What a Reckless Rogue Needs

What a Reckless Rogue Needs

by Vicky Dreiling

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"4 1/2 stars! TOP PICK! In the second of the Sinful Scoundrels series, Dreiling brings the Regency to life in a wonderfully evocative fashion. With believable, intelligent characters—including an honorable rake and a strong-willed lady—this moving tale, fraught with sexual tension, hits just the right notes."


Colin Brockhurst, Earl of Ravenshire, has no desire to wed, this season or any other. So when his father demands he give up his wild ways and take a wife, Colin refuses. But his father raises the stakes and threatens to sell the ancestral home if Colin doesn't comply. Now Colin has no choice but to find a wife. Unfortunately, the only woman he wants is the one whose heart he broke years ago.


Regardless of the ton's whispers, Lady Angeline Brenham won't settle for anything less than true love. After rejecting more than her share of suitable suitors, spinsterhood looms before her-until the devilishly handsome Colin reappears in her life with a proposition. Angeline vows to keep her feet on the ground and her heart in check. That is, until one searing kiss melts her resolve and reignites a burning desire for more . . .

(90,000 words)

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781455522880
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 03/25/2014
Series: Sinful Scoundrels Series , #2
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 1,131,534
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Vicky Dreiling is a confirmed historical romance junkie and Anglophile. Frequent business trips to the United Kingdom allowed her to indulge her passion for all things Regency England. Bath, Stonehenge, and Spencer House are among her favorite places. She is, however, truly sorry for accidentally setting off a security alarm in Windsor Castle. That unfortunate incident led her British colleagues to nickname her Trouble.

When she's not writing, Vicky enjoys reading, films, concerts, and, most of all, long lunches with friends. A native Texan, she holds degrees in English literature and marketing.

You can learn more at:
Twitter @vickydreiling

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What a Reckless Rogue Needs 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The sentence structure was jarringly repetative and amateurish. It is too bad this author is saddled with an editor and publisher who encourage her to write on an elementary-school level. This plot showed real imagination and an interesting twist as well as promising character development: too bad that the level of the writing dragged it down so far that I lost interest by page 150 and deleted it from my Nook.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have to say this tale just went on and on I have read your books before and for 8.00$ I had to read it to the end. At pg. 238 I just did not understand where you were going and why it took so long to get there. Well others seem to enjoy it. Reading is a hobbie and at 60 I read close to if not more than 800 regency romance. Eloise James Elizabeth Hoty Sandra Hill Hanna Howell Cathy Maxwell Danielle Harmon Donna Grant and the list goes on. Your books are good as well and most were great. But what I don't like others may love. So to each it own I like your work but this one didnot do it for me. But maybe your next one will for you are a good writer and noone is perfect. For others buying read it and give your own review. I read her books in a day in half this one took me three. Maybe it might be good for you. Ms. D from Bronx, NY
SW57 More than 1 year ago
This book was so good! Besides the fact that I had to have it for the beautiful cover, the story was a wonderful enemies to friends to lovers story, with a secret engagement of convenience. Lady Angeline had been treated badly by her ex-fiancé, but had to leave the country to get away from the scandal of breaking off the engagement. She has recently returned & is planning on living the life of a spinster, to keep scandal away from her family, especially her younger sister. Colin has been told by his father that one of his family properties, which should rightly go to Colin, is going to be sold if he doesn't get married in a very limited time frame. He is very upset, because his mother is buried on the property. He will do anything to keep this property. Angeline goes with him to the house to see what improvements & decorating will need to be done if & when Colin can claim the house. They are also searching for a family heirloom. They end up spending a lot of time alone together & grow to understand each other. There is some family meddling involved, with a twist near the end. Great romance, and I am looking forward to Colin's friend Harry's story!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I simply love Vicky Dreiling! What a Reckless Rogue Needs was a great read. I always love the humor and witty comebacks / banter that Vicky writes, and this book is not lacking in that department. Colin and Angeline have a great chemistry that isn't really ignited until they are working together in restoring his family home. Colin is a selfish rake and Angeline has a scandal behind her, leaving her unable to trust men. I enjoyed seeing their story unfold and the growth of these characters. Well done Vicky, looking forward to Harry's story next!
Under_The_Covers_BookBlog More than 1 year ago
~Reviewed by FRANCESCA & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog The perfect time to pick up a book by Vicky Dreiling is when you want to read something sweet that will leave you wanting to time travel into another century.  WHAT A RECKLESS ROGUE NEEDS was entertaining, in typical Vicky Dreiling fashion. Another one in her collection of rakes, Colin is not looking to settle down yet.  But when his father calls him back home with the news that he will sell his childhood home (and his mother’s burial ground) unless Colin decides to marry a respectable lady, his plans quickly change.  His attachment to the house and his only memory of his deceased mother prove to be a stronger force than the thought of not running around London chasing women. I love stories of “enemies” to lovers and this is a perfect example of that.  Sassy and fun.  Colin and Angeline have known each other since childhood.  They were neighbors growing up and the same age. Their families always thought they should grow up to marry.  Except they were always at each other’s throats.  Always with a quick remark.  Seemed like the most unlikely couple. But Lady Angeline has a broken engagement behind her now and have changed her views of society and Colin is desperate to keep his family home.  While they help each other, the bond of friendship grows and the issues they’ve had are slowly put aside. Her heroines are always fun and a bit daring and her heroes are always the dashing rakes we want to swoon for.  WHAT A RECKLESS ROGUE NEEDS was exactly that all wrapped up in a fun packaging that just got me lost in its pages.  Can’t wait for the next Scoundrel to fall. *ARC provided by publisher
ToryMichaels More than 1 year ago
Colin - definitely a rake of the worst sort, given to drinking too much and wenching. However, he has an incredibly love of his mother who died when he was just a very young boy, and he's willing to do whatever it takes to maintain the ancestral home (unentailed) where she's buried. That says volumes about the character buried under the alcohol and women. His father presents him with the choice of marrying soon or losing the home altogether. Colin gets six weeks to show him he's serious about maintaining the manor (and he's supposed to find a wife too) before Daddy sells the house. Angeline - Strong-willed but with a heart to the point where she's willing to help someone she's never gotten along. She agrees to help Colin with some of the planning for restoration, having redecorated one of her family's homes with spectacular results.  These two played well off each other and I never got the feeling that the romance between them was forced. Daddy dearest was a crafty old man in his plot to get Colin married and settled down. I adored the Marquis (Daddy dearest) and Angeline's father (a duke). The two old men were fun with their love of hunting, despite the fact that apparently they couldn't hit the broad side of a barn. I know my last few reviews have talked about great secondary casts a lot, but...I can't help it. The books I've been reading lately really have had some good ones. Colin's stepmother was a lovely woman who wanted her family together and has always viewed Colin as hers, even though he rebuffed her mothering (sort of ... it's complicated). I enjoyed the hours spent reading this and look forward to reading the next in the series when it comes out. 4 stars without a doubt! Book provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was not a good book. I have read others of this authors books, and I remember liking them, but not this one. Neither of the lead characters was particularly likable, no chemistry at all between the two of them, and the storyline was horribly contrived. What a complete waste of time.
Historical_Romance_Lover More than 1 year ago
This is book 2 in the Sinful Scoundrels series. Colin Brockhurst, Earl of Ravenshire, has gotten notice from his father that he is selling Colin's childhood home. It doesn't matter to Colin that he hasn't been there in over 20 yrs, it is where his beloved mother is buried. He can't believe that his father is selling it. Colin always believed that the home would be is as the heir. When he arrives home, Colin's father tells him that he must marry or he will not allow him to have the home.  Colin has no problem with marriage, but he was planning to wait another 10 yrs or so.  Colin gets his father to agree to let Colin and Lady Angeline Brenham go to the home and inspect what things need to be done to make the home habitable.  Lady Angeline and Colin have been adversaries since they were young, but Angeline has agreed to help Colin since she has a talent for redecorating. She needs to do something since that scandal that made it nearly impossible for her to find a husband. As Colin and Angeline spend time together, Colin realizes that they can solve both their problems by marriage to each other.  Angeline agrees to a secret betrothal that allows them more time to see if they would suit each other.  Angeline has always wanted love to be the foundation for her marriage, can she get that will an arranged marriage? Will Colin realize that the lady he has locked horns with most of his life is the love of his life? I fell in love with Colin in What a Wicked Earl Wants and couldn't wait for his story.  Dreiling didn't disappoint. You could see the growth of Colin, from a wild young man to an adult with cares outside of himself,  as he fought for his childhood home (which is what is father wanted). I loved the witty responses that Colin and Angeline had for each other and the physical attraction that kept drawing them together.  Vicky Dreiling hit it out of the park again! Thanks go out to Forever Publishing via NetGalley for a copy of the book in exchange of an honest review.
BooksnKisses More than 1 year ago
NUMBER OF HEARTS: 4 REVIEW:  What does love got to do with it?  Well if you are Colin’s father you think it has everything to do with everything. But two can play at that game. Colin will do anything to keep his father from selling the piece of land where his mother is buried. But in order to do that he needs to prove to his father that he is serious. Only problem Colin’s father has told him that he can only inherited the property if he can find a bride. Problem is, Colin doesn’t want to marry. Well at least not yet.  Angelina is still trying to recover from her broken engagement. While she may have not done anything wrong no one know that. They only know the lies that have been spun by a very evil person. But in order to regain her place in the world would she marry for convenience?  What a Reckless Rogue Needs is book two in Vicky’s The Sinful Scoundrels series. In What a Reckless Rogue Needs we get a closer look into what makes Colin tick. I have enjoyed all the snippets we have got of Colin in the past. There is much more to Colin than meets the eye. I loved Angelina. She is feisty, sweet and willing to do just about anything for her family. These two were great to read.  If you enjoyed book 1 you will really like book 2. If you are a fan of historical I think you will enjoy What a Reckless Rogue Needs. While I think that you should read the series in order it is not necessary. This story easily stand alone.  Disclaimer:  I received a complimentary copy of the book from NetGalley & Forever (Grand Central Publishing) in exchange for an honest review. This review is my own opinion and not a paid review.
2_PMVH More than 1 year ago
This book has a different flavor to it compared to many historical romances. There was no spies, espionage, murder or intrigue. It had instead was a fantastic love story between two people who keep their heart shielded and protected by thick walls. . Ms. Dreiling writes a great love story but she goes beyond that by weaving the two different families together. She even made me love his step-mother and twin sisters. Colin begins the story like a RECKLESS ROGUE would, with a hangover, 2 wine glasses on his chest, empty bottles on the bed, a full dressed and pissed off saucy actress and someone beating on his door. Colin is summoned home because his dad threatened to sell the home where is mom is buried unless he can find a wife in 6 weeks. When Colin was 6, his mom die in childbirth and he froze his heart against the pain. That home as all his has left of his mother. What he needs is a wife to save his childhood home!! Angeline grew up in her happy family as a duke's daughter and lived for the London seasons. Angeline woke up one day and realized she was almost an old spinster. She became insecure and it allow a terrible man slip between the cracks. She became engaged to him, caught him with another woman and broke the betrothed. Angeline made a error by fleeing to Paris with her mom. Rumors flew and she was not there to stop them or defend herself. Now back from Paris, she realized she is ruined and all she wants to do is fix her reputation so her younger sister Penny is not hurt by it. What she needs is a husband to restore her reputation!! Angeline's family and Colin's family have been friends for years and always have a month long house party once a year. Angeline and Colin work together to save his childhood home. As they clean out the cobwebs, dust, check fireplaces, remove carpets and furniture and see what repairs are needed, they grow closer and closer and then clothes start coming off. They decide to have a temporary and secret engagement. What happens when 2 hearts melt? Will they save his home? Will Angeline's dad kick Colin's butt? Will Colin kick her ex-fiancé butt? I really enjoyed this book and can't wait for Duke Harry's story. I give Ms. Dreiling 4 fingers up and 9 toes for this emotional novel that made me cheer Angeline and Colin on, SNAUGH and even seriously cry. Thank you for making my world a better place.
WorldsCollide More than 1 year ago
A charming, enjoyable read, What a Reckless Rogue Needs was a fantastic historical romance. I absolutely loved this book. It was a sweet, lovely read and I enjoyed every page. Angeline was a lovely heroine. She was strong enough to endure one hell of a scandal and loyal enough that, in the aftermath, she was more worried about how the scandal would affect her family. My one issue with her was that she was a bit prone to self pity in a way that made me want to shake some sense into her. But, even with that, I still thought she was wonderful and I really liked her. Colin was adorable. He was such a sweet man who loved deeply and was very loyal to and protective of his loved ones. I really liked how he was so determined to prove himself as a responsible man to his father and definitely accomplished it. I totally loved him. He was delightfully perfect. The romance was lovely. Angeline and Colin were so sweet together. Though they didn't get along at first, they were a perfect match. The chemistry between them was hot and there was definitely some spice to go with that sweetness. I thought they were a wonderful couple. I really liked the secondary characters in this book and how they were their own dynamic characters, especially Colin and Angeline's families. I thought all the characters were well done. The plot was fast paced and I was hooked the entire way through. I really enjoyed the story and the ending was so sweet. Can't wait to read the next book in the series! What a Reckless Rogue Needs was a fantastic historical romance. I really loved this book. It was fun, sweet, and a truly enjoyable read. Romance lovers, this a book you don't want to miss. *I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review