All the Ways to Ruin a Rogue (The Debutante Files #2)
By: Sophie Jordan
Format/Source: eBook; my purchase
There was once a lady who loathed a lord…
Lady Aurelia hasn’t always hated Max, Viscount Camden, her brother’s best friend. In fact, as a besotted girl, she thrived under his kind attention – sure that he was the most noble and handsome man in the land. Until her young heart discovered what manner of rogue he really was. Now, though she enjoys nothing more than getting on his last nerve, she can’t deny Max drives her to distraction—even if she tries to pretend otherwise.
…and a lord who was confounded by a lady.
Max cannot recall a time when Aurelia did not vex him. If she was not his friend’s sister, he would stay far away from the infuriating vixen. Unfortunately, they are always thrown together. At parties and family gatherings…she is always there. Infuriating him, tossing punch in his face, driving him mad…until one night, she goes too far and he retaliates in the only way he can: with a kiss that changes everything.
One of those books I picked up on a whim (Boxing Day sale, haha; yes, this book review kept getting pushed back this year xD); it’s a tried and tested premise, but it sounded like fun.
By the time I finished this book:
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This has to be the most infuriating historical romance I’ve read in recent memory. It reminded me of Julia Quinn’s The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever (review), which was also a bit of a frustrating read, but at least I felt for the characters (even Turner at times, despite of the fact that my frustration for that novel stemmed from his most flip-floppish moments). Here, no, Max is an absolute arsehole, he can be sexually frustrated for the rest of time for all I care (haha, wouldn’t that be a horrible way to go). And while I initially felt bad for Aurelia, she made a few frustrating choices along the way too which irritated me after a while too.
And together…It wasn’t like Pride and Prejudice tit-for-tat sort of antagonism; here it was just downright nasty and vicious and mean. I was getting very annoyed at Max (to put it mildly) that he kept calling Aurelia a brat when I didn’t see what in her behaviour would prompt such a name-calling (unless he’s still thinking of that initial event back when she was fifteen). Even when the romantic moments emerged (or at least them sexy!times), it didn’t feel like a relief that they got together or that their feelings were out in the open. Not to mention
The writing also left me a bit wanting too, with repetitive phrases used here and there (which I’m pretty sure wasn’t done on purpose).
Unfortunately I did not enjoy All the Ways to Ruin a Rogue. It had its moments that were interesting, like Aurelia’s hobby for drawing caricatures, but the leads were infuriating and their romance not very nice. I think the problem here was that there were not enough nice/calmer moments between the two of them highlighting the good aspects of their personality and underlying care (either known or unbeknownst to them) for each other for me to be convinced of their romance, that they will have their HEA, that I was overall satisfied by the story. Also, yeah, this book marks my first 1-star read of 2016 🙁