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Every Bit a Rogue

(The Ellinghams #4)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  37 ratings  ·  34 reviews
When a young lady sacrifices her reputation to save a viscount, it's the beginning of an extraordinary adventure in Adrienne Basso's captivating Regency tale...

Jon Burwell, Viscount Kendall, knows what the gossips say about him. They claim he's been a dejected, half-mad recluse ever since he was jilted at the altar. The simple truth is that Jon has thrown all the passion
Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages
Expected publication: February 25th 2020 by Zebra
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Jan 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Every Bit a Rogue
The Ellinghams
Adrienne Basso
Release date 02/25/2020
Publisher Kensington Zebra

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Jon Burwell, Viscount Kendall, knows what the gossips say about him. They claim he’s been a dejected, half-mad recluse ever since he was jilted at the altar. The simple truth is that Jon has thrown all the passion he once had for his fiancée into his latest mechanical invention. But his single-minded existence has lately been shattered by repeated
Jessica Grogan
Jan 22, 2020 rated it did not like it
Part of this is a “shame on me” for not having read the previous books because I felt lost. But I also thought there would be a chunk of time between Jon between jilted and he and Emma beginning to fall in love. Just came off as odd to me.

*I received an eARC from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Carole Burant
Feb 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a delightful and swoon worthy read and the author did not disappoint with Jon and Emma's story.

This story is a bit different in that both main characters are in love with someone else but have had their hearts broken and when circumstances forces them to get married, they both must learn to let go of the past and try to make their marriage work. I loved how they interacted with each other and didn't fight the heated passion that built up between them. The caring and respect went a long
Stephanie Panach
Jan 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
I think this might be my new favorite romance trope - if it even counts as that. Two people who both start off the story in love with someone else but find true love with each other. Is that a thing? If not - it should be! Jon, Viscount Kendall, is left at the altar at the beginning of the story. His former fiance says she wants "more." Jon is devastated by the events - having loved his fiance "deeply." Emma has spent the last few years dealing with the consequences of her unrequited love for ...more
Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020
This is a story about two creative people who have been rejected by other suiters and believe that they will never find love again. I very much enjoyed Emma and Jon’s story. I received an ARC from NetGalley and Kensington Books for my honest review.
Tracy Emro
Feb 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Emma Ellingham knows heartbreak and unrequited love, years ago she confessed her love to Sebastian Dodd, the Earl of Tinsdale, who told her he loved her too, as a sister. When Sebastian fell in love and married another, Emma was devastated, she closed off her heart and concentrated on her art, but even that seems to have deserted her. So when Jon Burwell, Viscount Kendall is jilted at the altar, Emma knows his pain and feels empathetic but she doesn’t really give him another thought for almost a ...more
4.5 stars

Since he was jilted at the alter nearly a year ago, Jon Burwell, Viscount Kendall has all but retired from society, channeling all of his unspent passion into innovative mechanical inventions. Because of his absence, society has deemed him a half-mad recluse, but he has no care for London gossips.

Emma Ellingham has found solace in her art since her own love did not reciprocate her feelings, but now she has lost her creative spark. Her ideas begin to flow again when she inadvertently
Jan 19, 2020 rated it it was ok
#EveryBitaRogue #NetGalley

Jon and Emma are two heartbroken people who are forced by circumstances to marry. They promise to be partners to each other but - surprise! - end up falling in love.

This the 4th book in a series I have not read. It reads fine as a standalone but, man there is a lot backstory on all these people!

I liked how many positive, loving relationships were depicted in this book (another side effect of being book #4) and I enjoyed Emma and Jon's personalities. The author took
Laura J.
Jan 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Jon and Emma have several things in common. Both are very decent, good people. Jon was madly in love with his fiancée and is recovering from her jilting him at the alter. Emma is still recovering years after the man she loved did not return her feelings. Jon is an inventor and Emma an artist who has lost her passion for art until she sees Jon’s invention. (It was hard to believe that an artist who painted portraits and landscapes could be inspired by a machine.)

There’s a murder, an alibi that
Heather andrews
Jan 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Jon is going to have to teach his wife's pup how to share, “well, he damn well better get used to it,” Jon replied gruffly. “As I intend for it to occur quite often.” I liked this book, I really loved Emma and Jon.
Jan 21, 2020 rated it liked it
Was read as a standalone, thank you to netgalley for the book.

Found some of the writing a little cringe worthy and the story a bit slow for about half of it. The HEA was lovely though.
Marianne Denning
Jan 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This story is well written and captivating. A second chance for two really nice people. Jon is a great guy who was left at the altar. Emma gave up on love when the man she lived told her he loved her as a sister.

Lots happening in this story! Murder, big dog, inventions...great read.
Shoshana Frank
Nov 25, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, adult
Basso returns with a splash to historical romance with the highly anticipated continuation of The Ellinghams series. Emma Ellingham is an untraditional woman, living in Victorian England. She is without desire for a husband, her one wish is to gain back her artistic motivation. Due to a broken heart her art seems to be lost forever, that is until she stumbles upon a mysterious machine and the man who is building it. Jon Burwell strives to overcome being jilted at the altar and noxious rumors by ...more
Jan 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Even though this is the first in the series that I have personally read, I had no problems whatsoever keeping track of who was who. This is a stand-alone novel that exists independently of the others, although characters are referenced from prior novels, it does not take away from the readers understanding or enjoyment of this novel.

I adored these two characters. Emma is a feisty woman who loves her family deeply and has a strong sense of right and wrong. Jon is a more serious character, who
Mary Hart
Feb 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

I enjoyed this book. I haven't read the previous ones. Jon is jilted on his wedding day. Emma is staying with her sister who is married and lives next door to Jon. About a year later Emma, who has lost her artistic muse, is walking through the woods and comes upon Jon's workshop and is fascinated artistically with his mechanical project. The romance starts quite quietly. Emma's sister wants her to have a season so she will have the chance of meeting a husband. Emma has suffered
Feb 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jon Burwell, Viscount Kendall, knows what the gossips say about him. They claim he’s been a dejected, half-mad recluse ever since he was jilted at the altar. The simple truth is that Jon has thrown all the passion he once had for his fiancée into his latest mechanical invention.
Painting and sketching have been Emma’s consolation since her own secret heartbreak. When she stumbles upon the viscount’s workshop, his machine revives her artistic imagination. When Jon is accused of a crime, Emma
Luz Trevino
Every Bit a Rogue is the fourth book in The Ellinghams series.
Rating: 4 stars

I really liked it. The main characters were very likable and I liked how their romance took a nice pace to grow. They are at first very attracted to each other and are compatible during sexy times. Though they feel this connection to each other they are both hesitant to take it one step further, which is to open up their hearts to one another. I liked how they felt overwhelmed with their feelings and did not know what
Jan 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Every Bit a Rogue is the fourth book in The Ellinghams series. It was wonderful to see new work from this author. The book had a wonderful plot, interesting characters, mystery, and was great fun to read. It was fast paced and kept your attention until the end. Jon Burwell, Viscount Kendall, was devastated when the woman he ran off with another man. He became a recluse and dedicated all his time to his mechanical inventions. Emma Ellingham wasn’t interested in social activities and marriage. She ...more
Spicy romantic suspense, Every Bit a Rogue is a delicious and quick read! I adore historical fiction, it is a great way to take a break and stimulate the imagination!! Book 4 in a series, Every Bit a Rogue is fine as a stand alone book, and I did not feel like I missed anything by not reading the other books. I like the characters. First of all, Jon and Emma are truly likable characters despite their small flaws. The supporting characters, good and bad are just as interesting!

When art,
Jan 31, 2020 rated it liked it
For me this was a solid 3 star read. It is an easy story of the burgeoning love between two people who are experienced with heartbreak. The viscount inventor is a solid charming man and the almost spinster next door makes for a lovely romantic interest. The story is sweet and meandering.

Unfortunately there are just too many elements in this story for anything to be truly gripping. A good editing might have helped the author weed out the excesses and focus in on the more compelling dramas. The
Linda Walters
Although I kind of liked both of the main characters. They were different than the conventional expected normal that society of their times demanded. However, this story just never seemed to really get me to like it as much as I had hoped. For me, it was hard to keep really interested when not a lot really seemed to be happening. Sure, there were a few things going on but it just seemed to lack some real depth as well; even with both of them giving their own point of views.
Both Emma and Jon had
Jan 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC of Every Bit A Rogue from Netgalley. This is the first book I have read from the author, Adrienne Basso and I can affirmatively say that it won't be my last. She does a fabulous job of weaving her characters lives' into those of her readers and making us feel all their emotions. Jon, Viscount Kendall is left at the altar by Dianne Winthrope. Emma Ellingham has lost her passion for art and hopes to somehow seize that fleeing passion again. They meet accidentally one night caught ...more
Feb 07, 2020 rated it liked it
This is my first book by Adrienne Basso, and man did I feel lost. I am used to not having to read every book in a series to know whats going on. Most books will have a short summary but this one did not, it was also hard to read as large pieces of the story were told out of order; at least that's how it felt reading it. I just couldn't get into the book for the first half.

I stuck with it and it was a decent love story, nothing too crazy, and was believable. It has dual pov, which is something
Debbie Glenn Brown
Feb 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Jon Burwell, Viscount Kendall, deeply in love was left at the alter in the beginning of the book. He’s aware of what the gossips say about him after he was left altar. He’s become a mad recluse working on his mechanical inventions. His quite existence is completely shattered by his encounter with Miss Emma Ellingham, his neighbor's intriguing sister-in-law. Emma has spent the last few years dealing with the consequences of her unrequited love for Sebastian and she feels love is lost to her ...more
Jan 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Alyce Caswell
Feb 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Jon Burwell was jilted at the altar. Emma Ellingham was rejected by a man who saw her as his sister. When chance sees them spend the night alone together, which must be revealed to prove Jon's innocence, they have to quickly wed. Naturally, romance ensues.

I am a sucker for "married to escape scandal" storylines and this was no exception. I really enjoyed reading about Emma and Jon's deepening relationship and I liked seeing them
Asha - A Cat, A Book, And A Cup Of Tea
This was a nice read, but it wasn't a particular stand-out for me. The romance developed nicely, but I thought both hero and heroine were a little bit bland and I struggled to connect with them - life seemed too straightforward for them, despite the twists and turns of the plot (including, even, the murder of one of their peers and the hero being framed for it). Perfectly sweet to spend an afternoon reading, but not a favourite.

Also, the title made absolutely no sense to me. Jon wasn't a rogue
Christine Galletly
My review will be love on donnasbookblog on 25th February 2020 - publication day!

I thought that this was a really good story!

It was a very well written, the characters were strong and Adrienne has really captured the feelings with their interaction - it was very well developed and I thought that the plot was very good too.

The descriptivenature and attention to detail was great and I could picture the surroundings as I was reading.

It is 5 stars from me for this one - it is definitely one I will
Patricia Morgan
Feb 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
He was left standing at the altar. She loved a man who looked at her as a sister. Both disappointed in love. Both gave up on love.
But now they have a second chance to see if they can find love again.
I enjoyed this story. I found their developing relationship enjoying to read. They both were able to put their past behind them and concentrate on their future
4.5 stars rounded up.
I want to thank netgalley for the chance to review this book.
Michelle Claypot_Reads
Feb 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a fantastic read!!

Jon the jilted groom and Emma the heartbroken & somewhat scandalised single woman. Match made in heaven - if only they can give love a chance.

Loved the dual POV & the witty banter between the characters. Great supporting characters. It’s an emotional slow burn with a good dose of heat for a HR Story. Even though it’s book 4 it can definitely be read as a stand-alone.

I received an arc of this book.
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Between stints as a corporate financial analyst, marketing consultant and public librarian, Adrienne Basso has parlayed her vivid imagination and desire to tell romantic stories into a twenty-four-year writing career. She has published contemporary, Regency, Victorian, vampire, and Scottish medieval romance novels. She enjoys the challenge of creating stories that emphasize the everlasting power ...more

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