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Rogue

3.61  ·  Rating Details ·  3,662 Ratings  ·  302 Reviews
For Maxine Williams, being married to Blake was an amazing adventure. Brilliant, charismatic, and wholly unpredictable, as an entrepreneur he had made millions and grabbed headlines. His only shortcoming was as a husband, and now they have worked out an odd but amicable divorce, and share three children they both adore. Blake gets to keep his globe-trotting lifestyle--dati ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published June 24th 2008 by Delacorte Press
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Cyn
Oct 21, 2008 Cyn rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Uh...no one?
Shelves: craptastic
This was one the books I had to read for my adult materials and services classes. I had to read books from genres I usually didn't read from in my leisure.
So...
Maxine was married to Blake, which dissolved when she found he was more devoted to his work than he was his family. Years later, she finds love with Dr. Charles West, whom she plans to marry. When Blake reappears in her life again, he seems to be a changed man, especially when he wants her to assist the survivors of a natural disaster(!)
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Andreasoldier
Aug 10, 2012 Andreasoldier rated it did not like it
OMG If this is what Danielle Steel books are like usually, why do people bother? Crap, total crap.
Either that or her editor was drinking a lot.
Steel writes over and over that Maxine is a psychiatrist dedicated to her kids and career, a real homebody. Her ex earned a fortune in the dot.com boom, got out in time and made a bigger fortune. He wanted to enjoy it and go gallavanting around the world. Dedicated doctor stayed dedicated to career and kids (Can we say repetitive?). She divorced him. They
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Perry Lake
Dec 08, 2015 Perry Lake rated it did not like it
As I recall, the conversation with one of my more literate friends went like this:
Mike: “Have you ever read Danielle Steel?”
Me: “I... don't think so. She writes romances.”
Mike: “No. She writes literature. Her books cover the gamut of human experience. She's the best selling author in the world today.”
Me: “Oh. OK, I'l have to give her a try.”
Soon after, I came across one of Steel's books, “Rogue”. Always willing to have my assumptions proved wrong and anxious to find another great storyteller, I
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Christina
Feb 26, 2011 Christina rated it did not like it
A Booksquirm Book Club pick - and fortunately the first book voted off of the island. Our assignment was to read chapter 1. The following are my thoughts of the book based on that first chapter.

This chapter would have been shorter if the reader didn't have to experience daja vu while reading it. For example, on page 3 "she (Belinda) knew she would remember Blake and this moment for the rest of her life." And then on page 4 "It was a day and a moment that Belinda knew would be engraved in her min
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Sarah
Jun 28, 2009 Sarah rated it liked it
I listened to this book on CD, and the voices were AWFUL! Some of the characters came off as being completely obnoxious, although I don't think they would have been if I'd read it. I just couldn't stand listening to Charles talk. He sounded like a snobby, dorky old man. And her kids voices were terrible too! Her son jack sounded like a pot-smoking dope. And her daughter was equally annoying.

Other than the reader, I think it was an OK book. It passed the time while I drove, and it was not like a
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إيمان الشريف
ثاني رواية أقرؤها لدانيال ستيل. نبدأ بالعنوان. أعتقد أن المترجمة لم توفق في اختياره فالعنوان بالانجليزية لا يعني النذل تماما وانما "غير المسؤول". طبعا لا يمكن تسمية رواية بهذا الاسم لكن كان يمكن البحث عن مرادف مناسب. أعتقد أن عنوان "المهمل" مثلاً كان أنسب لوصف البطل.

كالعادة السرد سلس ووصف الشخصيات رائع والتفاصيل ممتعة رغم أنها لو تعمقت أكثر في شخصيات تشارلز وارابيلا وحتى الاطفال اكثر لكان أجمل.

أنقصت نجمة بسبب النهاية المتقعة جدا. المشكلة أن النهاية المتوقعة تُشعرالقارئ أنه قد خُدع وتجعله يخرج با
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Madonna Benyamine
Mar 09, 2014 Madonna Benyamine rated it it was amazing
Among all those bad reviews...honestly, I adored that novel....Danielle was successful to write it in a way that touched me on a personal level....and about that repitition in the difference in characters between Maxine and Blake, I found it more confirming and gets me deep inside Maxine feelings each time I pick the book to continue reading....I really like that book ....the way she described the characters and the hard times and choices everyone went through...so realistic and touching... In g ...more
Kaylee Harkness
Aug 13, 2015 Kaylee Harkness rated it it was ok
This book came highly recommended to me. However I found the writing style really repetitive and the plot itself lacking in any kind of interesting plot or climax at all. It didn't seem like a story that needed telling in any way, as for most of the book the annoying and unlikeable leading lady is perfectly happy and content with her life, so there's no real need to even continue reading because you don't really care what happens next.
It picks up a bit in the middle but I mostly just finished th
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Sherry
Jul 07, 2009 Sherry rated it it was ok
Another "twinkie" book. A pleasant enough book to read at the beach. It didn't require any thinking and passed the time quickly enough. However, I did spend a large portion of the book wanting to shake the female protagonist 'til her shoes fell off for being so STUPID about a man she was planning to marry. But, in true DS fashion, everything was wrapped up with a nice bow at the end. Mild language and "intimacy." You won't suffer if you don't read this book.
JoPaul
Sep 29, 2010 JoPaul rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, romance
This is the first Daniel Steel that I've read, and I am quite disappointed.

I liked the concept, because it's fresh on my part. A diversion from my usual lawsuits, medical drama, mystery and fantasy things... This time I gambled on a romantic side.

The sweet part here is that Steel colored American family differently from what the "usual American family" is. In "Rogue", the divorced couple became friends, in fact, they seemed best friends. The premise there is "opposites do attract", a playful, c
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Natalie Dennis
About the Book
Title: Rogue
Series: Stand Alone
Author: Danielle Steel
Year Pub: 2008
POV: Third Person
Main Characters: Maxine Williams & Blake Williams
Setting: Mainly in New York

My Thoughts
I found this book was well written and the characters were very well described. The major problem I had with this was that there was a lot of repetition.

Review
Maxine and Blake have been divorced for 5 years, they have three kids together and they get along better now than when they were married.
Maxine is a Psychiatrist and between work
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Erica
Yup. It's official. Danielle Steel's writing style has not changed since I was in high school. I do not know why I thought her books were SO hot back then, but clearly my tastes have changed, so I am deleting the remaining books by her (Or are they really written by her? I smell a ghost writer.) off my list to read based on my read of this one.

This book was like a stone wheat cracker with light plain cream cheese on it. You know, very bland but if you added some pepper or Tabasco it would be ed
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Ashton Noel
Jan 11, 2016 Ashton Noel rated it it was ok
This book....words can't describe how completely disappointing this book was. Danielle Steel loves to write books in which the main character is a total pushover and incapable of standing up to the jerks in their lives. This book was no exception. Its so frustrating to read about how aweful or unhappy the person is but yet they do nothing about it and are just resigned to their situation. Maxine, the main character in this book lets her bratty, disrespectful teenage daughter walk all over her an ...more
Devina Dutta
Oct 13, 2012 Devina Dutta rated it it was ok
"Never judge a book by its cover" is what comes to my mind when I think about Rogue. The gold letterings with a man on the front cover who is either crying or laughing (I really don't care!) is just made to impress making up to the reader for the rather lacklustre content inside.
After reading wonderful books by Danielle Steel, I was terribly disappointed with the book. The fact that Maxine is a meticulous and organised doctor while Blake is a carefree playboy is repeated about 20 times in the bo
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Beth
Oct 15, 2015 Beth rated it it was ok
REDUNDANT. Halfway through and most of what I've read is what an awful husband and father Blake is and now how much Charles doesn't like Maxine's kids or her devotion to them. How does such an intelligent, devoted mother get seriously involved with a guy who suggests shipping them off to boarding school after dating for only 6 weeks? i don't know. Stay tuned...
ETA:
Wow. I actually downgraded this book from 3 stars to 2 in the last chapters. The interesting and lovable characters just couldn't sh
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Brittany
Nov 13, 2014 Brittany rated it did not like it
This book was horrible. I wish I could get back the three hours I spent reading this book. If this is a normal Steel book I sont know why she is popular. The book is cheesy. SPOLIER ALERT****** The characters get back together in the last 7-10 pgs of the book after they spend the whole book saying they are just friends and wont get back together. There is a lot of unnecessary repetition in the book and the daughter in the book was horrible. I dont recommend this book. Don't waste the time cause ...more
Judy
Aug 13, 2009 Judy rated it it was ok
Her "theme" in this one was teen suicide -- dreadful! Her hero is unreal; her protagonist is too dislikable and too "pat." The heroine is perhaps a bit naive. And, it seems that Danielle had a word count she wanted to meet -- repetition of facts just provided on previous pages (and paragraphs) were insulting to my intelligence -- how many times had i needed reminders of the facts?!?!? But, i did finish it so ....
Ghaida Alkhateeb
Dec 12, 2015 Ghaida Alkhateeb rated it it was amazing
Amazing !
An unexpected end, but undoubtedly the best end ever.. I loved it so much; especially Sam
Chris
Jan 10, 2016 Chris rated it liked it
It's typical Danielle Steel. Easy to listen to on audio in the car. Nonsensical ending.
Ghizlane
Nov 28, 2016 Ghizlane rated it really liked it
I read the Arabic version of the book. it speaks about Maxine, who was married to Blake, got 3 kids from him. but got disappointed from his immature personality. They got divorce. After few years, some events in Blake's life teaches him new positive concepts in life. And at a certain time, he became mature and assertive, and Maxine thought that she has finally a warm shoulder to lean on, that's when he proposed to marry her again and she accepted.
Tamara Mau
Dec 06, 2016 Tamara Mau rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rogue

I LOVED IT!!! I tried to read this MANY years ago & couldn't get into it. Now, as an adult with a lot more experience under my belt, I found not only an intriguing story, but characters with many layers. I cheered, laughed, cried, then cheered again. I still love happy endings. Especially when there's lots of layers leading up to it. Danielle Steel has done it again...another winner!
Sammi Meyer
Nov 30, 2016 Sammi Meyer rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite book from Danielle Steele
Linda G
Oct 27, 2016 Linda G rated it liked it
Not too bad. Always a happy ending!
Goddardcc
Oct 14, 2016 Goddardcc rated it it was ok
Typical Danielle Steele. Predictable story of a woman choosing the good guy that makes sense or the bad boy she loves.
Elizabeth Noah Astle
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Debbie
May 24, 2013 Debbie rated it it was ok
I have enjoyed many Danielle Steel books over the years, but unfortunately this one was so flawed that I repeatedly found myself distracted and taken out of the story.

It's classic Danielle Steel in some ways, but her habit of over-explaining and repetition really got in the way for me. It was made clear early on that Charles and Blake were very different, that 13-year-old girls are difficult, that Maxine had an important job and was an exceptionally good mother, that everyone loved her - Yet we
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Samyann
Rogue is just under ten hours of listening, read by Brian Keith Lewis. (Audible.com audiobook)

Most Steel books go to great length to put at least one character in a bizarrely wealthy setting. Ergo castles, private planes, glitter and glitz, beautiful women; a fantasy life surrounds the the male lead and traverses the pages of the Rogue. An over-the-top wealthy playboy, a stereotypical bad-boy is our Rogue, the father of the main character’s children.

Initial observation pertains to the career of
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Janika
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Laurel-Rain
Feb 23, 2012 Laurel-Rain rated it really liked it
The two of them were polar opposites: Blake was a handsome, rich rogue who loved to play, while Maxine was a renowned psychiatrist called in to assist with traumatized and suicidal adolescents.

Despite their differences, they loved one another, had three beautiful children, and then divorced. Their differences finally did them in.

It would be many years before Maxine would try again, but Blake moved seamlessly through his jet-setting world with gorgeous women on his arm. None of them lasted, thoug
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Jacqueline
Jul 20, 2011 Jacqueline rated it liked it
This was my first Danielle Steel novel. I was surprised by how much lack of descriptive details there were among character interactions; specifically the ones between the hero, Maxine, and the men in her life.

I was expecting something a bit more juicy, but instead I got some quick summaries of the events that were supposed to be juicy.
For example, in the middle chapters, there's a single sentence that was supposed to deliver passion and excitement: "It was everything___ hoped it would be, and
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