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ARC Book Review: Tempted by a Rogue by Lauren Smith

Title and Author: Tempted by a Rogue by Lauren Smith
No. of Pages: 85
Publication Date: 21st September 2015
Genre: Regency Romance, Historical Romance, Adult Fiction, Indie Author, Novella
Language: English

Book Review:
Tempted by a Rogue by Lauren Smith is the story of Gemma who has waited for eleven years to reunite with her childhood sweetheart, James. They have been communicating through letters all these years that she is sure now that he is here, they will me married soon. But things are not quite as simple as they look. James is not interested in Gemma and the person writing to her is not him but his friend, Jasper who likes Gemma and hopes to marry her someday.

With everything so confusing, will Gemma ever have her happily-ever-after?

I enjoyed reading Lauren's book,  The Duelist's Seduction and when she offered me this one, her upcoming book, I was more than happy to read and review it!

The cover is sensual and promises a sensual story. The blurb is interesting and it succeeds in intriguing the readers about the book.

It was the plot idea that intrigued me in the first place. The idea of writing love letters to each other without meeting for over a decade is romantic and add the identity swap to it and the book had me eager to read it. I hoped for a conflict filled story with headstrong characters and an intense romance.
While I got a headstrong hero and a sensual romance, the story didn't match my expectations but nevertheless, it is a good story, is light, short, enjoyable and a quick read. 

Lauren's writing style is engaging and despite her simple construction of sentences, she manages to prove her prowess of writing and yet again establishes that expression and narration is not hampered by simplicity!

She creates the Regency era well and overall, I was transported to a different time through the book. It is only in certain situations that I felt like the characters seemed too progressive and open for a time when propriety and manners were everything. Like for example, when Gemma's father hints at knowing of his daughter's "gallivanting in the garden" escapades and yet tells his wife that it's okay etc. (I don't want to disclose too much about the story.)

The characters are likable and realistic people and I could visualize them easily. Gemma is a simple country girl happy in her simple surroundings and in love with a boy she hasn't met in over a decade. Her honest hopes, expressions and emotions had me connecting with her and then feeling sorry and angry on her behalf. I rooted for a happily-ever-after for her and was all smiles when she got one!

James is portrayed as a reckless, unlikable character and I felt like slapping him for his blatant disregard to Gemma's emotions and his crude and impersonal talks about her virtue and life, as if she meant nothing and was not even a human let alone a girl he had been friends with in his childhood! I am eager to read James' story too and hope he gets a taste of his own medicine in it.

Jasper is a strong character and I liked him but initially, his talks with James about Gemma had me feeling like I wanted a another hero for my honest heroine. LOL
Later on, he becomes the likable hero we all adore who in turn, adores the heroine and is willing to do anything to win her affection. He is flirty, intense, naughty with Gemma and their attraction is scorching hot!

"I never used to get faint until you showed up."-Gemma

Gemma's parents are lovely people and I especially liked her father who knows everything and yet is willing to give his daughter freedom.

Lady Greenley is funny, strict and totally adorable with her knowing and mischievous eyes. I loved her interactions with the protagonists and hope to meet her again!

The story is fast paced with intense intimate scenes and a quick read that you'll be able to finish within an hour if you are a fast reader like me. :)

All in all, Tempted by a Rogue by Lauren Smith is an enjoyable, naughty, sultry and quick read that takes us on a journey to the Regency era to witness a mischievous seduction of a heroine by a rogue with a heartwarming happily-ever-after! 4 out of 5 to it and recommended to all romance lovers above the age of eighteen.

I enjoy Lauren's writing and look forward to reading more from her in the future.

I received an ARC from the author and I am very thankful to her. The above review is my honest and unbiased opinion and in no way influenced.

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