"Something special." - New York Times Book Review
A New York Times Book Review Summer Read Pick!
Once upon a time in Anna Bennett's When You Wish Upon a Rogue, three young ladies vowed to record their first London seasons and to fill in the gaps of their educations.
She knows what she wants.
Miss Sophie Kendall is happiest arranging the secret meetings of the Debutante Underground, a group of women who come together to discuss the weekly advice column The Debutante’s Revenge. What makes Sophie most unhappy is her impending march down the aisle to a man she does not love. But her family’s finances are in increasingly dire straits.
He makes an offer she can’t refuse.
Henry Reese, Earl of Warshire, hasn’t slept in weeks. Desperate to escape his manor house and its haunting memories, he heads for one of his abandoned London properties. There he meets a beautiful, intriguing woman—trespassing. Reese is far less interested in Sophie’s search for a secret meeting spot than he is in her surprising ability to soothe his demons. So he strikes a bargain with her: his shop in exchange for spending one night a week with him.
Is this love for real—or just a dream?
Sophie never expected this to happen. But she cannot deny the fire Reese sparks in her—and soon their shared desire burns bright. Sophie is irrevocably promised to another. But maybe these two ill-fated lovers can find a way to risk it all—all the way to happily ever after…
"Sparkling." - Publishers Weekly on When You Wish Upon a Rogue
“Fans of…Eloisa James, Tessa Dare, and Mary Jo Putney will go wild.”—Booklist
A woman's dream of marrying for love dies beneath her father's debt in the sparkling finale of Bennett's Debutante Diaries Regency series (after The Duke Is but a Dream). A marriage of convenience is an ironic fate to befall Sophie Kendall, the chairperson of Debutante's Underground, a secret society that encourages women to advocate for themselves. But Sophie makes a match with the wealthy Lord Singleton to save her family from destitution. Sleep evades Henry Reese, Earl of Warshire, until he happens upon Sophie breaking in to his vacant London storefront. Sophie instantly recognizes the signs of insomnia and insists on brewing him an herbal remedy but it's her calming presence that lulls Reese off to dreamland. Astounded, Reese offers a deal: Sophie may use his building to hold Debutante Underground meetings in exchange for spending one night a week with him to help him rest. Sophie agrees and imposes a "no touching" rule. But their weekly visits soon give way to long talks and, as they fall in love, creative, sensual work-arounds to the rule. Sophie's sweetness and compassion shine and series fans will be thrilled to witness her turn in the spotlight. This silky-smooth series ender expertly tugs at the heartstrings.
I received an ARC of this book to read through NetGalley in exchange for a fair review. When You Wish Upon A Rogue is the third book in Anna Bennett’s series The Debutante Diaries. This book could be read as a stand-alone as the author does an excellent job of filling in the background details, but I think you would enjoy it even more if you’ve read the first two books. Sophie Kendall’s parents have arranged a marriage for her to save the family from financial ruin. She’s accepted that this is her fate until a chance encounter with Henry Reese, Earl of Warshire, leads to a friendship and then something more. Henry Reese was never meant to be the Earl, the accidental death of the older brother he’d worshipped has left him with a tangled mess of an inheritance, uncertain finances and the deaths of his fellow soldiers shortly after his departure from the front has him afraid to fall asleep because of the nightmares that haunt his dreams. Spending time with Sophie is the only thing that gives him peace, but he can’t solve her family's financial problems, and all looks bleak for them. I enjoyed reading their story very much and do recommend this book and the first two books in the series. They feature strong heroines and heroes who appreciate their strengths. Medium Steam. Publishing Date May 26, 2020. #WhenYouWishUponARogue #AnnaBennett #NetGalley #HistoricalRomance #StMartinsPress #bookstagram