Rogue in Red Velvet

Rogue in Red Velvet

by Lynne Connolly


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Emperors of London, #1

If Connie loses her standing in society, she risks losing everything...except Alex.

When country widow Connstance Rattigan finds herself in a notorious London brothel instead of at the altar, only one person can save her from the auction block. Alex Vernon walked away from Connie once before, when he discovered her engagement. Now that her fiancé has betrayed her, Lord Ripley doesn't intend to leave her again. But Connie has other ideas... She won't marry him until her name is cleared.

Alex decides to make Connie's wishes come true, but it's not that easy, even with the help of his powerful relatives known as the Emperors of London.

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ISBN-13: 9781616505875
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 08/04/2014
Series: Emperors of London Series , #1
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.51(d)

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Rogue in Red Velvet 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
WorldsCollide More than 1 year ago
A thoroughly sweet historical romance, Rogue in Red Velvet was a lovely read. I really liked this book. It was a lighter read that I enjoyed from start to finish. Connie was a likable heroine. She was strong enough to endure a scandal without backing down and determined not to enter a marriage without equal footing. My only issue with her was that I don't get why she was so hung up on saying yes to Alex considering her rushed first marriage and her practical almost-second marriage. It's not like she didn't want to get married, so I didn't get what her problem was with getting married to a man she actually liked. Especially because the solution to her conditions turned out to be oddly easy. Regardless, I still liked her. Alex was a total sweetie. He was utterly devoted to Connie, determined to help her and win her over. And, he was also a genuinely kind man with a thoroughly honorable character. I thought he was absolutely adorable. The romance was lovely. Even with Connie's hesitance, their feelings for each other were never in doubt. And, they had some hot chemistry between them. I thought they were a great couple. The plot was fast paced and I was hooked the entire way through. My one issue was that, like I mentioned before, the solutions to Connie's problems were strangely simple and a bit anti-climatic. However, I still enjoyed the story and the ending was perfect. Rogue in Red Velvet was a wonderful historical romance that I really liked. It was a sweet, enjoyable read. Romance lovers, this is a book worth checking out. *I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
MKLadyJW More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading this book as it kept my interest. I won't go into a lot of details but the characters were well described and story seemed to flow well.
BuckeyeAngel More than 1 year ago
**I received a copy of this book for an honest review** When I started this book, I wasn't sure if it would be like many of the other historical romances I've read or if it would be different (in a good or bad way). Reading the summary definitely made me hopeful. After I started the book, I found that the plot was definitely a nice departure from the typical ones. I liked both main characters very well. Connie was very independent and attempted to stick to her decisions, leading with her brain rather than her heart. In regards to Alex, even though the author alluded to a past roguish character, he proved himself worthy right from the beginning. However, there were times when I found he spent too much time on every detail to his appearance. I also liked several of the side characters in the book, namely Alex's cousins. There are a few things I didn't care for in the books though. I thought at some points there was just too much details given that weren't necessary and were more of a hindrance than anything. I also caught a few date reference errors. Overall, I really enjoyed the book and look forward to reading more from this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great series , won't disappoint.
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
A fierce heroine with an independent spirit is what lured me. Rogue in Red Velvet is a love story steeped in a troubled history but undying devotion between the two main characters. Connie is has the intelligence, tenacity and heart of a tigress and the pride of a queen. Betrayal and hardship will not slow her down. Alex is just the right match for this woman with strong opinions and will of heart. He is her protector, lover and friend even in the face of death. Lynne Connolly has created a world filled with strong characters that reek of temptation, trouble and heart. My rating 3.5 stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't give out 5stars easily. Stars must be earned and this story and it's author earned all of those stars. Well written prose, likable characters and an interesting storyline make for a great read. I look forward to the rest of the series.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very well put together story. Keep up the good work!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So boring, waste of money,time and storage space
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good and I will be reading more if what she writes. Please do yourself a favor read and give yoir own review. sure you will agree. If not than its your right. Ms.D from New York City.
greekgoddess422 More than 1 year ago
This is an amazing story of Love betrayal and Kidnapping We meet the 2 at a house Party in the country, Connie ( a widow who was betrayed at her first marriage the heroine and Alex , Lord Ripley. They have an instant attraction to each other and Connie is going to be wed to another ( Jasper) . They flirt and Kiss, it is sizzling .Connie is at her godparents home to do some inventory and she is going to all the rooms of the house to bring down the books and papers. She is hiding also from the other London Ladies because she doesn't see herself as worthy to join the other ladies. Alex (Lord Ripley helps her and that is where the sizzle starts. They have a passionate Kiss and then he leaves for London because he can't control his desire for her. meanwhile her betrothed Jasper( her godparents Nephew he's a real slime) comes to the country and seeks her out. They sign the marriage contract. Low and behold he makes an excuse to leave for London the same night. She agrees to go to London to meet him and start the marriage preparation. She gets kidnapped at a Inn and gets drugged with Laudanum. She is brought to a brothel and put on display to be sold. Alex (Lord Ripley) finds out and goes and saves her. They have to pretend to do all sort of things to clear her good name. Alex takes care of her and brings her to his cousins house. His cousin is a son of a duke and Alex is a son of an earl. Alex slowly prepares to slowly and surly destroy Jasper. He plays games with Jasper. He asks Connie for her hand in marriage and she always refuses. She believes she is not worthy of Alex and she will bring him down. . Get it and find out if Alex slowly brakes down Connie's " NOS" and they live happily ever after. Find out how Jasper is destroyed and how Connie gets rewarded also by her godparents
2_PMVH More than 1 year ago
A damsel in serious distress, a hero who uses society for good, a evil nemesis & lots of much needed gasps, moans & screams to turn up the furnace of this Georgian romance! Mrs. Connstance Rattingam is a simple country widow & had a sad loveless marriage, but she is lucky to have her Godparents, Lord & Lady Downholland, who have embraced her after her Father's death. She is a sensible woman with a brain, has made money for her own estate, loves to help her Godfather with all his "History of his Family" projects & has even agreed to marry his heir, Jasper Dankworth. All she has to do is busy herself to avoid the house party & stop looking & liking the dashing Lord Ripley! Alex Vernon, Baron of Ripley, is from a large, loving, mega bucks galore & influential & powerful family, plus he is the heir to the Earl of Leverton. His BF is his cousin Julius, who is the heir to the Duke of Kirkburton, & they are as thick as thieves & always A UNITED FRONT! Alex had a close call with the relentless Miss Louisa Stobart, as she cornered him ALONE, ask him to pin her ripped train & was UNEXPECTEDLY interrupted by her mom while he was kneeling, but he nicely refused her hand, so that is how he finds himself being STALKED by Miss Louisa at this country house party! So we have a dusty, dirt & unmade Connie looking up to see the dazzling face of Alex as he slams the door of the library to avoid his stalker. He needs a plan to distance his stalker & the matchmaking mamas of this house party & if he can send some elusive time with the delicious Mrs. Rattingan, all the better. As his stalker enters the library, he pleads with his eyes, so Connie takes pity on him & ropes him into helping her with the dust & sometimes heavy family history books. Over many days, they grow close, as Connie talks a lot & even introduces her foot to her mouth & Alex actually finds a charming & smart female that totally makes him burn, but they are from 2 different world, so only 1 PANTIE DROPPING kiss is given, as he leaves for London & she awaits her soon-to-be-betrothal Jasper. Jasper is a dastardly evil man as he plans to get the money & forget the girl, steal Connie's inheritance by evoking the morality clause of the marriage contract via selling her in a brothel, a really CHEAP brothel! Connie goes to London, travels via public coach (in 1700, that is literally HADES on wheels), drugged, abducted, doped for days & standing on a auction block. Have no fear because Alex is there to save the day & the damsel, with help from Connie's worried maid, a £50 & £5,000 bid (guess Connie's amount), the loveable & super helpful Madame of the "not cheap" premier brothel as she sanitizes the neighbor of the said CHEAP brothel, a room that screams brothelRus & heavenly sleep to bring Connie face to face with Alex & HELLO, finally she gets some screaming orgasms! He begs her to marry him, but she refuses to bring him or his family down with her. Soon their have to unite to save her reputation, as rumors of her brothel episode exploded & make Jasper pay, so Alex ropes in his Cousin Julius to help, makes Connie reappear as Julius' sweet sister, Helene, companion, a glorious wardrobe is FOUND (a girl has got to look the part), Alex chats about Jasper's crappy character to any & everyone, have society see & accept Connie & Alex is wooing by romantic deeds, as he puts the final nail in Jasper's coffin! Can Alex prove to Connie that she is good enough for him? Is Connie even going to feel worthy of Alex's love? Will London society accept her? Can she accept her life in society? Can I beotch slap the stalker Louisa? But most importantly, does Jasper get a$$ kicked by karma? This my first romance by Ms. Connolly & she can weave a good tale full of the unexpected! The beginning was a little slow as Ms. Connolly added all the ducks in a row, but it was so worth it. Connie was a no nonsense & no fuss kinda heroine & I LOVED her mind, her "speak & think later" mouth & stood up for herself, but she need to get seriously get laid, as have her 1st orgasm! Alex was raised with a silver spoon, but he had a true sense of right & wrong & his family was his source of strength! Ms. Connolly made her h/h just click, become fast friends & they actually had fun sex. I am not really a fan of Georgian era romances because to me is all overdone fashion, with hoops, stomachers, separate bodices, powdered wigs or hair & with male walking around with bejeweled swords. Its just seems too ridiculous to me, but Ms. Connolly took all my negatives of fashion & made it a SPARKLY part of the flowing story & I actually enjoyed all the wardrobe changes & she even had a action paced bejeweled sword fight! Now all romances need the sizzle & Ms. Connolly started up her 18 wheeler of shivers & quivers & it burned rubber & left scorch marks on my Kindle, but she finally got her heroine those much needed screaming orgasms! This story had a good vs evil society fell to it & Ms. Connolly showed how society can actually be GOOD & helpful instead of hurtful, which was an interesting twist for me. She also had a unique cast of "The Emperors & a few Expresses" & I can't wait to read Julius & Helene stories, too. Ms. Connolly may have started this romance a little slow, but she blowup many of my Georgian taboos, made me love 1700s ridiculous fashion, fall in love with her unique & diverse characters, causes a few tears, many full belly laughs & delivered pure eroticism! So she receives my score of 4 fingers up & 7 toes for this "couldn't put it down" romance & BRING ON some more Lynne Connolly reads! NetGalley ARC given for my honest review.