Have You Any Rogues? (Rhymes with Love) Mass Market Paperback – 23 Dec 2013
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The Seldons and Dales have been mortal enemies for centuries ...But that hasn't stopped the roguish Crispin, Viscount Dale, and the impetuous Lady Henrietta Seldon from waging their own battle ... of the heart. Every stray glance, every chance encounter threatens to reveal the secret passion that keeps drawing them together.But finally, after years of flirting with disaster ...Crispin and Henrietta find themselves locked in a wine cellar, and now there is no denying the love and loyalties that have lured them in and torn them apart time and time again. Will this one last chance--this tempting night of desire--ignite a fire that will never be extinguished, no matter the price?
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It's been ten years since that first meet and Crispin and Henrietta have managed to get themselves locked in a wine cellar after going in search of a wayward puppy. They've not seen each other for quite a spell and while they wait for someone to discover them their story unfolds in a series of flashbacks to all of their "moments" together over the years as they tried to grab hold of their happily ever after but kept having it slip through their fingers because of meddling families, wars, misunderstandings and marriages. Some were sweet memories, some gigglesnort worthy, and some rather heartbreaking. But in every one the two, despite the circumstances that had kept them apart, just fit back together and felt whole. Like they were meant to be together no matter the bumps and bruises along the way.
I really liked Crispin and Henrietta right from the start. The two, despite their families, just have a spark between them and a way about them that made me smile. They've had such a hard time making their way to each other and damn I so wanted them to finally make it happen. Have You Any Rogues? was a quick read and just what I was looking for on a lazy winter afternoon. The flashbacks were nicely done, the romance pretty believable and it even managed to have a couple rather steamy scenes. Not bad at all for one little novella.
**I do think 1.99 was a little pricey for length (didn't seem quite as long as the page amount indicated) but it was very nicely written and enjoyable so hard to complain too loudly on that front.
This book was so much fun to read, I wish it had been a full length novel.
Book #2.5 in Elizabeth Boyle's enchanting and delightful Rhymes with Love series.
This comedy of errors story was hilarious, charming, sexy, and fun. Hen was the officious, and seemingly scatter-brained older sister of Henry, from And the Miss Ran Away with the Rake, and cousin to Christopher, the Duke of Preston, from Along Came a Duke. It was nice to see another side to Crispin after his brief, imperious appearance toward the end of book number two.
We finally found out how in the world Hen managed to marry (and bury!) three husbands by the age of 28. She seemed so much older than her years in the first two books in the series, much like a mother hen (pun intended), I don’t think I knew quite how young she was. She also seemed to adore city life in the previous books but here, we learned her heart belonged to the countryside.
There was a long-standing feud between Hen’s family (the Seldons) and Crispin’s (the Dales)—over 300 years! Hilarious family quotes opened each chapter: “‘How do you know a Dale is lying? When they give you their word.’The Seldons’ Favorite Saying" (p44); “’If the wind has changed, so has a Seldon’s heart.’ Well-known Dale Maxim." (p59); “When a Dale come to call, count the silver and your daughters.’A Seldon Saying" (p63)
It was love at first sight between Crisipin and Hen, and he was her first kiss and her first love, but through a series of errors and misunderstandings, they never managed to stay together. I especially enjoyed discovering their shared interests in travel and adventure, but what a long road to get there—almost ten years! I enjoyed how Hen referred to Crispin as him (italicized). “She shared his desires, his fantasies, and he wanted nothing more than to discover them with her at his side.” (p30)
Some readers may not like this, but I enjoyed the flashbacks to particular events in Crispin and Hen’s history. It was seamlessly done and easy to understand.
I just loved the funny names that Boyle came up with for her characters: Aunts Zillah (hers) and Damaris (his), Dilbert, Mr. Muggins (the dog), and Christopher’s estate, Owle Park.
Funny, too, were the vocabulary and expressions: “dash my wig,” flibbertigibbet.
The love scenes were intense but brief, evoking the passion between hero and heroine. I thought the moment that Hen revealed her painful secret was well done, evoking just the right emotion without being manipulative. (p59)
Another winning installment in the Rhymes with Love series. I look forward to reading long-suffering Harriet and jingle brains Roxbury’s friends-to-lovers story next in If Wishes Were Earls. Great titles!