I love Sarah MacLean’s “Nine Rules…” because it was different from most other romance novels. The female protagonist in that book had very specific goals and a desire to live her life, even if it was scandalous. ‘Rogue’ has some of that same charm in its story and its female protagonist, Penelope, is looking for “more.” She wants adventure, but it is never really expanded upon. Of course there are hints that she is looking for love and happiness (Al Green had it right, huh?), but she still refers to wanting ‘more.’ And this is ultimately why I give the book three stars and not more. There was never much mystery in the story. You knew exactly what the end result was and there were no surprises and not even that much tension. I also think that the letters lost some appeal as the book wore on. They offered some character hints early on in the book, but were fairly unnecessary later in the book. They didn’t have any more to add to the story that was already being played out.
I did enjoy the fantastic strength of character Penelope displayed in the novel. She stood up for herself and that is always nice to see in romance novels.
I also really enjoyed the brief glimpses into other characters who will star in later books (super excited for One Good Earl Deserves Another).