of the novel apart. so it's as if this one moment had the net effect of breaking a relationship that was working, instead of bringing them together. i had been enjoying the book until that moment, and even though everyone ends up with a happily ever after, i'm not sure it was as satisfying as it could have been. **the right kind of rogue will publish on october 31, 2017. i received an advance reader copy courtesy of netgalley/st. martin's press in exchange for my honest review.
def618 More than 1 year ago
One of my favorites of this series! Meg Timmons and Sarah, Lady Berkeley, have been friends for a long time even though their fathers are sworn enemies. Meg has been in love with Sarah’s brother, Hart, since she was 16 and he stood up to her mother for berating her. This season Sarah’s goal is to find Meg a husband. In pursuit of that goal, they enlist Lucy Hunt, Duchess of Claringdon, to help Meg with her clothes and invitations. Meg is no longer a wallflower. Meg’s life was going well, until Lucy “accidently” locks Meg and Hart in the silver closet and later sets them up to be caught kissing in her garden. Hart is angry about being trapped into marriage and is sure Meg set him up. They marry and he ignores her even while helping her parents. Meg is determined to make their marriage work and tries seduction but he is still angry with her for setting him up. Of course, there is a HEA, but you’ll have to read this very good book to know how it happens. Thanks to Valerie Bowman, the publisher and NetGalley for this ARC.
Lokithor More than 1 year ago
The Right Kind of Rogue is the 8th addition to Valerie Bowman's Playful Bride series. It's not necessary to read the first seven, but it does make book eight more fun to read. Ms. Bowman has a way of writing a story that makes it hard to put down. The pace is steady, the characters likable, the dialog quick and witty. The HEA was a bit rushed but satisfying none the less. While I enjoyed this book for many reasons, it was not my favorite of the series. The story has been told a few too many times. The heroine has loved the hero since she was a young girl. Even though the heroine was the best friend of his sister, the hero never really noticed her. At least not until she had a makeover and other men began paying attention to her. Add an overzealous matchmaker to the mix and let the games begin. Even though the plot was familiar, Ms. Bowman was able to make The Right Kind of Rogue an enjoyable story.
Robindpdx More than 1 year ago
This was a well-written, entertaining book. Meg Timmons has been in love with her best friend's brother, Viscount Hart Highgate, but she has no dowry and her family has been in a feud with Hart's for years. He has decided to find a bride, but is looking for the right kind of bride - someone his father would approve. Meg realizes this is her last chance to find a way to get Hart see her in a new way. This book can be read as a standalone story, though it is #8 in the Playful Brides series. I enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more books in this series as well as others by this author.
KindleLady More than 1 year ago
This is the 2nd book in this series that I have read, and I thought it was great fun! The writing style flowed well and I found myself smiling frequently, which I like when I'm reading for fun. Meg and Hart's story was entertaining and provided plenty of ups and downs. If you want a light but fun read, this is for you. I received an ARC for my honest opinion.
BookReview4you More than 1 year ago
THE RIGHT KIND OF ROGUE by Valerie Bowman is book 8 in the "Playful Brides" series. This is the story of Viscount Hart Highgate and Meg Timmons. I have read (and LOVED) the other book in this series but feel this can easily be a standalone book. Meg is a spinster wallflower of sorts with her a father that gambles. Meg has always loved Hart who was her friend's brother. But their parents do not get along and in addition they are on different social levels. Hart's sister does try to put them together. This is Meg's third attempt and the marriage mart and Hart first attempt to settling down and take his family publications to heart. I did enjoy seeing their story come together!
JoRead More than 1 year ago
Meg had always been in love with her best friend’s brother, Hart, but to him, she’s only ever been his sister’s friend and nothing more. Once she realizes Hart has decided it’s time to find a wife, Meg enlists the assistance of one of her friends to get him to notice her. Unfortunately what Meg didn’t account for was that every scheme they planned would go awry, even the one that got her what she wanted. I thought it was a nice read overall. Meg is a sweet girl (yes, girl and she behaves as such) that has to put up with a horrible mother, a gambling father, and a close-to-destitution situation. Hart doesn’t want to marry but believes it’s time to do so, even if his parents are the worst example of what a marriage should be, and his relationship with them was nowhere better than Meg’s. The thing is I just was not able to understand Meg’s infatuation for Hart. There is even a moment when someone asks her why she wants to marry him and she answers because of what he did in the past and I was actually expecting something deeper, with more resonance. They do get to know each other and they become friends but to me it was like she was chasing him for no good reason, at least not until he grows and that was close to the end. I also think I would have liked it more if Hart would have declared his love at a better time and not after he received an ultimatum and after being told so by everyone. Like I said not bad but not my favorite either. 2.75 stars rounded to 3. ** I received this book at no cost to me and I volunteered to read it; this is my honest opinion and given without any influence by the author or publisher.***
CathyGeha More than 1 year ago
The Right Kind of Rogue by Valerie Bowman Playful Brides #8 Lucy has loved Hart, her best friend’s brother, since she was sixteen. Their parents have been enemies forever. In her third year on the marriage market in London and the season beginning she hears Hart is finally ready to find a wife so she enlists the aid of her friend Lucy in finding a way to have Hart see her as his potential wife. With Lucy’s machinations often going awry, both sets of parents creating trouble, Meg definitely wanting Hart and Hart definitely against love or devious women the stage is set for problems aplenty…and that is just what happens…until both Hart and Meg find a way to a HEA. This book was so-so for me. I ended up skimming parts of it because it seemed contrived and at times silly. I had trouble believing the story, the reactions, the interactions, the idea that Meg would share so much and trust those she shared with implicitly. I couldn’t see a 29 year old man being so immature and doing and saying and behaving as he often did. I had trouble understanding why Meg could love Hart and hold a torch for for him for four or five years. I guess it takes all types to make the world go around but Meg and Hart made me feel there has to be more. And, that said, I looked back over books I have read in this series and found that I loved and rated one five stars so will continue on hoping there will be another such book to read in the future. Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for the ARC – This is my honest review. 3 Stars
astroyic More than 1 year ago
Fun, Entertaining & Absolutely Enthralling! 
Oh how I loved this fantastic story that transported me back in time and captured my heart and soul! Beautifully written with wonderfully captivating characters, as well as stunning and beautiful descriptions this author delivers a entertaining and fun storyline that swept me away. 
Meg Timmons has been a perpetual wallflower, as a daughter of a destitute Baron, she has only tattered and worn out gowns to her name. She is desperate when she finds out that her best friends brother, Hart has decided to look for a wife this season. So what’s a girl to do when the man she has loved since she was sixteen doesn’t even act like he knows she is alive? Get help! So Meg enlists the help of Lucy Hunt, the Duchess Of Claringdon. Lucy is rich, beautiful, outspoken and a master planner of plots to match couples as well as being a favorite of the ton. As Lucy has dresses made for Meg, and her entire look done over, to entice, so begins the seduction and the plotting to make Hart Highgate notice her. 
Hart Highgate is Heir to a Earldom, a viscount in his own right. He is handsome, clever, witty and extremely eligible but not to Meg. Their fathers are sworn enemies. Hart is always drinking and carousing and has never shown any interest in Meg. Except for the night before his sister’s wedding. 
But with his family making demands on who Hart should court, he soon becomes bored and rebellious, finding the most fun he has ever had, when he is with Meg. Overwhelmed and enthralled by her transformation, he soon finds it hard to let other men dance and talk with her. But when the plotting and scheming soon forces his hand, will all be lost? Will their feelings for each other recover? You will need to read to find out. 
I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.