About the Book:
Title: My Darling Rogue
Author: April Moran
Series: A Wicked Rogues Romance #1
Publication Date: Aug. 15, 2022
Synopsis: Falling in love with a rogue is risky…
Lady Celia Buchanan lives her life in a social whirl. And she’s hiding a secret that could ruin her. She needs a suitable husband who is either blissfully unaware of the devastating truth or adores her so much it won’t matter. She doubts such a man exists until she discovers Gabriel Rose watches her from the shadows. He may be a rogue, but his kisses set Celia on fire, and the things he whispers in her ear are utterly scandalous.
Gabriel Rose straddles the border between nobility and London’s murky shadows. He is content there—until he discovers an obsession with the one woman he can never claim as his. But when Celia grants him a kiss in the darkness, her fate is sealed. Once Gabriel tastes her sweetness, he cannot let her go. What must he do to keep her forever?
Destiny is a fickle creature. A bastard is abruptly elevated to the rank of marquess, and a lady is caught in a compromising situation. A hasty marriage may not erase dark secrets and society’s prejudices, but will a dangerous threat from the past force these star-crossed lovers to realize they belong together?
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The first book in A Wicked Rogues Romance series by April Moran, My Darling Rogue follows Lady Celia Buchanan and Gabriel Rose. Celia is an Earl’s daughter in search of a husband that will love her and accept the secrets from her past. Gabriel is the bastard son of a nobleman who is undeniably drawn to Celia. However, Gabriel knows his social status prevents him from the one woman who has captured his attention.
Gabriel and Celia are compelling characters, and they have a unique opposites-attract romance, which I loved! Gabriel is a possessive and demanding hero with a difficult past, and he struggles with feelings of worth, duty, and more. Celia also has trauma from her past that she struggles with. However, the closer they get, the more they face their troubles and conflicts.
Gabriel and Celia have so much chemistry, and the sexual attraction between them is palpable. Both characters have reasons to think their relationship has no future, but they can’t deny their attraction and connection. And their romantic scenes are so steamy! Gabriel is a dominant alpha who knows how to take charge, and Celia, though resistant because of her past, finds a sense of safety in his arms. She also finds that she enjoys some of the sexual practices that Gabriel shows her, much to his delight.
The story has an entertaining plot and interesting main characters as well, and I’m curious to see who will be the focus of the next book in the series and where it will take place. This story is set primarily at a house party, which is one of my favorite historical romance settings. It presents an intimate and fun place for Gabriel and Celia’s rendezvous.
This is an great start to the series, and I’m thankful to April Moran for providing me with a copy of the book. If you like steamy historical romances with dirty talk, spanking, and a lot of chemistry, then you should totally check this one out!
- The romance!
- The setting.
- The secondary characters.
I would recommend this book to fans of steamy historical romance, though I would suggest checking the content warnings, as there are some topics that might trigger readers.