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My Rogue, My Ruin

(Lords of Essex #1)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  143 Ratings  ·  52 Reviews
He stole their riches, she stole his heart.

The Marquess of Hawksfield’s lineage is impeccable and his title coveted, but Archer Croft is as far from his indulgent peers as he can get. His loathing for the beau monde has driven him to don a secret identity and risk everything in order to steal their riches and distribute them to the less fortunate.

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ebook, 457 pages
Published November 21st 2016 by Entangled Publishing: Select Historical
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Jun 05, 2017 rated it liked it
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I think this book demonstrates clearly that any good writer can produce a romantic fiction novel. The genre has many easily reproducible factors including of course the seemingly arrogant (but secretly charming) alpha male and the stunningly beautiful (yet amazingly short of admirers) female. However it takes more than being a good writer to make the novel shine.
This one does not shine. Nevertheless it is an entertaining book with a reasonable story, a mystery and of course a convoluted love af
Nov 10, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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2.5 stars.

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

My Rogue, My Ruin by Amalie Howard & Angie Morgan
Book One of the Lords of Essex series
Publisher: Entangled Select
Publication Date: November 21, 2016
Rating: 3 stars
Source: eARC from NetGalley

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

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The Marquess of Hawksfield’s lineage is impeccable and his title coveted, but Archer Croft is as far from his indulgent peers as he can get. His loathin
Sissy's Romance Book Review
4.5 Rating
'My Rogue, My Ruin' by Amalie Howard is the story of Archer Croft, The Marquess of Hawksfield and Lady Briannon "Brynn" Findlay. This is my first book by Ms. Howard and I truly enjoyed it. I am so glad to have found this author. Archer and Brynn have been neighbors since they were both young and each played with the others sibling. But Brynn was sick a lot with issues with her lungs so her parents were protective of her so they didn't see to much of each other later in life. But on Bry

Light, entertaining, surprisingly deep and absolutely slow-burning.

It was my first book by Amalie Howard and Angie Morgan duet, and unexpectedly a good one. I am a sucker for masked heroes a-la Robin Hood or Zorro who steal from the rich to give to the poor, and in the process save/fall in love with a princess or a heiress in our case, who has quite a temper of her own. Such annotation promises a lot of fun, don't you think? And My Rogue, My Ruin delivers quite well on its promise.

But I wouldn

Nov 16, 2016 rated it liked it
When I read the storyline of My Rogue, My Ruin – in which the hero is a kind of latter-day Robin Hood – it was obvious I was going to have to be prepared to suspend my disbelief to a larger degree than normal. But that’s okay. I was in the mood for an adventure story, and if an author (in this case authors) can spin a good yarn without too many contrivances and create interesting characters I can root for, then I can accept a degree of implausibility. And as Ms. Howard and Ms. Morgan quite quick ...more
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This was a rousing romp of an adventure story, with a bad boy hero, a strong heroine and a captivating story line.

Although the setting is Regency England, bring it forward a dozen decades and the hero, Archer Croft, The Marquess of Hawksfield , would be a rebel on a motorcycle. Set it back a few decades and he would be Robin Hood. As it is, in protest of his father's ways and treatment of his mother, Archer turns himself into a highwayman, w
Teresa Mary Rose
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It has been a long time since I’ve read a historical romance and I’m really glad I picked this one up. My Rogue, My Ruin was a wonderful blend of romance and mystery with a retelling twist. I enjoyed this one from beginning to end.

Both Brynn and Archer are great characters and I especially loved their dynamic and banter. Brynn is so fierce, especially for the time period, and I so so loved that. And I loved even more that this is exactly why Archer
Oct 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
I love reading historical romance to break my usual YA marathons with something different, so when I heard that Amalie Howard & Angie Morgan (two YA writers that I love) were going to write historical romance together, I was so very excited and I'm happy to hear, the resulting product didn't disappoint!

I was quite intrigued from the very beginning, with the meet up of our characters in a rather unexpected way! I love how both Brynn and Archer are both rather unusual in their own ways, even i
I appreciate that new voices are appearing in the world of Historical Romances when only a few years ago some claimed the genre was dead. Amalie Howard and Angie Morgan have some good ideas to bring to the table in their first release My Rogue, My Ruin but not everything in the story works within the constraints of its historical setting.

What drew me into the story was the promise of a Robin Hood type hero and Lord Hawksfield is certainly dedicated to his mission to rob from the rich to give bac
Oct 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
It's an intriguing historical novel, full of mystery, adventure, and romance. I loved it. The story is quite good and well-written. I loved Archer and Briannon. Both are unconventional and looking for adventure, which they find soon enough.

Archer doesn't agree with his father on anything. He has made his own life, away from the ton. But he is not ready to share this life with anyone. He is considered aloof and rude. He likes it that way, he likes to keep everyone at arm's length. But Brynn is di
Dec 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
When one of your favourite YA authors writes a historical romance, you bloody well buy that book - and love it almost just as much!

I adore Page Morgan's The Dispossessed series, and here under the moniker Angie, together with fellow YA author Amalie Howard, the duo have written a gorgeous historical romance with mystery, intrigue and a lot of swoon. Just how I like it.
May 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
My Rogue, My Ruin was an absolutely delightful romance with a charming Robin Hood-esque twist.

The Marquess of Hawksfield, Archer Croft, despises the over-indulgence of his peers in the ton. Due to his hatred, he has become the Masked Marauder, who waylays unsuspecting carriages to relieve the passengers of their riches in order to give back to the less fortunate. On one such occasion, Lady Briannon Findlay and her family are stopped by the Marauder and forced to give up their possessions. Brynn
Marieke (Marieke's Books & Books and Tequila)
My Rogue, My Ruin ~ 4 stars

A book genre I don’t read very often is ‘Historical Romance’. I’m not so sure why, because I love to read about relationships in a time setting so different from ours. Marriage for love wasn’t the norm back in those days; it was about duty to the family and the expectations of society. My Rogue, My Ruin by author duo Amalie Howard and Angie Morgan is the first book in ‘the Lords of Essex series’, and I’ve really enjoyed it.
“It was the principle of the thing. “Do you
Nov 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A Marquess who prefers the highway to his Dukedom? Rather appealing! It's everything that I expected.

Archer is the son of a Duke but loathes being part of the ton and the whole lifestyle. He prefers to help those who are less fortunate. Something he inherited from his mother. Why not rob the rich to help the poor? That will give them less to flaunt!

Brynn has always been on the "fragile" side and cosseted by her family, mainly her mother. She likes the outdoors and enjoys the occasional "unlady
Book Gannet
Nov 21, 2016 rated it it was ok
I found this rather disappointing. For a historical debut the details were pretty good aside from a few minor things (like the bloomers – no, just no – and the Season being during the summer, when everyone who could afford it tended to leave London), but the attitudes were a bit iffy and I really, really disliked Archer.

Yes, he’s a Robin Hood style hero, dashing around in a mask, on a horse, holding up rich people who can afford to lose their precious heirlooms, while he donates all the money to
Nov 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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The Marquess of Hawksfield’s lineage is impeccable and his title coveted, but Archer Croft is as far from his indulgent peers as he can get. His loathing for the beau monde has driven him to don a secret identity and risk everything in order to steal their riches and distribute them to the less fortunate.

Lady Briannon Findlay embraces her encounter with the Masked Marauder, a gentleman thief waylaying carriages from London to Essex. The marauder has stirred Brynn’s cravin
Erin Kelly
Nov 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
“My Rogue, My Ruin” is the first book I’ve read by Amalie Howard & Angie Morgan, but I am a sucker for historical romance, so I figured I would try it out. I was not disappointed. With a unique hook and interesting, well-developed characters, this one was a pleasure.

The Story-
Briannon seems to be on the path for an average life: not exciting, not terrible. A robbery by a masked man changes everything and kicks her world into overdrive. This dangerous attraction may prove to uncover more abou
Roland Clarke
Feb 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I received this book as a prize in a random genre competition and found it hard to put this down. In fact, I stopped reading another book to make time for this one. I’m a very slow reader, otherwise, I’d have read this in one sitting. I rarely read Historical Romances but this had all the right elements to draw me in: well-drawn characters, mystery and intrigue, a strong female lead, visual settings, and there are horses – not surprising as the setting is England in 1817.

The romance between Arch
Oct 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Marquis of Hawksfield’s lineage is impeccable and his title coveted & he’s heir to the Duke of Bradburne, but Archer Croft is as far from his indulgent peers as he can get. His loathing for the beau monde has driven him to don a secret identity and risk everything in order to steal their riches and distribute them to the less fortunate. In fact a regency Robin Hood.
Archer stops Lady Briannon Findlay’s carriage & steals her parents & her jewellery but not before Brynn challenges t
Nov 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
My Rogue, My Ruin has just the right amount of romance and mystery with a twist that keeps the reader invested in the read. Who doesn’t love a mask man who pulls you in giving you a feel of mystery and danger? This was a very intriguing read from start to finish with delightful characters you get hook from the start. For me it started out a little slow but soon took over my mind as the authors give you a few twists.

Both main characters have their own strengths and weaknesses which blend togethe
Margaret Sholders
Nov 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a real different book at the start as this book has a duo of authors. I think this is a cute way to go. I like it. Brynn has a problem with breathing. She sneaks away to ride as a boy that would kill her mother. She meets Archer, a Marquess, an old child friend. Eloise is a ward of the Duke but is really his daughter. There is so much action in this story. There is a bandit taking money and jewels to give those people who need help. He doesn't use force. Now someone is a mimic but he use ...more
Oct 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
I found this book to be intriguing, as it was both a romance, and a mystery, and the two elements blended very well together. I enjoyed both of the main characters, as they each had there own strengths and weaknesses to give them depth, and they complimented each other. Brynn was determined and passionate while dealing with her occasional physical infirmity, and Archer was intelligent and physically strong, but was slightly stunted emotionally. I found the reveal of the imposters identity to be ...more
Nov 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Lady Briannon Findlay has suffered from weak lungs all her life. This has meant her family has a bad habit of trying to keep her wrapped in cotton wool ,and panicking at the slightest sign of of a cough. When she gets the chance she escapes to ride bare back astride her beloved Apollo in boys clothes .
Lord Archer Croft, The Marquess of Hawksfield is the arrogant and moody son of the Dancing Duke. His father's excesses of drinking, gambling and countless mistresses are depleting the family coffe
Katrina Berry
Oct 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
My Rogue, My Ruin by Amalie Howard and Angie Morgan was my undoing :p

An ARC was generously provided in exchange for an honest review and I did so voluntarily.

Bazinga! This read has all the components that I love within a story and was beautifully written. The authors’ did a fantastic job of weaving their story and really brought out the wonderful characters and world that they created. Without giving out any spoilers, I will just say this is the perfect blending of romance, mystery and suspense
Nov 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
That was fun! I enjoyed the writing, the characters, the banter (Brynn and Archer give as good as they get) and the romance. The Robin Hood vibe gave it a uniqueness I have yet to come across in my historical romance reading. My Rogue, My Ruin weaves the best of both of these authors' talents together to deliver an entertaining start to a new series.

Bring on the rest of the Lords of Essex!

*I received an eARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review*
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Really 3.5 Stars

First Thought After Finishing: I wish I could have been courted by royalty in Victorian England!

I used to read a fair amount of historical romances as a teenager, but many of the characters seemed far removed from my teen self. This romance, however, has the benefit of young adult authors trying a new genre, with characters who are relatable for their ages. Even though this is a historical romance book, it definitely has cross
Suze Lavender
Nov 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Briannon's father is a lord, which means that impeccable behavior is the most important thing there is according to her family. However, she likes to ride in breeches and she knows how to handle a gun. When on the way home her family's carriage is being held up by a thief who wants to have their valuables she's defiant rather than scared. Somehow this robber interests her far more than he should. Who is this mysterious man and why does she feel so attracted to this stranger?

Archer's father is a
Aug 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
OUR HERO is the obvious highwayman written in the blurb, for whatever reason you will have to read this story, but I can tell you that he is feeling extremely guilty for his father's crimes/sins and tries to make up for them by doing a robin hood stunt. Like most heroes we meet, this one has sworn not to marry at all. BUT. His decision is battered when he meets Brynn again, and this time she's all grown up and she sparks his interest the first time they met as lady and robber. The second time, h ...more
Nov 21, 2016 rated it did not like it
This is my first time reading both of these authors and I must admit that the cover was the first thing that attracted me to this story. I mean, HELLO!!! Just look at it! The second being the book blurb. It really set up the story well and I couldn't wait to read it.

There is precedence of two authors co-writing one novel and most of the time this concept works. This is not the case with this book. It didn't take me long to figure out what went wrong, but before I get to it, let me say that the w
Virginia Tican
Jan 16, 2018 rated it liked it
It has an American feel to it and I was proven right when I reached Chapter 25, the word OKAY was there. But it was still a Good Read. A word of advice though, please remember that this story is set during the Regency (1817) and therefore the English, specially the aristocracy, would never borrow anything from their former colony and OKAY was definitely a colonialism that belongs to those "bloody colonials" or "bloody upstarts" who can not even speak the King's English. P.S. ~ The identity of th ...more
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AMALIE HOWARD is the author of several young adult novels critically acclaimed by Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, VOYA, and Booklist, including Waterfell, The Almost Girl, and Alpha Goddess, a Spring 2014 Kid’s INDIE NEXT title. Her debut novel, Bloodspell, was a #1 Amazon bestseller and a Seventeen Magazine Summer Read. The sequel, Bloodcraft, was a silver IPPY medalist and a Children's Moonbeam award ...more

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