Series: The Rogues’ Dynasty #6
Genres: Historical Romance
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on 2 July 2013
Reading Challenges: 2013 Bachelorette Challenge
The wealthy and beautiful Miss Sophia Hart wants a husband and only a titled one will do. She swore to her father that she would fulfil his dream and become a member of the aristocracy. Sophia is very attracted to Matson Brentwood, her guardian’s illegitimate son. Even though he is a highly successful businessman and charming, his ancestry makes a marriage impossible.
If I wanted to praise Sophia I could write about the strength of her conviction and willingness to abide by her vows. Instead she comes across as immature, stubborn and a bit of a user. She could have easily spurned Matson from the start yet she encouraged him to the point he thought he had a chance with her and then coldly rejected him. She had her pick of the Ton and she was determined to enjoy herself before she had to settle down. Matson is hardly a rogue but rather the product of a one night stand between his married mother and Sir Randolph Gibson. He is rather like an eager puppy traipsing after Sophia and begging her for attention.
Grey had me right up until the practice rowing session between Matson and Sophia. I realise that she had to find some way of them getting close but it still had me rolling my eyes as it was so implausible. To be honest, I wouldn’t have minded if this pair hadn’t had a physical relationship as Jane Austen has shown us that witty banter can be just as fantastic to read. The love scenes felt as if they had just been inserted for the sake of it. Parts of the romance were really sweet such as those involving the brooch and Matson trying to thwart Sophia’s militant aunts and I enjoyed them.
There were a number of plot elements that fizzled out such as the situation between Matson and Sir Randolph. We hear an awful lot about how Matson feels about Sir Randolph but not the other way round. Matson’s brothers don’t really value-add. I’m assuming their minor appearances are because this is the last in the series and Grey wanted to round things off neatly but it felt like a missed opportunity. Other aspects seemed to come out of no-where with very little foreshadowing.
I think that fans of this series will probably find exactly what they are looking for even though I personally had some reservations.