Barbara’s rating: 5 of 5 stars
Series: The League of Rogues #9
Publication Date: 11/14/18
Charles’ long-awaited book is finally here and it was definitely worth the wait. It hits the ground running and doesn’t let up until the last page – you absolutely won’t be able to put it down. It is filled with excitement, deviousness, life-long friendships, cunning, plots, and a to-die-for romance. Sadly, it is the last of the books for the main group of Rogues, but wonderfully, it isn’t the last of the series. The series will continue with the siblings of the Rogues and their wives and who knows – maybe on down to the children of the Rogues. The book is so exciting that I’m going to have a hard time not including spoilers in the review simply because once I start writing about it, I don’t think I can quit! I see many edits in the future for this review.
You’ll still find excerpts from the Lady Society column interspersed throughout the book and they are always fun to read. You’ll also find spots of humor. As a matter of fact, the very first chapter begins with a humorous scene that showcases the friendship between the Rogues.
Charles Humphrey, the Earl of Lonsdale, has gotten more and more lonely, restless, and almost despairing over the last year. Each of his friends in the League of Rogues has found love and started families and while they still try to include him, he still somehow feels separate and alone. He finds himself more and more often participating in dangerous pass times. One of those is boxing – not at Gentleman Jackson’s, but in the Lewis Street Tunnels. Those are dangerous places to be – very dangerous. While there one night, his would-be opponent wagers a woman, a very unwilling woman, as the prize. Charles cannot let the woman stay with these brutes, so he has to win. Luckily, he is smart, cunning and very good at boxing. Once he has won, he leaves with the woman, she kisses him, tells him her name is Lily, distracts him and disappears. He’s never met such an intriguing woman and he can’t stop thinking of her.
Lily Linley is a woman with many, many secrets and none of them are good – well – except for one. In disguise, she’s spent a lot of time with Charles and she is petrified that he recognized her when he rescued her. He can’t find out her secrets – even though she’s come to admire him – a lot. You’ll love Lily! She had some awful things happen to her, but she is smart and resourceful and has learned to survive within the parameters in which she has to live. If you want a strong heroine, Lily is it.
Hugo is ready to set his end-game in motion and finally have his revenge on Charles and the League. We finally learn all of the history between Charles and Hugo – even Charles doesn’t know all of it. We learn what has driven Hugo to such intense hatred. Hugo has all of his spies in place and he knows what is going on in each of the Leaguer’s home, now it is time for them to act and end it all.
I really wanted to learn more about Phillip Wilkes, the Earl of Kent. I hope that the reason that we didn’t see what happened to him is that he’ll have his own book in the future. If not, I’m disappointed in that. I think maybe he’ll have a book with Charles’ sister.
I highly recommend the book. It is filled with wonderful characters, a lovely romance and non-stop action. You’ll never know what will happen next. You know something will happen, but you don’t know what.
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