The Rogue to Ruin

The Rogue to Ruin

by Vivienne Lorret

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The Bourne Matrimonial Agency has one rule: Never fall in love with a client, which shouldn't be a problem when one’s faking an engagement to the rogue across the street . . .

Ainsley Bourne needs the family business to succeed. But one obstacle stands in her way—Reed Sterling, the huge, handsome, former prize fighter and owner of the gaming hell across the street. His scandalous customers scare off all her marriage-minded patrons and since the devilish brute has no intention of relocating, she sets out to ruin his unsavory establishment. Yet when a vile suitor from her past reappears, Ainsley hastily claims an attachment to the first man who comes to mind . . . Mr. Sterling, to be exact.

Reed doesn’t know who is more surprised by Miss Bourne’s declaration. She clearly hates him, and he’d never admit their arguments simmer with unrequited attraction. Something about the pleading look in her eyes calls to Reed, and against his better judgment, he quickly plays the part of the besotted fiancé.

Pretending to be in love requires a convincing charade. But with each tantalizing touch and every scandalous kiss, Ainsley starts to wonder if Reed was ever really the enemy at all.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062685537
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 07/30/2019
Series: Misadventures in Matchmaking , #3
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 6,139
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

USA Today bestselling author, VIVIENNE LORRET transforms copious amounts of tea into words. She is an Avon author of works including: The Wallflower Wedding Series, The Rakes of Fallow Hall Series, The Season’s Original Series, and the Misadventures in Matchmaking series. For more information on her books, sign up for her newsletter at

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The Rogue to Ruin 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
gaele 21 days ago
Two years ago, Ainsley Bourne and her two sisters left their country home for a London Townhouse, chaperoned by their uncle. Ainsley left a broken betrothal behind, and has determined that she won’t marry, instead she will make the Bourne Matrimonial Agency a success, despite her two sisters breaking the cardinal rule and marrying clients. But, business is slow and few are engaging their services. Ainsley is certain that the gaming club across the street, Sterlings, is to blame and with too much time on her hands, devises a series of schemes to force the business to move. Ainsley is determined to be in control in every situation, her struggles with propriety and appearing flawless in front of society is both a business choice and a personal one. Her personal struggles with the abusive man to whom she was betrothed, and the need to raise her sisters and manage her uncle, known for profligate spending and falling in love at the drop of a hat, have her juggling far more than her age or position would indicate. Still wounded and skittish about men after her ex, she’s bowled over by Reed Sterling – his pure alpha aura, his refusal to ‘bow’ to convention, and her reactions to a man who is outwardly rough yet consistently gentle with her. This was adorable and so clever – with Ainsley’s rather unique take on “war”, from covering the windows at Sterlings with pages from women’s magazines, to inviting all of London to a free meal, she’s constantly in conflict with what she ‘should’ feel about the club and its owner and what she actually feels. Unsettled, intrigued, curious and even attraction – and Reed is determined to protect Ainsley at all costs. Lorret brings the characters together with humor, danger and a surprise twist at the end to make it all work out as it should. It seems that none of the sisters can follow the cardinal rule of the agency…… 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.
beckymmoe 29 days ago
A wonderful ending to a delightful series! The Rogue to Ruin is a enemies-to-lovers / fake relationship story--two troupes that can be so much fun on their own when done well, but together...? Romance gold! I loved Ainsley and Reed--both as individuals and as couples, they're delightful. Their banter is outstanding (there may have been some snort-laughing while reading over here) and their chemistry is undeniable. I really enjoyed seeing their evolving relationship from both sides--even when one or both of them was making a misstep, it was so easy to empathize with what they were trying to do (or thought they were trying to do...) I loved them even when they made me a little crazy. And that epilogue? OMG, so many happy feels :D If you've read the other two books in the series (you don't have to; this one would work fine as a standalone too) there's a delightful symmetry to the series with a reveal here that I didn't suspect until about 50% in--but once I did, I may have given a rather loud and happy squeal ;) Just when you think Ainsley might be the sister not to break the Agency's "one rule..." LOL! I'm bummed that the series is over, but am really looking forward to seeing what Ms. Lorret has in store for us next! Rating: 4 1/2 stars / A I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
Anonymous 30 days ago
St. James, London - 1825 Reed Sterling is the owner of Sterling’s a gaming hell. This morning he is met at the front door by Miss Ainsley Bourne, who lives across the street. She is expressing her disapproval as his business is so close to her home. The numerous carriages in the street and the late night noise are huge irritants to her. Reed had once been a prize fighter and made enough money to open his own business. His upbringing had been rough which is why he is so good at prize fighting. Ainsley and her married sisters, Jacinda and Briar, run the Bourne Matrimonial Agency. In that capacity, they act as matchmakers, finding prospective spouses for their clients. The business had been started by their uncle, but he seems to have backed off from being too involved and leaving the work in the hands of his nieces. They are desperate for business to keep the agency afloat. Ainsley had once been betrothed to Nigel Mitchem, a mean and cruel man. She finally got away from him and to her great relief he married another young woman. Ainsley and Reed cross paths often and while they are snarky to each other, they are each secretly attracted to the other. One day, Nigel, now a widower, presents himself at Ainsley's home and she is terrified of him. He starts to torment her until thankfully, Reed shows up and, hoping to get rid of the obnoxious man, they tell him they are engaged. Will Nigel leave her alone now? Reed is smitten by Ainsley and he does what he can to court her, but she is stubborn and tends to push him away while secretly wanting him. With such different personalities, is a chance for them to find their HEA? This is a clever story with several plots going on at the same time. There is angst and humor which is favorite combination for me. My favorite character is Cat. Yes, Cat is a cat and a cool one at that. I’m sure historical romance readers will enjoy this book. Copy provided by Edelweiss in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Noire 4 months ago
I received an ARC of this book to read through Edelweiss+ in exchange for a fair review. The Rogue to Ruin by Vivienne Lorret is the third book in her The Misadventures in Matchmaking Series. It can be read as a stand-alone but I enjoyed the other two books and recommend reading them as well. The story is a very well done tale of enemies to lovers with an excellent cast of eccentric supporting characters, a ragged old tomcat who ends up being a bit of a hero and an extremely nasty villain. Ainsley Bourne is attempting to keep her family afloat by running a matchmaking business and and she’s struggling a bit because her sisters have made two of the matches and people think she is looking to make a match as well. She is also convinced that having a Gambling Club a few doors down is not good for her business and has vowed to put and end to it. Reed Sterling has built his business up from nothing, a former bare knuckled fighter he used his winnings to establish the club and no nose in the air spinster is put him out of business, besides he enjoys watching her get all riled up. I very much enjoyed watching these two grow to realise that their antagonism was really masking attraction. Medium Stream. Publishing Date July 30, 2019 #edelweissplus #TheRogueToRuin #VivienneLorret #HarperCollinsCanada #AvonRomance #AvonBooks #HarperCollinsPublishers #HistoricalRomance #Bookstagram
book_junkee 4 months ago
I had read the previous book in this series and loved it and couldn't wait to get my greedy hands on this one. I love love LOVED Ainsley and Reed. They're both so stubborn and it made for the best banter and button pushing. I especially loved seeing both of their crunchy exteriors reveal just how soft and marshmallow-y they were. Oh, and don't get me started on their chemistry. I could have died from the delicious UST. Plot wise, it was a good amount of push and pull, but in a different way. Ainsley has had some forceful and violent things happen to her and she's trepidatious about interacting with men who fight. Reed was all about being gentle and letting Ainsley find a way to trust her own feelings again. I fully enjoyed reading their journey, even if I continually wanted to either shake them for being stupid or mash their faces together. Overall, it was the best book I could have picked to get me out of a post-SDCC slump and I'm eager to dive right back in and reread it. FYI: flashbacks of and discussions about forceful grabbing, groping, and intent to rape. ** Huge thanks to Avon Books for providing the arc free of charge**
Anonymous 4 months ago
love the twists and turns in this story. was quite entertaining, fun.