Monday, November 21, 2016

Book Review: My Rogue, My Ruin (Lords Of Essex #1) by: Amalie Howard & Angie Morgan

Release Date: November 21, 2016
from Entangled Select Historical
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Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
"The Marquess of Hawksfield’s lineage is impeccable and his title coveted, but Archer Croft is as far
from his indulgent peers as he can get. His loathing for the beau monde has driven him to don a secret identity and risk everything in order to steal their riches and distribute them to the less fortunate.

Lady Briannon Findlay embraces her encounter with the Masked Marauder, a gentleman thief waylaying carriages from London to Essex. The marauder has stirred Brynn’s craving for adventure, and she discovers an attraction deeper than the charming thief’s mask.

Brynn is a revelation, matching Archer in intelligence, wit, and passion. Stubborn and sensuous in equal measure, she astonishes him at every turn, but when someone sinister impersonates Archer’s secret personality, and a murder is committed, Archer begins to think he doesn’t stand a fighting chance without her."

My Thoughts:

It has been a long time since I’ve read a historical romance and I’m really glad I picked this one up. My Rogue, My Ruin was a wonderful blend of romance and mystery with a retelling twist. I enjoyed this one from beginning to end.

Both Brynn and Archer are great characters and I especially loved their dynamic and banter. Brynn is so fierce, especially for the time period, and I so so loved that. And I loved even more that this is exactly why Archer fell for her. He didn’t notice her until he saw behind her proper mask. He loved that she was strong. I also loved that Archer was a bit on the grumpy side. Archer also has such a big heart and you can’t help but love him. Their romance is great and I loved watching them fall for one another.

I also really loved the mystery aspect. I really enjoyed putting the pieces together and trying to figure out who was sabotaging Archer. I had my suspicions, but I never one hundred percent guessed who was behind it all. I thought this added another layer to the story that really kept the reader engaged.

The only thing with My Rogue, My Ruin is that it does take a bit to get going and there is a lot of inner monologue. This is not a quick read; it’s more of a slow burn where you really pull apart the mystery piece by piece. The slower pace was both great at building the suspense and great at frustrating the reader to no end. In the end I think it worked for the story.

My Rogue, My Ruin is a very good read. It’s a really enjoyable historical romance with a fun Robin Hood twist thrown in. Definitely one I recommend.


  1. Ooo, that's great that this one did not disappoint, especially given the HR drought! I thought it was okay but really wasn't impressed - which was disappointing, because I had high hopes (especially with the Robin Hood theme). :/ That's okay though!

    Might I suggest Elizabeth Hoyt's HR - Maiden Lane series? Especially Duke of Midnight. MY FAVORITE. :D

    Great review, Teresa!

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    1. Ohhh thank you for the recs! I'll deff check them out!

  2. I love the sound of the mystery and the Robin Hood twist! I'm fine with a slower pace when it's worth it, and it sounds like this one is. Awesome review, lovely!


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