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The Rogue

(Devil's Duke #1)

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  1,195 ratings  ·  198 reviews
Lady Constance Read is independent, beautiful, and in need of a husband—now. The last man on earth she wants is the rogue who broke her heart six years ago, never mind that his kisses are scorching hot…

Evan Saint-André Sterling is rich, scarred, and finished with women—forever. He’s not about to lose his head over the bewitching beauty who once turned his life upside down.
Mass Market Paperback, 369 pages
Published February 23rd 2016 by Avon
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I read this for the Key to my Heart square for Romance Bingo.

"Now, pray show me how to use this instrument to wound a man."
He could not move. "You speak of wounding a man like it means nothing to you."
"On the contrary. It means everything."
There it was again in her voice: the sharp edge of fear coated in determination.
"Have you?" he said.
"Wounded a man?"
"Wounded the man that you wish to wound?
Her throat constricted in a movement so jarring that it swept the air from Saint's lungs. He hated
Jan 05, 2016 rated it liked it
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I originally gave a 4-star rating, but sadly, the more I thought about it, the less I liked the book (at least to the degree that I originally had). 3 stars.

***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

The Rogue by Katharine Ashe
Book One of the Devil's Duke series
Publisher: Avon
Publication Date: February 23, 2016
Rating: 3 stars
Source: eARC from Edelweiss

***Warning: this is an adult book, and for the eyes of mature readers***

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Lady Constance Read is independent, beautiful
Jun 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
I've given this an A- at AAR, so that's 4.5 stars rounded up.

Although The Rogue is the first in a new series by Katharine Ashe, it is also a continuation of her earlier Falcon Club series, which featured a group of former spies as they attempted to adjust to new, “normal” lives. Three of the five members of the Club are happily settled, and now it’s the turn of the single female member of the group – Lady Constance Read – to step into the limelight as she works to unmask a devious killer.

Apr 02, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
First of all, my thanks to Daniella who saved me from my post The Raven Prince depression by encouraging me to participate in a buddy read. :D Thanks hon!

The Rogue, is my 2nd book from Katherine Ashe. My impression of Ashe was that I really liked the way she played with words, the writing, so to speak. She had an imaginative and creative way with words which I appreciate in writers. It helps me to visualize the scenes and makes the scenes come to life for me.

That particular observation of her
Mar 10, 2020 marked it as dnf
My first book by Katherine Ashe, and sadly, I wasn't able to finish it. A few chapters in and I was just skimming........

It's #1 in a series, so I thought it would be fine, but I didn't really notice it's also #4 in another series. My bad, I guess. As a number of other reviewers have already pointed out, it's pretty confusing if you haven't read the other series. I just didn't get it. Who were these people? What was going on?

I also struggled with Ms Ashe's writing style. I did not get drawn in
The Rogue is the opening novel in Katharine Ashe's newest series, The Devil's Duke. However, bear in mind that this is also book number four in Ashe's Falcon Club series. In fact, the heroine of this tale, Lady Constance Read, is the club's only female member- code name Sparrow.

I have been highly anticipating this novel and while there are other books of Ashe's that I have liked better (I love her Prince Catchers series and Twist series), this was still a satisfying ride, written in a lusciou
Oct 30, 2015 rated it it was ok
(2.5 rounded down to 2.)
Buddy read with the fabulous Zoe!

Yeah... I just don't get it why some writers feel the need to put sex scenes between the hero and other women in romance novels. I guess other readers are okay with that, but I'm not. Sorry.

Aside from that MAJOR problem, there was the whole wishy-washy relationship between the H and the h, and the whole confusing Falcon Club business. The plot was really convoluted and hard to get into.

It's a pity I can't give this a higher rating. Ashe's
Lover of Romance
Nov 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
This review was originally posted on Addicted To Romance My Review

The Rogue is the first installment in a exciting new series by Katharine Ashe. This was a quite enjoyable read, We are taken first to when the pair first meet six years previous. There is some question as to what really drives them apart however that I felt wasn't ever truly revealed. So I would have preferred to have seen that instead of references to it. But then we see them meet up again six years later. Tension is a bit high between
The Rogue by Katharine Ashe is a 2016 Avon publication. I was provided a copy of this book by the author/publisher and Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

This is the first book in the Devil’s Duke series, but you will recognize the main characters from some of the author’s previous novels.

Constance was raised unconventionally by her father and destined for great things within his club. However, six years ago, Constance encountered the dashing Evan Sterling and was spoiled to any other
Aug 22, 2018 rated it liked it
(2.5 stars) Well, I'm not quite sure what to think about this book by Ashe. With a romance across social borders, the murder of some young women and a possible Satanic club involved, endless scenes of the H teaching the h how to fight with sword and dagger, and even a traumatic event in the h's past that she needs to work through, it perhaps bit off more than I could chew.

Not only that but, since I have never read any of Ashe's Falcon Club series, half the time I felt as if I were at a party whe
Dec 13, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: historical
Mmmmm... what to say? I liked it. Didn't loved it.

I was slightly annoyed by the heroine and her high-and-mightly opinion of herself. I was almost pitying her when was discovered how much her father has groomed her for his own goal and how he used her, even presenting it as giving her very much unusual independence for that period. She grow up being treated more like a male heair then like a weak and meak female. She is very good with a bow, she knows how to fight, how to scheme and how to spy...
I've given this a B for narration and an A- for content at AudioGals.

I was so pleased when I saw that The Rogue was coming out in audio format. I read and loved the book earlier this year; it’s a beautifully written, sensual and tender romance combined with a dash of mystery and boasts one of the most wonderful romantic heroes I’ve read in quite some time. While it’s a continuation of the author’s Falcon Club series, the book also marks the beginning of the Devil’s Duke trilogy; so while
Dana Alma
Jan 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Superb! The Rogue by Katharine Ashe will be hailed in 2016! What an incredible book to kick off the New Year! Provocative, witty, and sexy characters bring this extraordinary historical romance to life. This duel of wits is sure to please the connoisseur of historical romance. Constance and Saint come alive as readers are taken on an imaginative journey of mystery and love. Saint is the sexiest of beast and Constance gives historical romance its new "it girl".
The Rogue will leave readers with
Feb 03, 2016 rated it liked it
This is the 4th book in the Falcon Club series and also the start of it’s own series, The Devil’s Duke. As the beginning book in a series, it is an exciting start and I’m eager to read the next one. As the 4th book in the Falcon Club series, it is confusing and frustrating as it does not offer the reader any opportunity for recall but jumps right in as if the last book in that series was published months ago instead of over three years ago. Due to this fact, I not only found myself completely lo ...more
Erica Chilson
I received a copy of this title to read & review for Wicked Reads

3 Stars.

After the body of the review is a rant & warning rolled into one. Please read it if you are new to this author, or have not read the Falcon Club series. I just hope you are reading this review prior to purchasing The Rogue if that is the case.

I will admit, The Rogue would have most definitely been rated higher if I hadn't been so confused (explanation below). I enjoyed Katharine Ashe's writing style and voice, and would re
Jun 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Solid 3.5 stars on this, my second read.
The hero, Saint, was rather wonderful- all gallant and enigmatic, yet tortured and complex.
Heroine was a bit of a drama queen who had made some incredibly stupid choices in her life but soldiered on, trying to do good. And spent a bit too much time trying to live up to the expectations of what I felt was a manipulative and cold bastard of a father.
Ashe's writing is wonderful, as always, but then, I love an elegant and lyrical text. For some, it may be a
Feb 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed the first two books in Katharine Ashe's Twist series, which are unique, funny and clever, but The Rogue takes her work to a new level. In this novel she shows her immense talent, not only for penning a sensual and satisfying romance but also a darkly plausible and dangerous mystery with a twist. My only real complaint would be that although this is the first in a new series, it refers to events, letters and characters from another series, the Falcon Club which I have not read an ...more
Nov 03, 2015 rated it liked it
I think this book was too long and would have benefited from hacking the prologue off. It was unnecessary, and it made the constant secret keeping frustrating, especially because the characters constantly swore they couldn't lie to each other. The beginning could have lost several scenes, and I found that Dylan in particular didn't add much. Some plot threads clearly seem to be setting up a mystery arc for this whole series, but they also needed to be tied in to this book maybe better than they ...more
Aug 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book is simultaneously the first book in Katharine Ashe's new series, A Devil's Duke, and the 4th book in her Falcon Club series. It features the dashing, delicious Evan Saint-Andre Sterling and the lovely agent Sparrow, aka Lady Constance Read.

Saint is one of my favorite heroes of all time. He is a very good man. Also handsome and sexy. He loves Constance and has since he met her several years ago. Constance loved Saint when they met, but she was engaged to a now deceased lord. She is in
Sophie Barnes
Nov 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
An intriguing start to a new series! Katharine Ashe is one of my favorites. Her penmanship is masterful, proving the point that words, when strung together correctly, can lead to a truly sublime reading experience.

Before I go any further, I should mention that this book, while being the first book in its own series, is actually the fourth book in The Falcon Club series. I realized this when I was half way through it and did a bit of research because I felt as though there were characters that I
Susan Gorman
Jan 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Ms. Ashe’s is an excellent storyteller. Her deeply romantic writing style and attention to historical detail lend itself to this story as the reader becomes immediately immersed in the novel. I could visualize Haiknayes Castle and the six -pointed star carved over it's front door. I felt the couple’s desire for each other as each scene unfolded. And, I believed that I was watching Saint teaching Constance how to fence in Lord Read's ballroom.

The author does an excellent job crafting the novel's
Feb 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Another amazing addition to her repertoire. The reason I love her writing so much is that she puts so much into the process. Her research is astoundingly accurate, her plots are complex and exciting, her characters have such depth and her writing is so poetic {ie “Not removing his eyes from her, the stranger unfolded himself from the chair with predatorial grace. He moved like a hunter, lean and powerful and aware”) I just have to go back and read it again. Her writing sings to me.

I have been w
2.5/5. Muddled all around. Inconsistent characters especially that of the heroine. The blurb is wrong. He did not break her heart, it was the other way around. She was already betrothed to a good man and dear friend albeit one she did not have romantic feelings for. She engaged the hero in a prolonged flirtation and possibly more, and they were discovered. He left because she was not his to stay for. He came back for her after her betrothed's death but she inexplicably refused to see him, and ye ...more
Nov 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars If you haven't read the Falcon series, then I wouldn't start with this book, because it is extremely related to that series and hard to follow, IMO, without having read that series first. I did get through this book and in the end it was a good book, but I struggled over halfway through the book piecing Constance's history together with Evan's. I still don't know think that I got all the nuances of it. I am debating on picking up the prior series, something for the future maybe. This b ...more
Jan 11, 2021 rated it did not like it
I didn’t understand anything. Who even is Lady justice?? This wasn’t a romance, but a mystery novel.
I have to preface by stating that I’ve never met a book from Katharine Ashe that I didn’t like, and while some took longer for me to lose myself in her world, I’ve also never found it difficult to grasp the basics in the backstory that gives depth to her characters. As this is the first in a new, yet contains characters from another series, this ability to use the information Ashe provides to sort everyone on their shelves was useful.

I enjoyed both Saint and Constance, for very different reason
Teresa Kleeman
Feb 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received this book as an ARC for my honest opinion on this book in a review. I've always loved Katharine Ashe's books, but this particular book was among one of my favorite books by her.

If I could title my Review it would be called; "A Duel Between Two Swordsman".

Lady Constance Read is not your typical heiress. She's an excellent rider of horses, a marksman with a Bow & Arrow, is a crack shot with a pistol. Being a daughter, of a Duke brings certain privileges. It also can bring many lonely da
Dot Salvagin
Aug 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
I’m sure everyone has heard about those opening scenes that grab you and suck you into the story. Well, hold onto your hats because the opening of this book will certainly keep you reading far into the night. Constance is an innocent18, peeking through a door at a rather scandalous party when she is spotted by the one man she has been staring at all night. He crosses the room to her hiding spot and she runs, he follows, this is Saint. There are many layers to this story that unfolds throughout t ...more
Kay (aka) Miss Bates
Jul 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Ashe's The Rogue is my introduction to her work. It's a rich narrative, with tormented protagonists. Saint and Lady Constance are re-united lovers, whose class status tore them apart six years ago. Saint is hurt, angry, but goes along with Constance's father's desire that he teach her to defend herself with sword and dagger. The yearning and love Constance and Saint feel for the each is most poignant and affecting. The scenes where he teaches her to fence are as full of verbal sparring as fencin ...more
Feb 04, 2016 rated it liked it
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Katharine Ashe is the USA Today bestselling author of historical romances reviewers call “intensely lush” and “sensationally intelligent,” including two Amazon's Best Romances of the Year. A professor of history and popular culture, she writes fiction because she adores the grand adventures and breathtaking sensuality of historical romance. For more information, please visit her at http://www.kath ...more

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