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An urgent dilemma…

To save her impoverished family, Marian Langley will become a mistress. But she will not be just any mistress. Marian intends to become so skilled, so coveted, that she can set her own terms, retaining control over her body and her fate. Only one problem remains: finding a tutor…

A scandalous solution…

Other men deprive themselves of pleasure for propriety’s sake. Nathaniel, Duke of Warrington, would much rather be depraved. He slakes his desires with professionals who ask nothing of him but his coin. Marian’s proposal—that he train her without taking her virtue—is an intriguing diversion, until their lessons in seduction spin out of control.

And a most unlikely duchess…

When Marian is blackmailed into engagement by a man she despises, Nate impulsively steals her away. Though he never intended to take a wife, he can’t tolerate the idea of Marian forfeiting her freedom to another. But can he bear to give her what she demands—a real marriage?

Title : The Duke’s Stolen Bride
Author : Sophie Jordan
Series : The Rogue Files #5
Format : eARC
Page Count : 368
Genre : Historical Romance
Publisher : Avon
Release Date : October 22, 2019

Reviewer : Micky
Rating : ★ ★ ★.5

Micky’s 3.5 star review

I’ve been lazily enjoying this series by Sophie Jordan for the last few years. They’re the kind of light, historical romance that is easy to read and fits my kind of mood when I need low-level concentration and a generally satisfying read. THE DUKE’S STOLEN BRIDE is all those things but on this occasion, I did want more depth to the story.

This is a tale of dire circumstances and entitlement, two polar opposite characters and the way their differences complement one another. Marian and her sisters had been left in reduced circumstances and the narrative around this aspect really made you feel the toughness of her situation. It felt like five u-turns however, to jump to the solving of the problem that Marian decided on. That aspect was a little struggle for me but I could not deny that I really liked the ensuing storyline that developed there. Marian was a rich character and I liked her tenacity and assertiveness.

Nate (the Duke) was a likeable character but I wanted a bit more depth painted in the narrative. He had some potential that I don’t think was realised BUT these two together were just fun and lovely. There was plenty of convenience to their storyline together including what is described in the synopsis but I was here for this.

Once the story got to 80%, it felt a bit rushed, I wanted more depth, more pages and more character development. The story direction itself was spot on so that smoothed over my enjoyment.

If there are any more Rogue Files planned, I will continue to be there for them, enjoying their ease of enjoyment and satisfaction.

Thank you to Avon and Edelweiss for this early review copy.