Today Tanya Kaanta reviews When You Wish Upon a Rogue: A Debutante Diaries by Anna Bennett.
When You Wish Upon a Rogue by Anna Bennett
Once upon a time in Anna Bennett’s When You Wish Upon a Rogue, three young ladies vowed to record their first London seasons and to fill in the gaps of their educations.
She knows what she wants.
Miss Sophie Kendall is happiest arranging the secret meetings of the Debutante Underground, a group of women who come together to discuss the weekly advice column The Debutante’s Revenge. What makes Sophie most unhappy is her impending march down the aisle to a man she does not love. But her family’s finances are in increasingly dire straits.
He makes an offer she can’t refuse.
Henry Reese, Earl of Warshire, hasn’t slept in weeks. Desperate to escape his manor house and its haunting memories, he heads for one of his abandoned London properties. There he meets a beautiful, intriguing woman—trespassing. Reese is far less interested in Sophie’s search for a secret meeting spot than he is in her surprising ability to soothe his demons. So he strikes a bargain with her: his shop in exchange for spending one night a week with him.
Is this love for real—or just a dream?
Sophie never expected this to happen. But she cannot deny the fire Reese sparks in her—and soon their shared desire burns bright. Sophie is irrevocably promised to another. But maybe these two ill-fated lovers can find a way to risk it all—all the way to happily ever after…
Review by Tanya Kaanta
When You Wish Upon a Rogue by Anna Bennett
This is the third book in the Debutante Diaries series by Anna Bennett and my favorite of the three thus far.
Miss Sophie Kendall. She is a member of the Debutante Underground, a society of women who discuss a weekly advice column called the Debutante’s Revenge. These women are ahead of their time with their thinking, and discuss topics not necessarily deemed appropriate for their station in life, seeing as our heroine lives during the 1800s. Our Miss Sophie is intelligent and independent, though loyal. And because of this loyalty, she’s willing to sacrifice her happiness by entering a loveless marriage in order to save her family from financial ruin. Yes, we can blame her father’s careless handling of their finances.
The Earl of Warshire, Henry Reese. He’s an insomniac suffering from PTSD. When he finds Miss Sophie entering one of his abandoned London properties, he’s none too happy. As this is a place he desperately tries to find solace and refuge. Where he might be able to find a way to catch some much needed sleep.
The Match of the Season:
Instead of reporting her to the authorities for breaking and entering, Henry decides to make a deal with Miss Sophie. She can use his abandoned property for her clandestine meetings if she agrees to stay with him one night a week. Because there is something about Sophie that calms Henry, and for the first time in forever, he’s able to rest.
Sophie knows this is quite untoward, to spend a night unchaperoned with a gentleman. But she desperately needs this space for the Debutante Undergound meetings. And so, she acquiesces. And the more time she spends with Henry, the more she grieves the loss of love and independence when she must marry.
But of course, Harry knows he can’t lose Sophie. Might he even admit he’s falling for her? Harry does a fine job of wooing, eventually convincing Sophie to spend time beyond the ‘one night a week in his abandoned London property’ arrangement. Turns out our grumpy Earl is actually a romantic at heart, and his attempts to woo feel almost fantasy dream-like. And while this storyline may not be realistic, it is delicious brain candy.
For me, this has all the ingredients I love in a historical romance. A Happily Ever After our couple has to work for, a swoon-worthy imperfect hero, a strong heroine who saves our hero, and Chemistry! I cannot wait to read what’s next for Ms. Bennett. Her stories always captivate and sweep me off to a fairyland of nobility and happy endings. I always can escape with her books and always feel warm fuzzies in the end.
Anna Bennett started swiping romances from her mom’s bookshelf as a teenager and decided historicals (with their balls, dukes, and gowns) were the best. So, when she had the chance to spend a semester in London she packed her bags—and promptly fell in love with the city, its history, and its pubs. She dreamed of writing romance, but somehow ended up a software analyst instead.
Fortunately, a few years and a few careers later, Anna found her way back to writing the stories she loves and won the Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart® for Regency Historical Romance. She lives in Maryland with her husband and three children, who try valiantly not to roll their eyes whenever she quotes Jane Austen. Her weaknesses include reality TV, cute shoes, and coffee. Lots and lots of coffee.
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