Rogue Most Wanted
by Janna MacGregor
Publication Date: June 25, 2019
St. Martin’s Press
eBook & Paperback; 384 Pages
Series: The Cavensham Heiresses, Book #5
Genre: Historical Romance
Wanted: an engagement of convenience. Found: A noble suitor.
Raised on a remote Scottish estate by her adoring grandfather, Lady Theodora Worth has inherited an earldom as well as the land itself. But when an upstart duke challenges her claim to the title and the Ladykyrk estate, Thea is suddenly in need of a husband—in name, at least. An elderly neighbor with a thoroughly modern sensibility and a dashing great-nephew just might be the answer to Thea’s prayers. Except she has no intention of marrying the first man she meets. That would be utterly ridiculous.
It just can’t be him. . .
Lord William Cavensham is entirely too devoted to his family’s estate—ever since he was jilted as a lad–to wed, but he agrees to meet the woman his aunt has taken under her wing—and introduce her to possible suitors. But after just one meeting with beautiful, spirited Thea, Will is determined to help her reclaim her title. And even moreso, he can’t stop thinking that perhaps marriage to this bold, passionate woman may be the one thing he’s been missing all along?
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Coffee and Ink’s Review
While I’m more drawn to Regency Mystery than Regency Romance, this novel is based on a complicated maze of inheritance laws and the dire lengths some would go to take or to keep their estates. I find this fascinating. In the notes at the end of the book, the author writes about the true story that inspired Rogue, though the real life Thea was nothing like the woman in the story.
Our Thea, raised on a remote Scottish estate, does not have much in the way of culture or education, but she knows her own history down to every tree and tenant. Her roots are deep here. When her beloved grandfather, her only family, dies, a duke challenges her claim to her title and the estate. She needs a husband to keep Ladykyrk and protect all who will be left vulnerable to the new duke’s plans.
When Thea seeks the advice of her neighbor, Lady Stella Payne, she finds much more than advice. Stella becomes her advocate in all things, and has just the husband for her, her nephew, Lord Will Cavensham.
Will, however, has avoided love and marriage since he was jilted as a young man. He pours his heart and soul into the family estates and wants nothing to do with Thea’s problems, never mind marry her. But he does agree to help her, his whole family does, and as they seek to transform her Pygmalion-like into a woman society will accept, he starts to fall for her. Weirdly, he falls so hard, he only wants the best for her, and doubts that he himself is that. This tension keeps the story humming as the complications over her inheritance and her feelings for Will build higher and higher. Very well written with humor and compassion, the author never makes it easy on her characters. A satisfying read for this sometime romance reader.
Praise for Rogue Most Wanted
“Effervesces with lighthearted romance…sweet and sultry in equal measures.” – Publishers Weekly
“[An] emotionally rich, exquisitely wrought tale that superbly celebrates the redemptive power of love.” – Booklist
About the Author
Janna MacGregor was born and raised in the bootheel of Missouri. She credits her darling mom for introducing her to the happily-ever-after world of romance novels. Janna writes stories where compelling and powerful heroines meet and fall in love with their equally matched heroes. She is the mother of triplets and lives in Kansas City with her very own dashing rogue, and two smug, but not surprisingly, perfect pugs.
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