Review: The Irresistible Rogue by Valerie Bowman

The Irresistible Rogue by Valerie Bowman
Series: Playful Brides (# 4)
Release Date: November 3, 2015
Publisher: St Martins Paperbacks
Pages: 351
Source: book provided by NetGalley for review



Daphne Swift has not laid eyes on her devilishly charming husband, Captain Rafferty Cavendish, in quite some time. As a matter of fact, she wants the rogue to annul their brief marriage so that she can marry the reliable and estimable Lord Fitzwell. But the breathtakingly handsome Rafe is not interested in letting Daphne go-at least not without paying his scandalous price…

Rafe prefers to face the dangers of spying alone, but this time he needs his innocent, fiery wife to uncover the information he seeks. He has even agreed to release her from their marriage if she submits completely to his plan. However, Daphne’s alluring combination of courage and curves makes her a dangerous distraction, and it is not long before Rafe is trading subterfuge for seduction in order to prove that Daphne is meant to be his and his alone…


Review:  Immediately the reader is thrust into adventure. Daphne is about ready to announce her engagement to a man she doesn’t necessarily love but feels she needs to marry so she can move on with her life, meaning, she needs to move on from Rafe. She’s been trying for an annulment but the cur refuses to respond.

She thinks the situation will remedy itself soon, that’s until Rafe shows up at her doorstep, on the eve of her announcement, and proclaims he needs her help, in exchange for an annulment, he wants her to go with him on another adventure.

Something Daphne thought she’d never experience again. After all, her last adventure got her married to a man who claimed she was nothing more than a sister to her. Her eldest brother, allowed it but only if they were married, just in case it was discovered that she was in fact a lady of the realm, not a cabin boy for Rafe. Many times she tried to seduce him but he denied her, claiming she was just a friend, like family!

There has to be a catch, right? She agrees, as does her remaining brother, the one who is now in charge of the family, but they must stay married for precaution. She promises herself she’s over Rafe, but everything about him reminds her why she fell in the first place and Rafe isn’t about to let her go a second time. He’s loved her since before they were married, but refused to act upon it for fear that her brother would impale him with the sharpest object, but now that she’s set her mind on someone else, all bets are off.

What follows next is a wonderfully spun tale of love, seduction, danger on the high sea’s and a brother who knew, even before Daphne and Rafe, that they were meant to be together.

I’m not gonna lie, the end did make me tear up a bit because the ending was perfect.

Daphne was a wonderful character to root for and I felt like as a reader, you fell in love with Rafe again right along with her, realizing that he was always putting her safety and duty before himself, before his own longings which is usually so opposite of regency romances.

As you can tell, I devoured this book, and would recommend it for anyone who wants a beautiful love story with witty banter, and two characters that aren’t afraid to fight for what they want!