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Rules for a Rogue (Romancing the Rules #1)

3.96  ·  Rating Details ·  116 Ratings  ·  37 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 Erin Kelly 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
Nov 04, 2016 Flor rated it liked it
Shelves: ginger-leads
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
Roses R Blue
Nov 16, 2016 Roses R Blue 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
Dec 29, 2016 Michele 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
Nov 13, 2016 Ki rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, own, 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 Erica Chilson 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 Gaele 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
Nov 06, 2016 Cameron 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 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 Gwyn Plummer 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
Nov 11, 2016 Janet 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
Meghan Lloyd
Oct 12, 2016 Meghan Lloyd 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
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
Dee Deacon Foster
Dec 19, 2016 Dee Deacon Foster 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 Kelly The Sassy Book Lover 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 Isha Coleman 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 Rachel 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 Meghan Edwards 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.
Theresa Brandt
Feb 06, 2017 Theresa Brandt 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
Carol Bisig
Nov 16, 2016 Carol Bisig 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 Melanie 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
Eve Chatman
Jan 30, 2017 Eve Chatman rated it it was ok

I had to coax myself to read each chapter. I didn't like that the main male character was a playwright, not a job looked upon with distinction. The love scene was well written though.
Jackie Lynn
This took me a bit longer than usual to finish.
I felt there were a few missed opportunities to make this book better. I think it could have been better if it started off when the two met. It would have been nice to see them as they were a. It younger and falling in love, to really get that understanding of their relationship better.
Leone (She Reads too Much Romance)
"Rules for the Rogue," is an engaging romance that is filled with charm, wit and yet I did find the plot to be among those that I would classify as not among the more intense historical-ROMANCE titles. I felt like the attraction between the hero and heroine was forced rather than natural and honestly, the chemistry was missing that spark of fire that I expect to find in any romance novel.

This story was certainly more of a historical fiction with minimum interactions of romance. Yes, Kit and Ophe
Feb 02, 2017 Lexie rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-in-series
Overall I enjoyed this fun, light-hearted romance. While some serious matters were touched upon - namely the abuse that Kit went through with his father as well as the nature of grief - this book mostly kept to a light, banter-y tone buoyed on by Kit's determined pursuit of Phee. Well it’s more like an un-pursuit, since he's convinced himself he isn't REALLY pursuing her. He's just thought about her constantly, looked for her everywhere he's gone in London, longed to kiss her, and felt cold drea ...more
Jan 19, 2017 Katy rated it liked it
I'm going to start by saying, in general, I do not like second chance romances. Not my thing. I like reading about people getting a second chance at love, just not with the person that broke their heart the first time. I have zero patience for it. I realize this is incredibly cynical of me, but there it is.
Having said that, I am really glad I read this.
This book was very well written, the characters were self aware without it coming off as lazy writing. It was a familiar story line, with fa
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Apr 16, 2017 05:00PM  
Fueled by Pacific Northwest coffee and inspired by multiple viewings of every British costume drama she can get her hands on, USA Today bestselling author Christy Carlyle writes sensual historical romance set in the Victorian era. She loves heroes who struggle against all odds and heroines who are ahead of their time. A former teacher with a degree in history, she finds there's nothing better than ...more
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