Friday, July 31, 2015

All the Ways to Ruin a Rogue: Review + Giveaway

ALL THE WAYS TO RUIN A ROGUE
The Debutante Files #2
Sophie Jordan
Historical Romance
384 pages
Avon
Available Now
Source: eARC from publisher for review

THE STORY
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Sophie Jordan continues her new series, The Debutante Files, featuring debutantes on the hunt for Mr. Right.

First friends, then enemies...

Lady Aurelia hasn’t always hated Max, Viscount Camden, her brother’s best friend. In fact, as a besotted girl, she thrived under his kind attention—sure that he was the most noble and handsome man in the land. Until her young heart discovered what manner of rogue he really was. Now, though she enjoys nothing more than getting on his last nerve, she can’t deny Max drives her to distraction—even if she tries to pretend otherwise.

Now something more...

Max cannot recall a time when Aurelia did not vex him. If she was not his friend’s sister, he would stay far away from the infuriating vixen. Unfortunately, they are always thrown together. At parties and family gatherings…she is always there. Mocking him, tossing punch in his face, driving him mad ... until one night, she goes too far and he retaliates in the only way he can: with a kiss that changes everything.

MY THOUGHTS
All the Ways to Ruin a Rogue gives us a romance that's deliciously tense on a number of levels, Aurelia and Max not just a combination of little sister and big brother's best friend, but also enemies of sorts as inadvertent actions in their teen years brought their previous friendship to an abrupt halt. We're privy to the series of events that lead to the dissolution of their friendship (and Aurelia's crush on Max), our hearts reaching out to both of them as hurt and betrayal cut deep on both sides. We then catch up with them several years later, the pain they caused each other as teenagers having festered to the point that their wounds remain open, barely able to be in the other's company without poking at the sore spots they know so well. It's nearly impossible not to get caught up in the storm constantly raging between them, reading with a smile on our faces as we wait to see the tide of that storm slowly change into something more.

We meet Aurelia as a young woman of fifteen, having developed a crush on her brother's best friend at the tender age of nine and finally deciding it's time to make her feelings known. When she catches him in a compromising position, our hearts plummet right along with hers, recalling every moment in our own lives when a crush seemed larger than life and solely responsible for our entire happiness. Years later, she handles the barbs Max hurls at her as he attempts to keep their vicious cycle of anger and pain going with as much grace as she can muster, slowly attempting to change their interactions by not giving him the response he expects. She of course lashes out a time or two and makes things worse between them, but it's hard to wish for her to suffer in silence simply because that way lies the higher road, and quite frankly Max deserves what she dishes out on a number of occasions.

Max, for his part, is crueler in his verbal sparring than Aurelia, and while we might give her the favor of our female solidarity, his own hurt stemming from the aftermath of that disastrous day years ago is more than a little understandable. He also has a fear of love and marriage thanks to the tragic death of his parents, making his desire for Aurelia an epic internal battle between what he wants and what he thinks he isn't capable of. Though he takes far more than he gives emotionally for majority of the book, the two of them and their painful, stumbling dance to happily ever after is nothing short of enthralling, gluing us to the pages as we wait and see who will either deliver the next blow or make the next move toward intimacy.

The only very minor complaint with this story is the speed at which Max's views on marriage, love and children change in the concluding chapters, a sudden epiphany wrapping things up for the two of them with a pretty bow. That being said however, a happy ending is what we want most for these two, so Max's sudden change of heart is something easily overlooked. Overall, All the Ways to Ruin a Rogue is a hugely enjoyable historical romance, blending moments of heartache with moments of pure joy to ensure we immediately visit Ms. Jordan's website upon finishing to gorge ourselves on her backlist.

Rating: 4/5

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SOPHIE JORDAN


Sophie Jordan grew up in the Texas hill country where she wove fantasies of dragons, warriors, and princesses. A former high school English teacher, she’s the New York Times, USA Today and international bestselling author of more than twenty novels. She now lives in Houston with her family. When she’s not writing, she spends her time overloading on caffeine (lattes preferred), talking plotlines with anyone who will listen (including her kids), and cramming her DVR with anything that has a happily ever after. You can visit her online at www.sophiejordan.net.



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37 comments:

  1. I'm always a bit off when the chracters wants everything so fast in the relationship but well it's a detail. I'm glad you enjoyed this one, it's the first time I hear about it but I always like a good historical romance!

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    1. I so enjoy historical romance Melliane! High recommend:)

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  2. You know how I love a good historical Jenny and this sounds wonderful!
    Great review and I hope you have a fabulous weekend!

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  3. I enjoyed this book as well, not my favorite from Jordan, but I loved the verbal sparring with these two.

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    1. Me too! I hurt for both of them throughout:(

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  4. What a wonderful review as always Jenny! It's always a bit jarring when a character changes his ideas too fast, but if it's all for the best... can be taken more easily!

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    1. I enjoyed the rest of it so much I was able to overlook Max's sudden epiphany:)

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  5. Thanks for the great giveaway, Jenny! I love Sophie's Jordan's books and have always wanted to check out her historical romance novels. This one seems like a lot of fun!

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    1. It was a tense one for sure Christina, but I'm such a sucker for both enemies to lovers and a little sister/big brother's best friend romances, and this was BOTH! Win.

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  6. I keep seeing this book around the blogosphere and it makes me want to read it. Waaaaant. Although this isn't surprising given it's historical romance and historical romance is my crack.

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    1. Hehe, yes it is. I hope you give this a try:) It can be read as a stand-alone, I haven't read the first book.

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  7. You liked this one a little bit more than me. I loved Aurelia but Max drove me batty. That being said Sophie's writing was excellent!

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    1. Max was definitely trouble at times, but I liked how Aurelia handled him:)

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  8. What a beautiful review, Jenny!
    You're making me want to go re-read this one and hopefully fall in love with it the second time around. I heard the next book is going to be about the club owner. That one should be really interesting.
    I'm really happy you had so much luck with this one, Jenny!

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    1. Ooooo really? I'll be excited to pick that one up!

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  9. Great review, beautiful cover, and a historical fiction sounds like a good idea for the weekend :)

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    1. Doesn't it? I could go for of it myself:)

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  10. Wonderful review, Jenny! Historical romance is not my usual genre, but I liked Sophie Jordan’s NA, and this sounds interesting.

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    1. She writes a great historical romance Ksenia!

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  11. I can see that being my small niggle too... how he changes so quick. Still, if it didn't draw you out too much, I doubt it will for me as well. Yes, this does sound like a historical romance I so need to read!!

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  12. This sounds wonderful and it's been too long since I sat down and read a historical romance. The relationship sounds like its very passionate and fiery, which I love. I need to take a look at the first book as well.
    Lovely review, Jenny!

    Hope you have agreat weekend :)

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    1. Fiery is a good word for it Kim! I definitely wanted to shake the two of them a time or two, but it was easy to remember how much things hurt as a teenager, so I understood where both were coming from:)

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  13. Oh haaay Sophie Jordan! I've only read her NA titles so I'm definitely curious about her historical romance books (as a young lass, I did nothing but devour historical romance).

    Thanks for the review, I'm ready for the emotional roller coaster!

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    1. Woo hoo! Go meet Aurelia and Max!!!!

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  14. I've seen this popping up a few places! I'll have to check it out. Great review!

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  15. I hadn't heard of this book before but I love romance like this - the tension that masks love;) I haven't read a romance in a while so I think this is the one to get me back into it! Gorgeous review as usual Jenny:D

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  16. Max sound like a difficult character to love, but pain can make a person lash out. Sounds like Aurelia had enough understanding to let that go. Wonderful review, Jenny! :)

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  17. Despite Max's rushed epiphany this does sound wondeful

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  18. I enjoyed this one as well... which surprised me because I usually don't like so much animosity in relationships and will usually DNF a new adult type book if that is the situation... but I enjoyed the sparring between these two.

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  19. I haven't read a Sophie Jordan historical romance though I've heard a lot about them. While this seems like a really solid novel, I'm a little worried about all the barbs thrown around. Sometimes, those types of novels just kill me inside, page-by-page, and then a quick ending never feels satisfactory enough. BUT, I've been really craving romance and I trust your judgement completely so I'll definitely be picking this one up soon. Thanks for putting this on my radar, Jenny! :)

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  20. I am loving the influx of love for historical romance from bloggers that I follow. Makes me want to dive right in as well. :)

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  21. Oh, teenagers. They're so good at lashing out, aren't they? I can only imagine those hurt feelings would still exist when these two meet up again. Max sounds like he holds a grudge pretty well! Even though it sounds like it was a bit rushed, at least there was an HEA!

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