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Reckless (The House of Rohan #2)

3.86  ·  Rating Details ·  3,051 Ratings  ·  266 Reviews

Adrian Alistair Rohan lost his faith, and now, a dedicated member of the depraved Heavenly Host, he loses himself in his only pleasure: the seduction and debauchery of beautiful women. Rich, charming and devastatingly skilled in the arts of love, he never fails in his conquests...until Charlotte Spenser.
Charlotte is facing a desolate, passionless future, none of which mat
ebook, 251 pages
Published September 1st 2010 by Mira Books (first published 2010)
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
This veteran historical romance novel-reader asks this question: Do we really need any more rake heroes? No! They make me yawn and roll my eyes. But wait! What about Adrian, Viscount Rohan? Okay, maybe we can have a few rake heroes, as long as they are masterfully brought to life as Ms. Anne Stuart did with Adrian.

Yes, yes, yes! I know you will wave a hand at me and say, "You like all her books, so your opinion isn't really valid." I guess if you feel that way, you should probably stop reading t
5 stars – Historical Romance

As much as I enjoyed Ruthless, this left me even more satisfied, mainly because I thought it had a better story and I felt more of a connection between the H/h, even if it was often antagonistic.

Adrian, Viscount Rohan, son of the H/h from Ruthless, is as deliciously sexy, devilishly wicked, and utterly dissipated as his notorious father. A tall, awkward, redheaded, freckled, bespectacled, bluestocking, virgin spinster like Charlotte should hold little appeal to a rake
I much preferred this to Ruthless, primarily because the attraction between the hero and heroine was so much more credible and because the two secondary characters were filled out more, which lead to a great story with a diverse quartet of leading characters.

The hero is dissipated and debauched, but in a more naughty boy way. You know he's either going to grow out of it or sink further, and the story just happens to be set at the moment he becomes uninspired by his lifestyle. Yes, he's naughty,
(I won this book through First Reads.)

Reckless had a potentially awesome premise: what happens to the son of a notorious rake who reformed for love? Adrian is the heir of Francis, the hero of the first book in this series -- I haven’t read it yet, but it’s clear that Francis was one of Stuart’s usual bad boys. Adrian, rebellious against a father he sees as a hypocrite (and goaded on by someone with an axe to grind), not surprisingly wants to outdo his old man. So he experiments -- a lot -- with
Jul 09, 2010 seton rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Suzanne Enoch readers
Setting: 1804 England

Series: #2 of the House of Rohan Trilogy. Can be read stand alone.
Sensuality: NC-17

Tropes: Older woman, the Rake & Spinster, There is no such thing as a frigid woman, and best of all, No-I-will-not-marry-you-even-tho-I-am-carrying-your-baby-because-you're-not-in-love-with-me

Plot: Charlotte is a 30 year old spinster and poor relation living with her cousin, Lina. Charlotte has the hots for Adrian, Viscount Rohan, the greatest rake in all of bloody England. For convolut
The second book of the House of Rohan Series was a surprisingly good follow-up to one of the best books ever. In very few cases are 2nd books remotely acceptable, but here, while using nearly the same setup as book 1, Ms. Stuart manages to bring something new to the genre.

Adrian Rohan, the son of Francis Rohan (From Ruthless) is a young man of the English Ton, and has descended into debauchery and vice despite his father's warnings. In fact, Adrian is part of the Heavenly Host - like his father
I didn't think that my love for Anne Stuart's work could get any stronger.....but I was wrong. The House of Rohan series absolutely takes my breath away, leaves me with butterflies in my stomach, and consumes my time and thoughts. How I wish I knew this woman personally so I could thank her for all the hours of wonderful reading she's given, and continues to give me.

Reckless was perfect.

The hero of this story, Adrian, is Francis and Elinor's son . Francis and Elinor's story can be found in the b
Manda Collins
Jul 25, 2010 Manda Collins rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of : opposites attract stories, dark historicals, rake/virgin tales
Recommended to Manda by: NetGalley
Not as dark as RUTHLESS, but a whole lot sexier, RECKLESS tells the story of Adrian, the son of the couple from the first book in this series. The heroine, Charlotte, is a tall, gawky spinster who follows her widowed cousin to a Hellfire Club-like gathering and is swept off her feet by Adrian, Viscount Rohan, whom she has worshiped from afar for years. The dynamic between Adrian and Charlotte is similar to that of his parents in the earlier book: Mad, bad rake convinces innocent spinster to walk ...more
Love, love, loved this book! My fav of the series so far. If I could I would give it 6 stars. It is my favorite kind of troupe. The rake and the spinster/virgin. The opening scene had me laughing out loud.

Adrian and Charlotte made a fun couple, but I must say that Lina and Simon almost stole the show. The only slight niggle I had, I wish we would have got to see where Lynn realized that making love with Simon was a whole different thing than what she had been through. It may have been a tried an
Tammy Walton Grant
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The stars were in alignment for this book. I sat down with it and just expected to read for an hour or so before bed. But that ended up turning into reading until 4:30 am! (luckily I had a holiday the next day) Reckless was just perfect for my mood. Everything just seemed so right about it. There was humor, romance, a little angst, and some sexy scenes. *sigh* Perfect for my mood.

While I enjoyed the first book, Ruthless, I also saw a lot of flaws. I hadn't felt an urgent need to try out the next
After loving Ruthless, I created a great hype in my head for Reckless, and while it did fall somewhat short of my expectations, it was still a highly enjoyable read.

Adrian and Charlotte were two halves of a whole, both trying to live their lives out of the mold. I felt that Charlotte had Adrian pegged early on as being a young boy in a man’s body. Adrian acted like a total spoiled child, whom used sex as a game. Charlotte tried to fight the attraction and love she felt for Adrian knowing it jus
Christy B
Reckless, book #2 of the The House of Rohan series, takes place 39 years after book #1.

In Reckless we meet the son of the hero and heroine of Ruthless: Adrian. I wasn't as intrigued with him as I was his father. Where his father had a haunted history, Adrian just seemed more like a spoiled brat. I couldn't pick up on any 'darkness' to him, even though it was mentioned a few times.

Our heroine is a Ms. Charlotte Spenser, a 30 year old spinster. And while I did like her (I do love a good bluestock
4.5 stars

Wow. I am loving Anne Stuart's House of Rohan books. I am so glad I gave this author another chance.

Reckless does have some similarities to Ruthless in that it is essentially the story of a debauched libertine who finds love with a 'plain', inexperienced spinster who is firmly on the shelf. But the development of the relationship in Reckless happens in quite a different way, and Adrian is quite a different character from his father.

Reckless is the story of Adrian Rohan, the son of Franc
♥The Kat's Meow♥
Ruthless (The House of Rohan, #1) by Anne StuartSimilar formula to the Ruthless story. One beautiful cousin, one who thinks she is plain. Wicked Vicount wouldn't normally give the plain woman the time of day, until her muttered curse gives him pause.

Despite the formula, I enjoyed the story. Particularly Anne Stuart's turn of phrase and vocabulary.

Did I skim? No
Were the characters interesting and engaging? Yes
Will I re-read? Probably

Deserving of the five-star rating!
♥  Sam ♥ ~S2~Im made of awesomness
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The House of Rohan series absolutely takes my breath away and consumes my time and thoughts

Reckless was stunning.

The hero of this story, Adrian, is Francis and Elinor's son.

Adrian is a complete rake and libertine. At age 30, Charlotte is a spinster who is officially "on the shelf". Charlotte has been secretly in love with Adrian for years, while Adrian has been out "sowing his wild oats".

I love a good story where the tables turn and the sedu
holly quigley
Yeah, this was kind of like an exercise where a skilled writer performs a slew of cringe-inducing tropes. That aspect is best covered by some of the other more ranty reviews here. But you can pretty much play bingo with this book. Bad-boy/rake who's bored with the promiscuous lifestyle falls for the 30 year old virgin spinster who's an "ugly" 6ft tall amazon goddess. I was willing to read it because Ms. Stuart has proven to be a competent writer in the past. And I might have given it 3 stars des ...more
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
I hadn't heard of Anne Stuart before coming across this book while browsing, but I liked the covers and the story sounded spicy, so I ended up taking this one and the third book, Breathless. They didn't have the first book in the trilogy, Ruthless, but after reading this one I'd definitely like to read that one too. Even though the books are linked, it's through a particular family, so each novel is a standalone story and it didn't matter that I hadn't read book 1 before this.

Charlotte Spenser i
Shabby Girl ~ aka Lady Victoria
Holy cow! What a great book. I put this one off for ages. Not quite sure why ... I love Anne Stuart, one of my favourite authors (maybe that's why - maybe I was worried it wouldn't live up to what I expect) and I absolutely love, love, love plain heroine/gorgeous bad boy stories. My most favourite stories, as you just know the bad boy loves her for real, not just the pretty package on the outside. Once I did pick this book up and begin it though, I couldn't put it down. Read it in one sitting.

See, I'm not all about the old bodice rippers. I'll read the new crap too.
OK, so I read it. Boring as batshit. I've even got a shelf for it now, thanks to this book. Quite a few have qualified in the past, but this one actually motivated me to create it. So thanks, Anne Stuart, for getting me off my procrastinating butt with this tripey tidbit of tommyrot and twaddle.

You might find it hard to believe, but I've actually taken a day-long breather before writing this review to let the vitriol eb
I just finished listening to this audio book for the second time this week...something I rarely, if ever, do. (Nope, don't have any books falling apart at the seams from numerous rereads.) In Reckless (the 2nd installment in Anne Stuart's House of Rohan series), the conversations between the hero...the handsome, wealthy, titled, debauched Viscount Adrian Rohan, and the heroine...the too-tall, socially inept, firmly-on-the-shelf spinster, Charlotte Spenser, were so delightfully engaging (as in se ...more
If there was actually a plot here, I definitely missed it. To me it seemed like a bunch of sex scenes loosely tied together. There is no story or development outside the bedroom, which makes me very much doubt whether it was love or lust those two were feeling.

Plus, like seton says in her review, the hero (and heroine IMO) are just a copy of Stuart's usual with no unique characteristics or depth whatsoever.

If someone else had written it, I'd probably rate it with 3 stars, but I've read enough bo
3.5 stars. This worked better for me when I originally read it out of order; rereading it after having finally read Ruthless made some plot holes apparent. (view spoiler) There was also a added level of sadness about what happened to the hero and heroine from Ruthless and a questioning of ...more
Duchess Nicole
Big shiny five stars!!!!
I flat out LOVED every second of this book. I remember the first in the series being a bit depressing, and this one still had a bit of a slummy feel. (Though I still loved it!) However, we all know that this is a ROMANCE, and a historical one at that. So there WILL be a happy ending, right? Of course! And there are few books in which I was rooting for the couple more.

Charlotte and Rohan are in the typical opposites attract scenario. The libertine and rake vs. the dried
awww i loved it sooo much... left me smiling like a fool lol
great love story! great hero, heroine!!! great side characters!!! only thing i didnt like was Ettien lol and i think that he was meant to be hated :D
great read!
Liz F
Jun 21, 2012 Liz F rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Grrrrrr!!! You know its a good book when you want to KILL the hero of the book and then love him to death at the end!!!!!

Anne Stuart has done it again! She's got me all riled up!! LOL! Reckless is simply awesome. I'm tired of saying "great book" or "good book" when I describe her stuff. Its so much fun to read!

Reckless was book 2 of the House of Rohan series. This one does NOT take up right after the end of Book 1. Its actually like 20-some years later. Viscount Rohan and Elinor (from Book 1) ha
I don't often say this, but possible trigger warning, y'all. This book has serious issues with consent.

I did enjoy this book, but it also got under my skin and irritated me a bit, too.

As I was reading, I kept getting the impression that Stuart was flirting with the old school romance plot of the rape fantasy. She constantly brought up issues of consent ("don't worry, everyone will respect your decision to say no") while at the same time her characters refuse to recognize a rejection ("I'll sto
Mar 08, 2015 Lovetoread rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I just finished the novel Reckless by Anne Stuart. It is the second novel in Ms. Stuart's House of Rohan series. Each book in this series can be read as a stand alone because each has their own Hero and heroine and each has there own happy ending.

The premise of the book is about 30 year old Charlotte Spenser. Poor Charlotte is a very tall, copper color haired lass with freckles, not what was considered fashionable. We first meet Charlotte walking with her maid, while her maid was helping Charlo
Diamond Cowboy
Feb 03, 2016 Diamond Cowboy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a romance in 1804 England and France. It was filled with lots of depravity. S&M, drunkinness, and gambling abound in this book. I would recommend this book to those over eighteen and not of a tender disposition.
I enjoyed reading this book and I flew right through it.
Enjoy and Be Blessed.
Alba Turunen
Jun 22, 2016 Alba Turunen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Para ser una novela de harlequin, y bastante cortita, la verdad es que ha sido muy hot, casi rayando en la erótica festiva. Pero no le ha desmerecido un ápice, ha estado muy entretenida. Tenemos a Charlotte, una mujer inteligente y adelantada a su tiempo que sabe lo que quiere y con voluntad para decidir por sí misma, aunque Adrian, el protagonista, la ponga entre la espada y la pared. Adrian ha sido una sorpresa, y es que, aunque estamos ante una novela romántica y sepamos que el protagonista s ...more
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Anne Stuart is a grandmaster of the genre, winner of Romance Writers of America's prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award, survivor of more than thirty-five years in the romance business, and still just keeps getting better.

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“He needed to keep as far away from her as possible, or they'd end up back in bed together or she'd kill him. And he wasn't sure which he preferred.” 6 likes
“You'd be better served if
you gave me a moment to regain my self-control and let me remove my boots. It's the least a
gentleman can do."
"And you're such a gentleman."
"Not with you, love. But I'm trying.”
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