About A Rogue by: Caroline Linden

Desperately Seeking Duke Book 1

It’s no love match…

Bianca Tate is horrified when her sister Cathy is obliged to accept an offer of marriage from Maximilian St. James, notorious rake. Defiantly she helps Cathy elope with her true love, and takes her sister’s place at the altar.

It’s not even the match that was made…

Perched on the lowest branch of his family tree, Max has relied on charm and cunning to survive. But an unexpected stroke of luck gives him an outside chance at a dukedom–and which Tate sister he weds hardly seems to matter.

But could it be the perfect match?

Married or not, Bianca is determined to protect her family’s prosperous ceramics business, even when Max shows an affinity for it–not to mention a dangerous ability to intrigue and tempt Bianca herself. And when Max realizes how beautiful and intelligent and desirable Bianca is, he’ll have to prove he’s no rogue, but the passionately devoted husband she craves…


Content Warnings: Explicit sexual scenes.
Mention of: domestic abuse, forced institutionalization, gaslighting, alcohol abuse, physical abuse and neglect, loss of a parent, and poisoning [character was force-fed drugs to make them appear unwell mentally].

Last week I was sent a finished copy of ALL THE DUKE I NEED, by Avon for being one of their influencers, which is the third book in this series. Having not read either of the books before I decided to order them so I could fully immerse myself in the world Linden created.

Bianca loves her family and their earthenware pottery business. Constantly testing out new techniques and glazes Bianca someday dreams of running the family factory. Having a similar temperament to her father means she constantly butts heads with him when it comes to business and family decisions. So when her father agrees to marry off her sister, to a man they just met, Bianca is determined to prevent the wedding. Little does she know that Max’s determination to join their family and business means it doesn’t matter to him which sister ends up walking down the aisle to him.

From a young age, Max learned to value money and always plan ahead to ensure he never goes hungry again. Having met Bianca’s father, in London, and being fascinated by his business Max is determined to broker an alliance that will allow him to help their earthenware business fluorous. Although he was planning on marrying Cathy, the demur sister, as long as he’s able to marry one of Tate’s daughters, and join their business, Max will happily marry the passionate Bianca who isn’t afraid to state her mind.

This was such a fun historical romance to read through. I loved how the prologue introduced us to this story and world. From the start, I adored Bianca and Max. Starting off as strangers that really don’t like each other, to reluctant acquaintances, to friends, to lovers. I’m excited to read the other two books that are out, not sure if this will just be a trilogy or extend further, and see how the search for the next Duke of Carlyle continues.

Published by Noelle Loves Books

Growing up, Japanese and Indigenous, it was hard to find books that showcased stories and worlds that accurately portrayed Noelle’s experiences. Fantasy quickly became her main love, as you could really be anyone, anywhere. As the years went on, and technology grew, Noelle was finally able to see more stories and authors that looked and felt like her. Noelle is open to all genre’s though she can mostly be found reading own voice, fantasy, and romance. Ratings: 5 Stars: Completely blew me away 4 Stars: Loved the story but didn't feel completely blown away by it 3 Stars: Liked the overall concept of the story but either had poor execution, had a lot of plot holes, or was written poorly 2 Stars: I struggled to understand the plot, poorly written, or just had really unlikeable characters along with a poor writing 1 Star: Horribly written, major plot holes, or extremely unlikeable characters and plots.

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