Friday, October 28, 2016

Review: Wicked Rivals (The League of Rogues #4) by Lauren Smith

A cunning Scottish lady bests an English baron of legendary control in a game of business and seduction…

Lauren Smith is back with the latest in her sexy #historicalromance series, League of Rogues, with WICKED RIVALS!

Merciless and powerful, Ashton Lennox is a wealthy man because he puts business before everything else, especially love. As a member of the infamous League of Rogues, he’s no stranger to scandal. His bedroom conquests are as legendary as his fortune. As he searches for a way to bring down an old enemy bent on destroying the lives of his friends, the last thing he needs is a Scottish widow getting in his way.


The daughter of a Scottish lord with a dark and treacherous past, Rosalind Melbourne has spent years distancing from her past. After escaping her tyrannical father and marrying an aging English lord, she has become a powerful widow with a business empire at her command. Her business dealings are everything to her, leaving her no time for love. Especially not with her business rival Ashton, a man with a scandalous reputation as striking as his blue eyes. 


Ashton is fascinated by the strong-willed, intelligent and sensual lady who, up until now, had outsmarted him at every turn. Rosalind wishes she could deny she is falling for the brooding, handsome baron. How can she possibly trust him when doing so could cost her what she values most—her freedom? When Ashton discovers Rosalind might hold the key to saving the League of Rogues, he knows he will do anything to woo his wicked lass. As their pasts return to haunt them and dark forces rise to keep them from exposing a deadly spymaster, their game of love turns to a game of survival…

Warning: This book includes a brooding baron who’s wild in bed, a crafty Scottish lass who never knows when to quit, a wicked game of strip chess, and a merry band of rogues whose first instinct is to run they hear wedding bells ring.

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Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

I received this book for an honest review so here is some honesty. I skipped a part of the book maybe 5-10% of it. It was in the begging though and I didn't have the patience to read the part where the characters are introduced and the good parts of the story have yet to happen. It didn't seem like I had missed anything vital so I went on with the story. I wasn't able to get into the story and get comfortable with the characters until I reached the middle of the book. Things became clearer and the characters had made up their minds by then. While I didn't love the book, I am very willing to read a story about Joanna and one of Rosalind's brothers. I will have to keep an eye on the authors next releases to see if a book about them will be written someday. The epilogue is also a good reason for me to read the next book in the series because I don't like leaving mysteries unsolved. 

I must have missed the part where the two main characters decided that they don't want to be enemies anymore because the change seemed a little abrupt to me. I enjoyed their romance though. To be completely honest I enjoyed most of the second half of the book and I think it's my fault for not being able to get into the first half. I am more used to debutantes after all. I widow who is busy running companies and having her future husband as a rival isn't a usual thing for me in historical books. I will be able to form an opinion of the authors writing and if I like the series or not after I get the chance to read the next book in the series since I will be more familiar with the setting. From the description of the other ladies the author seems to write about strong and as much as they can be independent women which something I liked in a novel. 

About Lauren Smith:

Amazon Best-Selling Author Lauren Smith is an attorney by day, author by night, who pens adventurous and edgy romance stories by the light of her smart phone flashlight app. She’s a native Oklahoman who lives with her three pets: a feisty chinchilla, sophisticated cat and dapper little schnauzer. She’s won multiple awards in several romance subgenres including being an Breakthrough Novel Award Quarter-Finalist and a Semi-Finalist for the Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Award. 

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