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Rules for a Rogue

(Romancing the Rules #1)

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  253 ratings  ·  56 reviews
Kit Ruthven's Rules (for Rogues)

#1 Love freely but guard your heart, no matter how tempting the invader.

#2 Embrace temptation, indulge your sensual impulses, and never apologize.

#3 Scorn rules and do as you please. You are a rogue, after all.

Rules never brought anything but misery to Christopher “Kit” Ruthven. After rebelling against his controlling father and leaving the
Kindle Edition, 1st edition, 368 pages
Published November 1st 2016 by Avon Impulse
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Sissy's Romance Book Review
'Rules for a Rogue' by Christy Carlyle is book one in the "Romancing the Rules" series. This is the story of Christopher “Kit” Ruthven and Ophelia Marsden. Kit left home and Ophelia about four years ago to pursue his play writing career. Kit and Ophelia had been friends and bordered on being a couple...but up and left. Kit father never really wanted them together which added to Ophelia feelings being hurt when Kit left and she never heard from him again. So when he returns home to attend the fun ...more
2.5-2.7 stars?

Another tough one to review. Why do I always end up reading those, and then writing an essay about them? Anyway, Rules for a Rogue! Well, first of all, I didn’t think the hero was much of a rogue even though he was a playwright (why didn't we see more of the theater world???) rebelling against his strict father’s expectations. This conflict, and the fact that both the hero and heroine were writers, could have been really interesting and/or flails inducing, in fact this book had a l
Erin Kelly
Nov 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
“Rules for a Rogue” is the first book in Christy Carlyle’s Romancing the Rules series, and I have to say that it was the cover that got me to read this one. That blue dress reminded me of Scarlet’s portrait in Gone with the Wind, and the setting looked like somewhere I wanted to be. So pretty! Imagine how excited I was to find out that this book is not Regency (although I do love some Regency, I love historicals that depart from that particular time period) AND the main couple take part in my tw ...more
Heather C
Kit and Phee were close friends and very nearly lovers before he left the country life for the siren call of London and the thrilling life of a playwright. During those next four years apart, Kit and Phee both tried to convince themselves that they were not hurt by the decision and could move on, but when the death of Kit’s father brings him back home to settle the estate, the past doesn’t seem so much in the past between these two. Can they get their feelings sorted out and make a go of it agai ...more
Rose Blue
Nov 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
As reviewed at Roses Are Blue:

3.5 Stars

Christopher (Kit) Ruthven and Ophelia (Phee) Marsden were neighbors and sweethearts in the small town of Briar Heath. Kit's overbearing, controlling father and his desire for independence led Nick to London to pursue his dream to be a playwright, leaving a broken hearted Phee behind. Kit embraced his new life, and eventually found a measure of success. Still, every night, part of his ritual is to look out in the audience from the stag
Nov 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, arc, ebook
This is the first of a new series and a sweet romance to start it off. I definitely adore childhood friendships that blossom into love and then getting second chances when they meet again after heartbreaks.

As you know, Kit has left his father's publishing empire behind to make a name for himself as a play-writer and never wants to return to a life of etiquettes and rules demanded by his father. But when he left he also left behind his younger sisters and the one woman that loved and understood h
Erica Chilson
Nov 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this title to read and review for Wicked Reads

5 Stars.

If you're a historical romance fan, you know there are tropes that are generally included in the novel. A feisty heroine (either a feminist in the making or marriage-minded), either a stuffy or roguish hero, siblings dependent on the H/h, death in the family where the man becomes the head of the household, a past (together), scandal, debt, an unwanted love interest the H/h wants out of the picture, one in the couple drag
Nov 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A completely sweet feel-good romance that is perfect for that “I’m having a bad day” reading option.

Christopher Ruthven, son of the empire that created the Ruthven Rules of Etiquette turned his back on the family empire to pursue his own heart – working as a playwright. He’s living the high life in London, and built himself quite a reputation, but none of that comes with success in his own endeavors. Now, with the death of his father, the family business needs and requires him to return, and Ki
Dec 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rules for a Rogue was a feel-good Victorian era romance that had me cheering on the hero and heroine from the very start. The pairing of childhood friends Kit, a rogue with a genuine heart, and Ophelia, a proper miss with a hidden secret, was fun and felt so very right.

‘Nothing had changed. He wanted to kiss her now too. Hell, kissing was only the start of what he wanted to do with Ophelia. He was a wretch. A carnal beast, as one lady had once called him. Though, in fairness, she’d meant it as
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Rules for a Rogue was fine. The writing's good, and I really enjoyed elements of the concept. The only issue is that I never felt remotely invested in Phee and Kit. They bore me. They were in love as children but he went to London to pursue playwriting and acting and left her behind in their hometown, breaking her heart, but they've both continued to love each other. They spend freaking forever dancing around each other, and she refuses to trust him again, which is reasonable, but also really ir ...more
Dawn West
Jun 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Actual Rating: 4.5

**Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book.**

A man who hates to follow rules meets a woman trying to change them.

Kit is doing exactly what he wants to do. He's left his father's stifling expectations behind to pursue a career as a playwright in London. But when the responsibilities suddenly land on Kit's shoulders, he's thrust back into the life he left behind. The properties and businesses to manage, the social constrictions, and the house that Kit never really
I liked this book. I especially liked that neither the hero or the heroine were titled. He was a playwright and she was a young author who lived frugally. As much as I love reading about dukes and ladies, I also enjoy when the focus is on other members of society. I also enjoyed the second chance storyline and the childhood friends tropes.

There were several interesting secondary characters that I would have liked to have seen more of. I was expecting at least one breakout secondary storyline, b
Nov 06, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2016
Originally posted on the blog What the Cat Read.

This was my first foray into Carlyle’s writing, and while I can say that I found this title to be a fairly good read, I was not as engrossed in the story as much as I would have liked. This does not mean that I do not recommend this book to fans of Carlyle’s other novels or to those readers who enjoy historical romance, nor does it mean that I will not be looking into Carlyle’s writing and pursuing this series and her other novels more in the futur
Liana Smith Bautista | Will Read for Feels
***I received this book for free from Tasty Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

***Actual rating: 3.5 stars

Having heard of Christy Carlyle in the past but never having read her books, I was immediately interested when given the opportunity to review the first novel in her brand new series, Romancing the Rules. The novel, entitled Rules for a Rogue, is out now, and it introduces the Ruthven family, an affluent but un
Gwyn Plummer
Nov 07, 2016 rated it liked it
Ophelia “Phee” Marsden has a secret, one she can’t afford – literally- to get out. However, she doesn’t let worry or fear stop her from mission- modernizing society and its perpetual rules. She’s not trying to overthrow the crown or anything. She just wants women to understand they have options concerning their own lives.

Kit and Phee once loved each other, and although neither will openly admit it at first – to anyone- they still do. However, times have changed, and Phee’s life holds a lot more
Oct 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book very much! Though I would consider it somewhat of a "beach read" for its lighthearted plot and how quick it was to read, I think it would be a lovely book to read when you're having a down day. Christy Carlyle brings feminism and old-school romance together to create a witty, banter-filled story of two childhood sweethearts who fall in love all over again.

Christopher "Kit" Ruthven has been away from his home for four years, working in London to pursue a career as a playwright
Nov 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Rules for a Rogue by Christy Carlyle is one of the best series of the year and a definite 5 Stars! I absolutely loved this book! So filled with suspense, love and deep passion. Kit Ruthven's been living in London for the past several years, he's a playwright and spends much of his days behind the stage. He dreams of making it big and seeing his plays on some of London's biggest stages. However, he gets word that his father has passed away. His father owns a publishing house and his Ruthven Rules ...more
Holly Bryant-Simpson
Kit and Phee grew up together and nearly became lovers before Kit chose to follow his dream of becoming a playwright. Kit left the country, and Phee, to chase his dream in London. Phee was heartbroken and Kit spent every day of the next four years hoping to see her again, but unwilling to return to the country and the obligations his father saw for him there. After his father’s death, though, he returns home and finds the spark still there.

I really enjoyed Rules for a Rogue. Kit, Phee & the rest
Dee Deacon Foster
Dec 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Ophelia “Phee” Marsden runs her life by lists and rules; she’s practical – she continues to remind herself. After all she’s responsible for the well-being of her little sister and their aunt so she must be. Plus, she knows the heartbreak of allowing your heart to rule.

Christopher “Kitt” Ruthven watches the audience every night for a flame haired beauty. Every night he knows she’s not. Not after choosing to defy his father by striking out on his own in London instead of choosing her. But he’s nev
I’ve been in a bit of reading slump and this book is exactly what I needed to break it.

This is my first book by Carlyle, but it definitely won’t be my last. Her writing flows smoothly, her characters are well developed, and she wove the perfect amount of sarcasm, humour, strife, and romance in this first installment of her Romancing the Rules series.

Ophelia is a delightfully headstrong young woman whose sole focus is to keep her family home and provide for her sister and aunt. Kit, who walked aw
Kelly  The Sassy Book Lover
Nov 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Who doesn't love a heroine that writes a guidebook that encourages young ladies to be independent? I loved that this one talked about the city a bit more with the trains and publishers instead of balls and parties. It was a bit slow in the beginning, but once everything started happening then I got into it more. I loved how they were with their families and each other. At one time I was almost screaming thinking she was going to change her mind.

Ophelia is a different heroine. She loves her lists
Isha Coleman
Oct 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing

ARC Review: Rules for a Rogue (Romancing the Rules) by Christy Carlyle

The irony of the relationship between Kit and Ophelia is that there is love, the issue is that neither knows how to accept the flaws of the other. Until they can face the problems rooted in the past, there can never be a future. Family, responsibilities, pride and respectability have a hand in keeping them apart, but there is a sense of regret in the interactions that they have with each other. Ms. Carlyle is good at stirring
Nov 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: given-by-author, 2016
Christy Carlyle has a way of writing that fully immerses you in her world. I loved everything about the heroine of this one. She was a progressive woman in a time when women were stifled and she fought the system. Her influence not only helps herself and her family, but also influences those around her to be more progressive in their thinking. The hero has been drawn to her for years and finds her way of thinking to be just what he needs. Together they can overcome, conquer, and be happy. I look ...more
Meghan Edwards
Nov 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I'm a big fan of Christy Carlyle; and this book is another smashing success. Her characters are the right balance of real, complex individuals with a dash of that something extra to step out of ourselves and into the story. A very enjoyable read, but a note of caution. Do not read while on the bus, unless you desire to miss your stop. ...more
Linda Heflin
Nov 11, 2019 rated it did not like it
What a boring book

This book was boring, boring and did I say boring! The characters were boring and the plot was repetitive. Sorry I paid money for this.
Feb 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
An enjoyable read

Set in 1894 London, there is an awful lot to like about this book, but what stands out is how relatable both main characters seemed, at least to me. The hero, Kit, is a man bearing the emotional scars bestowed by a father who made him feel that he was a constant disappointment because he could never measure up to his expectations. Kit has a dream of becoming a playwright rather than joining his father's publishing house. Harangued and scorned by his father, he leaves his home an
Romancing the Book
Jun 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, historical
Reviewed by Rachel
Book provided by publisher
Originally posted at Romancing the Book

This book took a bit for me to get into–but once I did–I adored the characters. When we first meet our hero Kit, he’s on stage, joking with his friends, trying to make a living as a playwright and doing quite well at it, but you soon find out that things aren’t always what they seem. Early on the reader is given a glimpse into his psyche that possibly, he isn’t just a low born man trying to climb the theatre world
Sep 26, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-stars-rating
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Carol Bisig
Nov 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I loved It!

A great story of two children ,who played together, then grew up! Kit loves Ophelelia , however, things at home weigh on him more than he wants to handle , so he leaves for London. The thing is, he forgot his heart back in his little village. Ophelelia , who was left behind, has had to work hard to support her little sister, and Aunt, now because of the book she has written, she will lose more than she can afford to. Kit has to return home, after the death of his father, he us left wi
Dec 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Well written and plotted, this heartwarming second chance at love story will melt your heart and make you laugh. You’ll come to care and admire the strength of our heroine, while the hero will leave you tied up in knots. There were times I really wanted to give him a shake, but he sort of grew on me as the story moved along.

These two had a turbulent journey to their happily ever after, but I loved every moment that made them come closer to it.

In the end, I give this tale big marks for its fast p
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