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A Rogue of One's Own (A League of…

A Rogue of One's Own (A League of Extraordinary Women) (utgåvan 2020)

av Evie Dunmore (Författare)

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Titel:A Rogue of One's Own (A League of Extraordinary Women)
Författare:Evie Dunmore (Författare)
Info:Piatkus (2020), 368 pages
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A Rogue of One's Own av Evie Dunmore



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I absolutely love this series. Ms. Dunmore has set her romances among a group of suffragettes so the reader gets some interesting history and some sweet romance at the same time. It's an era not often tackled by romance authors which gives it some extra spice.
Lady Lucie is the nominal head of the Oxford suffragettes. She has a plan to take over a publishing house to utilize for the ladies' battles with Parliament. However, Tristan, Lord Ballentine, her archrival stands in the way, leading to a very entertaining battle of wits between the two, especially when he throws in a bet that puts Lucie in a flutter.
Lucie is little but fierce and more than a match for Tristan who is fascinated by Lucie's drive and ambitions. It's a perfect enemy-to-lovers romance in a refreshing setting for history buffs. ( )
  N.W.Moors | Jan 17, 2021 |
In Regency novels, women are struggling to find a place in the Victorian patriarchal society, either by being suffragettes or by subtly but firmly rejecting societal expectations. The secrecy and need to maintain appearances is highly rampant, which is what adds to the different layers in a period romance.

This novel irked me because the suffragette protagonist is highly bent upon maintaining appearances. I believe I must read about the suffragette movement in Britain during this period to understand the mindset of both the suffragettes and anti-suffragettes. Lucie, the protagonist, desires voice for women, both married and unmarried, in politics and in society, that women are not treated like mindless animals whose sole purpose is to bear heirs and have a stable familial life, and that they are noticed, not just for their bodies but also for their wits. Yet this same Lucie believes that women won't be able to keep their wits about them when Tristan, her arch nemesis and the infamous rake, is around them. Lucie, who believes that women should be free to choose, also believes that it is scandalous for a female activist to seek a lover because her reputation would be tarnished and she wouldn't be taken seriously. But, isn't this exactly what she is fighting against?

The other suffragettes advise Lucie to be more feminine, more charming to get things her way. It is classy to slay patriarchy with a style, but that doesn't mean that you cannot slay it with plain, comfortable clothes. One of them also suggests that she take up a lover to "remove the lines between her brows." These again clashed with the suffragette ideals, in my opinion.

Tristan is the lovable bad boy whose reputation is mostly a lie. He has a secret, but chooses to procrastinate revealing it to Lucie because he was enjoying the bliss of their casual relationship, which is slowly taking a serious turn. (I may be biased on this; I hate it when secrets that should be and can be easily revealed are not revealed for the plot).

I didn't see any chemistry between Lucie and Tristan during their initial trysts. It was pure lust, at least from Lucie's side, which I believe was fair, since she absolutely hates his nerves but has hots for his body. Eventually, as Tristan slowly unraveled himself to her, Lucie developed an affection for him, which was incongruous with her hate. Her struggle felt real, constantly vacillating between trusting him and not trusting him.

One sore spot in the novel was the tattoo on Tristan's chest. It was described as inspired by a Hindu god. While I am all up for the west embracing the eastern culture, the tattoo did not sit well with me because there is no explanation from Tristan as to why he chose to have that particular tattoo on him. It all seemed another deus ex machina. ( )
  PrasannaS | Nov 13, 2020 |
I liked Tristan right away. While he’s sort of a typical hero, he’s also very singular. And Lucie’s a virago, a shrew, a termagant—all words created to criticize women for daring to behave like men. So of course I liked her.

I’ve seen reviews of this book that say they can’t see the attraction between Lucie and Tristan. I’ve seen reviews that say they aren’t antagonistic enough. I’ve seen reviews that say Tristan is pro-colonization, even though he literally and explicitly writes against it. I’ve seen reviews that say this book is homophobic and racist because there is a gay character who behaves badly (they call him a villain, but...he’s not really) and there is only one POC character (even though most HR features a dearth of them). I’ve seen reviews that say Lucie is a shrew, using the term as an insult—which is exactly the sort of thing the book is and the suffragists were arguing against. I’ve even seen reviews criticizing Lucie for making a damn mistake and speaking too harshly. I’m not going to get into any of that beyond those statements, but, in short, many reviews I’ve seen are by reviewers who seem to expect this author to be perfect because she dares to write slightly unlikeable characters and portray a time in history as accurately as she can. In fact, I’ve seen reviews say Dunmore writes like a 21st century author exploring Victorian upper classes (um, duh—that applies to all authors today; also, they said she sounded like an American even though she's actually a German who studied at Oxford), that she has an “utter lack of historical research” (okay, maybe she got some things wrong, but then what are those historical notes in the back?), and that she uses anachronistic terms like feminist and existential angst (well, excuse me if today’s authors don’t write like Dickens; you’re guaranteed to use anachronistic terms in historical fiction—except for maybe linguists, which most people are not). All in all, I’d put forth the argument that Dunmore’s books make readers uncomfortable. And who says that’s necessarily a bad thing? ( )
  littlebookjockey | Sep 15, 2020 |
Terrific follow-on to Bringing Down the Duke. Once again, the setting is London, late Victorian period, as the Suffragist movement gains steam. The challenges facing women, such as property ownership, voting, and marital abuse, are an excellent backdrop for the romance between Lucie and Tristan.

We met Lucie in the last book, as head of the Oxford chapter of the suffragists. She is stubborn, determined, and focused on seeing the dream come true. Disowned by her family, she lives on her own with her cat, Boudica, embracing the title of "spinster." She refuses to give up what little autonomy she has by marrying. In this book, which takes place a few months after the previous one, the ladies need a way to publish a report they have compiled. Lucie plans to purchase a publishing house and use that. As the story opens, she has just purchased one-half of a publishing house, where the other two owners are absentees, leaving her free to run it as she likes. Unfortunately for her, the man she buys from informs her that the other two men have just sold their shares also. Lucie's new partner is her childhood nemesis, Tristan Ballentine.

Tristan is an unexpectedly complex man. He has the reputation of a rake, but also a secret identity as a fantastic poet. Tristan has recently returned from the wars in India and Afghanistan. He appeared briefly in the previous book as an unmitigated rake who danced with Annabelle. He is handsome and has quite a reputation with women. His older brother died, leaving Tristan as the heir, something that displeases his father. Dear old dad has arranged a marriage for Tristan but requires a cleaned-up reputation. Tristan has no intention of cooperating until Rochester threatens to put Tristan's mother in an asylum if he doesn't. Caught in a trap, Tristan decides to play along until he can find a way to rescue his mother. He comes up with the idea of republishing his poems under his own name to raise the needed funds. Buying half of a publishing house is the quickest way to do so.

The sparks between Lucie and Tristan are off the charts from the start. The two of them have a history from when they were children, and Tristan took great delight in playing pranks on Lucie. What she never knew was that there were elements of a serious crush involved. As an adult, Lucie played a part in many of Tristan's fantasies. Thrown together as they are, Lucie continues to plague Tristan's thoughts. It isn't too long until Tristan works his way into hers, also. I loved the back and forth between them. At first, it is very antagonistic, especially on Lucie's side. Tristan just wants a chance to live out his fantasies and offers an unexpected bargain. The more time they spend together, the more they realize that they have much in common. I loved watching Lucie open Tristan's eyes to the truths of her cause, and how Tristan found himself sharing more of the real him with her.

The fire between Lucie and Tristan was intense when they finally gave in to it. Neither of them expected that deep of a connection, and both tried to resist it. It takes a long time for each of them to realize their feelings. It was fun to see Tristan demonstrate those feelings without knowing it, by merely being himself. From being there to support her during the ball to his final demonstration of his belief in her, he finally saw that he'd always loved her. There were still some obstacles standing between them, not the least of which was the secret he kept from her. I ached for Lucie when that came out. Tristan impressed me with how he handled it. Fate wasn't entirely done with them, though, and there was one more hurdle. I loved how Lucie dealt with all the parties concerned. I was a little surprised by their plan for the future, but I loved how Tristan was so supportive of what was essential to Lucie.

I liked seeing more of Annabelle and Sebastian and how their life together is going. The house party at Claremont was interesting with all of the undercurrents. Hattie and Catriona also had their parts to play, especially in helping Lucie carry out her plans. I appreciate the strength of the friendship among the four women and how they support each other. There are a few rough spots, but the friendships are solid enough to weather them. Lucie's cousin Cecily irritated me from the beginning, and I wasn't at all surprised at her part in the book. Lucie's mother was pretty bad, too, but she did redeem herself somewhat at the end. I detested Tristan's father. ( )
  scoutmomskf | Sep 14, 2020 |
I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. My thoughts and opinions are my own. Any quotes I use are from an unpublished copy and may not reflect the finished product.

A Rogue of One's Own was exquisite! Evie Dunmore made a Historical Romance reader out of me with Bringing Down the Duke, and now I feel super invested in the lives of women who lived long ago. I definitely would have been a suffragist, but I don't know how Lucie kept her wits about her in a world where men felt like they owned the women in their lives. I really loved how Dunmore touched on realistic aspects from the time period (Poets like Oscar Wilde, suffragists like Millicent Fawcett, and what it was like for women and girls in general), and made them relevant to the here and now.

Women still struggle to be seen as equals in the eyes of men, and it's thanks to people like Lucie that we have a right to vote at all. Can you imagine marrying a man only to give up your own identity in the process? Everything you own - - everything that you've claimed for yourself - - suddenly becomes the property of your husband. That includes the woman entering the marriage. She essentially loses the rights to her very self. What's crazy is that all of this was commonplace not that long ago, and I think we take the sacrifices of those women lightly today, if we think about them at all.

It's clear Dunmore has done her research, even if she admits to embellishing a little bit with the dates. I thought A Rogue of One's Own was wonderfully written and beautifully captured the era the author was trying to depict. I enjoyed looking up the unfamiliar words and phrases to see how they translated, and it gave me an appreciation for a language that has been lost to time. Proper words we no longer use today; flashes of lifestyles no longer lived.

Lucie is astonishingly calm in the face of adversity, and I'm not sure I would have had the same amount of patience and tolerance. She was constantly belittled for her beliefs and attacked for her attempts to help better the lives of women. She had a few close friends, and the other suffragists were allies, but the rest of the world saw her as less. A spinster, boyish, the Tedbury Termagant. She shouldered it all with her held held high, and then she put her pen to paper. She's a nonstop machine that doesn't realize there's more to life until Tristan reappears to cause a little mischief. She's too busy and too stubborn for men, and I loved her all the more for it. We see her vulnerabilities, the cracks in her armor, but it just made her more realistic and likable.

Tristan is complicated and downright delightful. Yes, he's a rake. Yes, he gets away with more than most because of his station. Yes, he's a devious bastard. However, he's also fundamentally good. He doesn't want to hurt anyone, and he constantly puts others before himself. I disliked that the main conflict was withheld information, but he had very good reasons. Although, being upfront and honest with Lucie would have saved them both a lot of heartache, and likely kept what happened from happening, but I thought the author handled it well. Tristan was trying to protect someone he loved, and I can't really fault him for that.

Evie Dunmore is an incredible writer, so if you haven't read Bringing Down the Duke, I highly recommend starting with it and continuing with A Rogue of One's Own. You don't need to read them in order, but you'll have a better experience if you do, since a lot of the characters from the first book are also in this one. Even if you don't normally read Historical Fiction, read her books anyways! They are full of heart and delicious heat, so get ready for tender moments and sexy seduction. This author knows how to write a romance, that's for sure! (★★★★⋆ )

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