A Rogue to Remember
Perfect for fans of Netflix’s Bridgerton series, in this irresistible historical romance which “delivers both emotional intensity and lush sensuality” (Booklist), a seasoned spy sets out to rescue the childhood friend he once loved from a reputation-destroying rumor—only to discover that she is actually the source.
After enduring five interminable seasons, Lottie Carlisle has had enough of shallow London society, her boring little life, and her uncle Alfred's meddling. When he demands she accept a proposal by the end of next season or else he will choose a husband for her, she devises a plan: create a scandal shocking enough to make her unmarriageable and spend her spinsterhood far enough away in the countryside where no one will ever recognize her.
Alec Gresham hasn't seen Lottie since he left his childhood friend without a word five years ago. So he's not surprised to find her furious when he appears on her doorstep. Especially bearing the news he brings: her uncle is dying, her blasted reputation is still intact, and Lottie must return home. As they make the journey back to her family estate, it becomes increasingly clear that the last five years hasn't erased their history, nor their explosive chemistry. Can Lottie look past her old heartache and trust Alec, or will his secrets doom their relationship once again?
Misinterpretations in the language of love abound in Sullivan's winning debut, the first in her League of Scoundrels series. While vacationing in Italy in 1897, 24-year-old Brit Lottie Carlisle hatches a plan to escape the machinations of her uncle, Sir Alfred Lewis, who wishes to marry her off by season's end. She hopes to ruin her reputation with the eligible bachelors of London by giving her chaperone the slip and living alone in the Italian countryside for a year, but her plan is upended when Alec Gresham, her uncle's ward and her own former flame, now an agent of the crown, is sent to track her down. Though Lottie is dismayed to be discovered, seeing Alec once more after his abrupt departure from her life five years earlier stirs long-buried feelings. Alec informs Lottie that Sir Alfred is dying and persuades her to return home with him and as they travel the Italian countryside, the picturesque backdrop and gently teased mysteries about Alec's life as a spy keep the pages turning. Alec and Lottie's former closeness is nicely contrasted with their present-day tension as their feelings reignite. This satisfying love story will especially appeal to historical romance fans looking for a break from the typical English setting.