Book Review: Rogue’s Holiday

Rogue’s Holiday
Agents of the Crown Book 5
by Regan Walker
Genre: Historical Romantic Adventure
Publisher: Regan Walker Publishing
Publication Date: November 7, 2019
Robert Powell’s work as a spy saves the Cabinet ministers from a gruesome death and wins him accolades from George IV. As a reward, the king grants him a baronetcy and a much-deserved holiday at the Royal Pavilion in Brighton where he thinks to indulge in brandy, cards, good horseflesh and women.
But when Muriel, Dowager Countess of Claremont, learns of Sir Robert’s intended destination, she begs a favor…to watch over an “errant child” who is the grandniece of her good friend living in the resort town. Little does Robbie know that Miss Chastity Reynolds is no child but a beautiful hoyden who is seemingly immune to his charms.
Chastity lives in the shadow of her mother and sisters, dark-haired beauties men admire. Her first Season was a failure but, as she will soon come into a family legacy, she has no need to wed. When she first encounters Sir Robert, she dubs him The Rogue, certain he indulges in a profligate lifestyle she wants no part in.
In Brighton, Robbie discovers he is being followed by friends of the conspirators who had planned to murder the Cabinet. Worse, they know the location of Chastity’s residence.

My Review

 

This was a great read to say the least and I have many reasons to state this!

First of all, Regan Walker is an amazing writer. To my shame, this is my first book by her, but I plan on completing the series for sure. I have no experience in writing whatsoever (I mean I am no professional writer or anything of the sort), but the way she combined historical elements with descriptions that do not seem to be tiring or heavy and the characters’ small gestures, or personality traits is fantastic. I didn’t even feel the time pass while reading about the magnificent Pavilion or the King’s ship. She made me feel part of those times and every time an author manages to do it, it’s impressive!

Now back to the story: Chastity is a handful to her parents. Refusing to fall in line with the other ladies, with their proper behavior, looking to marry into a good family and be good little puppets for their husbands, she has her own plans: never get married and continue designing footwear. When she is sent away to live with her Aunt Agatha in Brighton, she cannot be more happy. Together with her friend Rose, they plan on enjoying every moment. As for Robert Powell, the king himself gifts him with a title and a holiday to his estate in Brighton – a well-deserved reward for his act of bravery in capturing a group of traitors of the Crown.  When the two have an unexpected encounter, little did they believe they will have the opportunity to formally introduce themselves.

And from here we have a beautiful romance that slowly develops and is surrounded by other amazing supporting characters, such as the good aunt, a Countess with an eye for matchmaking and let’s not forget the cat! We also have a second romance between Chastity’s friend and Robbie’s uncle. Even of this is not at the center, we still get to have enough details to enjoy it.

An excellent read indeed. “Rogue’s Holiday” has funny lines, a plot that keeps one on the edge (with Robbie’s enemies threatening Chastity’s wellbeing) and romance at every page turn. I recommend it with all my heart!

Cover Review: I like it. We see the Pavilion, we have couple above it and the proper font for the title. I even like the way the series title and book number in the series are written – small details that catch the eye.

Favorite Quote: “I hardly know what to think of it, my lady. `Twas not even a proper offer. I recall no bended knee, no avowal of love. He merely kissed me – quite against my will, I might add – and informed me he would marry me.”

 

5 stars

Regan Walker is an award-winning, #1 Amazon bestselling author of Regency, Georgian and Medieval romances. She writes historically authentic novels with real historical figures along with her fictional characters. Among the awards she has won are the International Book Award for Romance Fiction, the San Diego Book Award for Best Historical Romance, the RONE Award for her medievals and the Gold Medal Illumination Award.
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