Indie Flutters: Wicked Rivals by Lauren Smith

Wicked Rivals (The League of Rogues #4)

  • By Lauren Smith
  • Editions: audiobook, ebook, paperback
  • Published: October 17th 2016
  • Genre: Adult Historical Romance
  • Source: own copy
  • In a Flutter: When rivals turn into so much more!
  • rating-system5

    Merciless and powerful, Ashton Lennox is a wealthy man because he puts business before everything else, especially love. As a member of the infamous League of Rogues, he’s no stranger to scandal. His bedroom conquests are as legendary as his fortune. As he searches for a way to bring down an old enemy bent on destroying the lives of his friends, the last thing he needs is a Scottish widow getting in his way.
    The daughter of a Scottish lord with a dark and treacherous past, Rosalind Melbourne has spent years distancing from her past. After escaping her tyrannical father and marrying an aging English lord, she has become a powerful widow with a business empire at her command. Her business dealings are everything to her, leaving her no time for love. Especially not with her business rival Ashton, a man with a scandalous reputation as striking as his blue eyes.
    Ashton is fascinated by the strong-willed, intelligent and sensual lady who, up until now, had outsmarted him at every turn. Rosalind wishes she could deny she is falling for the brooding, handsome baron. How can she possibly trust him when doing so could cost her what she values most—her freedom? When Ashton discovers Rosalind might hold the key to saving the League of Rogues, he knows he will do anything to woo his wicked lass. As their pasts return to haunt them and dark forces rise to keep them from exposing a deadly spymaster, their game of love turns to a game of survival…
    Warning: This book includes a brooding baron who’s wild in bed, a crafty Scottish lass who never knows when to quit, a wicked game of strip chess, and a merry band of rogues whose first instinct is to run they hear wedding bells ring.

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    Fluttering Thoughts:

    Worldbuilding: This story takes place on the outskirts of London, mostly in and around Lennox House and also makes an appearance in Scotland.
    Characters: The main characters in this novel are Ashton Lennox and Rosalind Melbourne. Ashton is sick and tired of having his business messed with. But as much as it ruffles his feathers, he loves the battle of wits Rosalind provides. Challenging her makes life have a new vibrancy and bringing her to heel will make victory that much sweeter. But he never expected to meet his equal. Rosalind gives as good as she gets and gives Ashton a run for his money. Unfortunately, lurking in the shadows is someone who is hell bent on destroying Ashton and anybody that gets in their way. Can Rosalind uncover the gentlemen that lies inside of Ashton? Or will outside forces put a wedge in-between the two, all the while destroying everything they hold dear.
    Plot: This is mainly a romance between Aston and Rosalind, but it also has the huge story arc from the previous novels about their arch nemesis.
    Writing: This novel is written in third person points of view of Ashton, Rosalind, and other characters. It is the fourth novel in the League of Rogues series and cannot be read as a standalone.
    Curb Appeal: I love historical romance covers and this cover is no exception! The blurb gives great background on the main characters but doesn’t let on how this love/hate relationship turned into so much more!!
    Ultimately: This story turned out to be so much more enjoyable than I originally thought it would! The heroines written by the author are always feisty and clever but Rosalind was so bold and such a take charge woman, that I totally fell head over heels for her!!! Ashton was her perfect other half and their relationship is a story that I could read over and over again! All in all, if you are in the mood for a heroine who gives as good as she gets and a hero who is knocked for a loop then come check out Wicked Rivals!!!



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