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Publisher Description

Bestselling author Valerie Bowman sets the stage in Regency England for her Playful Brides series, where couples' misadventures on the way to the altar are witty, romantic romps based on some of the world's most beloved plays. The eighth installment, The Right Kind of Rogue, is inspired by William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.

Can two star-crossed lovers come together—until death do they part?

Viscount Hart Highgate has decided to put his rakish ways behind him and finally get married. He may adore a good brandy or a high-speed carriage race, but he takes his duties as heir to the earldom seriously. Now all he has to do is find the right kind of woman to be his bride—ideally, one who’s also well-connected and well-funded. . .

Meg Timmons has loved Hart, the brother of her best friend, ever since she was an awkward, blushing schoolgirl. If only she had a large dowry—or anything to her name at all. Instead, she’s from a family that’s been locked in a bitter feud with Hart’s for years. And now she’s approaching her third London season, Meg’s chances with him are slim to none. Unless a surprise encounter on a deep, dark night could be enough to spark a rebellious romance. . .for all time?

Valerie Bowman’s Playful Brides novels are:
“Wholly satisfying.”—USA Today
“Smart and sensual…readers will be captivated.”—RT Book Reviews “Smoldering.” —Booklist

October 31
St. Martin's Publishing Group

Customer Reviews

Cynthia Y. ,

Engaging story

I received an advanced review copy of this book.

Valerie Bowman’s book never disappoint. They are always engaging and entertaining and I find her writing flow was making for an enjoyable read.

This book is part of a series but can be read on its own without the reader feeling like they missed anything. Hart and Meg have appeared in earlier books and if the reader wants to see more of them, I suggest reading the earlier books.

Meg has always loved Hart, who has never really noticed her. Hart has his vices but has decided it was time to leave that behind to get married. I don’t want to give spoilers. I liked these two characters as a couple. They’re both stubborn and this causes clashes between them. I felt at times Hart could be over the top but with his background and temperament, I felt it worked in this story.

I always enjoy Valerie Bowman’s books and fluid writing style and recommend this book.

Astroyic ,

Fun, Entertaining & Absolutely Enthralling!

Oh how I loved this fantastic story that transported me back in time and captured my heart and soul! Beautifully written with wonderfully captivating characters, as well as stunning and beautiful descriptions this author delivers a entertaining and fun storyline that swept me away.
Meg Timmons has been a perpetual wallflower, as a daughter of a destitute Baron, she has only tattered and worn out gowns to her name. She is desperate when she finds out that her best friends brother, Hart has decided to look for a wife this season. So what’s a girl to do when the man she has loved since she was sixteen doesn’t even act like he knows she is alive? Get help! So Meg enlists the help of Lucy Hunt, the Duchess Of Claringdon. Lucy is rich, beautiful, outspoken and a master planner of plots to match couples as well as being a favorite of the ton. As Lucy has dresses made for Meg, and her entire look done over, to entice, so begins the seduction and the plotting to make Hart Highgate notice her.
Hart Highgate is Heir to a Earldom, a viscount in his own right. He is handsome, clever, witty and extremely eligible but not to Meg. Their fathers are sworn enemies. Hart is always drinking and carousing and has never shown any interest in Meg. Except for the night before his sister’s wedding.
But with his family making demands on who Hart should court, he soon becomes bored and rebellious, finding the most fun he has ever had, when he is with Meg. Overwhelmed and enthralled by her transformation, he soon finds it hard to let other men dance and talk with her. But when the plotting and scheming soon forces his hand, will all be lost? Will their feelings for each other recover? You will need to read to find out.
I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.

Rt2025 ,

The right kind of rogue

The book is well written and hard to put down. All my feelings came out while reading this. Meg sets out to get Hart to marry her. Her friends jump in to help her catch him. Unfortunately things don’t go smoothly. Great read.

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