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A Most Devilish Rogue (A Most Series #2)

3.51  ·  Rating Details ·  340 Ratings  ·  128 Reviews
Fans who adore Julia Quinn, Eloisa James, and Sabrina Jeffries will savor Ashlyn Macnamara’s sensual new novel, which proves that two hearts are better than one.

Years ago, when Isabelle Mears was still a young miss too infatuated to know better, she surrendered her innocence to a dishonorable man. Though ruined and cast out from society, she has worked hard to shelter her
Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Published August 27th 2013 by Ballantine Books
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Mary C. *Nulla in mundo pax sincera*
Posted on my blog: http://www.buriedunderromance.blogspo...

A rogue can certainly go about living a careless life and lavishly spend money, if said rogue actually had any money left. George Upperton, a charming rogue, is in desperate need of funds. Not only is his allegedly pregnant mistress demanding financial compensation, but his luck at cards had deserted him as well, leaving him with few means to procure the money necessary to pay his deceased friend’s debts, and enact his plan of revenge ag
I've given this a C+ at AAR, so that's 3.5 stars here.

I enjoyed Ms Macnamara’s début (A Most Scandalous Proposal) earlier this year, and so looked forward to reading the follow-up novel about George Upperton, just plain “Mister” Upperton, who featured in a secondary role in the first book.

George himself is a charming character, although his situation as presented at the beginning of the book may well fail to endear him to some readers, and did, I admit, colour my opinion of him for rather a lot
I had two issues with this book, provided by netgalley. The problem is there were pretty enormous issues and meant I really did not like it at all.

Problem #1 - The Cover

I mean, just look at it. It's a man's butt in tight clothing.

Now, I guess in theory I don't really have a problem with looking at a nice butt, but (a) this has got less than nothing to do with the story, and (b) it almost screams "Read me!" in a way that is both desperate and very off-putting as a reader. It means the story has
May 17, 2013 Farrah rated it it was amazing
Let me start by saying that is an awesome cover. Every time I look at it, I stare for a few seconds. What red-blooded female wouldn't want to pick up a book with that cover? But, the question is, did the book live up to the cover? The answer is: yes, it definitely did.

This book has a fairly small cast of major characters. I liked them all; I though they were great character. But, I sometimes felt like I couldn't connect with the two main characters completely. It was only a few times, so it wasn
Jennifer McQuiston
Oct 25, 2013 Jennifer McQuiston rated it it was amazing
I loved reading Ashyln Macnamara's new (well, not new anymore, I am dreadfully behind in my reading!)historical. A Most Devilish Rogue features George Upperton as the hero and Isabelle, an unmarried woman with a mysterious past as the heroine. When Isabelle's young son goes missing, George cannot help but want to comfort her... but once it becomes clear she is a woman of good breeding, he is determined to sort out the circumstances of her past as well.

Ashlyn provides a wonderful, poignant read
Aug 16, 2013 Beth rated it really liked it
George Upperton is a man down on his luck. Loosing at cards has driven him to his friends country estate. Little did he know a small boy and a disgraced socialite are about to capture his heart.

Isabelle Mears has been hiding from her past. Living in seclusion on a small surf side town she is content with life. Until the day George Upperton rescues her son from drowning.

The romantic tension is immediate and the chemistry burns hot in A Most Devilish Rogue. Taking place in the English countryside
Jun 11, 2013 Celine rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance, kindle, netgalley
I received an arc of this book from netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

The word that first came to my mind after reading this book was superficial. The first scene set a totally different tone than the one the rest of the story had which I found disappointing and a little jarring at first. I never connected to the characters or felt that they were developed deeply. They seem to fall in love almost instantly and I didn't feel that there was a real development of their relationship or any
Valerie Bowman
Aug 31, 2014 Valerie Bowman rated it it was amazing
Love this book! I so enjoyed reading a non-traditional Regency that pairs a ruined earl's daughter with a mere mister. What an enjoyable read! Ashlyn Macnamara's prose is lovely and lyrical, filled with fascinating historical detail and a dash of humor that makes for a captivating story. Can't wait for the next one!
Jan 24, 2016 ARomanceLover rated it did not like it
After finding out his mistress is pregnant, George runs off to a house party to hide from her brother who wants George to do right by his sister. While at the house party, George meets Isabelle and her illegitimate son. Isabelle has been cast out of society because she lost her virtue and fathered Jack, her son. George and Isabelle become attached and a very cliche story ensues.

I liked the first book of this series so I was surprised that this book was so blah. The first impression of the hero
Sep 20, 2013 Crystal rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, favorites
Also posted on my blog:

I just happened across this book when she was doing a giveaway here on goodreads. It looked interesting so I entered. Much to my surprise, I actually received one, and I am now so very happy that I did. This book was the first I had ever heard of Ashlyn Macnamara, so I wasn't sure what to expect.

Firstly, I just HAVE to mention the cover. It was a nice change from the typical man and woman in a really awkward looking embrace or the
Susana Ellis
Sep 08, 2013 Susana Ellis rated it it was amazing
Shelves: regency
One of the best I've read in recent years!

I've always been fascinated by the idea of rehabilitating a fallen woman in a Regency; in this case, Isabelle was a victim, but to the whole of society—including her parents—she was a fallen woman. Tossed into the streets pregnant with no means of support. Nice, huh? Most girls in that situation would have no recourse but to sell themselves. Fortunately, Isabelle finds a kind woman willing to share her humble home with an outcast and her illegitimate son
Aug 11, 2013 Shauni rated it really liked it
Ashlyn Macnamara is back! And follows her spectacular debut novel A Most Scandalous Proposal with an infinitely darker view into a bygone era. A Most Devilish Rogue forces us to look beyond the glitter and discover that love really can and does conquer all.

Isabelle Mears had it all. She was beautiful, talented, came from a prominent family and most of all (according to ton standards) she was rich. A perfect match! But a series of bad choices left her alone and pregnant. Her family had cast her
Aug 28, 2013 Rosanita rated it liked it
Finally! A flawed hero. George has a pregnant mistress he no longer wants, her brother ready to make him pay, and gambling debts to erase. He's ready to help take on the debts of a friend who killed himself, even though he's somewhat immature (if he's not using the money to pay off his own debts). Yes, he's a man with an airport terminal full of baggage. But, he's redeemable after saving the life of Jack, Isabelle's young son.

Isabelle is a single mother, trying the best she can to take care of h
Kathleen Roth
Sep 01, 2013 Kathleen Roth rated it it was amazing
This is the kind of story where I like to hunker down on a rainy day and lose myself in a good read.

Well crafted and beautifully written, A Most Devilish Rogue had me wanting to slap George, the hero, upside the head when the story first started, but by the time he dressed and walked out of his mistress's bedroom, I wanted to slap her upside the head instead. That's good reading when an author can pull you right into the characters' world.

It isn't long before we are intrigued by George and his m
Lady Wesley
3.5 stars.

I mostly enjoyed this book and found the hero and heroine to be quite interesting and not at all stereotypical. I simply could not, however, accept the idea of a gently bred young woman falling into bed with this virtual stranger, a penniless rake at that, right after her child disappeared. I like plenty of spice in my HR and granted that he was trying to help her, but in this case the story would be better if the sexytimes had been put off for a while.

Thank you to Ballantine Books an
Caryl Brown
Jan 01, 2013 Caryl Brown rated it it was amazing
Poor, set-upon George. He's only trying to help. I love Ashlyn Macnamara's all-too-human characters. This is a definite must-read.
A Voracious Reader (a.k.a. Carol)
*Book source ~ NetGalley

Isabelle Mears made a bad decision during her come out season and ended up pregnant by a dandy who disappeared right after deflowering her. Six years later, after being disowned by her family, she’s living in backwater Kent with her son Jack when George Upperton rescues Jack from the ocean. George is smitten with Isabelle, but she’s rightly wary of any man, most especially one of the ton.

George has lived up to his father’s expectations of gambling, women and booze, but h
The Window Seat
Aug 23, 2013 The Window Seat rated it really liked it
Author Ashlyn Macnamara has been on a one woman crusade lately to “Bring the Sexy back” to the name George. The new Prince George notwithstanding, “George” is sort of a bland name to me that evokes images of older men, none of them being particularly sexy unless you’re remembering the former Beatle or George Clooney in his prime. So what’s the best way to show women that a man with a fairly forgettable name can be a memorable hero? In A Most Devilish Rogue, Ms. Macmanara takes a risk by introduc ...more
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Sep 12, 2013 Clémence rated it it was amazing
I really loved Ashlyn Macnamara's first book, "A Most Scandalous Proposal", and George Upperton was definitely a favourite of mine, so I was really excited to read "A Most Devilish Rogue".

Not only was I not disappointed in the least - Ashlyn Macnamara's writing is as fluid and effective as ever, without a single word out of place, and descriptions and dialogue that flow naturally as you get immersed in the story - but I actually enjoyed this book even more than the previous. It's pure romance, t
Janice Liedl
Apr 27, 2013 Janice Liedl rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
You know you want to read this Regency romance, and not just because of the droolworthy cover. (Although I have to admit that's quite the draw.)

You want to read A Most Devilish Rogue because Ashlyn Macnamara's given us a fantastic and unusual hero and heroine in George Upperton and Isabelle Mears. George is a mere mister: nothing special in the ton and not exactly rich. In fact, the book opens with him in quite a pickle and when he escapes to the countryside, bruised and battered, he's hardly ex
My Book Addiction and More MBA
A MOST DEVILISH ROGUE by Ashlyn Macnamara is an exciting Regency Historical Romance set in 1820 London. A fast paced, passion filled story of love,and adventure. Spend a few moments of your time with disgraced,disowned,Isabelle Mears and the handsome,sexy,deep in debt, George Upperton and of course Isabelle's six year-old illegitimate son, Jack. Filled with passion,secrets,danger,a kidnapping,betrayal,deceit,a lie or two,a bit of wit and lots of passion,what's not to love. Who doesn't enjoy a re ...more
Aug 27, 2013 Toni rated it it was amazing
Though a sequel to A Most Scandalous Proposal, this novel is so fully characterized it can be considered a standalone. It’s a sensual romance, filled with the witty dialogue one expects from a Regency novel, and a plethora of enjoyable characters.

The portrayals of both George and Isabelle paint a picture of two people with secrets their families consider unsavory, pointing out in detail the mores of a culture which urged its men to be wastrels and womanizers, while confining its women to ignoran
Jeanne Murray
Aug 20, 2013 Jeanne Murray rated it really liked it
If you like lots of steamy passion in your romance novels, you are in luck with “The Most Devlish Rogue” by Ashlyn Macnamara. And it’s a fairly good book to boot. George Upperton, impoverished, plagued by a mistress who says she’s pregnant, beaten up by her supposed brother, and hounded by his mother to marry, finds himself at a house party held by his friend Revelstoke (hero of a previous Macnamara novel). He fortuitously happens along a beach in time to save a small child from drowning and mee ...more
Jane Hunt
Sep 11, 2013 Jane Hunt rated it really liked it
A Most Devilish Rogue by Ashlyn Macnamara

The title ' A Most Devilish Rogue' initially drew me to this book. I expected a Regency romp where the hero is dashing and debonair and the heroine is feisty and beautiful and this is exactly what the book delivers but in a unique and interesting way.

After reading the whole story I'm convinced the title doesn't do it justice. The depth of the emotion conveyed by the writer and her clever layering of the conflicts facing our devilish hero George and our heroine Isabelle make it a far more satisf
First I have to give major props for the author for taking a character like George and making him the hero of his own book. In the last book, he had a bit part and he was pretty much a drunk lout. So the author going against grain and taking a character that it usually just the side kick to the hero.

Also props for not giving him a personality change to make the book fit better. He is still pretty much the same lout. And he stays that way almost all the way through.

He is broke, knocks up his mis
You have to love those devilish rogues, so callous and shallow to the world, but give them a true damsel in distress and I get vapors, just thinking about it! A Most Devilish Rogue by Ashlyn Macnamara is a delightful, Regency romance filled with all of the pomp and frivolities of the Ton and their petty little gossips and intrigues.
George Upperton is the devilish rogue, handsome, charming, and in debt up to his eyeballs for various unsavory reasons. Isabelle Mears is a disgraced former member o
Aug 03, 2013 Jen rated it did not like it
Shelves: netgalley
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I wish I could have liked this book better, but in the opening scene, George [the hero] is told by his mistress that she is pregnant. After her supposed brother beats him to a pulp, George goes off to a house party with his mother and sisters, hoping to win money at cards there to pay off his debts and those of a friend who was poorly treated by a very wealthy man.

I was just not well-disposed to care about George's story when he abandoned his mistress because he did not want to own up to fatherh
Jul 25, 2014 Ki rated it it was amazing
(Original post at doing some reading)

This is the second book in Ashlyn’s series (don’t know the series’ title sadly) and the second book she’s published. I can say that I really enjoyed this story and loved seeing past characters sprung up in this story too. Well yeah, that will happen because the hero is best friends with the hero of the previous book, so duhh.

But anyways, I really liked this book not because it holds only one love story, or due to the fact that the cover holds some nice buns,
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Mar 08, 2015 11:10AM  
  • The Reluctant Countess
  • Say Yes to the Duke (House of Brady, #3)
  • The Dissolute Duke (Wellinghams, #4)
  • What the Bride Wore (Bridal Favors, #3)
  • Secrets of a Runaway Bride (Secret Brides, #2)
  • The Notorious Lady Anne (Secrets & Seduction, #1)
  • Sins of a Ruthless Rogue (Sinners Trio, #2)
  • Lover Be Mine (Legendary Lovers, #2)
  • Never Desire a Duke (One Scandalous Season, #1)
  • A Midsummer Bride (Marriage Mart, #2)
  • Summer Is for Lovers (Second Sons, #2)
  • My Notorious Gentleman (The Inferno Club, #6)
  • The Ruin of a Rogue (The Wild Quartet, #2)
  • Once She Was Tempted (Honeycote, #2)
  • Unbuttoning Miss Hardwick
  • Lady Mercy Danforthe Flirts with Scandal (Sydney Dovedale, #3)
  • A Duke Never Yields (Affairs by Moonlight, #3)
  • The Earl in My Bed (Forgotten Princesses, #2.5)
Ashlyn lives in the wilds of suburbia outside Montreal with her husband and two teenaged daughters. When not writing, she looks for other excuses to neglect the housework, among them knitting, reading and wasting time on the internet in the guise of doing research.

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“He grinned, a woman’s downfall wrought in a simple stretch of his lips. It was her downfall, certainly, her personal undoing because she never saw the expression outside their private chambers. It was her exclusive domain and never failed to turn her knees wobbly.” 3 likes
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