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The Ruin of a Rogue (The Wild Quartet)

The Ruin of a Rogue (The Wild Quartet) [Kindle Edition]

Miranda Neville
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Charm, wit, and nerves of steel have helped Marcus Lithgow gamble his way across the Continent. But when his heart is at stake, all bets are off for this most perfect rogue . . .

Anne Brotherton is sick and tired of being an heiress. She cannot bring herself to marry a fortune hunter. Why can't men like her for her sharp mind and kind heart rather than her impressive dowry? Just when she is about to bow to her fate as a confirmed spinster, she meets the handsome and charming Marcus Lithgow.

It's been years since Marcus set foot in England—why toy with the ton when he can fleece wealthy fools in Paris and Rome? Yet everything changes when he inherits a ramshackle estate. Marcus's first and only chance at a respectable life needs funding . . . the kind Anne Brotherton can provide. Such a wallflower should be ripe for the picking. So why does Marcus feel like he's the one hanging by a thread?

She nearly falls for Marcus's smooth seduction. But when Anne realizes she's being strung along, a lust for payback empowers her like never before. Two can play the game of deception. The game of love, however, has its own rules . . .

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 974 KB
  • Print Length: 389 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 006219951X
  • Publisher: Avon (27 Aug 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #17,577 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I grew up in southwest England. During my misspent youth I devoured the works of Georgette Heyer, Jean Plaidy and any other historical novels I could lay hands on. As a result I attended the University of Oxford to study history, ignoring all hints that economics might be a more practical subject. I spent several years writing catalogues of rare books and original letters and manuscripts for Sotheby's auction house in London and New York. Much of my time in this job was spent reading the personal correspondence of the famous. This confirmed my suspicion that the most interesting thing about history is people. I now live in Vermont where I enjoy skiing and writing romances set in Regency England where it hardly ever snows.

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Up to Miranda's standards 26 Oct 2013
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A good romp, with a twist, lol. If you like Miranda Neville you will like this one. Have already passed it on.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable 24 Nov 2013
By Jangler
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I really enjoyed this book I liked the characters and the storyline. Light and fluffy just the book to relax with.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very good 7 Nov 2013
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Liked this book very much, character are very interesting, amusing and likeable. Story is very well thought out, couln't put it down
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3.0 out of 5 stars It's ok 27 Aug 2013
By Jen - Published on
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Eh. This one didn't quite hit the mark for me. It was ok, but it didn't really inspire any deep feeling. The book wasn't exactly boring, but it teetered on the edge.

The story centers on two characters featured heavily in The Importance of Being Wicked: Caro's cousin Anne and her unscrupulous friend Marcus. As the story begins, Anne is being plagued by fortune hunters. She can't seem to find a man who wants her for who she is, until she meets Marcus. Of course, he wants her money every bit as much as all of her other suitors, but he's better at playing the game. He convinces Anne that he shares her interests --that he sees the real her-- and convinces her to fall halfway in love with him. That is, until she learns the truth. From there, she decides to teach him a lesson he'll never forget.

It's only a matter of time, though, until these two work through each other's facades. And they fall head over heels for the reality of the other. But is it enough? Marcus is still poor and Anne could lose more than her heart if she stays with him.

Marcus is supposed to be this worldly, dastardly rake, but we don't really see much of that. In fact, he's really quite tame. Yeah, he was trying to get one over on Anne in the beginning, but he did far more moaning and groaning about not wanting to be like his father. I just wanted to shake him. You don't want to be like your father? Then don't be like your father. Problem solved. But alas, there was much more teeth gnashing than that. Then there is Anne who is really kind of clueless about real-life. She whines about her money, but doesn't really understand what it means to live without it. Then, we go from seeing her pampered and pristine to scrubbing floors and it just didn't ring true. On top of all that, it was way, way too easy for Marcus and Anne to end up alone as much as they did. It didn't make sense for someone so cloistered to be allowed such freedom for so long.

The book wasn't bad. Not at all. There is some fairly good sexual tension and I enjoyed it when these two finally got together. There is also a pretty good tie in with Caro and her stuffy husband. I just didn't connect with the story or the characters all that much.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Missing a spark 9 Sep 2013
By Claire - Published on
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I have been trying to figure out why this book fell so flat for me: the writing was good, the story was fine (not plausible at all but it was okay) the individual characters were interesting and the setting was good. And yet when put together, things just didn't work. The pacing was too slow, the dialogue was just okay and the chemistry between H/h didn't work. Rather than avidly turning pages, I was wondering whether to just give up and read something else. It was just hard to care what happened or even how it was going to happen. I have liked Miranda Neville's other books but this one is missing her usual spark.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mostly liked it 14 Jun 2014
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Anne the heiress thinks she's finally met a man who's interested in her and not her fortune, but Marcus the scoundrel turns out to be just like every other fortune hunter. She decides to get even by acting like a haughty brat and making him escort her and pay for obscure, tedious excursions around London. When Marcus inherits a ramshackle estate from his uncle, he decides he doesn't need to put up with her bad behavior to win her fortune and heads to his estate. She wants to investigate the Roman ruins on Marcus' estate and wants to create a minor scandal to deter another prosy suitor, so she shows up there unannounced. He puts her to work as a maid in exchange for free access to dig in the ruins.

Of course spending so much time together, they learn each other's true character and come to love each other. But they are torn apart by the discovery of a treasure of dubious origin left behind by Marcus' father. Will Marcus return the treasure to the rightful owner or use it to set his estate to rights?

Most books have a certain feel to them and I far prefer books that are optimistic. This book lacks optimism. I kept waiting for more bad things to happen to Marcus and even Anne. The story is well written, and I cared enough about the characters to want to keep reading and find out what happened. But I would have enjoyed the book more if there was some comic relief. I did really enjoy the discoveries in the Roman ruins, but I like history. I mostly liked this book, but I didn't love it and probably wouldn't read it again.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another smart, interestng heroine from Neville 1 Sep 2013
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Neville is one of the few historical authors still on my autobuy list. Her history is impeccable (no women inheriting earldoms or Regency-era inspired game show shenanigans), and her characters are always smart. Even if Anne is young and a bit naive, she's got a brain. And even if Marcus is a scoundrel, he's what the world made him and learning to be better is his story arc.

I was especially charmed by the second half of the book when Anne gets a chance to explore her Roman ruins and Marcus gets to explore his own motivations and decide who he really wants to be for the rest of his life. It was all just brilliantly handled and a pleasure to read.

I'm looking forward to the next book (Windermere's), but I'm dying for Denford's. Denford is by far the most interesting character in the series and it's going to be a joy to see what Neville has planned for him.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must read 30 Nov 2013
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Enjoyable from start to finish. Ms. Neville's voice is authentic and the story moves quickly without leaving gaps. Quite satisfying.
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