The Rogue: A Devil's Duke Novel

The Rogue: A Devil's Duke Novel

by Katharine Ashe

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ISBN-13: 9780062412737
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 02/23/2016
Series: Devil's Duke Series , #1
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 280,274
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Katharine Ashe is the award-winning author of historical romances that reviewers call “intensely lush” and “sensationally intelligent,” including How to Be a Proper Lady, an Amazon Editors’ Choice for the 10 Best Books of the Year in Romance, and My Lady, My Lord and How to Marry a Highlander, 2015 and 2014 finalists for the prestigious RITA® Award of the Romance Writers of America. Her books are recommended by Publishers WeeklyWomen’s World Magazine, Booklist, Library Journal, Kirkus Reviews, Barnes & Noble, and many others, and translated into languages across the world.

Katharine lives in the wonderfully warm Southeast with her beloved husband, son, dog, and a garden she likes to call romantic rather than unkempt. A professor of European History, she writes fiction because she thinks modern readers deserve grand adventures and breathtaking sensuality too. For more about Katharine’s books, please visit her website or write to her at PO Box 51702, Durham, NC 27717.

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The Rogue: A Devil's Duke Novel 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
zeeba More than 1 year ago
The Rogue is a brilliant tale of suspense and danger The Rogue is the first novel in The Devil's Duke by Katharine Ashe and the fourth book in her Falcon Club series. Katharine created another thrilling suspense romance with danger and witty dialogue that keep you captivated through the whole story. Lady Constance Read is the daughter of Duke and you think the daughter of a duke is usually pampered and spoiled but not our heroine; she is beautiful, independent and risking her life to solve the mystery of missing girls. Evan Saint Sterling is handsome rouge who is done with women forever after the broken heart six years ago. I must say he is one of my favorite heroes. As circumstances bring Saint and Constance back together after six years, they realize that they still haven’t forgotten their scorching hot kisses and the time they spent together. So what happens now when she is almost engaged to the devil’s duke with Saint living in her house? Katharine started her first book in her amazing new series mostly about the mystery of the missing girls, dangers, secrets and some romance. I couldn’t put the book down and really enjoyed reading another wonderful book by Katharine. I am looking forward to read the next one in series The Earl. Thank you Katharine Ashe
Lost-N-Love-N-Hopeless More than 1 year ago
Historical Romance Mystery series in the true sense. HEA in the book but the mystery carries on. Evan Saint-André Sterling (Saint) made me want to fall in love with him over and over. There was just something about him. He was not overly chatty. He put his thoughts to action. Lady Constance was full of so many issues. I was having a hard time connecting with her but there were points where I could understand her. Katharine Ashe has just got herself a new reader. I will be heading back to other book from other series by her. I love to be immersed in the world of mystery and intrigue and this first book in this series is heading in the right direction. This is not a single line book where you know all you need to find the mysterious duke, but there is the HEA for Saint and Constance. More @
gaele More than 1 year ago
I have to preface by stating that I’ve never met a book from Katharine Ashe that I didn’t like, and while some took longer for me to lose myself in her world, I’ve also never found it difficult to grasp the basics in the backstory that gives depth to her characters. As this is the first in a new, yet contains characters from another series, this ability to use the information Ashe provides to sort everyone on their shelves was useful. I enjoyed both Saint and Constance, for very different reasons. Saint was that solidly male, chivalrous and honorable to a fault protective of all things in his purview character: complex, layered and just stubborn enough to not realize that his happiness is there – waiting. A man of few words, he’s not broody in that emo way that makes you want to reach out and smack him, but the moments hide a brain in which ALL the wheels are turning, as he fights with his demons, mostly self-created. On the other hand, Constance is bold and daring, her confidence is often undermined by the position she must take in society. Using her looks and brains to full effect, this member of The Falcon Club is also far more complex than anyone would initially expect. With a mystery surrounding a secret society and some missing young women, the plot tension is off the charts: Constance’s focus is split between her concern for the mystery and her increasing desire for Saint, still, and her inability to ignore it or the reasons that have her hesitating. She feels deeply, and as old wounds poke their tendrils of insecurities and doubt into her head and heart, the tension from the will they or won’t they felt brittle and ready to shatter. Saint is not immune to Constance or his desire for her, six years have passed and neither one has truly forgotten, or recovered, from the feelings and desires awakened then. Every look, every interaction between them sparkles and sparks with the tension between them – and when they FINALLY take a chance to quench the thirst…. Grab a cold drink. You’ll need it. Steamy and seductive, the words they don’t say are written ALL over their moments together. Chemistry that is atomic in intensity, you just know that these two are destined for together. Well, if they can get over their own stumbling blocks. A wonderful story that did, in fact, fill in many of the holes I had from not reading earlier titles in the Falcon’s Club series, although I will be rushing out to get that series onto my shelf. Another finely written story from Ashe, providing a mystery that could stand as a story alone, but heightens and fuels Saint’s protective nature, pushing him and Constance together until they both realize the inevitable. 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.
aholmes4u More than 1 year ago
I received an eARC for a fair and honest review. Katharine Ashe is a wonderful author. She makes you feel like a part of the character's lives. This novel is about Lady Constance Read and her love interest that she cannot have- Saint. Ladies, Saint is EVERYTHING we all want in a man. He is a swordsman, smart, sexy, and sweet. His station in life makes him unacceptable to be Constance's love interest, but after some fancy talking, he is instructing her in the art of sword fighting. This is a mystery/love story and it reminded me of several movies I have seen. As a teacher, I would say, I made connections. It reminded me of the movies, Eyes Wide Shut and The Da Vinci Code. It has some serious sexual issues that have to be worked through. I actually blushed during this novel, and that doesn't happen often. Ms. Ashe kept me guessing up to the very end. I have preordered the novel and am excited to get the free prologue! I highly suggest that you read this book. Everyone needs Saint in their lives.
MoniqueD More than 1 year ago
In the first instalment of her new Devil's Duke series, Katharine Ashe dazzles with her lush and eloquent prose and THE ROGUE features the most wonderful male protagonist in all of her books. Girls have been disappearing, and Lady Constance Read wants to find them. She was trained at The Falcon Club, a covert organisation whose mission is to find missing persons, so she has an inkling as to how to go about it. The Duke of Loch Irvine is hinted at being the Devil’s Duke, because of shocking soirées rumoured to be taking place at his estate. Only married couples are invited, thus to accomplish her mission, Constance must find a husband, and strangely enough the Duke himself seems rather taken by the beautiful blonde. However Constance would never have predicted that the man with whom she shared a passionate kiss six years ago would reappear in her life and turn her life upside down. Both Constance and Saint had been featured previously in books by the author, and it is not surprising that they would get their own story, given that they are exceptionally strong characters. While Constance is fascinating and she does have a most interesting background, Saint is simply to die for! He is the hero I always wish for, but seldom encounter, and dashing too; fancy that! THE ROGUE is a very complex story, weaving a baffling mystery, startling plot twists – both in the present and in the past – and an unlikely romance between somewhat unconventional characters. Ms. Ashe’s writing keeps getting better, if such a thing is even conceivable; her eloquence is legendary, her ability to convey emotions unsurpassed, and in THE ROGUE, she makes fencing lessons a thing of indescribable sensuality. Once more, the great Katharine Ashe demonstrates that historical romance can be daring and original, while remaining faithful to the Regency era! I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent read. Katharine Ashe does it again. I love everything she has written.
Jferhall More than 1 year ago
I had a hard time finishing this book. This isn't not a standalone book even though it is the first in the series. There are missing pieces to the characters events that are eluded to, but never explained.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The protagonists were admirable and interesting with a great love story. The subject matter was distasteful, investigating deaths of young women, human sacrifice, blackmail and spying. I had to slog my way through it, but this episode of the series wasn' t even complete in this book.
AustenStudent More than 1 year ago
Though not nearly as romantic as some of her previous stories, including Captive Bride, My Lady, My Lord, or Kisses, She Wrote–but then again, they can’t all be–veteran historical romance author Katharine Ashe, as always, writes with lush sensuality, lyricism, and romance. It’s pure pleasure to read her words even if I didn’t care much for this story. This is a second chance love story, a well-loved trope in the genre, but I found both Constance and Saint to be a little cold and rather traumatized by past events, including their own thwarted love affair. Saint feels he is not good enough for Constance, the daughter of a duke, though he himself is the great-great-grandson of a baron, so I didn’t quite understand this problem. Is it that she lied about it? Could be. As a result, they are not very sympathetic and thus, hard to get to know and warm up to. Their passion wasn’t all that passionate to me; instead,they just seemed mostly long-suffering and sad. There is also a mystery story along with the central love story. Constance, the privileged daughter of a duke, and a member of the Falcon Club (a group of crime-fighting aristocrats), is trying to solve a series of disappearances of young women near her family estate in Scotland when she discovers that Saint, her former love interest, may be connected to one of the lost girls. The more exciting story line is a minor one in the public and witty banter of the provocative letters in the scandal sheets between Peregrine–a Falcon Club member–and Lady Justice, his righteous nemesis–that are threaded throughout the novel. I’m very much looking forward to their story next. For marriage–as you, a lady of Violent Independence, must agree–is but a prison to subjugate both body and will to the whims of another. …marriage is a prison. But not for men. Constance holds a painful secret that prevents her from enjoying intimacy, and this is slowly revealed in clues. However, even this is confusing as she seems to very much enjoy taking charge of her sexual encounters with Saint, yet panics when he does. There is a lot of impressive research revealed in the fencing and fighting lessons between Saint and Constance and sexual tension and energy as well. But when they finally get together, all the tension that’s supposed to be there kind of fizzles to me. Though not necessary, I think it helps to read Ashe’s previous novels as there are many mentions of characters from the Falcon Club novels as well as her Rogues of the Sea series.
charlo721 More than 1 year ago
I received an eARC from the author for a honest review. Katharine Ashe is a favorite of mine. This is the first book in a new series, Devil's Duke and the forth in The Falcon Club series. I would recommend that you read the other Falcon Club books before you read this one. I think it will help you understand the story better. I had not and was sometimes confused with the back story. Constance and Saint have serious chemistry. She's the daughter of the Duke of Read, tough and not afraid to do things on her own, but she needs a husband. He's the son of a merchant, an expert swordsman and does not intend to marry. The Duke hires him to teach his ward to fence. When he finds out the ward is Constance, he refuses. He finally agrees and together they try to solve the mystery of 2 missing maidens.
A2 More than 1 year ago
Katharine Ashe has done it again with another smart, literate, and moving Regency romance. Her characters are intense, a bit wounded and a little mysterious, but filled with the potential for passionate love. If you like historicals marked by literary skill and complex relationships, Katharine Ashe is the author you have been seeking. The Rogue is filled with interesting period details and an intriguing plot, touching on the more dubious activities of the era's elites. Saint is a hero you can't help but admire and love. Constance is prickly and difficult, but you want to unravel her story and root for her to find happiness. While technically a stand alone, familiarity with The Falcon Club series will enhance the reading experience. Once you finish The Rogue, like me, you will be counting the days until the next Devil's Duke novel.
angcartwright More than 1 year ago
4th in a Series and Good Beginning to a New One This is the 4th book in the Falcon Club series and also the start of it’s own series, The Devil’s Duke. As the beginning book in a series, it is an exciting start and I’m eager to read the next one. As the 4th book in the Falcon Club series, it is confusing and frustrating as it does not offer the reader any opportunity for recall but jumps right in as if the last book in that series was published months ago instead of over three years ago. Due to this fact, I not only found myself completely lost in the first half of the book but also due to the complexity of Ashe’s writing, which if you aren’t paying attention to every paragraph, you can miss an important detail that can be referenced throughout the book. I must have done this, as I had a hard time understanding what happened between Saint and Constance six years ago and it’s mentioned briefly in the earlier part of the book and then revealed in sprinkles as the story enfolds. When I went back and re-read the first half and found myself less lost at least. There were too many themes which were not connected well, so this contributed to it being hard to follow as well. The story has a darker element to it as well that is a bit of a surprise as readers who have been reading the Falcon Club have seen Constance as a strong and solid character and eagerly awaiting her story. I won’t spoil the storyline but it does add an edge to an already edgy story. I think Ashe treats this storyline very well, however, it makes the already complex relationship between Constance and Saint even more complex and I think this element did not need to be included in the story. All that being said, this is a good story with a very compelling, mysterious and hot hero who just smolders off the page. He is an enigma yet his desire and love for Constance cannot be denied. He wants to protect her and others who come into his life and that makes him the perfect hero in my mind. Plus, he fences which makes him even sexier. I enjoyed the chemistry between Constance and Saint in the fencing lesson scenes. Definitely a good read and enjoyable, just know that you should be alert when reading it and expect a darker story than that from Ashe’s earlier works. Ashe writes so beautifully and I so prefer eloquent prose over elementary. I am eager for the next in the series and reading more from one of my favorite authors.
LoveLifeRead More than 1 year ago
I just thoroughly enjoy Katharine Ashe's books. Her writing style is just one I enjoy so much as it sucks me in from page one. The Rogue has been no exception. Constance and Saint meet when they were both young and not yet have faced as many challenges. Their chemistry is instantaneous and inevitable. What I like about this couple is they bring out the best in each other and Saint does his best to put Constance before himself. While this book is the first in the Devil's Duke series, it is also a continuance of the Falcon Club Series, as you might know Constance is a member of it. While it is not imperative to read all the other books before this one, please do not be put off if there are parts of The Rogue that allude to another story. A mix of romance and mystery, this has been an enjoyable read!
Karen Ampoorter More than 1 year ago
This is the first installement of the devil's duke. In order to beter understand the heroine, i suggest you read the last installement of the rogues of the sea " in the arms of a marquess". Constance Read is the daughter of a powerfull duke and an heiress as such. Saint is a master at swords but is a son of a merchant. Those two were never meant to meet, you see it's all a matter of class. Still they meet when she's a girl, not yet a woman. She know she shouldn't engage with him and he knows he shouldn't reach for the stars but something draws them irrevocably to each other. Several years later, she returns to her father home in scotland. This will be her last case she takes on for the Falcon club. The club's mission is to find missing persons and bring them back. In scotland girls went missing, there's talk about pagan rituals. Her father pushes her to marry. In order to crack the case she needs to marry. How convenient that the man she suspects to be the devil's duke is also the man her father want her to marry. Here enters the hero, called upon to be her sword teacher, to learn her how to defend herself, but becoming so much more. A romance intertwined with an emotional search for the devil's duke. A thriller, an adventure. When you read the book, you see 2 people in love but injured by the past. No silly miss but an emotionally badly hurt woman, who thinks herself not worthy and no alfa male but man who loves a woman but knows his position in life. They were never meant to be together and yet.. The struggle to stay apart, it almost tears you apart as a reader. You can feel their hurt. And still there is so much more than hurt. You see how she grows and becomes more, a better woman, stronger. And the hero, ah sigh, the hero... Will he claim the victory... You'll have to read the book ;-) Ms ashe is a very gifted writer. When reading her books, i enjoy the way she writes. It just flows, it's poetic, it makes you savour and re savours sentences. The way she writes about emotions and feelings, it grabs you by the troat. Never copy-paste plots, every time a well thought-out plot where her hero and heroine shine and take center place.
girlfromwvaKY More than 1 year ago
This novel is The Rogue: Book #1 of The Devil's Duke written by Katharine Ashe. It is the first novel in Katharine Ashe's newest series, The Devil's Duke. (This is also book #4 in Ashe's Falcon Club series.) Lady Constance Read, the heroine of this tale, is the club's only female member. Her code name is Sparrow. This story is of Lady Constance Read & Evan Saint-André Sterling. Beautiful Lady Constance needs a husband now, even though she is fiercely independent. She must wed before her twenty-fifth birthday. 6 years ago, a man with scorching hot kisses broke her heart. This is the last man she wants to become her husband, but the one her father has chosen. Evan Saint-André Sterling was bewitched by a beauty who he let turn his life upside down. He is rich, scarred, and forever done with woman. He isn't about to lose his head over any of them, much less Lady Constance Read. He has been hired to teach Constance to use a sword in order to defend herself. Saint is the best suited man for the job when Constance needs a warrior. She knows as a married woman she can infiltrate Scotland's most infamous society and deliver an evil duke to justice. Both their plans for the future are turned upside down when Saint and Constance join forces together. They become partners & lovers. Saint will risk all when he he has to protect the one woman he has always loved. I really enjoyed this book. Katharine Ashe is a wonderful writer. He novels grab your attention and pull you into the story almost immediately. It was fast paced for me, and it was hard to put it down after i started. Saint and Constance are both strong characters that can banter physically and verbally.
nutsaboutquinn More than 1 year ago
I received this book as an ARC for my honest opinion on this book in a review. I've always loved Katharine Ashe's books, but this particular book was among one of my favorite books by her. If I could title my Review it would be called; "A Duel Between Two Swordsman". Lady Constance Read is not your typical heiress. She's an excellent rider of horses, a marksman with a Bow & Arrow, is a crack shot with a pistol. Being a daughter, of a Duke brings certain privileges. It also can bring many lonely days & nights. Lady Constance has her own secrets. Fredrick Evan Chevalier de Saint Andre' Sterling could hold his sword, liquor, and women with equal skill. He's the great-great grandson of a Baron, a son of a Merchant, and he was eloquent. Even with his blood lineage he still wasn't considered as being of Noble blood. Because of Saint's reputation, and character he was liked and invited to many functions that the Aristocracy gave. Saint is known as one of the best Swordsman of England and of Scotland. These two first meet six years ago at a mask ball that a friend of Constance's held. This is not a ball where a woman of her stature would go. Constance is only 18 and she hadn't even been presented to society yet. Constance was suppose to be at the Dowager house but she sneaks out and hides in a dark corridor so she could observe the ball. She is immediately attracted to Saint. Saint sense's Constance and is drawn to her, he goes to where she's concealed. They talk and become acquainted with each other without letting each other know who they are. They know this will only be the only time they can spend time together. But it happens that Saint is staying with her friends at the same estate. So they do see each other several more times. Saint knows it's her even though she wore a mask that evening. For Saint, Constance was the only woman he ever loved. To Constance Saint was the only man that made her feel alive. Constance was a striking beauty and was sought after by many of handsome and influential men. Constance's father the Duke hires Saint to teach fencing lessons to a ward. The ward turns out to be Constance. Saint at first refuses to take the position but after a few discussions with the Duke he relents. Now the games began. The relationship of these two, was like watching a fencing match between to Master Swordsman. It was a dance of advanced and retreat. Eventually Constance draws first blood. In the end both players win. If you haven't read Katharine Ashe's books, your missing out on a wonderful author. Her Falcon club series is a delight and a treat.
MistyRose24 More than 1 year ago
A witty battle with a strong heroine and a handsome rogue. This is enticing from the beginning and has a series of unraveling secrets that engages the reader. It is very well written and a great romance with a little bit of mystery. If you like two strong characters with wit and that can spar verbally and physically, you are going to love this one. Happy reading...I sure did.
def618 More than 1 year ago
This book is simultaneously the first book in Katharine Ashe's new series, A Devil's Duke, and the 4th book in her Falcon Club series. It features the dashing, delicious Evan Saint-Andre Sterling and the lovely agent Sparrow, aka Lady Constance Read. Saint is one of my favorite heroes of all time. He is a very good man. Also handsome and sexy. He loves Constance and has since he met her several years ago. Constance loved Saint when they met, but she was engaged to a now deceased lord. She is in Scotland trying to discover who is behind the disappearance of several girls. Saint has been hired by her father, a Duke, to give her fencing lessons. I do not like plot spoilers and this book has a complicated love story, disappearances and murders to solve that I won't ruin. Except, I will probably spoil a little bit here because I feel Constance has been misunderstood in some reviews. Remember when you read historicals that try to be true to the time period, women did not have the rights we do now. You can't expect a heroine in the 1800's to act as if it's 2016. Constance did not have a good childhood and was sent to England to live with family friends as her mother had an illness. She saw little of her parents. Her father is a very manipulative, powerful man. She was also abused by a man, not Saint, she cared for and thought could be trusted. I have read an ARC and can honestly say it may be the best book Katharine Ashe has written. I'd give it more than 5 stars if I could. (less)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Katharine Ashe is my favorite author. But with that said, I know that she is not for everyone. Being a teacher with degrees in classics and history, Ashe can be a difficult read. However, if you get twisted in the plot, stick to it. Her characters and her unique style of devulging the story will surely make you fall in love with Constance and Saint!
Alyssa75 More than 1 year ago
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** The Rogue by Katharine Ashe Book One of the Devil's Duke series Publisher: Avon Publication Date: February 23, 2016 Rating: 3 stars Source: eARC from Edelweiss ***Warning: this is an adult book, and for the eyes of mature readers*** Summary (from Goodreads): Lady Constance Read is independent, beautiful, and in need of a husband—now. The last man on earth she wants is the rogue who broke her heart six years ago, never mind that his kisses are scorching hot… Evan Saint-André Sterling is rich, scarred, and finished with women—forever. He’s not about to lose his head over the bewitching beauty who once turned his life upside down. But Constance needs a warrior, and Saint is the perfect man for the job. Only as a married woman can she penetrate Scotland’s most notorious secret society and bring a diabolical duke to justice. When Constance and Saint become allies—and passionate lovers—he’ll risk everything to protect the only woman he has ever loved. What I Liked: This book was probably my most anticipated historical romance novel of Winter '16. I adore Katharine Ashe and her books - especially her Prince Catchers series - and I'm quite excited about this new series. This book was decently good, somewhat disappointing but not terrible. Saint is a warrior, formerly in the military, now teaching others how to use a sword. He's the best swordsman in the region, better than anyone in Scotland and England. When he's hired to teach Lady Constance, a woman who broke his heart six years ago, he is going to refuse. She rejected him years ago! But six years ago, Constance had to. She's never forgotten Saint, after all these years. She wants him to teach her to fight, because she wants to be able to protect herself while she attempts to figure out who is killing young woman. Someone in one of Scotland's secret society is behind the murders, and Constance is going to find out who - with Saint's help. Best part of this book was SAINT. Oh. My. Goodness. Saint is easily one of my favorite historical romance heroes, definitely in my top five at the very least. Saint is so complex and honest and noble and selfless and chivalrous and protective. He is kind and very, very intelligent. Usually the brooding types are a little cliche, but Saint is a strong, silent, brooding man, a man of few words. I adore his protectiveness, as well as his kindness. Saint is not willing to teach Constance, at first, because he doesn't want to reopen old wounds. Years ago, they exchanged a few heated kisses which affected both of them very much. Six years later, Saint doesn't want to interact with her. But I love that he consents to teach her. I love how he is noble and gentlemanly about it, and insists on chaperones while he teaches her. He won't touch her, won't provoke her, but he has never stopped wanting her, after all the years. Constance is part of the Falcons club, and she's been trying to pin the blame of the murder of innocent young girls on a duke. She thinks the duke, or whoever is responsible for the murders, is part of a secret society, and she needs to gain entrance to that society. But she can't do it without a husband. Read the rest of my review on my blog, The Eater of Books! - eaterofbooks DOT blogspot DOT com :)