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Much Ado About Rogues

(Blackthorn Brothers #3)

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  547 ratings  ·  74 reviews
Meet the Blackthorn Brothers—three unrepentant scoundrels infamous for being mad, bad and perilous to love.

Who is the darkly handsome Don John "Black Jack" Blackthorn? With his air of mystery and menace, the whispers about him hint of highwayman or government agent or even dark prince. But no one knows what it is Black Jack does…or how dangerous he can truly be. Now Jack's
Mass Market Paperback, 379 pages
Published March 20th 2012 by HQN Books (first published 2012)
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I did not finish reading this book. This is a DNF review. If you're not interested in knowing exactly why I flounced, I suggest you move on.

Going in, I knew not to expect historical accuracy from this author. As much as I enjoyed A Midsummer Night's Sin that was mostly due to the humour of it and the lightness of the story. Unfortunately that same touch didn't work so well with this one.

Black Jack Blackthorn that was the author's second great love in A Midsummer Night's Sin turns out to be a b
Nov 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
'Black Jack' Blackthorn. He has been very mysterious in the previous two books in this series so I was happy to finally have his story. What exactly Jack does is a mystery to his two brothers but when Jack's mentor, who taught him all his tricks from killing to stealing, goes missing, the government assigns him one last task--to find him. There is just one little problem with that--his mentors daughter. His one true love, the woman he was forced to betray, Lady Tess.

Tess knows that once her fath
Wicked ♥  (Wickedly Bookish Reviews) aka Bat-Jess
Reviewed for Wickedly Bookish

Tess and Jack haven't seen each other for 10 years, but when her father's disappearance brings them back together again, they must overcome their turbulent past and join their roguish skills once again for the greater good. Will Black Jack be able to deny the fire that still lingers between them? Will Tess find the strength within herself to love him once more?

Much Ado About Rogues is the final installment in the Blackthorn Brother
This one, provided by netgalley, made a nice ending to a series I have really enjoyed reading. The first two had a light, fluffy quality to them, with touches of silliness, which were pure entertainment, although in a non-irritating way, but this one was just a little bit darker.

It took me a while to get used to the darkness, since the first two were so fluffy, but I have to say, the plot was significantly better, with multiple twists and turns, and also the book managed to fill in and complete
Jen Davis
Feb 19, 2012 rated it liked it
I've been looking forward to this book ever since Jack was first introduced in The Taming of the Rake. He's the dark one among the three Blackstone bastards. He's mysterious and broody and I couldn't wait to learn his secrets and watch him surrender to love. Sadly, the book did not live up to my expectations. Let me give you a little info on the story.

Jack works for the crown, doing super-secret government missions. His latest assignment is to track down his missing mentor. That means he must co
Jun 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
This was a lot of fun to read, especially since you finally find out the Big Secret the boys' father has been keeping from them all these years. That's the only reason this is a solid 4 stars, and not a wishy-washy 3.5 stars.

But I just couldn't bring myself to give more than 4 stars. Ugh. I really wanted this to be a 5 star book, but it wasn't. The story was enjoyable, but Jack wasn't quite as awesome as I thought he'd be, and the ending kept going on...and on...and on...and on...AND ON! Wrap it
Heather Book Savvy Babe
3.5 of 5 Stars

Much Ado About Rogues is book 3 in Kasey Michaels Blackthorn Brothers trilogy. This book is about the dark and dangerous "Black Jack" Blackthorn, the most mysterious brother of the bunch. Jack is an agent for the British government, part assassin, part spy. He must confront his past when his mentor (a former government agent) disappears, along with secrets the crown does not want revealed. In order to find his mentor, Jack must face his former lover, Tess, his mentors daughter. Tes
Fani *loves angst*
2.5 stars

Black Jack, the middle Blackthorn brother, is a secret operative for the crown, mainly handling their dirty jobs. This time he's assigned a mission that will test his believes and loyalties: find and eliminate his former mentor, Sinjon, who has run loose with some very dangerous secrets in hand. There's further complication in that Jack had an affair in the past with Sinjon's daughter, Tess, which ended abruptly after her brother's death. Tess is not your typical romance heroine: she ha
Shay Williams
I feel in love with the Blackthorn Brothers right from the very first book; Beau who is so dependable, Puck who is so light hearted and Jack who is so dark and mysterious. And because of my bent, I could hardly wait until Jack’s book came out. And MUCH ADO ABOUT ROGUES was well worth the wait.

In MUCH ADO ABOUT ROGUES, we are taken on a wild jaunt about England as Jack and Tess attempt to find her father. During this time, Jack and Jess have the time to relearn the other’s characters again. After
Black Jack is the last of the Blackthorn brothers to find his perfect mate. Except, that's not exactly true. He found someone once, bt than lost her when her father blamed Jack for her brother's death. But now Lady Tess Fonteneau is back in his life because her father, it seems, is once again up to no good. The government chooses Jack, as a former protege, to track him down. Tess loves her father. She knows that he isn't perfect but he's been there for her and he really seems to have bonded with ...more
Jeanne Murray
Mar 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
Although the twists and turns of this novel leave the reader with plenty of suspense, the chief focus of Much Ado About Rogues is the relationship between Jack and Tess, matched forces whose interaction guarantees sparks of both anger and passion. As the couple, who share a complex history, seek to find Tess’s father and a mysterious villain known only as “The Gypsy,” they also work to unravel the pain of Jack’s parentage. Incorporating realistic elements such as the difficulties of planning a f ...more
Feb 15, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance
If you want a plot line that gives you a headache, then this story is for you. From the beginning, we know this isn't going to be any simple whodunit or caper. Captain Black Jack Blackthorn must track down his former mentor who has now decided to disappear. In the course of the search, he has to reunite with his former flame and daughter of the mentor, Lady Tess Fonteneau.

I'm not even going to try to describe the twisted jumble of plot lines that commences from there. Remember when you were you
Feb 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Will have my review posted a little closer to the release date :)
Aug 01, 2017 rated it liked it
Actual: 2.5. Review to come.
Aug 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great read. Enjoyable and entertaining.
I heart Jack :D
Full review to come March 28, fu~fu.

Originally posted at Butterfly-o-Meter Books on Mar 29 2012:

*sigh* This is the third and last book of the Blackthorn Brothers series. I’m sad to see it end because I so much enjoyed these guys and their lovely wives. But as far as series ending go, this was a sort of a bang for me. If you’re going to go out, go out in style that’s what I say.

Black Jack is the bad boy, ‘black sheep’ of the family, or so his brothers like to tease him. If you ask
Mar 09, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance-regency
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Jan 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I know I must have read Kasey Michaels in the past, but as of this moment, nothing jumps out at me about her writing. So…I’m going to treat Much Ado About Rogues as a first time author read. I thought the book was pretty strong. It is a little on the darker side, both in plot and in character composites. Jack & Tess both feel like heavy figures. Dark secrets, dark pasts – much misery abounds for these two. The story is strong in mystery/intrigue. Not my usual read, but it’s Historical, so I ...more
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Much Ado About Rogues tells the story of Jack Blackthorn and Lady Tess. Their story is one of secrets and lies, troubles from the past and hopes for the future. It's not a simple tale by any means!

When Jack left her four years ago, Tess was heart-broken. She thought what they had was love! But apparently he was only using her (or so it seemed). Now Jack sho
The light and somewhat happy leitmotiv of the previous books was missing in this book.
Even if I was not prepared for the whole dark and angsty feel of this read, I decided to like it any way….

I was, sadly, unable.
The mystery and plotting that was revealed to us was so absurd I caught myself humming
The ‘Be prepared’ song form Lion King.
The only thing that was missing were some retarded hyenas.
(Yeah be prepared! We’ll be prepared! For what?
For the death of t
Mar 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Much Ado About Rogues by Kasey Michaels
The last Blackthorn brother Don John "Black Jack" story finshes off this series of books.
I liked it but their are some really selfish parents in this one. I have only read 2 stories about the Blackthorn brothers and both were good.
Time period is set in England after a war with France.
Black Jack gets orders to find his old teacher Sinjon the Marquis de Fontaine in the spy business that has gone missing and to find out what he has been up too and take
Historical English romance from a series about three bastard born brothers who find love in ton London society. This is 'Black Jack' Blackthorn's love story, he is the spy loner brother that stays far away from his birth Blackthorn estate. Lady Tess Fonteneau has a problem, her father disappeared and she was betrayed by the man that she must work with to find her father, of course we're talking about Black Jack.
Basically everything bad ever is because of the secrets and lies of Lady Tess's fathe
Feb 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is the third and last book in Blackthorn Brothers trilogy, and may I say Kasey Michaels has ended this series with a bang. After I was done with the previous two, I was sure I knew what the ending was going to be, but the author has taken this opportunity to throw me not one, not two, but three awesome curveballs and her clever plot was infused with suspense, revelations and wonderful sensual moments.

I’m not going to go into plot because I’m afraid I just might spill ‘the beans’ if you will
Apr 05, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book is so full of twists and turns that you loose interest in the plot, there's an awful lot of suspicions, theorizing and accusations. And I didn't find the characters appealing or very interesting. But the language is good and the second half of the story worth reading.
Apr 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
I will admit, I'm a sucker for Shakespeare-themed titles. I've read Kasey Michaels' books before and really enjoyed them, so combining that with a Shakespeare-themed title, and yep, I'm going to read it.

This is a story about finding your identity. Jack Blackthorn, the middle Blackthorn brother, and the last one to be written about, has been the black sheep of his family for the last 10 years or so. After leaving home at age 18, he struggled to find his place in the world. He was taken in by the
Sharon Tyler
Mar 08, 2012 rated it liked it
Much Ado About Rogues by Kasey Micheals is a historical romance, and the final installment of the Blackthorn Brothers Trilogy. It is set for release on March 20 2012. In this book, we finally get to see the story of Don John, or Black Jack, Blackthorn and the answers to many questions that have been raised throughout the series. Black Jack often thought about his love lost in the previous novels, now we get to meet her. Lady Tess Fonteneau, daughter of the man that trained Jack in the espionage ...more
Apr 19, 2012 rated it liked it
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Jack, the third Blackthorn brother, has his work cut out for him. Him and his friends have been hired by the Crown to find his own mentor, who has disappeared into thin air. Jack must track him down before it's too late, because Jack isn't the only person who is after him. And he has only one advantage- his mentor's daughter, Tess, and Jack's old flame. Can they find her father in time?

This is my first Kasey Michaels book, the third in a series. I didn't min
Apr 24, 2013 rated it it was ok
I grew to dislike this book the more I read of it. The first half was much better than the second half, and then it went all downhill. First of all, there was no more sexual tension--which is what usually keeps me glued to a good romance novel in the first place--in the second half of the book. In fact, there were no "juicy parts" (intimate sex scenes) in the last third of the book whatsoever. The remainder of the book was supposed to be some big mystery. But most of the mystery disappeared by t ...more
Romancing the Book
Jun 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical, romance
Posted on Romancing the Book's blog
Reviewed by JoAnne
Review Copy Provided by Netgalley

This is the third book of the Blackthorn Brothers series and I look forward to reading the first two. This historical set mainly in England kept me interested from the first page to the last. The story was not what I expected, but so much better. There was intrigue, suspense, love, romance, family, theatrics and lots of action. The three brothers, although Jack was a stepbrother, seemed to get along and were th
Jan 15, 2012 rated it liked it
Posted at Oh My Books!

I loved the previous books from the Blackthorn Brothers series and I was really waiting for Jack's book. He had a lot tell, an this book probably answer all of the questions.

Tess and Jack were in love a couple of years ago, but after an accident in which her brother was murdered, they separated. But now they are together again, and their attraction hasn't disappear. But can they forgive each other?

They just had to decide to stop hurting each other and work together, and now
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Blackthorn Brothers (3 books)
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