The Marquess of Hawksfield’s lineage is impeccable and his title coveted, but Archer Croft is as far from his indulgent peers as he can get. His loathing for the beau monde has driven him to don a secret identity and risk everything in order to steal their riches and distribute them to the less fortunate.
Lady Briannon Findlay embraces her encounter with the Masked Marauder, a gentleman thief waylaying carriages from London to Essex. The marauder has stirred Brynn’s craving for adventure, and she discovers an attraction deeper than the charming thief’s mask.
Brynn is a revelation, matching Archer in intelligence, wit, and passion. Stubborn and sensuous in equal measure, she astonishes him at every turn, but when someone sinister impersonates Archer’s secret personality, and a murder is committed, Archer begins to think he doesn’t stand a fighting chance without her.
I was given an Advanced Reading Copy of this book in exchange for an honest review
My Rating: 5 Stars
Favorite Historical Romance of 2016
Alright y’all, I feel like I need to come clean – I have a very important confession to make: I, Erin Fehres, am a closet Historical Romance junkie. It has been one of my guilty pleasures for years. A brief scroll through my Kindle will reveal hundreds of books with half-naked highlanders on the cover. Because of this, I was beyond ecstatic when I was approved for this ARC. I mean have you read that blurb? Who wouldn’t want to read about a romance between a would be Robin Hood and his adventurous and obstinate young neighbor?
Nothing about this book disappointed, at all. From page one, Howard and Morgan reel the reader in. Where some books in this genre have the tendency to drag, especially during the social gatherings, My Rogue, My Ruin, sped right along. Archer and Brynn were fascinating narrators, not only were their interactions with one another interesting, their inner dialogue was descriptive without being boring.
The romance in this book was an incredible slow burn that built chapter to chapter, while the element of mystery had my stomach in knots for the entire second half of the book. The Marauder’s impersonator kept me guessing at every turn – I never predicted their next move and would never have guessed who the actual culprit was. The mystery was well thought out, intricate and tied in beautifully with the love story.
The best thing about this book, hands down, was the witty repartee between Brynn and Archer. Their chemistry was undeniable and had me wishing for my own damaged Rogue to verbally spar with. I loved that there was a side to Archer that nobody got to see but Brynn – the charitable Marquess who steals items the wealthy take for granted and sells them for money to feed the poor. Howard and Morgan could not, in my opinion have written a better male lead. I can only hope that in March, when the second book in this series is released, the characters are as easy to love as Archer and Brynn were. I can’t be the only person hoping that the next book in the series, My Darling, My Disaster, is about Lord Northridge and Lana.
My Takeaway: A thrilling and mysterious romance, My Rogue, My Ruin had me enthralled from the beginning. I am so happy that these two authors came together to write it. Archer is the historical version of a tortured bad boy with a heart of gold with Brynn as his perfect, witty counterbalance. Four months is too long to wait for the next installment in this series!