The Gentleman Rogue by Margaret McPhee

The Gentleman Rogue by Margaret McPhee


In a Mayfair ballroom, beautiful Emma Northcote stands in amazement. For gazing at her, with eyes she’d know anywhere, is Ned Stratham—a man whose roguish charm once held her captivated.

But that was another life in another part of London.

With their past mired in secrets and betrayal, and their true identities now at last revealed, Ned realizes they can never rekindle their affair. For only he knows that they share a deeper connection—one that could make Emma hate him if she ever discovered the truth…

The Gentleman Rogue by Margaret McPhee

Sometimes I just randomly download a review book because I can’t think of anything I’m in the mood to read. I don’t even bother worrying about the plot or the blurb.

I did it with this one and was so surprised. It is one of the best historical romances I’ve read in a long time – one of the most entertaining books I’ve read in a long time. I was worried when I realised this was part of a series I hadn’t read, but you would never know it was. It’s a perfect standalone read.

The Regency era sometimes seems tired because it’s so overused, but this author found so many new, interesting things to cover. I think I’ll just do some dot points of what I liked, or I’ll be going on forever:

  • Characters who live and work in the East End, not just Mayfair.
  • A genuinely good hero who is “tortured” for legitimate reasons.
  • A villain who is only a villain in some ways, and a decent guy in others.
  • An interesting heroine with an interesting story and future.
  • Great research.
  • Familiar (even tired) settings reworked and made interesting again.
  • Some real drama and some huge conflicts for the relationship, and major obstacles in the way of a happy ending for the characters.

One thing I didn’t like was how the characters kept saying way instead of far. It made them sound like 21st century teenagers with poor grammar. e.g. Way too far.

I can’t really go into details of the plot without ruining things, but if – like me – some of the historical romance tropes are starting to seem a little boring, then you might want to read this book.


Review copy provided by NetGalley.

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