What makes for the best rogue?
A Rogue is a person, organization, or country that does not behave in the usual or acceptable way. In the Regency era, the terms rakehell or “rake” and “rogue” were used daily in conversation. A rake was a man who was charming, seductive, and a little too dangerous for a lady’s reputation. A rogue was something considerably worse than a rake. A Rogue was a rake with an added level of dangerous, not just for the ladies but for the men. What I mean is that a rogue would challenge other men to duels, get in bar brawls, and be in general more “edgy” as a man. If you called a man a rogue in the Regency he would be the Regency equivalent of an alpha male hero.
For me the best rogues have the following qualities:
1) A good sense of humor
2) That perfect ability to know when to steal a kiss from a woman at the right time
3) A way with words, and yet also knowing when actions are better to woo a woman
4) A loyal heart to his friends and his family and eventually the woman who would love him.
5) An ability to survive through a rigorous and dangerous adventure
6) A heart of gold buried beneath his charm and reckless manner
Once the ton’s darling, sudden blindness has left Cedric a reclusive shell of a man. Until he’s offered the chance to recapture a small part of his old life when the woman he’s secretly desired for years asks him to propose to her.
Who doesn’t love a naughty rogue? Third in the fan favorite historical romance, League of Rogues series, by Lauren Smith, you do not want to miss HER WICKED PROPOSAL!
He doesn’t need his eyes to uncover her true beauty.
Cedric, Viscount Sheridan, is cursed. Once the ton’s golden boy, the loss of his sight has left him a reclusive shell of man. His days of womanizing, horse racing and pistol shooting lost forever.
Offered the chance to recapture a small part of his old life, he can’t refuse—even if it means accepting the shocking proposal of the infamous ice maiden, Anne Chessley.
Still reeling from her father’s death, Anne’s deepest wish is to avoid the hordes of fortune hunters who will soon be beating down her door. Proposing marriage to Cedric is an act of desperation, his unexpected acceptance a strange and wonderful dream.
His only stipulation: she must respond passionately and wantonly in his bed. Her agreement barely crosses her lips before he begins a sensual assault on the icy walls bitter secrets have built around her heart.
Yet even as they catch a glimpse of true happiness, betrayal is poised to sweep them away on opposing tides of danger.
Warning: Contains an outwardly aloof heroine with a secretly tender heart, a once-notorious rake who isn’t quite as rusty at seduction as he feared, and a band of rogues who join together to make sure happily-ever-afters do come true.
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Amazon Best-Selling Author Lauren Smith is an attorney by day, author by night, who pens adventurous and edgy romance stories by the light of her smart phone flashlight app. She’s a native Oklahoman who lives with her three pets: a feisty chinchilla, sophisticated cat and dapper little schnauzer. She’s won multiple awards in several romance subgenres including being an Amazon.com Breakthrough Novel Award Quarter-Finalist and a Semi-Finalist for the Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Award.