by Janna MacGregor
Series: The Cavensham Heiresses #5
Published on June 25, 2019 by St. Martin's Paperbacks
Genres: Adult, Historical Romance, Romance
There’s one creed all Cavensham men subscribe to: they fall in love completely and decidedly. But what happens when the woman you fall in love with swears she'll only marry you as a last resort? Rogue Most Wanted is the next book in the sparkling, romantic Cavensham Heiress series by Janna MacGregor.
SHE NEEDS TO MARRY SOMEONE
Lady Theodora Worth needs to marry fast in order to keep her estate. It’s been her heart and home for years, and she’ll not lose it to anyone. There’s just one problem—as a woman who was raised in isolation by her grandfather, she’s completely incapable of pouring a cup of tea, never mind wooing a man. She’ll need a little matchmaking help from her sprightly next-door neighbor in order to find a convenient husband…
IT’S JUST NOT GOING TO BE HIM
Lord William Cavensham’s heart was broken years ago, and since that day he vowed to never love again. But his spirited Great Aunt Stella is determined he’ll marry or not inherit a single penny from her. And she’s got just the woman in mind—her beautiful and completely hapless next-door neighbor, Thea…
Thea and Will agree there’s no sense in marrying each other. Will wholeheartedly believes he’s incapable of love, and Thea refuses to marry the first man she’s practically met. But Will may be the rogue Thea wants the most after all…
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Rogue Most Wanted was the kind of book that kept me reading into the early hours of the morning (but in all seriousness, I shouldn’t have started this book late at night because I couldn’t put it down). While it had some issues, I overall enjoyed the story and the characters.
The first half of the book moved at somewhat of a slow pace, not rushing the relationship between the couple as they dealt with their personal problems while developing a friendship. I liked how much time was spent on establishing a relationship between them before pressing the romantic angle further. Often I don’t see couples in romances get enough time to create a realistic connection so I enjoyed watching Theodora, our resident countess and sheltered soul, find a friend in the noble William. All that said, it was slow going until around the 40-50% mark, at least compared to other romances I’ve read.
Thea was an interesting character to follow. She’s very attached to her home and ready to challenge anyone who stands in her way of keeping it. In that regard, her stubbornness and headstrong nature worked in her favor. And I liked that she had a sharp tongue and spoke her mind. Where she lost me a bit was the lack of communication between her and, well, anyone but especially Will. Maybe that was intended to come off as her learning to trust him and his family but it eventually got on my nerves because it turned into a plot device rather than a character trait.
Will was equally interesting to follow, if not particularly memorable. His loyalty to family and friends ran deep and strong, and I like that he focused on others as much as he did. Yet despite Will’s better qualities, I quickly became frustrated with his back-and-forth when it came to his feelings for Thea. He continued to claim he wasn’t interested in her while acting the total opposite and not in the “I’m denying my feelings for you” kind of way either. I wanted him to just own up to it, even if he didn’t necessarily tell her right away.
The biggest part of this romance, the fact that these two people don’t want to marry despite knowing it would solve Thea’s problem and Will’s family would be happy, was a problem created by a lack of communication. It’s one of my biggest pet peeves in romance novels. If most (if not all) of your troubles can be solved by a conversation or two, then the plot isn’t strong enough. If Thea and Will had talked about their feelings for each other, it would have meant there wasn’t much of a story and this book would have been half the size. While I understand the inclusion of it so there was a full book, I wasn’t a fan.
And more of a side note, but I didn’t really care for the gossip column snippets between the chapters. I don’t think they really added anything to the book overall.
Though the book wasn’t perfect, like I said at the beginning, I read this in one sitting. I developed a genuine connection to both Thea and Will, and really wanted to see them both happy. I was able to look past the issues and ended up enjoying Rogue Most Wanted overall. I’ve had mixed experiences with the previous books in the series but can say I recommend them as a whole. You don’t need to read the first 4 books to make sense of this one, but it will provide some context. This was a decent book and one I think a lot of romance readers will enjoy.