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More Than a Rogue

(The Crawfords #2)

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All she wanted was a kiss…

What she got, was fiery passion…

Emily Howard knows she is destined to be a spinster. She has accepted this fate, but that doesn't stop her from wanting to experience kissing. What she doesn't expect, is for Griffin Crawford, the handsomest man in the world, to do the honors. Or for all her female relations to discover her in his embrace. Naturally
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Kindle Edition, 280 pages
Published June 25th 2019 by Sophie Barnes
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WhiskeyintheJar/Kyraryker
2.5 stars

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.

Emily Howard might be considered a spinster but she even though she's never been kissed, it doesn't mean she doesn't want to be.
Griffin Crawford has never been one to think about marriage but when he gets caught kissing Emily by the women of her family, he's prepared to do the right thing.
Except Emily wants nothing to do with a forced marriage and runs
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Robin Loves Reading
Emily Howard is a spinster and she is rather happy in life. She lives with her friend Cassandra and they care for orphaned children. Their friend Mary lived with them until she married a duke named Caleb. Emily does want one thing, however. While in London at a party Mary and Caleb are hosting, Emily wishes could experience a kiss, even if it should never happen again. The only man she can imagine kissing her is Griffin Crawford, Caleb's brother.

Eleven years previously, Griffin, along with broth
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Barbara Rogers
Jun 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: iblog, author-arc
Series: The Crawfords #2
Publication Date: 6/25/19
Number of Pages: 280
** 4.5 stars rounded up **

We met Emily Howard and Griffin Crawford in the first book of the series, No Ordinary Duke. They were attracted to each other from their first meeting, but each knew nothing could ever come of it. Griffin would soon be leaving England to return to Austria and his clockmaking business while Emily knew she’d never marry because – well – who would want her. This is book two of the series, but it can be re
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Elodie
Jun 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My bad, I had the previous book lined on my kindle shelves as I preordered it because of the blurb but then it was forgotten, probably due to a big release day for many publishers but a bad one for readers as they have to deal with too many new books with which to choose to read first.
And I preordered this one too but luckily I was graced an advance copy by Netgalley and the publisher BookBuz.net why this time I didn’t passed up reading this new release.
My conclusion is it was worth the read.
Thi
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Dee Deacon Foster
Jun 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
How can a simple kiss spark an inferno of passion? Sophie Barnes will tell you in this charming tale of a determined spinster wanting to experience her one and only kiss and the one man she never dreamed would be the one to do so. Sophie Barnes does an amazing job in portraying the angst the heroine feels and her determination to do what is right by the hero, no matter the cost to her and the hero’s conflict between doing the right thing and what he really wants.
Lorraine
Apr 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved This book. Loved the way the characters Were developed. It was unique. The author did not rush developing a story. In fact I wanted them to “get it on“Sooner. The dialogue was excellent. The story was excellent. Of course the ending was excellent as every romance story is. However, which differentiate s The ending this is how the author tells the story. This author knows how to tell a good story
Lori D
Appearing in society again after six years being in the country with her friends, Emily never thought to return. But here she was now that one of those friends, Mary, was now the Duchess of Camberly at a ball.
What did she have to offer? No dowry, but her changed appearance from a podgy girl her mother dressed in terrible dresses, to a spinster with curves seemed to hold the interest of some gentlemen who seemed eager to dance with her. But she had never even been kissed!
Griffin, one of three tri
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Nen & Jen
** 3.5 STARS **

ARC provided by LibraryThing Member's Giveaway for an honest review.

“When we allow ourselves to abandon the rules we’ve been taught to adhere to…we open ourselves to new experiences and a freedom that cannot exist as long as we let ourselves be restricted.” - Emily

This book has been a hard one to review. I found myself alternately captivated and frustrated throughout the majority of the story. The inconsistency between a forward thinking Emily, who was revolutionary for her time
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Mary
Jun 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is romantic, unpredictable and very entertaining. Lord Griffin is chivalrous, honorable and stubborn. Emily is feisty, honest and vulnerable. When Emily and Griffin first laid eyes on each other they were both left stunned and breathless, and ever since that day they have been sneaking looks at the other. But that's as far as it was going to go, because he lived in Vienna, and she was on the shelf. While visiting in London after being gone for 6 years, Emily decided that she wanted to exper ...more
Janet
Jun 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
All she wanted was a kiss…
Emily Howard knows she is destined to be a spinster. She has accepted this fate, but that doesn't stop her from wanting to experience kissing. So at a ball she heads out to the terrace with Mr Bale hoping for a kiss, what she doesn't expect, is for Griffin Crawford, the handsomest man in the world, to rush out to rescue her & then to do the honours. It’s just her luck for all her female relations to discover her in his embrace. Emily flees the Camberly ball & Gr
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Joana V.
Jul 22, 2019 rated it it was ok
Review originally posted at Romancing Romances.

2.25*

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



This is the second book I’ve read written by Sophie Barnes and… I think her books just aren’t for me.

It took me forever to read the book and, honestly, having finished it yesterday, I barely remember anything from it.

I didn’t connect with the characters, I wasn’t a fan of either Emily or Griffin. The book just didn’t do it for me. It was
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Carole Burant
Jun 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
What's a girl to do when she's 26 years old and has never been kissed? Why, have the very handsome Griffin Crawford do the honors, of course! I found this to be a very sweet story and although I do think it could have been much shorter due to the fact that the story just keeps going around in circles with Emily and Griffin not being totally honest with each other, it's still a very good book! Once they tell each other their true feelings, you can really feel the love between them and although bo ...more
Isha Coleman
Jun 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
Less than perfect becomes a love of a lifetime. More than a Rogue steals it's way into your heart with a swoonworthy hero, a tempestuous romance and an enchanting heroine. Emily loses her heart, just as she finds her voice. One reckless act has her emotions all over the place and her body determined to fight her heart every step of the way. Barnes continues to mesmerize with wonderful characters and heartstopping romance.
Lenna  Wright-Berry
Jun 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Good story, clean, but this didn’t bring me into the story and the connection between Griffin and Emily I felt was lacking, they come across more as friends then they do as being in love until the very last chapter where they have had the HEA and they are elderly and with grandchildren but then I felt their love for one another but not before that. Still a good story.
Linda Walters
Jun 25, 2019 rated it it was ok
A charming story with interesting main characters. They find that they have at least one thing in common. They were both running from the mold that their parents meant for them to fit in.

Griffin was touchy about the scar that was on his face. There is a sad story to go with the how he got the scar. But he is surprised when Emily tells him that she doesn't think it detracts from his handsomeness. Griffin finds her bold honesty refreshing if not at times somewhat startling. He observes that she do
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Rose Blue
Jul 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars, as originally reviewed at The Romance Reviews: http://bit.ly/2xNeCKk

Six years ago, Emily Howard was being courted by Lord Langdon, and was expecting a marriage proposal. When Emily’s overbearing mother became impatient, and confronted Langdon about his intentions, she only succeeded in scaring him off. He soon became engaged to another, and Emily’s shame caused her to flee to the country, where she became involved in the running of an orphanage. Now, she has finally come back to town
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Stacey
Jun 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Review excerpted from my blog post over at FanSciHist (https://fanscihist.wordpress.com/2019...)


My Rating: 3.5 stars

Library recommendation: Recommended for public library historical romance collections.

Warning: Hereafter, you chance spoilers. I will try never to reveal major plot points, but to review any book, you must reveal some parts of the story.


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Number of titles I have read by this author: 1

Love story speed: Medium-ish burn

Relationship dynamics: The Independent Spinster
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MrsMascara
Jul 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars. Emily has just come back into society, after her long absence in the country running an orphanage. Forced to flee society when she had been thrown over by her previous betrothed, Emily is older, wiser, and considerably better dressed. Partly estranged from her family, with a fraught relationship between her and her mother, Emily is resigned to a future as a spinster and focusing on the orphanage.

She decides she wants to experience at least a kiss, since she won’t ever have a man or a
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Connie Fischer
Jun 30, 2019 rated it liked it
Camberly House, home of Caleb Crawford, the Duke of Camberly and his wife Mary, the Duchess. It is the site for the first ball of the season.

Miss Emily Howard, age 26, has spent the last 6 years in the countryside with her friend, Lady Cassandra Moore and Mary Clemens, now the Duchess of Camberly. During her absence from town, Emily has developed into a lovely woman and gentlemen are eager to dance with her. Emily has no plans to find a husband. Six years ago, she had been courted by Lord Langto
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Niki
Jun 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
3.5 stars rounded up.

Since the ending of her understanding with an earl and the subsequent ruination of her reputation, Emily Howard has accepted the fact that she will be a spinster. Still, she is curious and wants to at least know what kissing is like. However, she never expected to receive one from the man of her dreams, her best friend's brother-in-law, Lord Griffin Crawford. Or for her mother, sister and aunt to catch them and demand marriage. Griffin doesn't want marriage and Emily knows i
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Emily Pennington
Jun 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
Emily Howard already resigned herself to being a spinster, having no expectations of marriage. Griffin Crawford did not want to marry because would soon be leaving England for his business pursuits. He had come back because his father died and his brother Caleb became the Duke of Camberly. But the sons were not all that close after their 10-year absence from each other when they had left to get away from their father, so Griffin was preparing to leave again.

Griffin remained long enough to atten
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Mary
Aug 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: series, well-written
More Than A Rogue by Sophie Barnes is a lovely romance that brings together two people who must get past previous heartache and trust issues to reach their HEA.

Lord Griffin Crawford had been fooled by love when a woman who told him she was a widow was actually married. When she accused Griffin of seduction, a duel was fought that resulted in a scar on Griffin's cheek that was a constant reminder. He left London for Vienna where he is a well-known watchmaker.

Emily Howard, the 26-year-old daughte
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Tanya Sridhar
3.5/5 stars.

Overall a wonderful, sweet romance between a scarred charmer and a former wallflower determined to never fall in love. A quick read, and without any heartbreaking angst - perfect for a rainy day with a cup of tea!

I received this book from Netgalley and the author in exchange for a review. This does not impact my opinions of the story or the characters in any way.

Years ago Emily Howard was abandoned by the man she was supposed to marry, and her un-acctravtiveness was to be blamed.
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Jamie Brydone-Jack
Jun 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019, regency
Emily believes herself to be firmly on the shelf at the age of six-and-twenty, and she laments to her friends that she has never even kissed a man. She has no desire for a husband; she is quite content running a small orphanage with her friends. She has considered asking a man to kiss her, but she would not be interested in a man who would want to pursue more than that. She does find herself in a compromising position (caused by the gentleman) with her best friend’s husband's triplet brother. Gr ...more
Brenda
Jun 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Publisher's Description:

All she wanted was a kiss…

What she got, was fiery passion…

Emily Howard knows she is destined to be a spinster. She has accepted this fate, but that doesn't stop her from wanting to experience kissing. What she doesn't expect, is for Griffin Crawford, the handsomest man in the world, to do the honors. Or for all her female relations to discover her in his embrace. Naturally, marriage is instantly mentioned, but since Emily knows this is not what Griffin wants, she tries
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Angel Hatfield
Jul 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Emily Howard knows she is destined to be a spinster. She has accepted this fate, but that doesn't stop her from wanting to experience kissing. What she doesn't expect, is for Griffin Crawford, the handsomest man in the world, to do the honors. Or for all her female relations to discover her in his embrace. Naturally, marriage is instantly mentioned, but since Emily knows this is not what Griffin wants, she tries to escape him, her family and the ensuing scandal. When Emily flees the Camberly bal ...more
Rachel
Jun 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
**I received an ARC from the publisher through NetGalley in exhange for my honest review**

I thoroughly enjoyed this book from beginning to end! There is nothing overly dramatic, just real emotions and obstacles. I appreciated the simple storyline because it allowed for more examination and development of the characters. Afterall, I don't read historical romance for the twists and turns, I read it for the characters and watching their relationship unfold. This book delivers on both of those front
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SH
Jul 01, 2019 rated it liked it
Emily Howard would like to experience kissing but there is no one other than Griffin Crawford, who she would like to be the one! However, Emily realises that Griffin whilst in England visiting his brother, will soon return to Austria and his clockmaking business. So, Emily decides to choose another man, yet is interrupted by Griffin and soon, he is the one to share a kiss. Yet they are caught and rather than marry Griffin, who she believes will only do so out of honour, decides to flee and retur ...more
Rhi
Jun 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
More than a Rogue is the second book in Sophie Barnes’ The Crawfords series. While technically a stand alone, it does benefit from having read the previous one, as many of the same characters are in both.

Emily Howard knows she will remain a spinster and while she is fine with not marrying, she wants to experience kissing. When Griffin Crawford gets caught kissing her, she is determined to not ruin his life by forcing marriage on him. After she embarks on a journey back to her country home by her
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Pamela
Jun 24, 2019 rated it liked it
Emily Howard is content being a spinster, sort of. She knows no one could possibly want to marry her. Still, it does not stop her from wanting to experience a little passion. When Emily sets out to kiss someone at a ball, she had no idea it would be Griffin Crawford. And to make matters worse, they were seen. To avoid a forced marriage, Emily runs off to the country.

Griffin cannot let Emily go off alone. He is partially responsible for the mess they found themselves in. Staying in the country to
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She has studied design in Paris and New York and has a bachelor’s degree from Parson’s School of design, but most impressive of al
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