Friday, August 23, 2013

A Most Devilish Rogue by Ashlyn Macnamara - Review and a Guest Post!

Happy Friday!

I am glad to participate in the blog tour of A Most Devilish Rogue by Ashlyn Macnamara. My stop includes a review and guest post by the author. The tour is organized by Random House and by the author.

Let's start with the review.

Title: A Most Devilish Rogue
Author: Ashlyn Macnamara
Imprint: Ballantine Books
Publisher: Random House
Genre: Adult: Historical Romance
Pages: 352 pages
Source: From the author and publisher in exchange of an honest review


Years ago, when Isabelle Mears was still a young miss too infatuated to know better, she surrendered her innocence to a dishonorable man. Though ruined and cast out from society, she has worked hard to shelter her illegitimate son, Jack. Having sworn off men in her quiet but dignified life, Isabelle is unprepared for the deep longing that rips through her when a handsome stranger rescues her rambunctious six-year-old from the pounding ocean surf.

George Upperton is a man in trouble with debts, women, and a meddling family. He is, by all accounts, the last gentleman on earth Isabelle should be drawn to. But loneliness is a hard mistress, and caution gives way to desire . . . even though Isabelle is convinced that happiness can’t be found in the arms of such a devilish rogue. Only when Jack is kidnapped does Isabelle discover the true depth of George’s devotion—and how far a good man will go to fight for the woman whose love is all that matters.

My review:

I truly enjoy a good historical romance once and a while and Ashlyn Macnamara delivered everything I need in A Most Devilish Rogue. The plot was interesting, characters fascinating and the romance was nicely balanced with some twists and turns.

Enter George, a gentleman with some destructive habits like gambling, drinking and women. When George's mistress is getting pregnant, George is taking an escape to the countryside where he hopes to find solutions to his gambling debts by playing cards. During the party George runs away from his mother, who is heavily trying to find him a suitable wife, to the beach. He spots a woman and a boy playing foolishly in the waves and when the waves become dangerous to the boy, George rescues Jack from drowning.

Isabelle has been avoiding any men in her life, especially after being left into a delicate situation of raising her kid Jack alone and by herself, but after the first meeting on the beach the attraction is quite visible between them.

When Jack is kidnapped, George decides to help Isabelle no matter what. The plot gets even more complicated by the past starting to haunt them.

I really liked Ashlyn Macnamara's writing style: the historical settings, the plot, the characters and the dialogue. It was easy to read and the pages just disappeared and the novel ended way too quickly for my taste.

I did have some questions which remained unanswered about Isabelle's past and about her relationship with her father. I also had some difficulties with connecting and liking George in the beginning, but he grew on me when the story developed.

I definitely recommend A Most Devilish Rogue. It is a well written historical romance with a very good plot and with a witty dialogue.

5 Flowers!
4 stars.

Thanks go to Ashlyn Macnamara and to the publisher for providing me with the review copy.

And now, ladies and gentlemen, Ashlyn has been so kind and written a guest post about wicked and witty romance. Enjoy!

Wicked, Witty Romance

It all started with Jane Austen. Maybe not the wicked part so much but the wit? Most definitely. I can recall sitting in the break room at work, reading Pride and Prejudice and laughing to myself over the subtle jibes, which drew odd looks from my co-workers. To the uninitiated, a Jane Austen novel might seem like one of those other dry old works of litera-toor, the kind your English teacher makes you read in high school when you’d much rather be reading, oh, about anything else.

But how wrong those people would be. As soon as I read “what do we live for but to make sport of our neighbors and laugh at them in their turn” I knew I’d found a kindred spirit. Which, I suppose is perfectly normal. I used to get into trouble for being a smart-mouth. These days, I try to channel it through my characters.

So wit, those irreverent and clever turns of phrase, has existed in Regency romance from the time when Regency was contemporary. The wicked bit is decidedly more modern, unless you’d like to explore the vast and varied works of that prolific writer, Anonymous.

When I think of wicked and witty romance, Tessa Dare comes immediately to mind. I just love her signature blend of humor and heat. Where else might you read about a fossil named Francine or a lamb named Dinner alongside love scenes that make this non-smoker long for a cigarette? (Which reminds me, there’s supposed to be a notorious scene in her most recent book Any Duchess Will Do, and I need to dig it out of my TBR pile.)

On the contemporary side, Tracy Brogan is another author that comes to mind when I consider wicked and witty romance. Granted she’s stronger on the wit than the steam, but like Kristan Higgans, she has such a way with humor and wit. When a debut author’s book opens with a sentence like “my husband had a talent for putting the dick in unpredictable” you realize you’re in the presence of a rising star. (Please note that Tracy also writes wonderful historicals.)

But those are only a couple of my favorites. Tell me, dear readers, who are some of your favorite witty and wicked authors? Who have I left out of this post? Who do I need to add to my already teetering TBR pile?

Thank you, Ashlyn, for coming by!
About the author:
Ashlyn Macnamara writes Regency romances with a dash of wit and a hint of wicked. She considers this writing gig her midlife crisis, but figures it’s less risky than rock climbing or skydiving. When not writing, she looks for other excuses to neglect the housework, among them knitting, reading and wasting time on the internet in the guise of doing research. Despite her insistence on looking toward the past, she can be found on her website, Facebook, and Twitter. She also likes to play at being a Duchess from time to time.

Her second book A Most Devilish Rogue is available August 27, 2013.


Thanks for coming by and happy reading!




  1. Well, Ashlyn, I'd have to refer you to Amanda Quick or Catherine Coulter for their wicked wit in Regency romances (their earlier stories). I'd have to giggle while reading them in public, or downright guffaw sometimes. Actually, they are the true reason why I got addicted to Regency in the first place and then went on to other authors of the genre after them. So now I'm gonna have to read something by you to see that wit of yours the reviewers talk about! :-)

  2. For historical my favorites are: Amanda Quick, Lynsay Sands, and Julia Quinn, and Patricia Cabot (Meg Cabot's older books that are FREAKING AMAZING)

    Contemporaries are: Kristan Higgins (like you, because she's a genius), Susan Donovan, Rachel Gibson