Historical Fiction has been a genre I’ve been really wanting to read more of, and somehow I’ve burrowed into one of its sub genres, Historical Fiction Romance. A Rogue of One’s Own continues this trend, and honestly left me excited for more, not just from this author in particular, but the genre as a whole!
A Rogue of One’s Own is the second novel in the League of Extraordinary Women Series by Evie Dunmore, an adult historical fiction romance. This series showcases a different protagonist for each novel, all though focused on the Suffragette movement in England. In this one we follow Lucie as she deals with being cut off from her family, furthering the movement’s reach, and a new thorn in her side; Lord Tristan Ballentine. Tristan, who may be just the solution she and her fellow suffragettes need, but could also be the biggest threat to their plans.
Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
I really enjoyed the first book of this series, Bringing Down the Duke, which went by so fast, and just felt like an immersion into the world of England during the Women’s Suffrage movement. A Rogue of One’s Own on those fronts did not disappoint. I think if I had to give it one con even with a five star rating on it I’d say it would lie with the switching of POVS, which is honestly one of the things I struggle with the most in books. A Rogue of One’s Own though did a great job with this switching of POVs. I still struggled coming into the book, but while Lucie is definitely a different person in comparison to Annabelle (MC from Bringing Down the Duke), the core of the story and the focus of the characters remains the same. Even better, we still have access to all the previous characters we were introduced to, all while getting a larger cast. I’ll admit, Annabelle is still my favorite, but Lucie gradually grew on me with her determination, and focus on the movement. In the absence of her family, the movement has become the one group she’s not only turned to, but come to love, making her work for it that much more emotional than what we got in the first book. I think that just speaks to how well Dunmore fleshes these characters out little by little. They are all part of the same group, but between their back story, current goals, and impending future each character is truly unique in what they bring to the series.
Lucie, I gradually came to love in this book, but the other main focus, Tristan seemed to bring a lot more emotion and depth than Sebastian in the first novel. I feel like I shouldn’t go too in depth with him, since that would spoil the story, but even from the start we are given a lot more from this character beyond just status and thinking ill of someone. I still really liked the first book, but the characters in this one had me questioning how things would end this time around, and wondering what next detail we would get. It definitely has me excited to see what we’ll get out of the next book, which I think focuses on Hattie. Mostly because, as much as I want to see a new character really fleshed out and growing, I want to see the development of the existing characters/relationships and the movement as a whole.
Beyond just the character growth and overall cast of characters Dunmore and this Series do a great job of building a setting, and overall feel for the time period. The last book gave us a glimpse of how much women had to rely on the men in their lives to get by (Annabelle’s circumstance), but this book broadens that territory, and introduces some of the other issues that women had to deal with like the threat spinsterhood, the value in being a virgin at the time, and how quickly a woman’s reputation can take a nose dive. It scares me a little how much more that can be built on in the next book, but it honestly feels like there’s plenty more to see and learn as each book begins and ends. Going past just the negatives of the time period, it also shows some of the technology and thinking of the period as the movement looks to expand its reach via the printing press and we see just how many women are actively investing in these efforts. I think there’s always a want in books for women to be wilding swords, or just being generally kick-butt, but I really enjoy seeing how much women could do even when they were underestimated by the other sex. Maybe that’s why I really like historical fiction in general, it highlights the known and unknown truths of a time period.
Overall, I really like this series, and will definitely be looking out for the next book and any others that are to come. This series is a great mix of romance, period politics, historical world building, and just great characters. If you’re looking for a good historical romance these books are a great pick up!