Book Review: To Seduce a Rogue by Tracy Sumner

About the Book:

Title: To Seduce a Rogue

Author: Tracy Sumner

Series: Southern Heat

Page Length: 294

Publication Date: Feb. 5, 2012

Synopsis: In this battle of wills, passion becomes front-page news.

He challenged her legacy.
She challenged him to love.

In 1850s South Carolina, ladies with ambition and a penchant for wearing trousers are rare indeed. But that’s Charlotte Whitney all over. Not only does Charlie yearn to resurrect her late father’s newspaper, she wants to be its editor. That position, however, has been handed to Richmond newspaperman Adam Chase. Undeterred, Charlie convinces Adam to teach her the journalism trade. In doing so, she teaches him how to open his heart.

Adam Chase had one goal in mind: to return Edgemont’s newspaper to its former glory and then make tracks back to the big city. But he faces one very tempting obstacle in outspoken Charlie Whitney. The newsroom becomes the battleground for a war between the sexes—until Adam surrenders to Charlie’s sultry charms. Together, they discover that the power of the press doesn’t hold a candle to the power of love.

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My Review:

I really enjoyed To Seduce a Rogue. It is a fun and tender historical romance with great characters and a fantastic love story. Adam, a driven newspaperman, is a fabulous leading man. He is smart, charming, and successful, and as the new editor of the town paper, he is determined to bring it to the standards set by his boss. However, Charlie’s father ran the paper before his death, and Charlie sees Adam as the enemy.

Proud, intelligent, independent, and confident, Charlie is unlike anyone Adam’s ever met. She is disinterested in societal etiquette, unlike most of her peers and prefers running around in pants to dresses. Adam finds Charlie unique and refreshing, and he becomes quite protective of her. I love how this couple slowly grows closer together and works through their problems. They are very similar in many ways, including their passion for news, their independent personalities, and the fact that neither really fits in. And their chemistry is off the charts!!

Adam is so captivated by Charlie, and I love how he slowly realizes he has fallen in love with her. Though he seems so confident and self-assured, inside his insecurities and fears often rule. Overwhelmed by and a bit afraid of his love of her, Adam tries to fight his ever-growing feelings. He’s lost everyone he ever loved and he fears caring that deeply and losing again. However, he is so drawn to Charlie’s strong will and passionate spirit, and his feelings prove difficult to hide or ignore. I think his love for her is clear to everyone but himself. Charlie and Adam both resist their feelings, but it’s impossible. Their connection is strong, almost as strong as their sexual tension!

The majority of the story takes place in a small town not far from Richmond. I like the charming small-town and the interesting people who inhabit it. You can tell theirs is a close-knit community where everyone knows everybody, and secrets don’t last long. These are people who help each other in times of need, and there are some great scenes that show how strongly they support each other. I’m so curious to see who will be the focus of the next story in the series.

Overall, this book was fun and entertaining, and I think readers who enjoy historical romance with a swoon-worthy love story will enjoy it. I am so thankful to Tracy Sumner for providing me a copy in exchange for my honest review.


Favorite Parts:

  • The romance!
  • The well-developed characters.
  • The small-town charm.

Favorite Lines:

He needed to forget the past. Leave it behind. It sometimes appeared to be stronger than he, wrapping him in ugly memories as binding as shackles.

She wore conventional behavior like a dress two sizes too small. It fit improperly, and was uncomfortable to boot.


This is a great book for readers who like historical romances that take place in the American south.

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