Book Review: The Rogue Steals a Bride by Amelia Grey

The Rogue Steals a Bride is the sixth book in the Rogues' Dynasty series by Amelia Grey. This regency historical romance series is most likely best read in order, but this is the only book I have read from the series and think that it could stand well on its own. Matson Brentwood has finally met the woman of his dreams. He is practically obsessed with the red-haired and feisty Sophia Hart, but he knows she is out of his reach because she is ward of the man he is sworn to hate, and she has her own plans for her future. Newly arrived in London, Miss Sophia Hart is new in London and in search for a husband. Her task is made slightly more difficult by the doting but very protective spinster aunts and the promise she made to her father on his deathbed. When Sophia meets Mr. Matson Brentwood, she knows that for the first time, she in danger of losing her heart. But there’s more than just an adversarial guardian and a long list of beaus standing between Sophia and Matson. Sophia promised her dying father she would honor his lifelong plan for her as an heiress and marry a titled gentleman. Matson is not titled so she must deny her love for him and make up to her father for costing him the love of his life.

I had mixed feeling with The Rogue Steals a Bride. For the most part i really like Sophia, she was smart and very independent with a mind of her own. She is loyal and caring, sometimes to her own detriment. However, I think the premise of the promise to marry into a title is carried to far, because a woman with that much integrity would not walk done the paths that she often chose, at least in my opinion. It irked me after a bit, not enough for me to dislike the character or the book, but enough to distract me. I did love the character of Matson. He is aware of his faults, does everything in his power to be a good, honorable man, and is thoughtful. The additional side characters were also well done, I particularly liked the side story with Sopha's aunts Mae and June as well as Sir Randolph. There was some very witty dialogue and humor that made me very happy. AS I said, my only issue was that the only true obstacles between the Sophia and Matson would have been easily resolved if not for stubbornness.

I enjoyed The Rogue Steals a Bride, but not enough for me to go back and find the other five books in the series. I would recommend the book to fans of the author and to those that enjoy regency romance over other historicals.

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