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The Revolutionary and the Rogue

3.35  ·  Rating details ·  52 ratings  ·  38 reviews
Perrin deVesey knows pain. As a member of Crimson Rose, a secret club for men who love men, he’s taken the vow “to stand and shield.” Standing together during these perilous times is the only thing keeping their necks from the guillotine. Now their leader is using the club to rescue wrongly accused traitors. After losing a past lover to an unjust execution, the decision to ...more
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Published August 24th 2020 by Entangled Amara
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Maja  - BibliophiliaDK ✨

Sigh. I was so excited for this one. I really wanted to love it. I just couldn't. It had all the stuff that could have made it great - French revolution, hot M/M action, enemies to lovers. But the execution failed the potential.


Plot: The idea of the plot was interesting. Two adversaries meet in Paris during the Terror of Rebespierre and fall in love in spite of their different sides. Throw in a little intrigue, revolution and tre
Evie Drae
I received a copy of this book via the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

If you’re a long-time follower of my reviews, you probably know historical romance has never been my bag. I’m much more of a contemporary reader. However, every so often, a blurb piques my interest enough to draw me into a genre I might not otherwise read. The Revolutionary and The Rogue by Blake Ferre was one of those stories. I read the blurb and knew I had to get my hands on this read. It has such
Shilo Quetchenbach
Jun 25, 2020 rated it did not like it
I expected to really enjoy this book. I mean, French Revolution, gay, etc. That's my jam. But... I dnfed at 30%. I almost gave up at 15% but decided to try again and I just can't. The plot is pretty much nonexistent, the writing is meh, and the characters spend 60% of their time trying not to think about one another and being incredibly stupid. I mean, I'm all for bumbling idiots usually but these guys take 'bumbling' and 'idiots' to the next level.

*Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for thi
I received an ARC from Netgalley and Entangled Publishing, but that has not affected the contents of my review.

I am sorry to say I found this very unenjoyable. I've never read a romance set in the period of the Terror before so there was a lot of potential here, especially since the two men were on different sides. But it was just botched, and in places quite boring and infuriating. The two men, one mourning the death of his lover by guillotine, who was executed without trial, and the other an o
Aug 22, 2020 rated it liked it
3.25 Stars
Perrin deVesey is a member of Crimson Rose, a secret club for men who love men, he’s taken the vow “to stand and shield.” Standing together during these perilous times is the only thing keeping their necks from the guillotine. Now their leader is using the club to rescue wrongly accused traitors. After losing a past lover to an unjust execution, the decision to support this treasonous cause is easy…until a devastatingly handsome Committee Officer complicates Perrin’s whole world. Offic
Mary Ann Marlowe
Sep 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: to-read-to-read
Delicious. A romance set in post-Revolutionary France? Um, yes. On the one hand, we have Chevalier, not just any revolutionary, but an officer working for the committee. On the other, de Vessey, an aristocrat and the natural enemy of the new government under Robespierre. With citizens denouncing one another left and right and innocent men being sent to the guillotine, every action could be interpreted as treasonous, and yet these two men who should hate one another can't fight this attraction. T ...more
Felicia Grossman
Jun 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was a fascinating debut. The history and atmosphere is so rich, and layered and detailed, it lets you be fully enveloped in murky, dark, post-Revolution France. There’s danger, action, some twists, turns and quite a bit of swoony heroism.

Henri and Perrin were a wonderful, enemies-to-lovers couple filled with so much passion and so much commitment to their missions in the world—liberty for Henri and honoring his dead lover/helping people like him for Perrin, that you root for both of them s
Jun 26, 2020 marked it as to-read
Shelves: maybe-baby
The blurb is good but the cover is gorgeous.
Jul 06, 2020 rated it liked it
The Revolutionary and the Rogue is a m/m, enemies to lovers romance set in post-Revolutionary France. This is a time period I haven't read a lot of historical romance novels set in, so the action and world building was quite interesting.

There was a lot going on in this book. At times, especially in the beginning, it became a chore keeping the characters straight, as they were called by their first names, last names, or titles. And there were a lot of characters (one of the strong points being th
Aug 27, 2020 rated it liked it
I received this ARC from the publisher and Netgalley for my honest review. Thank you for my copy. I liked the premise of enemies to lovers m/m romance. I was looking forward to reading this book because of it. Perrin and Henri were enemies but lusted each other from the beginning. I didn’t see the love between them. Somehow I missed it. The plot was a bit weak. I didn’t understand what was going on half the time. Scarlet Crest??? I just didn’t care after a certain point. The second half of the b ...more
Linda Parisi
Sep 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m-historical
In this debut novel, Blake Ferre gives untold depth to her characters, Perrin de Vesey and Henri Chevalier. Despite loss and heartache and in the throes of the French Revolution, Perrin and Henri find a way to set aside their differences and grow to love one another. Amidst betrayal and intrigue, with my heart in my throat as I kept turning page after page, both of them find that the men they thought they were, aren't who they are at all. I truly enjoyed the historical backdrop and can't wait to ...more
Sheryl Beesley
Apr 10, 2021 rated it it was ok
I really wanted to love this book. Both the time period (setting) that isn’t over used and a historical MM are right up my alley. But I just couldn’t connect with the story or the characters. Too much thrown at you at the beginning, too many characters to keep separate and a bit of an introduction to France after the Revolution would have been nice.
I do hope there are more books set in France to come.
Desiree M
Aug 26, 2020 rated it it was ok
This book was received as a Free ARC via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.

I struggled with this book. Let me be clear - on the face, The Revolutionary and the Rouge is *exactly* the kind of LGBT historical romance I would like to read. It's an exacting historical period not already well-tread in novels, taking place in the years of The Terror in France. Perrin deVesey, wealthy "aristo," and Officer Henri Chevalier sounded like fascinating enemies to lovers characters. deVesey is a me
If I read M/M it’s usually shifter based. So reading a Regency M/M romance it’s a little out of my usual genre. But I’ll give it a go.....

Perrin is a fop, he gives the impression he’s a bored rich aristocrat, in fact he’s helping to free rich people (aristocrats) like him. The French Revolution may have ended, but the rich are still being persecuted.
Julian and Perrin were in a club for men who love other men, but it’s forbidden.
And after losing the love of his life, he didn’t really care for m
Kate (Reading Through Infinity)
TWs: Off-page death of a partner, violence, homophobia, toxic relationships.

I received an ARC of this from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book.

I thought I was going to love this book because it had everything I normally enjoy in a story; queer romance, enemies-to-lovers, and a historical setting during the French revolution. But unfortunately, it missed the mark on every single one of these aspects.

The story follow Perrin, a 'rogue', and He
Linda Reads
Historical M/M romance…must enjoy French history!
I bought this book because I loved the cover. I was hoping for so much more. Oh well. This was a slow-moving M/M romance between two men from entirely different backgrounds during the French Revolution at the time of the Reign of Terror. There is intrigue and that was pretty good, but I wanted more of the M/M relationship. They spent most of their time denying feelings for the other because of their positions in society. By 46% of the book they fi
Maureen Lubitz
Sep 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Originally posted on You Have Your Hands Full

Perrin and Henri are on opposite sides of the Reign of Terror. Perrin is an aristo and a member of a secret organization working against the government. Henri works for the government, and his reasons for hating aristos are more than political.

They have every reason to hate each other, and at first, that’s exactly what happens. But Henri is convinced that Perrin is up to no good (true) and follows him at every opportunity. As the narrative progresses
Jun 27, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley-arcs
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

I think i'm going to give this one a 2.5 stars which is right down the middle meaning that it is a good book but it didn't really work for me. This book centers around two men meeting in Paris during the Terror era, they are on opposite sides of the revolution but they have a strong attraction for each other right away. I personally didn't really connect with both
Ella Stainton
Jun 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I just devoured the Revolutionary and the Rogue--and I thought it was very, very sweet. can a book set during Robespierre's Terror be 'sweet'? Because the genuine love that builds between the two adversaries--even amidst the impending doom of the backdrop--is just lovely.

Perrin is an English aristocrat suffering for the past year because he lost someone very dear to him, and pretty much his will to do anything. Henri is an ardent revolutionary who is beginning to question the practices
There’s nothing particularly wrong with this book other than it didn’t click with me. The enemies to lovers trope is up there among favorites of mine and Perrin and Henri certainly fit the bill, they were being on opposite sides of the French revolutionary movement and what considered as traitors (who fought the new blood-thirsty power).

The cat and mouse game played throughout the plot had me anxious - as expected for this sort of premises. But it also exasperated me how some of the characters
Jul 01, 2020 rated it liked it
**I was provided an electronic ARC from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for honest review.**

Actual rating: 2.5

Blake Ferre's The Revolutionary and the Rogue brings readers to the French Revolution where the Committee hunts down those accused of treason against the new Republic. English aristocrat, Perrin de Vesey, shouldn't be drawn to Committee officer Henri Chevalier. They are on opposite sides of the new regime, but the attraction they share just cannot be denied.

I was fully prepar
Lily Michaels
Jul 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
For anyone who knows me, they know that I greedily devour nearly anything romance related from paranormal to contemporary to suspense in any pairing (or more!) available.


Historical is not my normal go-to. There are a precious few authors that I will read across the board regardless of the time period, but on the whole I prefer hanging in a more contemporary or even slightly futuristic era.

However. 😉

When The Revolutionary and The Rogue popped up on my NetGalley homepage, I was immediately
Mar 09, 2021 marked it as did-not-finish
Stopped reading at 21%.

Alas, my hopes and dreams about an m/m French Revolution romance were left unfulfilled. The Revolutionary and the Rogue is not well-written, is massively lacking in exposition and context, and does not approach the complicated social picture in late-18th century France with appropriate nuance. "Aristos are evil!" cries one character, while the other (noble) protagonist has big "not like other aristos" vibes. I think this was leading into a Scarlet Pimpernel-ish plot, but h
Smut Report
Heat Factor: The fire is banked.

Character Chemistry: It’s that snapping, snarling: “I hate you and everything you stand for, so why am I so horny around you?”

Plot: Trying to keep everyone’s heads attached to their bodies during the Reign of Terror

Overall: This book would have benefited significantly from better editing.

Read Erin's full review at The Smut Report

I voluntarily read and reviewed a complimentary copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. We disclose this in accordance w
Aug 27, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, historical, lgbtqia
I can't quite put my finger on exactly why, but this book was just pretty meh for me. It should have been a slam dunk--I was obsessed with the Scarlet Pimpernel after our high school trip to France--and it's a treat to read a historical that isn't set in Regency England every now and then. Add in enemies-to-lovers? Yes, please! So...I guess here it's the execution that's lacking. I had a tough time in the beginning (for some of the characters, all of the way through, honestly) keeping characters ...more
Jul 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was an interesting book that takes place during the French revolution, just after Marie Antoinette was executed. The city of Paris was in chaos and these two enemies find a way to come together for the greater good. The author did a wonderful job setting the scene in this book. The horrors of the time and the way the people were turning on their neighbors and the government ... well it was a scary time. Both characters had their own past baggage to work through, and I think they were both a ...more
Jul 29, 2020 rated it liked it
I was really looking forward to a good queer historical romance novel, add in the enemies to lover trope and i'm sold. Sadly, this didn't quite hit the mark for me.

There didn't seem to be enough of a plot, or it wasn't fleshed out enough, and it felt repetitive in parts. I felt like I read the same conversation fifty times. There was definitely some entertaining action and suspense. There were a lot of details about the revolution and a lot of characters that I sometimes struggled to keep strai
Tween 2 Teen Book Reviews
The Revolutionary and the Rogue is a fun new historical romance. Most hist-rom during the late-1700s is set in England, and so it was fun to get a new setting in France. Additionally, the book is steeped in important historical moments, during The Reign of Terror in post-revolutionary France. Perrin is an English aristocrat living in France and Henry is a revolutionary who hunts them down (or at least the treasonous ones). I will say my rating is more of a rounded up 3.5. The writing was lacking ...more
Aug 25, 2020 rated it liked it
The story is set after the French Revolution, during the Reign of Terror, at a time when people were imprisoned or executed without the benefit of trials. During this setting, Henri the revolutionary and Perrin the aristocrat are attracted to each other but there is danger lurking all around. As a m/m romance there could have been a bit more focus on Perrin and Henri relationship. The concept is good but the writing didn’t quite follow through. They spent almost the entire book trying to get two ...more
Georgia Fradico
Jun 27, 2020 rated it it was ok
The historical facts and the informations of how Paris was after the revolution were very interesting, but the romance didn't really worked for me. The story had a slow development and the carachters were a bit flat. The writing made difficult to engage in the world . The author has potential and I'll definitely keep an eye in the next books! ...more
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