A Rogue of My Own (Reid Family Series #3)

A Rogue of My Own (Reid Family Series #3)

by Johanna Lindsey

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In #1 New York Times bestselling author Johanna Lindsey’s captivating regency romance, an innocent young lady’s first brush with royal court intrigue lands her at the altar alongside one of London’s most notorious rogues.

For Lady Rebecca Marshall, a whirlwind of excitement begins when she becomes a maid of honor at the court of Queen Victoria. But when Rebecca unknowingly steps into the rivalry between the Queen’s spymaster and a noblewoman who uses the maids as courtly spies, she is soon entangled in a web of deceit with the charming marquis Rupert St. John. The devastatingly handsome ne’er-do-well is the cousin of Raphael Locke, with whom Rebecca was once infatuated…He’s also a secret agent of the crown who leads a double life. Certain that guileless Rebecca is spying on him, Rupert seduces her—then, forced to wed, he believes she has set a trap of the worst sort in order to marry into his powerful family! But as he comes to know Rebecca’s true heart, his vow of revenge and infidelity becomes a desire to share many passionate nights—only with his beautiful wife.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781439163627
Publisher: Pocket Books
Publication date: 06/16/2009
Series: Reid Family Series , #3
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 44,349
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Johanna Lindsey is world-renowned for her “mastery of historical romance” (Entertainment Weekly), with more than sixty million copies of her novels sold. She is the author of fifty-five previous national bestselling novels, many of which reached the #1 spot on the New York Times bestseller list. Lindsey lives in New Hampshire with her family.

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A Rogue of My Own

  • BUCKINGHAM PALACE. REBECCA Marshall still couldn’t believe she was going to be living there. She’d known for a week, but the reality of it simply hadn’t sunk in. But now here she was.

    Becoming a maid of honor at Queen Victoria’s court was the biggest surprise she’d ever had in all of her eighteen years. Her mother, Lilly, had been hoping for this elite position to be bestowed on her daughter, but Lilly hadn’t told Rebecca that she’d called in a few favors to obtain it. She hadn’t wanted Rebecca to be disappointed if it didn’t come to pass.

    Rebecca wouldn’t have been disappointed. She’d never even considered being a maid of honor at the royal court. But she knew that it was something her mother had aspired to. Lilly often spoke of her lost chance to be a maid of honor, or even a lady of the bedchamber once she’d become a married woman. Her family had been staunch Tories like her husband. And with the Whigs in power, controlling all of the court appointments, Lilly had been unable to achieve her fondest wish and had finally given it up. After all, the Whig political party had retained power for a long time.

    But now the Tories, more recently called Conservatives, were finally back in office, with Sir Robert Peel as the new prime minister. Out with the old, in with the new, as it were. With new appointments being made, Lilly had quickly petitioned party officials for an appointment for Rebecca. There was no guarantee that Rebecca would receive one as there weren’t many appointments to be had. But the letter had arrived last week. And like an excitable young girl, Rebecca’s mother had actually shouted for joy after reading it, she had been so thrilled. And her excitement had been contagious.

    The last week had been a whirlwind. Mother and daughter had only just started planning for Rebecca’s come-out in London during the next winter Season, which was still months away. They were still in the early stages of having her new wardrobe designed, with nothing created yet! So many extra seamstresses had to be hired, and decisions had to be made quickly. There were trips back and forth to the nearby town of Norford, sometimes two or three trips a day. And underlying it all was the excitement and Lilly’s nonstop chatter about this being the most golden opportunity of Rebecca’s life.

    It was also going to be the biggest change in Rebecca’s life since her father’s passing. The Earl of Ryne had died when she was only eight. Lilly had never entertained the idea of remarrying. The earl’s title had gone to a male relative of his, but the manor near Norford where Rebecca had grown up wasn’t entailed. She’d spent her whole life there, hadn’t even gone off for her schooling as had some of her closer friends. Lilly hadn’t been willing to part with her, so she had arranged for Rebecca to have the best teachers right there at home.

    Rebecca had loved that arrangement. It allowed her and her mother to spend a lot of time together. Both adept horsewomen, they rode nearly every day when the weather was good. Rebecca was going to miss that. With both of them having so many friends in Norford, there was always someone stopping by to visit, or some social gathering to attend. Rebecca was going to miss that, too. But they wouldn’t be so far apart. Norford was only a few hours’ ride north of London. However, Lilly was determined to give Rebecca some time to get settled in and used to her position, before she visited. She didn’t want to appear to be an overprotective mother, even if she was!

    Actually, this appointment to the queen’s court would be the second golden opportunity for Rebecca that mother and daughter had extensively discussed. The first had arisen five years ago when they were in complete agreement on their first choice for Rebecca’s future husband. No need for a Seasonal launch if she could catch his eye, and he was a neighbor, too, Raphael Locke, the Duke of Norford’s heir. So convenient! But the esteemed fellow had up and married someone else before Rebecca was old enough to put herself forward, and that had ended that.

    Such a shame. She had been looking forward to being a part of that interesting family. Preston Locke, the duke, had five sisters, all married and living elsewhere now, but they often returned to Norford for visits. Lilly had told stories about the days when most of those ladies had still lived at home and how the Lockes had quite dominated the local society, and in fact some of the grander parties Rebecca had attended had been at Norford Hall when she was a child. She had almost got closer to that family when she became friends with the youngest daughter of the house, Amanda Locke. It was too bad they had lost touch with each other after Amanda was sent off to private school.

    The duke hadn’t entertained much after that because it was only him and his elderly mother in that big house. His wife had died years ago, and while every available lady in the neighborhood had probably tried to catch his eye over the years, he remained a widower. But Ophelia Locke did the entertaining there now, the woman who had captured Raphael’s heart before Rebecca could!

    Two lost opportunities in that illustrious family, a best friend and a husband. But this new opportunity was upon her. A maid of honor at Queen Victoria’s court! Rebecca knew all the benefits. Holding the position was comparable to attending the most elite finishing school in the world. She’d be meeting the most important people in England and royalty from across the Continent. There was no reason to wait for a Season if you were part of a court with a queen who loved to entertain. If Rebecca was lucky, the queen might even have a hand in picking her future husband. Anything was possible.

    Miraculously, Rebecca’s wardrobe was finished in time for her departure for London and was much grander than it would have been for a mere Season. Lilly had spared no expense. And she accompanied Rebecca and her maid, Flora, to London.

    It wasn’t the first time Rebecca was seeing London. There had been a few shopping excursions over the years, a horse race Lilly just had to attend since the sire of her mare was racing that day, the wedding of an old friend Lilly had been invited to, and, of course, Rebecca had joined her on all of those trips. But this was the first time she was seeing Buckingham Palace. There had been no reason to visit it before when no monarchs had made it their home until now.

    Alighting from the coach with her mother and Flora, Rebecca stood there in awe of the grand structure that she would be living in for months, possibly years. It was so much bigger than she had imagined! Even the marble arch of the ceremonial entrance was stories high! Palace guards were marching nearby in their brightly colored uniforms. Other people passed under the huge arch that Rebecca would be walking through.

    Her feet wouldn’t move. Nervousness nearly overwhelmed her. She already knew Lilly wasn’t going to escort her inside, but she wasn’t ready to say good-bye! She’d never had to say good-bye to her mother before, not like this.

    Lilly took her hand and squeezed it. She understood. In that simple gesture, she gave Rebecca courage.

    “Your father would have been so proud, had he lived to see this.”

    Rebecca glanced at her mother. It was a poignant moment. Lilly was so happy for her daughter, and yet she was no doubt recalling her own missed opportunities. It was in her expression, close to tears yet smiling.

    “You two aren’t going to cry, are you?” Flora asked in a complaining tone.

    Lilly laughed. Rebecca managed a grin. Flora was good at relieving tension with her candor.

    Unfortunately, Flora wouldn’t be living in the palace with Rebecca. She would only stay long enough today to get Rebecca settled in. They both knew that Rebecca wasn’t going to get a room to herself. There simply weren’t enough rooms for all the members of the court, let alone for their servants. So Lilly had rented a flat for Flora nearby so she could come to the palace each day to maintain Rebecca’s wardrobe and perform her usual duties.

    Lilly had been entertaining the idea of buying a town house in London for Rebecca’s first Season. But now that Rebecca’s “Season” had begun under a completely different set of circumstances, Lilly was more hesitant about the idea. While some of the ladies at court owned homes in London where they spent their nights instead of sharing a room at the crowded palace, Lilly wanted Rebecca to experience every aspect of court, and the surest way to do that was to live there. If the Marshalls had a town house, Rebecca might be tempted to go home to it each night.

    Lilly gathered Rebecca into her arms for a long hug. “I’ll see you in a few weeks, darling. At least I will try to stay away that long.”

    “You don’t have to—”

    “Yes, I do,” Lilly cut in. “This is your time, not mine. You’re going to enjoy every minute of it. But you must write me every day. I want to hear about everything.”

    “I will.”

    “But most of all, Becky, enjoy yourself. Wonderful things are going to happen for you. I just know it.”

    Rebecca really wished she had more of her mother’s enthusiasm, but her own excitement had waned now that their separation was imminent. This was her mother’s dream. She wished Lilly could have had it instead of her.

    But for Lilly’s sake, she put on a bright smile, gave her mother one last hug, and hurried inside the palace.

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    Rogue of My Own 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 146 reviews.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    I read two romance authors religiously---Johanna Lindsay and Julia Quinn. Every year I eagerly await the newest Lindsay novel. I like the earlier novels of Jude Deveraux, Julia Garwood, Nora Roberts and the like, but they have all changed their style---adding mystery or thriller to the plot that overshadows the love story. Johanna Lindsay has never changed her formula---which is what I love best about her work. Her novels always deliver exactly what I want----a sweet historical love story with a spicy heroin and an intriguing hero. Over the past few years, however, her novels have been adequate, but not very memorable. A Rogue of My Own was a blast from the past! A battle of the sexes at it's best! Becca and Rupert gave as good as they got and Lindsay proved once again that Love Conquers All.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Silly little book with a not so great plot. Good for the beach. Light read. Don't have to think. Easy and quick.
    starcross More than 1 year ago
    Anonymous has it wrong. The Devil Who Tamed Her is about Raphael and Ophelia. This one is about Rupert and Rebecca.
    anonymousMW More than 1 year ago
    I've always been a Lindsey fan but this one let me down. The voice seemed too much like the Malory books rather than standing on its own. I thought the plot was mediocre as was the romance angle. The characters were not believable and I found myself anxious for the book to end.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    For me, this book was really just alright. I didn't think it had a very good story line and I was disappointed. I was so happy when this book come out because Johanna Lindsey is one of my favorite authors, but this book just didn't measure up. I thought that for one the main character, Rebecca, was really too young for me and I felt the ending was rushed. It could have been drawn out a liitle bit longer and if it had, it would have been a lot better. So, overall this was just an okay book.
    Detwilover_wentz More than 1 year ago
    It took me an hour at the store to finally convince my mom to buy this for me but it was worth it. This book wes a really fast read for me but i really loved it. R ight after finishing it I quickly found out i couldn't get it out of my head. i loved the main plot and i loved how i always had me anticipating for what would come next. It was full of surprises in every chapter and the perfect romance. It was just perfect! i completly recomend it!!! Definetly one of my favorite books. Everyone should read it! Perfect!
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    I have read every book Johanna Lindsey has ever written. While this book is entertaining, it is very predictable. I do enjoy when she carries characters over from other books because you feel like you know them. The story line is intriguing; however, it has many similar plot characteristics of others and is resolved too quickly without many twists or turns...it only took me about 6 hours to read this book. I look forward every year to a new Lindsey novel and will be anxiously awaiting next years...
    bhryk0 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
    Something was missing from this story, it is not as good as the earlier 2 in this series.
    Read2Me2010 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
    I liked this book. I am always amazed at how authors (like Lindsey) can come up with a fresh scenario every time. I found it a little tedious in the beginning, with all the description of the English monarchy, but past that, I thought it was entertaining. True, it was not one of my favorites of hers, but worth the time nonetheless. If you're looking for a real bodice-ripper, it won't be your cup of tea.
    risadabomb on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
    I have to admit that this book was really disappointing. I love Johanna Lindsey but this effort of hers was very weak. I had to force myself to finish this book. I was not convinced of Rupert's and Rebecca's relationship. There really was no chemistry between then and the story line was really thin. There was little romance in this book and I hope the author's next book will be better.
    niah More than 1 year ago
    I have not read Johanna in a long time is this a stand alone or do I need some prior book to be caught up stopped reading during the Malory saga I think Amy was my last one I read
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Johann Lindsey really know how to keep your interest. The book had a mystery line which makes it even more appealing. Read it, you;ll love it.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Very easy reading , also keeps you guessing at the out come.
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    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Doesnt work needs a lighter touch with humor and more likeable hero and heroine try sample first m.a.@sparta
    PureJonel More than 1 year ago
    What a delightful tale!  Lindsey works so many different elements into this story that she keeps her readers on the tip of their toes.  She weaves a captivating tale amidst the hustle and bustle of court life, complete with intrigue and rogues, while painting a brilliant picture of life at the time. I absolutely fell in love with the main characters in this novel.  Not only were they well developed and likeable individually, but put them together and the sparks fly.  The simultaneous clashing and meshing of their personalities definitely made the story.  The secondary characters were quite charming as well.  The sense of family that develops throughout really pulled at my heart.   It may have taken me a week to listen to this entire story (I only listened on my drive to and from work) but it was also all I could think about all week long.  I would definitely recommend it to all lovers of historical romances.  I will also be avidly looking for more of this author’s work in the future.  
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    jazmanjo More than 1 year ago
    I love historical romance an the Johanna Lindsey's is one of the best. Be sure to read all her books.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Johanna doesn't disappointment! A wonderful read that transports you back in time.
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