Review of “Rogue Most Wanted” (Cavensham Heiresses #5) by Janna MacGregor

MacGregor, Janna. Rogue Most Wanted. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 2019.

Mass Market Paperback | $7.99 USD | ISBN-13: 978-1250295996 | 371 pages | Regency Romance

5 stars

I didn’t know what to expect from Rogue Most Wanted, since Lord Will Cavensham did not make the strongest impression in prior books, aside from one particularly fiery scene between him and Emma in The Bride Who Got Lucky. But I was pleasantly surprised with him in this one. While he is in no way a “rogue” as the title suggests, that only makes him even easier to fall for, especially as he finds himself falling in love again while still recovering from the damage wrought by a long-ago heartbreak.

But Thea is who really had me excited, given that I was aware of some female peeresses, but hadn’t seen many of them represented in historical romance. I wholeheartedly rooted for her to succeed in claiming the earldom and taking charge of the estate she loved so much, and my heart broke for her when she contemplated marriage to her rival to not only preserve her claim, but save her tenants as well.

On that note, I love that MacGregor really did her homework when it came to the nuances of inheritance law. I feel like lots of writers shirk doing serious research, and readers don’t care, because they are under the impression that history is boring. However, MacGregor manages to blend history and fiction masterfully, leaving me, a Regency reader who had thought she had studied the period extensively and as a result came to view some Regency romances with cynicism, learning something new not only about that, but about the more minute societal details as well.

This series just gets better and better, and I can’t wait for the next book (or two?) for what’s coming next. I know Avalon and Devan’s book has already been announced, and the way they interact with each other in this one already gives me high hopes (“Lady Warlock!” xD) I also hope that the writer of the Midnight Cryer gets what’s coming to him soon, given that all his ridiculous scribblings made me wish some sort of suit for slander would be in his future…and MacGregor has announced he’ll have his own book, so I’m equally excited there!

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