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The Right Kind of Rogue

(Playful Brides #8)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  604 ratings  ·  221 reviews
Can two star-crossed lovers come together―until death do they part?

Viscount Hart Highgate has decided to put his rakish ways behind him and finally get married. He may adore a good brandy or a high-speed carriage race, but he takes his duties as heir to the earldom seriously. Now all he has to do is find the right kind of woman to be his bride―ideally, one who’s also w
Mass Market Paperback, 307 pages
Published October 31st 2017 by St. Martin's Press
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Sep 30, 2017 rated it it was ok
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

With her family riddled with debt and on her third season, Meg knows it's her last chance to find a husband. When she hears that her long time crush has decided to finally search for a wife, she knows it's time to make her move.
With Hart's sister and friends all getting leg shackled, he knows it's time to do the same. His wife must be beautiful, from a good fam
Stacey is Sassy
I found nothing Right in this kind of Rogue

My mother always told me that hate was not a nice word, so, I've created an *I disliked immensely* shelf. Unfortunately The Right Kind of Rogue was not a winner for me. Seriously, I haven't hated a hero this much in a very long time. And, the bloody heroine, she's a silly twit. And, her "friends", well I've met nicer enemies.

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Joanna Loves Reading
This story was fast-paced with short chapters, which made it an easy read. I think for many it would be a fun, diverting read. My issues with it stem from the superficial characters and the cavalier attitude toward drinking problems. Also, the makeover-a-wallflower-to-get-the-hero-to-notice-the-heroine trope is one I need to be well-convinced of the merits of the plot before I buy-in.

Honestly, the way most of the characters dealt with their problems through over indulgence of drink dropped this
Oct 07, 2017 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars. Hmmm - I hate to say it, but I've been just a little disappointed with this series lately. Maybe it's me. I'm just finding some of these scenarios a little too far-fetched. The characters are ok, although Lucy was a little annoying at times. The parents of the leads are ridiculous. There is a particular scene at the end that I just can't buy. Maybe some more maturity in the characters is needed.

**Thank you to the publisher and Net Galley in exchange of an honest review.**
Sep 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Right Kind of Rogue was an excellent historical romance with a scheming matchmaker, love interests on opposite sides of feuding families and a wallflower who really comes into her own.

Meg Timmons has been in love with her best friend’s brother, Hart Highgate, since she was sixteen years old. Now that Hart has decided it’s time he marry, Meg knows this may be her last chance. However, her quest for love is hindered by the fact she has no dowry and her and Hart’s families have been feuding for
Rachel K
Oct 05, 2017 rated it liked it
2.75 stars (I originally had this down as 2 stars, but I usually reserve 2 stars for the books I didn't really like. This was better than that but I very much doubt I'd ever read it again).

I wanted to like this more, but unfortunately, I never quite understood why Meg loved Hart so much. I could understand why she was infatuated with him, but other than that, I didn't get it. Hart was a pretty passive hero so I never connected with him. He waited for other people to tell him what to do before he
Aug 08, 2017 rated it it was ok
* * * ARC received from Publisher/NetGalley * * *

I've enjoyed this author's previous books, but this one just didn't work for me. The heroine has been in love with her best friend's brother for years, but the hero has barely noticed the heroine. They somehow end up kissing and all of the sudden the hero is attracted to the heroine. Even though he's known her for years, he knows almost nothing about her other than she is nice and loyal. which makes her sound like the family dog. There is a point
Sissy's Romance Book Review
Review: THE RIGHT KIND OF ROGUE by Valerie Bowman THE RIGHT KIND OF ROGUE by Valerie Bowman is book 8 in the "Playful Brides" series. This is the story of Viscount Hart Highgate and Meg Timmons. I have read (and LOVED) the other book in this series but feel this can easily be a standalone book. Meg is a spinster wallflower of sorts with her a father that gambles. Meg has always loved Hart who was her friend's brother. But their parents do not get along and in addition they are on different socia ...more
I received an ARC of this novel courtesy of Goodreads (giveaway) and the publisher.

This is the first book I've ever read by Ms. Bowman, and it will be, quite emphatically, my last. I made it about 1/4 of the way through before the "are you kidding me?!"s became vocal. I would've DNFed this book if not for the fact that I received it for review.

The summary sounded like 1000% my catnip, but the book was a complete disappointment - bad, but not so bad it's good, or even funny. Allow me to explain:
This was a deliciously adorable book!

I absolutely loved Meg and Hart’s story. They are both set on marrying, Hart to a woman who could provide a healthy dowry, and Meg to Hart. With the help of a friend, Meg sets out to win Hart’s heart.

Hart hasn’t had a very good example of what a healthy marriage looks like so he’s willing to settle. However, as he watches Meg move from being a wallflower to the main attraction of the ton, he finds himself falling more and more under her spell. Of course, he
Erin Kelly
Oct 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Earlier this year, I discovered Valerie Bowman through her last release "Never Love a Pirate". I was thrilled to find such a breezy, funny author who has a different tone from most Regency authors today. Not surprisingly, I was pretty excited to read this new entry in the Playful Brides series.

The Story-
Meg has friends in high places, but she doesn't have much to recommend her: her parents, though part of society, have mountains of debt; she is entering her third season as a wallflower; and, she
2.5 stars - My review cross-posted from Wit and Sin

Meg Timmons has been in love with Viscount Hart Highgate since she was a teenager, but she knows she’ll have to take drastic measures to get his attention. Not only are their families feuding, but Meg is a penniless wallflower and not the well-connected heiress Hart’s father wants him to wed. When she hears that Hart is determined to find a bride, Meg takes the plunge and asks infamous plotter Lucy Hunt to help her capture Hart’s heart. But
Caitlyn Lynch
Oct 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What's a wallflower to do? Meg Timmons hasn't had a new gown since the beginning of her first Season, and with her spendthrift father deep in debt, she isn't likely to get one this season either. Her chances for marriage diminishing by the day, she falls into utter despair when her best friend Sarah lets drop the fact that Sarah's older brother Hart plans to select a bride.

Hart Highgate needs a bride to satisfy his demanding father; preferably a wealthy, compliant, beautiful one who will provid
Blodeuedd Finland
This was just how I like my HR! I read it a day :D Sure the not communication thing was somewhat annoying at the end, just shout it out girl. Damn it.

Hart is a rogue, but come on, aren't they always ;) He wants to marry some sensible, nice, good ton woman with lots of money. Not that he needs it.

Meg is poor and owns 3 dresses. Sure she may be of the same class, but...yup poor as a church mouse and a spinster cos who cares about the poor girl who always wears the same dress. But she IS besties wi
Tanya Sridhar
3/5 stars.

0.5 more than I anticipated because 60% of the book kept me occupied when I was on a plane so it deserved a little more love.

Meg has been in love with her friend's brother since she was 16. But she did never held on to any hope because he was a rake and she was a wallflower. You can guess where this is going.

I would have enjoyed this book much more if the level of mis communication and mis understandings weren't so ..... pedestrian. It's a good one time feel good book for all you HR
Lover of Romance
This review was originally posted on Addicted To Romance

The Right Kind Of Rogue is the most recent addition in the Playful Bride series by Valerie Bowman. I confess I have only read the first book of the series, but boy I really need to read the other books in the series since I just had a jolly good time with this one even if it was a bit dramatic at times. But this wonderful author has brought has a stunning Romeo and Juliet romance without the suicides and a happy ending.

The Right Kind Of Rog
Cathy Geha
Oct 23, 2017 rated it liked it
The Right Kind of Rogue by Valerie Bowman
Playful Brides #8

Lucy has loved Hart, her best friend’s brother, since she was sixteen. Their parents have been enemies forever. In her third year on the marriage market in London and the season beginning she hears Hart is finally ready to find a wife so she enlists the aid of her friend Lucy in finding a way to have Hart see her as his potential wife. With Lucy’s machinations often going awry, both sets of parents creating trouble, Meg definitely wanting
Another star crossed romance!

Really, by now the ladies of the ton should know better than to entertain Lucy Hunt's grand schemes relating to marriage.
'Lucy Hunt. The young, dashing Duchess of Claringdon was a favorite of the ton. She was rich. She was beautiful. She was outspoken. And she was master of planning plots' always a near disaster and with a generous helping of agonizing anticipation.
Meg has loved her best friend Sarah's brother, Viscount Hart Highgate, since she was sixteen. Hart has
The Book Junkie Reads . . .
The Playful Brides series has been fun and light hearted for me. I have found something or another to keep me coming back and making an excuse to revisit old friends and make new ones. This time around things have a little turn of events. I loved visiting the old couples that have come before. Their antics have been fun to watch. Now with Hart and Meg there seems to be a new precedent set for me. Hart was not just a reluctant future husband. He was doing all because his friends were married or m ...more
Aug 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
It is seemingly impossible to find a Valerie Bowman book that I don't love. She is such a great story teller, and this 8th book in the Playful Brides series did not disappoint. 

Check out my full review on my blog For the Love of Words.
Barbara Rogers
Oct 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Series: Playful Brides #8
Publication Date: 10/31/17

I have loved all the Playful Brides books and this one is no exception. I loved the book, the characters, and the writing. I read this book while traveling and even with the interruptions I could hardly put it down. I read it straight through.

Hart Highgate is a Viscount in his own right as well as being the heir to an Earldom. He drinks too much, lives recklessly, loves horses and horse racing and has absolutely no good thoughts about marriage.
Sep 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
One of my favorites of this series!

Meg Timmons and Sarah, Lady Berkeley, have been friends for a long time even though their fathers are sworn enemies. Meg has been in love with Sarah’s brother, Hart, since she was 16 and he stood up to her mother for berating her. This season Sarah’s goal is to find Meg a husband. In pursuit of that goal, they enlist Lucy Hunt, Duchess of Claringdon, to help Meg with her clothes and invitations. Meg is no longer a wallflower.

Meg’s life was going well, until
Sheila Melo
Oct 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
"He's a rogue, an unrepentant charmer."

FINAL DECISION: A Romeo and Juliet type romance between two warring families (with humor and less death). A wallflower finally being noticed by the man she has loved for years, this is a story where I liked the characters quite a bit.

THE STORY: Viscount Hart Highgate is searching for a wife who is well-connected socially and brings her own funds with her. Meg Timmons has loved the raking Hart for years but as a wallflower not only doesn't she fit the requir
Melody  May (What I'm Reading)
Nov 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, historical, romance
Posted on What I'm Reading

Talk about getting heart palpitations, The Right Kind of Rogue wasn't an easy read. Seriously, we have I worried for Meg Timmons throughout the story. I had cause for worry, because she enlisted the help of Lucy Hunt. No good ever comes when she gets in the thick of things, but does she causes some havoc on Meg's life. Luckily it all works out for Meg, but there were some nail biting instants.

We have Meg who has been in love with Hart Highgate since she was 16. A long
Rebecca Lyman
I was provided a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest and fair review. This book tells the story of Meg (Margaret) Timmons, a wallflower who desperately wants to be noticed by her friends brother. Hart Highgate, Sarah's brother (Sarah was the heroine of The Legendary Lord, where we first meet Hart and Meg) has recently decided its high time he settle down and find a wife. Even though Meg knows that Hart hates a scheming manipulator, she enlists Lucy's help (Lucy was the heroine of th ...more
Ashley Knapp
Oct 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Right Kind of Rogue by Valerie Bowman ended up being such an enchanting read. It was fast paced and kept me enthralled from the beginning to the end. The overall feeling is very light heart from the banter to the women's scheming.

Meg Timmons wants one thing in life and that is Hart Highgate, but she has everything against her to get him. I really like Meg as o ur main lady. She has everything against her, but she remains strong and fights for what she wants. She is loving and kind even
Debra Martin
Sep 27, 2017 rated it liked it
Hart Highgate is a rogue who loves his bachelor ways. Saved from the parson's trap years before before, he despises manipulative women above all else. Now 29, he has finally decided it was time for him to settle down and take a wife, although he goes about it like he's walking to the guillotine. When his sister asks him to help her friend Meg Timmons garner the interest of a gentleman, he reluctantly agrees. He's known Meg his entire life--she is shy, kind and the ton's biggest wallflower. A lit ...more
Meg had always been in love with her best friend’s brother, Hart, but to him, she’s only ever been his sister’s friend and nothing more. Once she realizes Hart has decided it’s time to find a wife, Meg enlists the assistance of one of her friends to get him to notice her. Unfortunately what Meg didn’t account for was that every scheme they planned would go awry, even the one that got her what she wanted.
I thought it was a nice read overall. Meg is a sweet girl (yes, girl and she behaves as such
Oct 30, 2017 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book. It is not often that I read historical romances anymore. Not because I don't like this genre as I used to read them all the time. With this book, I liked how I was easily able to form a connection with the characters and story. Meg is not the shy wallflower that you might expect from these types of books. She does not need a hero like Hart to save her. Yet, she is not so strong that she is immune to Hart's charms. Although, when it came to Hart, I like that he was not ignora ...more
Jan 24, 2018 rated it it was ok

This is book eight in Playful Brides series, but the author does a very good job in writing it so it can definitely be read as a stand-alone.

Out of all eight books, which I've read and liked a lot, this one is my least favorite. I just could not for the life of me see what the heroine saw in the hero. Their romance left me cold. I just didn't feel the chemistry at all.

I’ve read this author before and I like her writing voice. She writes fun and engaging stories with witty dialogue and good plots
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Valerie’s debut novel was published in 2012. Since then, her books have received starred reviews from Publisher’s Weekly, Booklist, and Kirkus. She’s been an RT Reviewers’ Choice nominee for Best First Historical Romance and Best Historical Romance Love and Laughter. Two of her books h

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