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Friday, January 22, 2016

4/5 Review: One Rouge at a Time by Jade Lee




A brown-eyed bastard with nothing to lose
As the illegitimate son of a duke, Bramwell Wesley Hallowsby grew up tough, on the fringes of society, learning to hide his hurt and cynicism with charm and Town polish. He's carved out a place for himself as a mercenary, serving as bodyguard and general strong arm for the peerage. Bram has nothing to lose... and he's exactly what Maybelle "Bluebell" Ballenger needs.


Meets his match in a blue-eyed beauty with everything to hide
Maybelle needs a mentor to teach her to speak and act like a lady, so she can claim the place in society she was denied. As they team up to take on the ton, Bram knows she's hiding something even from him. Despite the deception he sees behind those sparkling blue eyes, Bram wants to believe that Maybelle's love is no lie. But it seems fate has served him up his just desserts in the likes of this determined damsel.


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Jade Lee has done it again.  This is definitely one of the historical romances you will not want to put down.  It has it all, every emotion will pass over you in this incredibly written story of a bastard son of a duke and a heroine denied her place in society. 

Bram and our lovely Bluebell do not see eye to eye at first.  The romance builds over time and that is one of the appeals of the story.  It shows you how the love develops as opposed to instant love that quite frankly I do not enjoy as much.  I love to see the hate or rather distrust turn into something more.  This is what happens with these two.  They are both trying to claim their rightful place in society.  What better way than for the charmingly educated rouge and the cunningly beautiful Bluebell to team up and take what's theirs.  Simple?  Of course not.  Can they over come the barriers that can crumble a love so quickly?  Is their love strong enough to survive Bluebell's secrets?

I must say that this is indeed a book to read.  It had me feeling every emotion imaginable.  I laughed.  I was angry.  I was scared.  I was sad when it was over.  This book has found a place on my "Books to re-read", shelf.