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About a Rogue

(Desperately Seeking Duke #1)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  810 ratings  ·  243 reviews
The first book in the new series Desperately Seeking Duke from USA Today bestselling and RITA award-winning author Caroline Linden.

Its no love match

Bianca Tate is horrified when her sister Cathy is obliged to accept an offer of marriage from Maximilian St. James, notorious rake. Defiantly she helps Cathy elope with her true love, and takes her sisters place at the altar.

Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Published June 30th 2020 by Avon
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Caroline Linden The next duke will be known by the end of the series--I can't say more than that! (But Max and Bianca will live happily ever after, no matter what)

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Joanna Loves Reading

I joined a Buddy Read for this one because I have read most of the recent New Releases as a Buddy Read in the HRBC by Caroline Linden. It really surprised me when I got an ARC and I didn't want to miss buddy reading for it. Anyways, it was not as loved by my fellow readers. I still love it and could re-read it tomorrow if I had the time, but I would just note that it does start off showing the H&H in rather unfavorable lights and it takes awhile to unpack that. The hero has some mystery and
I was given an Advanced Review Copy by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I was extremely excited and feel privileged to be chosen, so I will write a bit more than usual.

I don't know how Caroline Linden does it, but she always evokes an emotional reaction in me. She also frequently has Heroes who must grow on me throughout the book.

Maximilian St. James was just such a hero. He arranged to marry Cathy, the beautiful eldest daughter of Samuel Tate, only to gain some control in the
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
About a Rogue was my first book from Caroline Linden, but it won't be my last. I found it to be utterly delightful.

I was sort of afraid that Max would be a difficult MC to like, but he was really someone I enjoyed for the entire book. He was smart and resilient, and just very, very likable. Plus. his chemistry with Bianca was electric. I really enjoyed the slow-build, enemies-to-lovers romance, and I felt as though everything evolved very organically. Bianca was a little harder to like as she
Jacob Proffitt
Oct 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: steamy, romance
This was pretty good. I don't usually bother with Georgian-era historical romance, but this had remarkably little of that period beyond occasional mentions of powdered hair and suchlike. Max himself is, of course, his own man and wears his long hair in a queue unpowdered like god intended. Or something. Okay, I'm poking fun and the book doesn't earn it. Most of it is outside of anything that'd have a strong imprint of the era so it ended up being much less a factor than I'd feared.

Not that
May 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
YES! There's the Caroline Linden whose books I fell in love with years ago! Also, the first historical romance I really enjoyed in a long time. I am so happy!

This was really a nice surprise for me. A nice nod to The Taming of the Shrew with the sisters' roles reversed (Bianca is the shrewish one, while her sister Catherine is the good one)!

What you need to know:
After the death of the Duke of Carlyle's last direct heir, the family is at a loss. His mother, the Duchess, is desperate to find
Jul 04, 2020 rated it liked it
Seems as if you can't read an HR that doesn't have either a duke, a rake, or a rogue as its hero. Dukes and rakes have pretty clear-cut definitions, but what exactly is a rogue? One source gave me two definitions: (1) dishonest or unprincipled man, and (2) large wild animal driven away or living apart from the herd and having destructive tendencies. Nope, those don't describe our hero here. Then there was this other source that defined a rogue as being "mischievous, knavish, a scoundrel or a ...more
Jul 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Caroline Linden is one of my hands-down favorite authors and this first installment in a new series about three unlikely heirs to a dukedom is Linden at her best. She is a queen of the character-driven romance and in About a Rogue, her talent of showing two unlikely souls falling for each other is perfectly steamy, romantic, and all-around delightful. Add to that the fun series hook of who will inherit and a setting that takes place primarily in a pottery business with a dash of Vauxhall glamour ...more
Jun 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've given this a B+ for narration and a B for content at AudioGals.

Caroline Linden is one of my favourite historical romance authors, and Ive been eagerly awaiting About a Rogue, the first book in her new  Desperately Seeking Duke  series, in which the candidates for a ducal title are encouraged to show themselves worthy of such lofty status while the legalities as to which of them is the rightful heir are all sorted out. With the always reliable Beverly A. Crick back at the microphone, I
Barbara Rogers
Series: Desperately Seeking Duke #1
Publication Date: 6/30/20
Number of Pages: 384

Yikes! The Carlyle dukedom is in danger and the duchess is desperately seeking out possible heirs. Her older son, the duke, is sickly and has a very limited mental capacity he certainly cannot marry and father children. That wasnt such a problem until both of her younger sons died one in the Army and the has just died of an unfortunate accident before he could marry and have children. The dukedoms solicitor, Mr.
3.25/5. I didn't love it. It took me a while to warm up to the lead characters. Daughter of a pottery factory owner, Bianca, is forced to wed the roguish Max after her sister did a runner on him the night before their scheduled marriage-of-convenience. She's most unhappy with the situation and is not reticent about showing her discontent with both her pushy father and her opportunistic husband, who himself appears way too content with his substitute wife and the deal he struck with her father. ...more

Max can't believe he's in line for a dukedom. He didn't know what to expect when summoned to Carlyle Castle, but he has found out he must prove himself a worthy gentleman or his new allowance could be cut off. He sets off to create a respectable life for himself and find a meek wife. He sets his sights on the Tates, who own a pottery business.

Samuel Tate's pottery business has been in the family for generations. Unfortunately for him, he only has 2 daughters and no son to pass on the
Jun 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Naming a Duke!

The heir to the Duke of Carlyle, his younger son is dead. His heir, his eldest son is brain damaged and unable to take up the dukedom reins. Now the hunt for who might succeed is on. The Duchess of Carlyle's agent has found three men who are eligible due to their family ranking. They are as the Duchess laments to herself, an army man, a cardsharp, or a Frenchman. She's plainly not enamoured with any of them.
Still she decides to give the first two men some support to ensure that if
Jul 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
I thoroughly enjoyed this book - my first from this author. To quickly summarize the story, Bianca marries Max when her sister, the intended bride, elopes with her true love. Max is second in line to a dukedom and sent out with an allowance from the Duchess to make something of himself.

The part I did think was very different from most books is we dont see the first meeting between all parties involved. Its told after the fact when Max comes to town to start courting Cathy, Biancas sister.
Jun 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.25 stars- Reviewed for Wit and Sin

Bianca Tate loves two things: her family and Perusia, her familys ceramics business. When her father agrees to let a rogue with some paper-thin connection to a duke marry Biancas sister, Cathy, and have a quarter share in Perusia, Bianca is furious. Not only is Cathy in love with another, how dare her father give away a piece of her inheritance to a stranger known for his gambling? In a fury, Bianca helps Cathy elope with her belovedonly to find that she
Jessica Grogan
Apr 22, 2020 rated it liked it
Bianca Tate has no desire to marry as she only has eyes for the glazes she creates for her familys ceramics business, and that definitely includes a man out for nothing but said business. However, when her sister is forced into a betrothal, Bianca takes her place. Maximillian St. James is suddenly an (unlikely) heir to a dukedom after spending most of his life without its little comforts. To even make this inheritance somewhat possible, he is forced to marry. It doesnt really matter which Tate ...more
Barb in Maryland
3.5 stars for this very entertaining story.

I enjoyed watching Max and Bianca fall in love and build a solid marriage. If the story had stuck to their relationship and all the interesting details about her family's business, it would have been a 4 star book. I thought the sub-plot about his aunt was mostly unnecessary.

I will definitely pick-up the next book in the series when it comes out.
Em Wittmann
Strong first half, weak finish. Good, but ultimately unsatisfying (not counting the brilliant bonus novella!): 4 stars/B-

About a Rogue showcases one of my favorite character tropes: A bad boy who isn't quite the bad boy everyone imagines. Oh, he's bad. But not the bad kind of bad. The naughty kind of bad. Know what I mean? Well, if you don't, you might not read a lot of historical romance...and I'll leave it at that.

I digress.

About a Rogue opens in a prologue. The dowager Duchess of Carlyle
Tales Of A Bookbug
About a Rogue is the third book that I've read from Caroline Linden and she's quickly becoming a favorite of mine! I'd been wanting to read this one ever since I came across the blurb and marriage of convenience is one of my favorite tropes!

After the Duke of Carlyle's brother(and heir) dies, his mother decides to summon the three distant relatives who are next in line to inherit the dukedom soon. She wants to make sure that the dukedom is passed on to someone who fits her criteria and will take
An inconvenient marriage, a strong connection, a blurred line between passion and ambition.

Lord Maximilian St. John discovered he was in line to inherit a dukedom. His chances of really inheriting were slim, but he intended to use the allowance he was granted and the connection to establish himself in life.

That is how he ended up offering marriage to Catherine Tate, heiress of the famous and prosperous Tate Pottery.

Everything was working perfectly fine until he was forced to exchange the
I was so excited to read this book, and it did not disappoint! I'm a huge fan of Caroline Linden, plus knowing the story centered around a family-owned pottery factory made my ears perk up, since I used to work at a Wedgwood collection archive. I was certainly predisposed to fall in love with this book, and while it wasn't a perfect book for me, it was pretty close.

First, I'll say that Ms. Linden packs in a lot of detail and research in this book and for the most part weaves it seamlessly into
Jul 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaways
Book provided via Goodreads Giveaways.

This was a very solid, enjoyable HR. I liked the late 18th-century setting (and yay that the style of the dress on the cover is correct!) and primary focus on people who were not titled- more working class, even if still quite well off. (The beginning with the Duchess (shouldn't it be Dowager Duchess?) was a good way of starting things off, though, imo.) The slight nod to The Taming of the Shrew was fun, too. I felt that the author did a nice job of making
Joana V.
Jul 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, e-book, netgalley, meus
Review originally posted at Romancing Romances.

I received an eARC at no cost from the publisher, and I am leaving a voluntary and honest review. Thank you.

So, I read a few contemporaries before this (some very good, one not so good), and I was in need of a historical that you bring me the will to read again. This book definitely did it.

About a Rogue is an enemies to lovers story, and I have to say I really enjoyed it, as usual with Caroline Lindens books.

I really liked the main couple, Bianca
Lady Wesley
Oct 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc-edelweiss
Delightful. I can always count on Caroline Linden for great romance and fascinating characters.
Desperately Seeking Duke series is mainly about a search for the next Duke of Carlyle. Two candidates are introduced here, with the other one still missing. About of Rogue takes the spotlight to Maximilian "Max" St. James, who is in position of the dukedom because of he is great-great-grandson of the second duke. Being known as a rogue, a gambler, the Duchess of Carlyle orders Max to prove that he indeed has potential to be the next Duke... he needs to show respectability... and better
May 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book set in Georgian England in a small town dominated by the Tate Family Pottery Works. Bianca Tate is the youngest daughter of Samuel Tate and takes her work at the factory making glazes very seriously. Meanwhile, her older sister Cathy is all that is genteel in a lady as she helps her father with keeping his house and managing the servants. One night, Mr. Tate brings home Maximilian St. James, who says he is a distant relation of a Duke and is interested in the Tate business. ...more
Luz Trevino
About a Rogue
Series: First book in the Desperately Seeking Duke
Rating: 5 stars
Thank you to the author/publisher for the ARC given through NetGalley for review. All opinions are my own.

I'll start off by saying that I am a huge fan of this author. I truly enjoy her books and this one did not disappoint!!
I loved this story from start to finish. Max St. James was such a great character. He's lived a very troubled past but when he has the opportunity to become a better man he goes for it. In his
Apr 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book is soooo damn good! I love the premise for the series, I can predict some amazing possibilities for story lines and character pairing. This series is going to be epic; I can feel it.

Side note, I want a backstory novella about Her Grace the Duchess of Carlyle, mother to the current Duke of Carlyle, whose head injury has reduced his mental capabilities to that of a child and is unable to produce an heir. After the death of her younger son, the Duchess sends her solicitor to find the next
Sofia Lazaridou
Jul 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
About a Rogue is the first book in a series called Desperately Seeking Duke by Caroline Linden. Each book will be stand-alone and it will end with a happy ending.

It's been a while since I read a historical romance that I actually enjoyed. When it comes to Bianca and Max's relationship the first thing that pops in my mind is how natural their relationship felt and that it was true romance. As I was reading the book I thought that their romance was realistic and that's how it should be done.

I finished reading an ARC of About a Rogue this morning! Competence porn, so much pottery, a man who loves to dress up fancy, and some Vauxhall debauchery to boot!

I reviewed for Library Journal and will post the link once it is live.

Thank you to the publisher and LJ for the advanced reading copy.
Jul 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Caroline Linden was born a reader, not a writer. She earned a degree in mathematics from Harvard University and worked as a programmer in the financial services industry before realizing writing fiction is much more exciting than writing code. Her books have won the NEC-RWA Readers' Choice Award, the JNRW Golden Leaf, the Daphne du Maurier Award, and RWA's RITA Award, and have been translated into ...more

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