Review: A Rogue by Night
*I received this ARC from the publishers in exchange for an honest review.*
Synopsis | Goodreads
Baron. Physician. Smuggler. Sir Harland Hayward is living a double life as an aristocrat by day and a criminal by night. As a doctor, Harland has the perfect cover to appear in odd places in the dead of night, a cover he uses to his advantage to bring in all sorts of illicit cargo from across the English Channel. He's chosen this life to save his family from financial ruin, but he draws the line at taking advantage of the honest and trustworthy Katherine Wright. Katherine has returned to Dover to find that her family is working for a mysterious new crime boss. Growing up in a family of smugglers, she knows it's only a matter of time before they are caught—and killed. So after her brother is shot, she convinces her family to move away and start over. After they honor their last contract, of course. With her injured brother and elderly father unable to work, Katherine reluctantly steps back into the life she had left behind. And straight into the path of the merciless Harland Hayward.
Review | Rating: 4 stars
I enjoyed A Rouge by Night a lot. I am a sucker for enemies to lovers and historical romances and this had both! I received an ARC of Last Night with the Earl and I enjoyed reading that one so when I was offered this one, I jumped at the chance to read it. I loved the characters, the story, and the pacing of the story. It wasn't too long and nothing happened too fast. The author did a good job of stretching things out just enough so the story wasn't too short. I loved that the characters were not perfect. They were doing criminal things but I was still rooting for them and understood why they did what they did. I wanted them to get away unscathed even when they were committing a crime. I thought Bowen did an amazing job of showing the human side of these characters and show that they were more than just criminals.
This story started right in the action with Katherine treating her brother after he is shot during a raid by soldiers. Harland comes into the picture quickly and Katherine is suspicious of him immediately and does not trust him. It is clear from the start that she does not trust people with titles and judges them by the title than the person they are. Harlan is in a difficult situation because he was doing what he could to save his family. The two of them were so much alike and the chemistry between the two of them was immediate. I loved their personalities. They both had strong morals and wanted to help their families in any way they could. Katherine was hurt by a man with a title and left to feel abandoned and foolish for letting him lead her away from home. She's guilty and understandably does not trust men in titled positions. But she was a skilled surgeon and I liked that she was so strong. Harlan was compassionate, had strong morals as well and wanted to do what he had to do for his family. Although he was doing illegal things and putting men in danger, it was clear it wasn't something he wanted to do. He was a remarkable surgeon and was hurt by a woman in his past as well. Katherine and Harlan fit together and I loved seeing how the author would make it all work so they could be together. The ending was amazing and it did not feel rushed or contrived. I thought the story progressed naturally and came to a natural end. I liked Katherine's father and brother and I loved seeing the Earl of Rivers again and Harlan's sisters and some of the students. This was a really good book and I'm glad I got the chance to read it! Grab your copy today!