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The Right Kind of Rogue (Playful Brides #8) by Valerie Bowman. Historical Romance Release & ARC Review.

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Can two star-crossed lovers come together―until death do they part? 

Viscount Hart Highgate has decided to put his rakish ways behind him and finally get married. He may adore a good brandy or a high-speed carriage race, but he takes his duties as heir to the earldom seriously. Now all he has to do is find the right kind of woman to be his bride―ideally, one who’s also well-connected and well-funded. . .

Meg Timmons has loved Hart, the brother of her best friend, ever since she was an awkward, blushing schoolgirl. If only she had a large dowry―or anything to her name at all. Instead, she’s from a family that’s been locked in a bitter feud with Hart’s for years. And now she’s approaching her third London season, Meg’s chances with him are slim to none. Unless a surprise encounter on a deep, dark night could be enough to spark a rebellious romance. . .for all time?


Miss Margaret Timmons has been in love with her best friend's brother since she was sixteen.  The problem is the difference in their social standing and the fact that their parents are mortal enemies. 
Her father has gambled away the family fortune and her mother is a very bitter woman who takes out her frustration on everyone around her. 
Viscount Hart Highgate has decided to give in to parental pressure and find a bride.  Someone he can put up with long enough to get an heir and still carry on with his life.  His father has drummed it in to him to never give his heart because women will just trample it. 
Our heroine has a friend that is known to be a matchmaker,  perhaps she can help.  Or perhaps she will mess everything up. 
This is a very emotional story with as many tears as laughs.  You will want to smack our hero several times for being pig headed. 
You can quite easily read it on its own, but it will tease you with the previous stories from the series.  I thoroughly enjoyed reading this and the previous books.  I'm not sure if there will be more from this series but I will always look for more from this author. 



Valerie Bowman is an award-winning author who writes Regency-set historical romance novels aka Racy Regency Romps!

Valerie’s debut novel was published in 2012. Since then, her books have received starred reviews from Publisher’s Weekly, Booklist, and Kirkus. She’s been an RT Reviewers’ Choice nominee for Best First Historical Romance and Best Historical Romance Love and Laughter. Two of her books have been nominated for the Kirkus Prize for fiction.

Valerie grew up in Illinois with six sisters (she’s number seven) and a huge supply of historical romance novels. After a cold and snowy stint earning a degree in English Language and Literature with a minor in history at Smith College, she moved to Florida the first chance she got. Valerie now lives in Jacksonville with her family including her rascally dogs. When she’s not writing, she keeps busy reading, travelling, or vacillating between watching crazy reality TV and PBS.

Visit Valerie on the web at  Website.  Facebook.  Twitter.  Goodreads. Pinterest.

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