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Lady Rogue

(The Royal Rewards #3)

3.59  ·  Rating details ·  165 ratings  ·  70 reviews
Her Secret Scandal

As far as London's high society knows, Lady Isabel Morrow is above reproach. But the truth is rarely so simple. Though the young widow's passionate fling with dashing Bow Street Runner Callum Jenks ended amicably months ago, she now needs his expertise. It seems Isabel's late husband, a respected art dealer, was peddling forgeries. If those misdeeds are r
Mass Market Paperback, 368 pages
Published April 24th 2018 by Zebra
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Apr 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Perfect for fans of Tessa Dare! Which unfortunately means that it's just not for me.

I love Theresa Romain. Her books are always well-written and feature nice, normal characters you can relate to. But for me, this sadly hasn't been the case with her latest books.
This book is the third in a series, but it works as a stand-alone because it's set one year after the events of the first two books, which were more connected. This book's hero features in the first two as a minor character.

I really enjo
Maureen Carden
It's a bummer when you find that your late art dealer husband has more than art fraud against his soul. It's another bummer when you realize his death might not have been an accident, but a suicide or a murder. His death could put a crimp into launching your ward in her upcoming season.
So it comes as a relief to the widowed Lady Isabel Morrow that Callum Jenks, the Bow Street Runner who originally investigated her husband’s death, and for one night became her lover, is still interested in inves
Aug 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've given this a B- at AAR, so that's 3.5 stars rounded up.

Theresa Romain is one of my favourite authors; I’ve enjoyed all of the books of hers I’ve read, and there are a number of her historical romances on my Keeper shelf, so I’m always eager to read any new book by her.  Lady Rogue is the first in her Roguish Runners Duo , and features as its hero one Callum Jenks, the Bow Street Runner – more correctly, Officer of Police – who helped Sir Hugo Starling and Georgette Frost to find the stolen
Joanna Loves Reading
May 02, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc, hr, arty, reviewed
I should probably stew on this before writing a review, but I doubt it would resolve any questions. The twists and turns in the last chapter boggled my mind. I think I read the whole book. Did my kindle just randomly skip chapters that contained important pieces of information? Even so, all that in one chapter threw the whole book out of wack for me.


There were moments I enjoyed in this book, cute moments between the MCs, and the writing was solid. The plot, though, was a mess. Too many suspend-b
Lady Rogue is a mediocre Regency romance that fails to deliver on its two major selling points: an exploration of the middle class and a high-profile art heist.

The distinctive aspect of the Theresa Romain novels I’ve read thus far is her inclusion of the middle class. In a genre overfull of lords and ladies and disguised royalty, there’s something refreshing about a protagonist who doesn’t live in a palace, who worries about how they’re going to afford food, and who didn’t receive the best educa
Barbara Rogers
Apr 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley, iblog
Series: The Royal Rewards #3
Publication Date: 4/24/18

I wanted, so much, to love this book, the characters, the story, etc. but I just couldn’t get there. The characters just weren’t believable nor were their actions, but I think that is mostly because of the time the author chose to set the story within. The setting is the Regency (1818) period but absolutely none of the societal norms of the times are present and that just makes it all totally unbelievable. If the story were set at a later time
May 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
I'm so glad this book brought back the Theresa Romain we know and love!

It was a splendid love story meets art heist, but I didn't care as much about the last part. What I loved was our heroine finding herself and living her life outside of her family's thumb. It was rewarding to watch her grow and not care about what people expected of her.

Callum was great too and I loved his inner thoughts about Isabel. He really was sensitive as he said!

For once I understood the otp separation, since the aut
Laura Florand
Jan 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
So excited for this! Love this author!
Jen Davis
Mar 22, 2018 rated it liked it
I wanted to love this book. I mean, a romance between a lady and Bow Street Runner, one that would be forbidden in the eyes of society… that is right in my lane. I adore pairings where the hero is below the heroine in social station. But for a number of reasons, this book did not deliver in the ways I had hoped.

The biggest fail, for me, was that the first hook up for these two happened before the book ever began. Yes, it tells you that in the blurb, but reading this book gave the distinct feel t
Apr 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Crime and punishment!

A young widow discovers a dreadful secret about her dead, art critic and art aficionado, and society scion husband. A certain Bow Street Runner Callum Jenks finds himself embroiled in an art heist that rather confounds all.
When widowed Lady Isabel Morrow and Callum meet again, after one brief moment of bliss at Vauxhall gardens some months prior, events take a strange turn, and a regency romance with an interesting twist is born.
Isabel is determined to protect her ward from
Sissy's Romance Book Review
Lady Rogue by Theresa Romain is book three in The Royal Rewards series. This is the story of Isabel Morrow and Callum Jenks. I have read the other books in this series but feel this can be a standalone book.
Isabel husband died but now it is coming out that he may have been killed and that the art he was dealing in was forgeries. Isabel needs Callum help with getting everything straitening out before being found out. But their past relationship and now friendship is turning back into a current r
Cardyn Brooks
Isabel and Callum's love story features T.R.'s signature talent for establishing a true sense of camaraderie between the featured male and female characters. The intrigue adds spice while the Bow Street Runner context is reminiscent of Stephanie Laurens at her peak.

“What could become of a woman who wanted to learn everything and a man who wanted to help everyone? Anything. Maybe something quite wonderful. Maybe everything she’d never dared to dream of. Respect. Devotion. Trust. Love.”

Lady Rogue was a huge improvement from the previous book in the Royal Rewards series. Not that Passion Favors the Bold was BAD per say, just not as good of a book as I know Theresa Romain is very well capable of doing. She completely redeemed herself in my eyes first with Scan
Probably closer to 3.5 stars but it's hard to round up here. The story was good but very simple. The characters were nice but not memorable.
Lori D
London 1818. Lady Isabel Morrow is in need of help. Not just any help but the kind if not carefully handled might ruin her name and thus her ward's chances of a good marriage. Widowed and left a home, money and a ward, she discovers her late husband, a respected art dealer was selling forged paintings and keeping the originals. What to do? Calling on Bow Street Runner, Callum Jenks, she hoped he might help replace the forged paintings with the originals before they were found. What, a reserve bu ...more
Carol Bisig
May 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This is a great story, both poignant, and uplifting. How a Marquess's daughter, Lady Isabel goes from a marriage to a very cold man, to finding love with an Officer of The Police. I love the Bow Street Runner, Callum Jenks, still trying to solve the death of Lady Isabel' s husband. He never truly believed everything was as it seemed. Lady Isabel finally realized that just confining her activities to the requisite house calls is not enough any longer, she wants to contribute in so
Isha Coleman
Apr 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Isabel was not looking for scandal. It just found her twice. Callum did not plan to end risking his reputation and heart. It just happened. Can this tantalizing duo, give love a chance as they race to right a wrong? Lady Rogue is an intricate tale of love, lust and intrigue. What began as an affair quickly spirals into something beyond their control. Love.

Dawn Wells
Apr 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Interesting and very well written but not sure if it’s true to the era. The lady is a widow and not a lady by society standards. It is steamy. Maybe more risky behavior than traditional. However, a good read.
Smut Report
Apr 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: angsty, london, regency
Review also published by The Smut Report.

Heat Factor: Warmish

Character Chemistry: Pretty good

Plot: Part 1: art theft caper, in the spirit of How to Steal a Million. Part 2: angsty introspection

Overall: Promising beginning, but it ultimately left me cold.

I really wanted to like this book. It has a lot of things going for it. Engaging leads with solid chemistry, an interesting premise, and feminist undertones. All good things! But it didn’t quite work for me – a case of the whole being less than t
Arec Rain
Apr 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Another historical romance that I couldn’t get into. The author has a nice writing style and the words flowed easily. Unfortunately, there were too many nuances that made the characters and story feel out of place. I understand that widows are afforded a certain freedom that other females from the era were not granted. However, there are just too many instances that felt out of place.

Despite that, the plot is detailed and the characters are realistic with depth as well as personalities. If you a
Lux Lewis
Apr 24, 2018 rated it liked it
I've read quite a few of Theresa Romain's books and I would highly recommend most of them. This unfortunately, doesn't do it for me.

The pace is too slow for my liking and seemed rushed towards the end and I just couldn't get into it.
All in all it's not bad, it's just missing that usual touch of Ms Romain's storytelling.

This is my honest opinion of the eGalley copy from the publisher which I voluntarily read.
Maureen Lubitz
May 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Originally posted on You Have Your Hands Full

Lady Rogue is the third book in Theresa Romain’s Regency-era Royal Rewards series. I was very excited about the opportunity to read this book because I enjoyed the second book in the series.

Callum Jenks, the hero of this book, played a minor role in the earlier books. He works as a Bow Street Runner, and he is summoned to the house of Isabel Morrow. He investigated her husband’s death a year ago, but now she needs help dealing with a different matter
Apr 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Lady Isabel Morrow is a widow. She is trying to find a solution for a problem her husband left her. Since the problem is one which involves criminal activities she calls police officer Callum Jenks for help.

After her husband's death,in a completely out of character encounter, Isabel had a fling with Callum. It has been a wonderful memory for both Isabel and Callum.

This is a mystery as much as romantic history. Isabel's late husband was selling forgeries as original art. These forgeries were exce
Apr 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What I particularly love in Theresa Romain's books, are the non-traditional characters. The Regency was not simply dukes and young women of marriageable age, trying to find a husband during The Season. In the first book for the Royal Rewards series, we have a blind former naval officer and a woman with a more than slightly tarnished reputation. The second book is a younger son of a nobleman, who wants to be a physician, and the orphaned sister of book one's naval officer. Book Three is Lady Rogu ...more
Georgina Parkin
Jul 06, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
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May 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Lady Isabel Morrow, widowed 18 months previously, needs help. In Lady Rogue, she has discovered that her husband had been selling forged paintings to his list of exclusive clients. She has to do something to correct this immediately.

Isabel has no care for herself, but her ward may be ruined by the revelations. Lucy Wallace, originally Isabel’s husband’s ward but now Isabel’s is someone Isabel cares for very deeply.

It is bad enough Andrew Morrow committed suicide all those months ago, but now she
Les Romantiques
May 09, 2018 rated it did not like it
Posted on Les Romantiques - Le forum du site
Reviewed by Rinou
Review Copy from the Publisher

One year and a half before, Lady Isabel found her husband dead, a bullet in his head. After a quick investigation, the death was ruled and accident. Now Isabel has discovered her late husband was selling copies of masterpiece paintings to his rich clients and kept the originals, and she’s afraid the scandal if it was discovered would ruin her niece by marriage’s marriage prospects.

I must say I was curious
Mar 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Review originally posted here: https://courtneyreadsromancesite.word...

4.5 stars. Lady Rogue is definitely the best in the Royal Rewards series yet, containing both Theresa Romain’s signature relatable characters with a much more cohesive plot than the other two, likely helped by the fact that it did have the foundations of those books to build on.

The setup for Isabel and Callum’s relationship takes some suspension of disbelief, but in this case, I’ll take it, as I love stories where the heroine
Connie Fischer
Apr 18, 2018 rated it liked it
London - 1818

Lady Isabel Morrow is the widow of Andrew Morrow, an art dealer and man about town. He had been shot to death in what was believed to be an accident.

Officer Callum Jenks had been the one to investigate the death. Today, Isabel has summoned Callum because she has received some letters from a man named Butler. It appears that Andrew had been dealing in art forgeries. Before his death, Andrew was responsible for a ward named Miss Lucy Wallace, age 18. Now, Isabel needs Callum’s help to
Debra Martin
Jun 15, 2018 rated it liked it
Usually I enjoy Ms. Roman's books, but this one just didn't work for me. There were too many things/events that didn't fit into the regency genre I've come to love. Lady Isabel Morrow has been widowed for 18 months and once again in a short span she requires the services of Officer of the Police, Callum Jenks, for an unorthodox problem that she cannot solve herself. This is the first problem I had with the book. It was a strange request that is not lawful and yet Officer Jenks goes along with it ...more
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Theresa Romain is the bestselling author of historical romances, including the Matchmaker trilogy, the Holiday Pleasures series, the Royal Rewards series, and the Romance of the Turf trilogy. Praised as “one of the rising stars of Regency historical romance” (Booklist), she has received starred reviews from Booklist and was a 2016 RITA® finalist. A member of Romance Writers of America® and its Reg ...more

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