A princess in disguise is forced to live with a rogue in order to protect her from danger in this fun, sexy regency romance from Kate Bateman.
In The Princess and the Rogue, Bow Street agent Sebastien Wolff, Earl of Mowbray, doesn’t believe in love—until a passionate kiss with a beautiful stranger in a brothel forces him to reconsider. When the mysterious woman is linked to an intrigue involving a missing Russian princess, however, Seb realizes her air of innocence was too good to be true.
Princess Anastasia Denisova has been hiding in London as plain ‘Anna Brown’. With a dangerous traitor hot on her trail, her best option is to accept Wolff’s offer of protection—and accommodation—at his gambling hell. But living in such close quarters, and aiding Wolff in his Bow Street cases, fans the flames of their mutual attraction. If Anya’s true identity is revealed, does their romance stand a chance? Could a princess ever marry a rogue?
Bateman's captivating third Bow Street Bachelors romance (after To Catch an Earl) begins when Russian Princess Anastasia Denisova declines to marry the odious Vasili Petrov. But Vasili refuses to take no for an answer, and Anya fakes her own death to evade him. She flees to London where she takes the name Anna Brown, finds lodgings next door to a brothel, and gains employment as a companion to the eccentric dowager Duchess of Winwick. It's while offering reading lessons at the brothel that Anya meets the rakish Sebastien Wolff, Lord Mowbray, one of the Bow Street investigators and, unknown to Anya, the dowager's great-nephew. He's immediately smitten and offers an exorbitant sum for one night with Anya. When she refuses, Sebastien only grows more intrigued. Sebastien and Anya meet again when he rescues her and his great-aunt from an attempted kidnapping and the dowager, knowing Anya's true identity, persuades Sebastien to protect her from a ring of Russian criminals recently arrived in town though she's careful not to give away Anya's secret. A mutual attraction ignites as they spend time together. Sebastien is drawn to Anya's beauty, intellect, and independence but unconvinced by her masquerade. The steamy love scenes are enhanced by the protagonists' genuine friendship and admiration for one another, while the elements of suspense and mistaken identity keep the pages flying. This smart Regency romance and its resilient heroine are sure to win over readers. \n
4.5-5 Stars!!! This is book number 3 in the ‘Bow Street Bachelors’ series and can be read as a standalone. This book, NO, this series, is awesome! This author is really talented. I’d say this book is a bit of a love/lust-hate/annoy along with being a historical romance with a bit of a mystery!
I loved the main characters, Sebastian/Seb and Anastasia/Anya. He’s the perfect bad boy, good guy, hero. She’s the perfect stubborn, good girl in trouble, can save herself, heroine. There’s a perfect bad guy, mustache and all!
The story was interesting.
The characters were well written.
The banter between Seb and Anya was on point.
And there was a big, shocking surprise that I did NOT see coming! I Highly recommend! I read this book in 1 day, I couldn’t put it down!!! Also- I hope Charlotte gets a novella/short story! I love her!
*I received this book at no charge from the publisher and I voluntarily left a review.*
Not a bad finish
Definitely a unique storyline with different characters. The author did her research and the descriptive details were well fleshed out and the supportive characters were all great. The last 1/4th of the book got beyond silly and ridiculous, but the book is still worth reading.
This is the story of Sebastien Wolff, Earl of Mowbray, Bow Street agent, and grouchiest of the trio of friends who own the Tricorn club and Anastasia Denisova, Russian princess in hiding and companion to the Dowager Duchess of Winwick, Seb’s aunt. Hooked by their hilarious first meeting, I loved watching the two of them come to terms with each other. There is instant attraction and great chemistry. There are also lots of secrets, mostly on Anya’s part. We have a truly nasty villain in Petrov. Couples from the other books in the series are joined by a feisty lady’s maid, a friendly Madam, a fussy French Chef, and Mickey. The story is fast paced and exciting, full of danger, drama kidnapping, and rescue, with a large side of romance, and a couple of surprises. The marriage “tests” for Seb are a hoot. This is a really good story. I enjoyed and recommend it.