Connolly, Lynne. Rogue in Red Velvet. New York: Kensington, 2014.
Paperback | $15.00 USD | ISBN-13: 978-1616505875 | 222 pages | Historical Romance
Lynne Connolly is an author I “met” through one of the many book groups I participate in online, and I became eager to read her books especially due to the fact that she seems incredibly knowledgeable about the Georgian and Regency periods based on what I’ve seen online, and she’s also British, which gives her an additional advantage that not many historical authors have in terms of already being familiar with the language. And if this first book is anything to go by, I will definitely be reading more from her.
Connolly’s characters strike the perfect balance of being of the period and being aware of the social conventions and being sympathetic to the modern reader. Alex is the antithesis the rogue the title suggests him to be, instead being a man of honor in all his interactions with Connie,and he desires to marry for love and nothing less, a refreshing change from the actual rogues that frequently show up, who are far too often jaded by love. Connie is a sympathetic character, and I was moved by how Connolly depicted the problems she faced as a woman in the period, with her first husband being unfaithful to her, and the man she intended as her second husband as a matter of business being a wastrel who betrays her, providing a contrast to Alex.