Review – Tempted by a Rogue by Lauren Smith

Synopsis: Gemma Haverford knows exactly who she will marry: James Randolph, the man she’s had a secret understanding with for the last eleven years. With every letter written between them while he’s been off at sea, their love has grown. Now they will be reunited with his return to England. There’s just one problem. The man whose words she’d fallen in love with isn’t James at all! Jasper Holland, a gentleman rogue of the first order, is trapped. Talked into a scheme by his best friend, he pretended to be James for eleven years as he wrote to Gemma, even though he’d promised James he’d break it off. But now with his return to England, his secret will come out – and he’ll lose the one woman he can’t live without.

I always love a sweet romance and the twist of Gemma not knowing which man she had been writing adds suspense and excitement. Gemma is loyal and romantic as she turns down offers for marriage to wait for a man she hasn’t seen in eleven years. This drew my interest from the start because it is rare to think of someone waiting that long for someone to come back with such focus. The author did a excellent job of development of characters. Lady Greenley definitely had me laughing with her antics as the eccentric older woman who can get away with being nontraditional. James Randolph was definitely not the man for Gemma. To me, he was shallow, jaded and little mean spirited which wouldn’t have mixed well with the gentle, romantic and sweet personality of Gemma.

Gemma noticed right away when Jasper took over writing the letters but wanted to believe as anyone in love does that the change is because James matured. When she finally met Jasper and James in person, I felt like she instinctively was drawn to Jasper. I enjoy reading a happy ending and was very pleased to see Jasper win her heart without deception. Overall, good read for anyone who loves romance.

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